Take 5 with Chris Gasper
We’re talkin’ baseball with Red Sox President & CEO Sam Kennedy

We’re talkin’ baseball with Red Sox President & CEO Sam Kennedy

February 25, 2021

Red Sox president and CEO Sam Kennedy stops by. He explains why the Red Sox are internally optimistic about the 2021 season despite a lot of external skepticism surrounding the team. Kennedy admits that last season's last-place finish was "a disgrace" for the club. He pushes back against the notion of the Sox operating with a small-market mentality under Chaim Bloom and becoming the "FenRays." He also discusses the outlook for having fans in the stands at Fenway Park by Opening Day. Plus, he tells us whether he foresees his friend and former Sox GM Theo Epstein returning to the Sox and producer Ellen Fleming grills Kennedy on a key aspect of ballpark operations.

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The blueprint for rebuilding the Patriots and more NFL offseason intrigue ft. Mike Tannenbaum

The blueprint for rebuilding the Patriots and more NFL offseason intrigue ft. Mike Tannenbaum

February 18, 2021

Chris Gasper is joined by ESPN NFL Front Office Insider, former GM of the New York Jets, and head of Football Operations of the Miami Dolphins Mike Tannenbaum. A Needham native, Tannenbaum has been part of the NFL since the mid-90s when Bill Belichick gave him his first shot in Cleveland. Tannenbaum explains why the Patriots are still a destination for free agents. He says the solution for Belichick at quarterback will take more than one player and reveals why teams that are looking for a QB in the 2021 NFL Draft are going to have to be more aggressive than usual or regret missing out. Gasper also asked Tannenbaum about his role in Spygate and gets him to tell us which Boston sports team he still follows religiously. It's not the one you think.

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Brady wins a seventh Super Bowl and Belichick’s (System) failure ft. Ted Johnson

Brady wins a seventh Super Bowl and Belichick’s (System) failure ft. Ted Johnson

February 9, 2021

Chris Gasper is joined by Ted Johnson, ex-Patriots linebacker and three-time Super Bowl champion. Johnson explains why Brady's Super Bowl win with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was a victory for other ex-Pats. He provides some insight into the inner workings of Bill Belichick's iron-fisted program, explains why the Bucs' victory reminded him of the Patriots' first Super Bowl win and discusses how Belichick is going to have to change his ways in the wake of Brady's triumphant departure. Plus, producer Ellen Fleming shares what disease a Jack Black character coined that Brady might have.

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TB12-Anons, 2021 Super Bowl thoughts & the Next Patriots QB ft. Greg Bedard

TB12-Anons, 2021 Super Bowl thoughts & the Next Patriots QB ft. Greg Bedard

February 3, 2021

Chris Gasper is joined by Greg Bedard of the Boston Sports Journal. Bedard is here to call Gasper out for being a TB12-Anon and crediting just Tom Brady for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers being in the 2021 Super Bowl. Bedard still believes the Patriots can win with any of the top 15 NFL QBs. They may be on opposite sides of the isles when it comes to the Brady vs. Belichick debate, but the two can thankfully agree on another ex-Patriots QB and his possible return. Bedard shares a very telling Brady story. Lastly, producer Ellen Fleming asks the question everyone wants to know: What foods make Greg Bedard’s Super Bowl spread game-plan?

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