Harrison: Hernandez' Pro Bowl snub 'a joke'

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Harrison: Hernandez' Pro Bowl snub 'a joke'

What does Rodney Harrison think about the Pro Bowl selections?

"It's kind of . . . a joke, to be honest with you," the ex-Patriots safety, now an NBC analyst told Tom E. Curran Thursday on 'Quick Slants' . . . and he pointed to the omission of Aaron Hernandez from the team as the prime example.

"It is, my man. You look at Aaron Hernandez. Come on now. You pick an Antonio Gates in front of Aaron Hernandez? Antonio Gates, he's been hobbled this whole year. He's running around on one leg. And he still gets voted into the Pro Bowl.

"You tell me two tight ends who have been more dynamic than the Patriots' tight ends. It's crazy."

Also on Rodney's mind: How important it is to have the No. 1 seed, the state of modern officiating, and more:

Sandoval 'starting from scratch' after career had 'fallen into an abyss'

Sandoval 'starting from scratch' after career had 'fallen into an abyss'

The Pablo Sandoval redemption tour is underway as the former World Series MVP tries to revive his career after two disastrous seasons with the Red Sox organization.

In an interview with ESPN Deportes, he admits to being “complacent” during his first two seasons in Boston after signing a five-year, $95 million deal. 

"My career had fallen into an abyss because I was so complacent with things that I had already accomplished," Sandoval said. "I did not work hard in order to achieve more and to remain at the level of the player that I am and that I can be."

After dealing Travis Shaw to the Brewers, Sandoval is expected to be the Red Sox primary third baseman in 2017.

"I am not taking anything for granted," he said. "I am here to work hard. I'm not thinking about the position or not. I am starting from scratch, and I am here to show what I can do on the field."

The 30-year-old says he’s following a “really strict routine” this offseason, and it shows. In a recent photo, Sandoval appears noticeably thinner. Sandoval says his wife giving birth to “Baby Panda” has served as inspiration.

"Watching 'Baby Panda' grow up and that he gets the opportunity to see his father play in the majors for seven, eight more years, to get back to the success I had, that's my motivation every day," Sandoval said. "The people that I surround myself with now and my family, they are the key to my success. This has been a life lesson."