Hill: I look forward to being part of the Red Sox next year


Hill: I look forward to being part of the Red Sox next year

Danny Picard sat down with free agent lefty reliever RichHill on his podcast Im Just Sayin this morning. Hill, who's arbitration eligible this offseason, said he believes the team will tender him a contract and he'll be back in Boston in 2013.

Yeah, I feel I do," Hill said. "You know, I had some goodconversations with Ben Cherington in September and I look forward to beingpart of the Red Sox next year.

Hill also had some interesting things to say about last yearsteam and the direction the Red Sox must take next year. 

Youre only asgood as your last outing, so, you know thats something I think that gets lostsometimes with professional sports and guys sometimes thinking that theyvedone enough, thinking they can rest on their numbers and rest on what theyveaccomplished in the game.

Here are a few of the other highlights from Picard's interview with Hill.

On moving on as a team and manager Bobby Valentine: Youvegot to put everything in the past behind you and look at where you are todayand move forward as difficult as sometimes that is. Youve got to say This iswhere we are today and it doesnt matter how we got here. The only thing thatdoes matter is where were going. And thats moving forward.

On last season: Its over with. And the great thing is thattheres a new season coming up next year and we have to look towards that.

Last year was a lost season. It was a season that didntwork out. We have a great manager in John Farrell coming in. This team willrally around John, and the coaches, and each other and perform to the best ofour abilities and thats the bottom line.

Were clubhouse issues with the manager blown out ofproportion with regards to on-field results? Yeah, absolutely. Bottom line as a team we didnt play well. Noone else is going to go out there and do it for us . . . You dont sit there and point fingers. Ultimately the goalfor next year is to come together and have that unity.

Show up on time. Work hard. Two of the easiest things youcan do . . . thats what were looking at.

Can John Farrell -- one man -- come in and change everything? "You can't put it all on one person, it's a team . . . It's our responsibility, as players, to hold each other accountable. That means, you don't ask 'why.' It's because you were told to do it, and you move on. That's the bottom line. And that's a team."

Acciari notches first NHL goal in Bruins win over Predators

Acciari notches first NHL goal in Bruins win over Predators

BOSTON – It took until his 43rd game in the NHL to finally score his first goal with the Bruins, but Rhode Island native Noel Acciari said it made him appreciate it all the more when that moment finally did arrived on Tuesday night. The 25-year-old Acciari finished off a Riley Nash feed on a 3-on-1 odd-man rush that gave the Bruins an insurance goal they badly needed in a 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators at TD Garden.

Then David Pastrnak hit Acciari with a shaving cream pie to the face during the NESN broadcast as a way to commemorate his teammate’s big scoring moment, and Torey Krug immediately fished the puck out of the net to make certain that Acciari would get it.

So it was the best of both worlds with the team-oriented Acciari, who watched his Bruins win to go right along with his hallmark scoring moment that he’ll remember forever.

“Your first NHL goal is a special feeling and to finally have it, you know, like I said before I couldn’t have done it without the other guys, the other four, five guys on the ice. But it feels good,” said Acciari, who has a goal and four points in 24 games this season in Boston. “It just shows you how special it is. It’s not going to come the first game you play; it could come 10, 20, for me probably over 40, but it still feels the same.”

Clearly it’s more about providing a physical, heavy and aggressive opponent when Acciari suits up for the Black and Gold, and it’s less about providing offensive production that’s really a bonus from the fourth line. The focus on throwing hits, aggravating opponents and playing with extra energy have been a big part of Acciari’s game since his return from Providence, and that is absolutely been by design.

“I think I kind of strayed [from my strengths] when I got back from my injury – I kind of strayed away from the hitting game,” said Acciari. “Just getting in on the fore-check and, you know, just kind of getting back to that down in Providence was huge and kind of get my confidence up down there helped out a lot. So when I got the call up I was ready for anything.”

He’s certainly played like he was ready for anything while posting a goal and two points along with a plus-4 in his first four games back for the Bruins organization. Acciari did all of that while leading everybody in Tuesday night’s game with eight registered hits in the win over Nashville. So the 5-foot-10, 208-pound Acciari gave a pretty good example against the Predators of just what he can do with steady ice time and the trust of his teammates as all of the hockey clubs in the East gear up to finish strong for the playoffs.

Now all Acciari has to do is continue to play consistently, punish opposing players and chip in a little offense from time and time as he carves out a permanent role on Boston’s fourth line, and helps his team win a few along the way. 

Florio on issues NFL may face with Raiders in Las Vegas

Florio on issues NFL may face with Raiders in Las Vegas

Mike Florio joins Quick Slants to discuss the problems of the Raiders moving to Las Vegas, and the latest NFL rule changes.