|Heidi Watney lands at MLB Network||11.19.12 at 12:56 pm ET|
Former NESN Red Sox reporter Heidi Watney will join MLB Network as a studio host and reporter beginning in January, the network announced Monday.
Watney was a popular figure on NESN from 2008 until she decided to return to her native California last fall, accepting a job with Time Warner Cable SportsNet in Los Angeles to work Lakers games. However, the Lakers reportedly objected to the network hiring Watney before getting the team’s clearance, and she recently struck a deal to leave the company without having appeared courtside.
|Possible Heidi Watney replacements||11.17.11 at 1:26 pm ET|
Following a historic collapse in September, Red Sox fans knew there would be plenty of personalities around the Red Sox that would be out of Boston. Some of the early losses include manager Terry Francona, general manager Theo Epstein and closer Jonathan Papelbon. But Red Sox fans were stung with one of the more surprising departures Wednesday when NESN announced sideline reporter Heidi Watney was leaving the network after four seasons of coverage. The Red Sox failed to win a World Series with Watney as their sideline reporter and finished no higher than second in the AL East during her tenure. While Red Sox management now focuses on finding the next Red Sox manager, NESN will turn its focus to finding the next Heidi Watney. Here’s a list of ten possible candidates to replace Watney.
If NESN is looking for someone with more of a news background, Katie Couric could be a good pick. Couric, like Watney, is a blonde. She is familiar with the team through her previous relationship with team chairman Tom Werner, but those ties may be permanently severed after the two split in 2005 following a four-year relationship. Couric also is not shy about revealing anything in front of the camera, as she underwent a live colonoscopy on the Today show in 2000 in order to raise awareness for colon cancer. She has proven she can ask the tough questions, as she did in an interview with Alex Rodriguez about steroids.
|Deutsche Bank Championship notebook: Phil Mickelson switches to belly putter||09.02.11 at 6:44 pm ET|
NORTON — Besides Troy Matteson jumping out to the lead at the 2011 Deutsche Bank Championship, the biggest storyline of the day was Phil Mickelson switching from his normal length putter to a belly putter.
“I got off to a great start with it, making about a 10-footer on the first hole for birdie and then an eight-footer on the second for birdie,” Mickelson said. “I thought it went well. I feel that I’m probably putting better with that putter than I would be the short putter, so I’ll end up by using it the rest of the tournament I would anticipate. I don’t know if it is a short-term or a long-term thing, but it feels good.”
Mickelson shot a 1-under 70 and recorded 29 putts. He says that although it is brand new it feels good, he just needs to get used to it.
“Yeah, I feel pretty good with it,” he said. “I thought that I was starting them on line, and I’ve got to get comfortable with the speed and so forth. That’s a little different, but like I said I don’t know if it is short-term or long-term, but right now it feels good.”
After attending the Red Sox-Yankees game on Thursday night, Mickelson lost a bet and had to wear Yankee pinstriped pants as the Yankees beat the Red Sox, 4-2.
“Well, obviously I was on the Red Sox last night and lost a wager with a friend and had to wear these today. What can you say? I’ve got to suck it up and bear it.”
• New England native and PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley returned to his roots for the first time since last month’s major win. Playing in front of many family and friends, Bradley shot a 3-under 68.
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