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D&C hourly recap: Monday, 7 a.m.

08.02.10 at 7:18 am ET
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In the first hour of the Dennis & Callahan show Monday, Bob Neumeier and Bob Ryan, filling in for the regular hosts, kicked off the week talking about Joe Vargus coming in to ‘€œpinch hit’€ for John Meterparel and waking up late. Neumeier started talking about how to set alarm clocks on cell phones and knowing how to navigate the new technology on alarm clocks.

Neumy shared a story about sleeping in for work for a 6 p.m. show for Channel 4, when covering a Bruins-Canadiens series at the Montreal Forum. He enjoyed a couple of glasses of wine at lunch that day, asked for wake-up call at his hotel at 6 p.m. and missed it, waking up at 6:12 p.m. for a show on at 6:30. He paid $200 for a taxi to get him to the Forum by running every light; he got to the show a minute late.

Ryan transitioned into the ‘€œexhilarating’€ weekend of baseball ‘€” recapping Friday night’€™s heartbreaker for the Red Sox, their walk-off win Saturday, and Clay Buchholz‘€™ magnificent performance Sunday night, until the Sox blew the lead in the top of the ninth, only to recover and get the victory on an Tigers error on a Marco Scutaro bunt in the bottom of the ninth.

Neumeier said his favorite cliché in sports is: ‘€œOur additions are the players that are hurt.’€ Ryan said the quote is the truth. Neumy said the Sox have given up by not spending money on trades while the Yankees and Tampa Bay brought in bullpen help and other additions to make their teams better. Ryan said the difference is that the Sox are not in the pennant race like the Yankees and Rays. Neumy said that that the lack of trade is a classic ‘€œrise of the white flag’€ move, and questioned whether the Red Sox really couldn’€™t improve their roster given the rotation they’€™ve been playing with lately. Ryan called their lack of deal realistic and believed that it wasn’€™t worth it for them to sacrifice what they would’€™ve had to sacrifice to win.

Neumy questioned what the ‘€œprudent’€ thing to do was in their situation, and said the Red Sox didn’€™t need to trade their top prospects in order to stay competitive. The guys debated whether or not it’€™s about getting into the postseason. Ryan said it’€™s about enjoying the game without worrying about what’€™s going to happen in October when only one team out of 30 can win it in October, and questioned how the only team to have won two World Series in the last decade all of a sudden ‘€œdoesn’€™t want to win.’€ Neumy said he wasn’€™t buying the excuses out there.

The talk switched to Jonathan Papelbon and whether or not he’€™ll be back in Boston next year, seeing as how Daniel Bard is getting groomed and Pap’€™s stuff isn’€™t as hot as it used to be. Ryan said he doesn’€™t have faith in Papelbon at all, while Neumy discussed how this is Papelbon’€™s worst year for his ERA and strikeouts to walks.

Neumy said he wanted to know what the Red Sox thought about Theo Epstein‘s lack of moves, and wondered if they are thankful or frustrated with the stagnant approach at the trade deadline. Getting back on Papelbon, Neumy paid it a point to say how the Red Sox needed help in the bullpen.

The guys closed out the hour talking about “blockbuster” weddings this weekend, highlighting the union between Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky. Neumy imagined what the guys would buy for the couple if they had been invited. Producer Steve Ciaccio said he’d offer up a $50 gift card to Outback Steakhouse. Victor Conte, Balco founder Victor Conte also exchanged vows with his longtime girlfriend. The guys figured needles and HGH were among the Conte wedding gifts.

Caller of the Hour: Jim in the car called in asking about Mike Lowell as a designated hitter and playing in Sunday night’€™s game considering how Lowell has been ‘€œtearing the cover off the ball’€ in Pawtucket and Adrian Beltre needs a day off.

Quote of the Hour: ‘€œI’€™m not buying any of the Kool-Aid you’€™re drinking, or any of these other excuse-makers out here.’€ ‘€” Bob Neumeier, doubting that the Red Sox were taking the ‘€œprudent’€ way out by their lack of trade moves.