Sunday, February 13, 2011
Updated: February 14, 10:00 AM ET
Which Boston athletes need a hug?
With Valentine's Day upon us, ESPNBoston.com asked Boston athletes which of their teammates need a hug.
As told to Louise K. Cornetta
Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox 2B: "Everyone gets love around here
kind of. Let's say Ryan Kalish. He did a great job when he has been up. He'll get a lot more attention in the next couple of years."
Delonte West, Celtics guard: "There's all grown men in here. Me? I don't need no hugs, you know what I'm saying? The going gets tough, the tough get going. I don't need no hugs. I do push-ups. I hope no man in here needs no hugs. I got enough hugs as a baby. I don't need no hugs now. Once I left the house, there weren't no more hugs for me. When I get sad, I punch brick walls. So no one needs a hug on this team. It's all grown men here. It's all soldiers in here. Ain't nobody hugging in here."
Tuukka Rask, Bruins goalie: "It's got to be Savy [Marc Savard]. Well you know, he's living by himself and he's got no girl. So I think he needs hug from girl."
Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox OF: "Pedey [Dustin Pedroia]. He just needs a hug. He's the guy that needs one."
Kendrick Perkins, Celtics center: "Each day is a different person. Each day a different person comes in with a different attitude and you can tell they need a hug. I don't know who it is today. Might be Nate [Robinson], might be Big Baby [Glen Davis], or might be KG [Kevin Garnett] if I had to pick today."
Nathan Horton, Bruins RW: "Mark Stuart. I felt badly for him when he busted up his hand. I like to give him one every now and then."
Felix Doubront, Red Sox LHP: "Mike Lowell, who retired. He had a lot of things happen to him this year, so he needs it. Like he needs a hug."
Ryan Kalish, Red Sox OF: "Give Lars [Anderson] more attention because it's funny to watch him talk. It just entertains me to hear him talk. His interviews are always so good. Wait
why did Pedroia say I need more love? Oh, thanks Pedey."
Mark Recchi, Bruins LW: "Savy [Marc Savard] could use one."
Glen Davis, Celtics forward: "KG, because he's so energetic."
John Lackey, Red Sox RHP: "Josh Beckett could use a hug. I can't get into why, but he definitely needs one."
Johnny Boychuk, Bruins defenseman: "Greg Campbell because he's always in game mode. A hug might lighten him up."
Nate Robinson, Celtics guard: "I say D-West [Delonte West] because the history of all the bad things people try and say about him. Well, he's a good guy. So my pick is him."