6-22-18 Red Sox Review with Ken Laird- Michele McPhee

Boston Baseball
Saturday, June 23rd
Michele McPhee joins for the latest on a possible Hanley Ramirez drug ring connection. The Red Sox win a slugfest against the Mariners.

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I spent an hour half were first pitch tonight. Michelle tweeting Ellen of course Michelle a tremendous investigative reporter she was very instrumental in helping to break that Aaron Hernandez story back with us and Kirk and Callahan. Couple years ago now. But that she tweeted out the team Ramirez is being guiding connection with an ongoing federal and state investigation. And we are gonna have her on here momentarily with the further details. And its C. It's a bizarre story f.'s from what it appears from what we can piece together I can we do of the shell on the line. Right now Qaeda to stick with us here through the post game. And I know she's out with some of friends as well try to enjoy some doubts on Michelle but some of oh silly things have been pretty busy for your last couple hours thanks for coming on. But it never act happy you're out at a bar. Exactly well I guess let's start with your tweets of from back about an hour and a half before the game began in arrears ID connection with the on going federal state investigation what can you tell us for people who want and missed the initial report though its latest. Unless a parent I wanna credit Kirk and Callahan you know these guys I think cabin on the story from the very beginning. And that map on it need to call a lot of my court that they are able what is it on top. And at the tagged out. Brad can turn near it was a behind the Red Sox. I need to gain passage. It was a very questionable parts are they call at a wal. And we know that it would than active. Adults he now on the tantamount brain age and arms. In New Hampshire what US attorney. And guess I am not like he gave I just wrote about. That have been wildly successful so that your attorney got it back to the that's what acting and lock up at 45 people haven't been brawl get out of merit. And it was me and means belt the Rodriguez who got caught it yet big fat okay now. Well now we have any morning eaten federal prosecution. As it partly BDA. The FBI is your attorney doctor and aptitude at the US attorney got a New Hampshire. And I'm nanny out EO Rodriguez. Arrested. In. A car stopped. And then at the box. In the vehicle. That he is dragging Dermot car. He held the pop hook him you can start my conduct not a problem for you can't look at that box. Well of course that immediately he made that the cop why can't look at the box on the box. Along to. Can't there marriage. Of course the sleep with skeptical here and what is this aspect do that he. They had with him there merit. Immediately recognizable. Since they've got it does not equate foul what does this mean that could mean I can't hear American in any way try to act. But it certainly put him in the round of this ongoing. You know multi jurisdictional task force that looking into a bit sprawling and I'm right at operating ally Massachusetts. Michelle. Well I think big you know Latin American and no way to predict. In any way way aren't happy go down there parents he had not been charged with any crime what the water. But I you know that there's deep I'm gonna teach in prompted. Eyebrow raising from federal in global alarm clock and indicated a hard want to look at the connection he had hit the suspect who was on June heat rainy. On charges that he had won it dirty side ran back and Allen hit the national law what are okay. So when you have a drug that's fact that the eight time. Whatever attacked by air. I about had blocked out in May have learned. Pursuant to a search warrant thinking at all I think that. It made a lot of questions. And the Red Sox today you know. Never attacked our great back in eighth and Kevin Gregg deadlocked you know our decision to cut. Handling her merit at actually I think you're not going back in Vietnam like yeah but aren't aren't as it. But I applied now it's time might as. Me. That part that's happened on May thirtieth in inner Aaron definitely let me start universe. When he was designated for assignment may 25 but correctly finally cut him loose. June 1 so I guess there was a process that had already started but. Yes the timing is very interesting say at least. While attending and you're saying and I think you know. The fact that the read our what in the very Smart organization. Would eat at fifteen million dollar contract for about making her parents. It helped now. I generally there's any question about it'd. You spoke to the Red Sox in that baseball is also weighed in saying they have had no knowledge of the investigation and pay at least agent said that Hanley had no knowledge as well correct. You know like I did beating everybody back at a gas they did reach out to him. And ballet as I've ever heard back from have so I'm not sure what his gay kids Atlantis any hint. Is that he had no comment Carol Erickson and he EI first Powell. Public went where happiness is there's been a minute are attracted by not saying that Garrett and tightening. We'll meet me on air America where we are saying and that it was attacked actually directed I have very significant drug charge. And that aspect has. Very personal contact with him here America. And that current banking committee before you attack and I can drop you from that perhaps. Or you just look at the fact that act sorry that he Hanley Ramirez. But that's suited up it's. To an initial McPhee BC news' investigative reporter it's tight but is it Ramirez. On going federal. Investigation. They'll definitely Michelle was that the card slot was. Belong to him leaders that unclear. Die at all they would not involved we cannot manually connect with him leave the whole region actually in charge. According eyes are what elected in this state and competition which I thought we aren't what they now recognize. In their merit in the end I want to hear it here airfares that I any action the box that was either parent. It came. Illegal. IC so basically they'll sue Rodriguez is just quote unquote rolling on and he's accusing hilly of of voting box the we don't know what their relationship is really beyond that he's got his number on facetime. That's exactly right. Our port the cockpit spectacle you know you have a driver get pulled over at Ed what if you could there Turkey let the law. And in the swallow up if you can repair the vehicles jury in their vehicle he just can't search box. But he's name to police line do you mean her hair. The police are obviously got so old shore. Knocking actually kicking out there Barrett. Then their shocked since he. Got stuck back then eight time in her hair was immediately recognized at all. And it compensation on things. Michelle bit the power what guidebooks are not out right budget does it what was found in the box it the end. Kendall is the name thrown out this with the street names China white is that correct this is a pretty serious drug. You know what I don't know what the street and then all I know that and now have been blamed and that got them. 20000 arrogant in Italy. It recently aired. And I know that that it all the blame for our. Hundred the debt Mac widget that area I know that alarm was as pretty that it eagle apart aren't. But it did not know that he. You know try to be there's a very areas. And that is it. And I think there there is ballot in involving an act and I'll grant. We don't know why can't leave our marriage won't let them escape but now that he had been questioned why aren't fought that. Up about his relationship to this particular. And in the drug ring in question is based as did you say Lawrence are New Hampshire. It it Lar it was noted that federal hate in New Hampshire. Connected to a number of aspects. That are being. I say. It is there any Dominican connection all that's just at this point unclear. Well I don't hey I don't think I categorize it as a you know making I actually am but I can tell you that you it. Public you've been made available at our record that suggest that any of detectives are packed. Catch it. Firewall Michelle that surely you know you're gonna be a super busy this so the next couple days is this unfolds the ticket they queued up for the time and as you mentioned Kirk in Italian. Huge frenzy yours and you guys at the huge Aaron Hernandez story a few years ago as well so what. They're not warning everybody about silent on you know liking who live near call certain people from the blow but the first named Chad. Ripping me effectively of that story that your dad very. There's no question about it and and read it just gut feeling you feel like there's a ton more coming here in the next few days in this Serb it's just. We'll see what happens as far as the investigation goes. I want to say that investigative reporter. I'm somebody who is continuing to dig and I think that says a lot ought to happen. Michelle thanks we've perceived. Or thank you very much at night. She'll repeat their from at what she says. With a couple different. Organizations at this point but it primarily an astute journalist ABC news she doesn't work for Newsweek of course her book maximum harm. Which is was just outs and she's been investigative report sometimes so. Preaching self image try to piece it together it's it's basically one guy's word is what it sounds like at this point who's tried to finger Hanley but to the face time. You know to give him on the phone that's probably seeking to raise them. Some serious questions from law enforcement the last we saw from Hanley we have taken disagree opposed that believe he was out of the country. In the end as far as the timing goes if indeed the car stop was made the thirtieth. The DF fake team meets 45 so. But say they're could have been you know potentially some connections. If you wanna get on that so erodes the Red Sox forty aware of that they were concerned about. Against the for the Red Sox what you they claim they know it knew nothing about this it was purely baseball decision. So you know you can take them at their word on that. But the timing certainly curious and then. You know once the wheels were in motion it was it seemed a fait accompli that paley was no longer gonna remember the Boston Red Sox he had a clear waivers nobody was gonna pick them up he was a tradable so. If if the car stop it happens may 23 I think he would he'd be even need more of a a red flag that this was directly related. To the situation in the possible connection here but at this point it's just not it's not ironclad and who knows what they'll steal Rodriguez and then the relationship with the inhaler mirrors is but. There's no doubt there is a huge curiosity it has it would not even these rumors as to watch the Red Sox released Hanley. And at the tail end of the road trip will be offense was struggling. It was starting to be brought up more and more as wild can't leave the Red Sox let this guy go 815 million dollars of his salary this year. Of course there was financial component to next year they got out from under the vesting option. And not I believe that was you know the primary reason. The value through this in the Nixon you sought to scratching your head already had a pretty good start to the year he definitely had a skid. It was you know two to three week lull. And it's a hefty price tag to be committed to for next year. But when your team like the Red Sox who were in a tight race for the Yankees and every at this point every game in the standings matters otherwise you can and Capital One game playoff year with a team like Seattle to see in front of you. They can give them some problems and it got her. And they've got guys that. Give the red such issues like that our expanded Nelson Cruz who did get tonight for seven RBIs yes the Red Sox came back and won it but it one old boy got all this going into. It's a stunning baseball though really it's. But the Red Sox to release him Ramirez. When they did it was stunning and it's even more study and he's not popped up with any other team now potentially. Now that the traffic stop happens. And Haley was in faults. And law enforcement. It started to connect it to even if Haley insisted that late scare teams away from going out signing Italy Ramirez. The cheapest he would be you know he can pick it up for the better good of an at this point. Teams look at the pick up that. A huge contract that Red Sox had to eat but. You know if there's if he's a potential character concern not just in the clubhouse but you know he's going to be bringing. This kind of attention national drug ring international drug ring will win over the possibility years here is this. This Lawrence based ring which stretches and New Hampshire. And there are a lot of tentacles it seems like albeit. Then you can see why he was picked up so. It. What would be curious now the is what how this plays out the Red Sox are now with Major League Baseball. On the record as saying we knew nothing about this we were unaware Elise agent also telling Bob nightingale Haley has no knowledge. Had no knowledge of this ongoing investigation which is kind of murky I guess you can sort of play semantics with it. But if later it's spelled out. That indeed there was some knowledge and your organization and there's enough. Rumor mill stuff going it's hard to think that nobody around the team do little to something that this was possible because at least the last three weeks. Since Daley's departure there have been you know. People that have been floating things out that have been unsubstantiated reports Michelle the fees it would get on the record some blood. Law enforcement sources which confirmed that there is some kind of connection to the so what you thought started 6177797937. What do you make of what Michelle McPhee had to say. And haley's connection. Two X. You know it's big swing here if if haley's vault definitely. If he's not at fault I guess it as far as what she can honestly say to you but let's revisit the daily release. Do you Biden it. There's a possibility that the Red Sox released nearly Ramirez for baseball. Purposes only for baseball decisions so I think the skepticism and that was Null its financial trip. Party financially shipment particularly next year they won out from under. But. He was scuffle bit VA Haley were back on the team right now. It's world would not be playing as much as. You've seen him. But they've got other issues now were you looking out to at a Wright did that trade deadline so obviously give up a guy would be pretty derided that a habitable for you on the bench whether or not. Forget about this drug ring association if that's a true whether he would have been willing. A guy willing to sit on the bench and that would be a good team guy. It seemed like he was he joined a self this year in the he would Alex Cora had a decent relationship. And not the case now but Alex Cora did buy it was asked about this report by Michelle McPhee in the post game all he would say about it was I hope it's not true. And saying that that he knew nothing about it so there he in the Red Sox are very aware of the report right now and certainly we're gonna. The up and pick it apart speculation over the so the next 44 hours if not longer so. 6177797937. What sense do you make of the shell which he report and looking back on it now the release of Hanley Ramirez the DF failed may 25. Eventually cut loose in early June this traffic stop on May the thirtieth with a guy who facetime Hanley. Didn't win yet position as Michelle McPhee said it will black box that. He didn't want searched and said that it was Taylor's property later found to have drugs and it fentanyl. And that lit I think that the connection there is the sum larger staying. In the you know the federal investigation of this large drug gristle. Allow the kind of digest it will take a quick break you back the Red Sox through with the until midnight tonight fourteenth attend Red Sox win it. Over there is a tailored to listen to Sports Radio the media. This is Swiss. At CNET did this in Yemen that are affected by not saying that there is indictment movie. The only area where merit so we are saying and that it was a suspect who directed at a very significant drug charge. And that aspect has. Very personal contact with him here America. And that's hard checking it before you attack I got the new format perhaps. Or you just look at the bat in the backyard that Hanley Ramirez but we gave up its class. The Shelley the ABC news' investigative reporter who joined us last segment and killer by the way at Fenway Park for Red Sox real Sox won it fourteen to ten tonight if you miss that interview that's a pretty important chunk of it there we'll have it up for yet. At WEI dot com low between get out here at momentarily. That's a pretty interesting information from Michelle. Now that dates on there. I think are pretty important. This truck stop where Haley was sort of implicated at least accused by this they'll seal Rodriguez. Was according to Michel best of her knowledge at this point made the thirtieth so. Yes that's a couple days before Hanley was officially released but that was more procedural. And the designated for assignment date was may the 25 silk. If the Red Sox really shows the part way with alien may 25 like in their mind they were done we're moving on were cut ties with the either from what they seized baseball decisions or what other people said. You know might be financial just to get out from under the vesting option. Then you all the fact that he was caught up in this five days later may have been a moot point I think it would lead directly to an explanation of why no other team is picked him up. But the Red Sox would appear to be telling the truth that if that's true. That that would be yelled at they said he had no knowledge this perhaps they didn't they cut ties Palin when they move gone. Now whether there was some other if he's if he's caught up in something serious is this federal distribution and and everything else which is. There's no evidence at this point. Just one guys just you know faced yet his lover but he. And he was involved some shady stuff doesn't mean Haley was but eight if we find that out dead it would be you know. You get double line at what went to the Red Sox now are you on had been dole there's something dangerous here or suspicious. And it is curious though. They release the guy who right now all right hinted that they could use the Red Sox have no bench presence as far as pinch hitting at all lowest in the majors and it with 29 pinch hit appearances this year. They certainly he's right it that it's not hit lefties well since his release Red Sox run production dropped all the way to line. It was a curious baseball move that's why people wanted to finances and then you get this story come up with all these impossible drama. It's pretty interesting discussion point so we'll let you that China now it's 61777979. B 37 bid is in New Hampshire and he joins us here. You start out Red Sox tree idea. Yeah don't yet. Gadget. It's kind of thing a little bunny Hanley Guevara basically looted career are being. Possibly linked to come drug charges. But we did what he ran right into tangent there. All we have you may have life. Well I mean I would I would guess if Hanley is exonerated from this somebody would would recited next year right east though that some of baseball left in him. But yet announced they hit it if he is he guilty and in involved some serious is this any sought the you go to prison for all its not what 40000 guests last deaths last year but is he serious this is like. I I think some recently ten times more powerful morphine or a hundred times and admitted yeah it is a nasty drug sell. Not to need to start comparing it to other. Yeah the domestic violence is that on it and I use that he'd do that but. If if it's a major distribution ring worry he's of involved needs a major player because he's the money behind it. That is that gets into some serious stuff and so I would fix serious deal time that. Who doesn't he's even in the country at this point are or will be called back or. Extra led back to face these charges or use it to answer to this lot of unknown right now. The next couple days as far as the Sox go. The offense came through tonight and yesterday without nearly about when he gets delayed at sixteen yesterday Mike in north Providence was talk a little bit about the Red Sox offense at this point Mike's up next year on. Which really young select a deal that yeah you know it won a moan about the offense and note just I got a note about the officers. This case this scheme and lasting just kind of show we have really pre orders lightly not everybody you know they live quite a few. But how much the mental component of the game is really you know kind of let it they were practice. The news getting into cardiac situations they get the guys on base that you could put men. And that was that they were aware that in Al and once they finally. Started plating them Ron Dennis slight you know that she needs that. You know and nascent social two between this game and last game that you showed shoot out. That kind of mentality in the limited team or kind of freedom. Just based upon their belief that they can do something. Yeah brought. Cole looks like he's turnaround that Mike can you that's why are dad hit tonight pretty big guessing the opposite field there in the seventh sell. That's pretty good sign if he'd get some of those guys contributing. All part of it part of it is is that over the last two games to have he'd started. Go the other way you know keep from either side of the plea. Just pack it got really pull conscious that he when you know things are struggling dykstra and his start hit home run dynamic changer in one swing. And they sorry and then they did the pitches the way that they can get its way. And it becoming pop ups and ground ball but I just made a point about Bryant Johnson or did our long relievers and and baskets. Have come and really date date date is that under the radar. But they've gone out there and steadied the ship a lot of times when our starters struggle. And back this is the first time release he has a wanna buy started it really hammered is normally court just put one on the other hand. Before it before it gets completely out of hand. Mike I couldn't believe they didn't bring they didn't pull right earlier I mean especially before he faced the cruise again that was it being correlate to getting killed for this. Half for leaving him in there if if the bullpen guys didn't come through like you say. Yeah I mean it says it's a one of these things were in good Longley action does two things one kind of insulates everybody else being old war. And pitching like meaningless trimmings and and true. It allows you to take your starter out. And do it more freely because you're not gonna blow love you all act like in it last year and in years past we didn't have long. Olin pull starter out early in the first keyed a three. A lot of times are you know barrel or even carry frank callers what they got in there and said well etiquette by body. But not eat out up to do that when you have guys like chopped it out there who could experience. Through all the yet. True all the more thanks for the call let them all the more reason they should have pulled right earlier in this game Ryan may not external threats such review. Right based Collins. BA I don't know. When you get near the stomach area that quote you get your hair and in my. It I think it won't be read what all lose the you bought that they get over it and you don't think little bit silly or before. It. And I exam that they might have had very little bit about what didn't want. Could have Walt it as far as threats are exceptionally Ryan dropped off as far as that absolutely no walls gone. Again the DF fatal may 25 at the alleged car stop where he's at looking it is may the thirtieth so that's a little bit. It's it's still a little bit murky to me and mean. I'm luck trying to protect the Red Sox starting a fight for it it felt like they were guilty on a percent I would say and I just it's there's so much unknown right now still to this Vincent's in the car next. Heroes were treated at the idea for the political form Callahan droplets of these goals and what's up it's. And it was early may thirtieth direct. He was DFA may 25 so he was officially released June 1 so it's not. Yes vote. Month ago besides what they did the best in the air force book out about and it's certainly the market. He was the way I do you think he was released for baseball reasons that's. I mean I'm not think I am out. And it became. That game back in the air I think barely look at. It or. Pucks over about it. There you know. Cut ties with him all right we'll take a break anyway to cut ties for the moment we got a couple minutes away and sport traded WEEI Red Sox view with the until midnight the Sox did inevitably will comeback win tonight to a look today a matter of fact doubtful for nothing. In ten to five they went fourteen to ten. Yup that's came through tonight the last two days. What combines a 36 hits the last couple games that gets it done. It's back in the game of the Yankees still fuel talks Sox who do that as well 6177797. Lead through seven this news Sports Radio W yeah. I wanted to clear here airfares that I Annie can act and who at the box that would later parents can keen. Illegal drug. Surprise you know I. But. Tonight I heard it I heard and read it to them. I just people and I asked him about it. The only thing that. Because shoot. And other organizations and all of this them you know I they're not on this you know our decision was made basically him on baseball you know baseball related them. And I hope is not true. Alex core asked about the Haley Ramirez rumors and again we had Michelle McKee who broke this story as soon as she did the Aaron Hernandez sorry couple years ago. She lawlessness are Red Sox view of that hopefully have you posted for you here shortly tonight bearing age and stuff timing and it. Also still little murky to me luck if blockading the Red Sox is. Telling on truce. But doesn't mean Hanley wasn't involved and perhaps is the reason he's not sign anywhere since being released by the Red Sox that seems pretty clear right now. But a big comeback with the Sox tonight as well 6177797937. And that pretty don't think about it loses intensified in the Yankees still loose to the rays missed an opportunity to regaining game. Potentially swing game for the Sox in terms of the moment and the at least the it is also one to 62 puts the pars the last two goes. On the socks off that's waking that a big weight in no Jackie Bradley junior in there tonight talked about that have been here before we settle the Paula let's Phil's been paying an unease what is next on Sports Radio that. In the wild and wacky Friday dumb I hope and we had not gonna do it there. Them off and China is making The Herald you go people are dying to national epidemic. A good trial of governor baker my man that master of economic to nominate it was tricky out a way to Friday. It's not like look at here's some good news to do after what you said. In particular. Our old record was seventeen in the game class highly tonight with twenty. Important hitters. And it would late in the evening we can't let that work great in the legal or lose in an eight. Basically our. So this lecture on the night aggressive offensive. Keep me hopeful. You do in the play out you know meanwhile. That's up all thanks for checking in I get around rub against it but what wanting real quickly GBJ. I'm not in their tonight he would've made that catch I think that that attendee still for all off his gloves do you miss that which leads to a run and almost got that attendee hurt. But also. You seem without him in the lineup as well he's been really scuffled at 181 as he is you know that's why are. And makes a ton of a difference but give it DH it's a tough decision they gallop Bradley what to do trade deadline and all that stuff coming up. On the next month as well but we're at a time mustn't Johnson back in 9 AM tomorrow on jetlag get anybody.