The Baseball Show crew prioritizes what the Sox need to do to get back on a winning path.
While 2012 may have been the worst season in recent memory, the Red Sox are not as far away from contention as it may feel. The crew offers their keys to a successful off-season:
Dan Shaughnessy - Think outside the box and don't be afraid to make the unconventional move. No one is untouchable.
Sean McAdam - Get the managerial hire completed quickly. Trade Jacoby Ellsbury. Don't waste free agent money on big-name players like Josh Hamilton. Finally, don't look for the quick fix. Make the right decisions - the ones that position the franchise for long-term and sustainable success.
Lou Merloni - Don't be afraid to be boring. If the Sox are focused on impressing the fans, the media or anyone else, then they're not making the best baseball decisions. Make the smart decisions, not the flashy ones.
Bob Neumeier - The keys here read like a long grocery list: two above-average starting pitchers, a new shortstop, a first baseman, an outfielder, a couple guys who can mash the ball, and most importantly - high-character players.
0:41 - Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their thoughts on Kyrie Irving’s struggles, not having Gordon Hayward, and the Celtics losing for the 2nd time in as many nights.
6:31 - A. Sherrod Blakely joins BST to discuss the message delivered by Hayward to the fans before the game, what was going on with Kyrie’s shot, and why they failed in stopping The Greek Freak.
10:33 - Albert Breer joins BST to preview the Falcons/Patriots Sunday night game and if Atlanta is in the middle of a Super Bowl hangover.
15:40 - In a new game called On The Clock, each person gets 40 seconds to rant on their selected subject including if Red Sox fans can root for the Yankees if the playoffs and how painful the Bruins season will be.
PHILADELPHIA - Chris Long is donating the rest of his year's salary to increase educational equality.
The Philadelphia Eagles' defensive end already gave up his first six game checks to provide two scholarships for students in Charlottesville, Virginia. Now, he's using the next 10 to launch the Pledge 10 for Tomorrow campaign.
"My wife and I have been passionate about education being a gateway for upward mobility and equality," Long told The Associated Press. "I think we can all agree that equity in education can help affect change that we all want to see in this country."
Long signed a two-year, $4.5 million contract with the Eagles, including a $500,000 signing bonus and $1.5 million guaranteed. His base salary in 2017 is $1 million.
The charitable initiative encourages people to make donations to improve equal education opportunities. Long began his career in St. Louis in 2008 and played for the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots last season. Long's foundation has selected four organizations whose missions focus on making education easily accessible to underserved youth while also providing students the support they need to develop strong social and emotional character.
The four organizations are based in the three communities in which Long has played during his NFL career. The city that raises the most money during the season will receive an additional $50,000 donation.
"There's a lot of opportunities to help out and they're wonderful organizations," Long said. "We have such a great platform as football players and hopefully fans get behind it."
Long grew up in Charlottesville and starred in high school at St. Anne's-Belfield before going to the University of Virginia. He was moved to start the scholarship program following the violent protests in Charlottesville in August.
"Our hometown is a wonderful place and I feel like people got the wrong idea about what the residents of Charlottesville are all about," he said.