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The Largest Selection of Wholesale Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products in Boston

When it comes to trying new, exciting cuisine, few foods hit the spot like a deliciously fresh Mediterranean meal. However, we know that it can be very difficult to find authentic Mediterranean grocery wholesalers in Boston, MA. Having lived in metro Atlanta for years, we realized that our customers needed an easy way to find quality wholesale Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food in bulk. That is why we created Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market - to give everyone a chance to enjoy tasty, healthy food, desserts, and authentic Mediterranean gifts at wholesale prices.

Founded in 2009, Nazareth Grocery has become one of Boston's leading international wholesale grocery stores. We are very proud to serve our customers and do everything in our power to give them the largest selection of high-quality wholesale goods available.

If you're looking for the freshest, most delicious Middle Eastern wholesale products and ingredients, you will find them here at the best prices in the state. We encourage you to swing by our store in Marietta to see our selection for yourself. We think that you will be impressed!

The Nazareth Difference

At Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market, our mission is simple: bring you and your family the largest selection of wholesale Mediterranean products in Boston. When coupled with our helpful, friendly staff and authentic Middle Eastern atmosphere, it's easy to see why we are the top Middle Eastern grocery wholesaler in Boston, MA. We're proud to carry just about every kind of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern product that you can think of, from prepared meals and hookahs to fine seasonings and sweets. We're here for our customers and want each one of them to have a unique, one-of-a-kind experience when they shop with us.

Our loyal customers love our selection of the following wholesale foods and gifts:

  • Fresh Breads
  • OlivesOlives
  • HummusHummus
  • CheesesCheeses
  • SaucesSauces
  • Savory-FoodsSavory Foods
  • DessertsDesserts
  • DrinksDrinks
  • HookahsHookahs
  • TobaccoTobacco
  • SaucesGifts
  • Much More!Much More!

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Most Popular Wholesale Mediterranean Foods

There is so much more to Mediterranean food than pizza and pasta. The perfect climate combined with delicious foods and amazing wine makes the Mediterranean incredibly irresistible. That's why our customers absolutely love to buy this kind of cuisine in bulk. Every country in this region has its own set of specialties and delicacies, each with its own flavors and styles of preparation.

Mediterranean countries include:

  • France
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Turkey
  • Syria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
  • Spain
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So, when it comes to the most popular wholesale Mediterranean products in Boston,
what are we talking about?

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Feta Cheese

Feta cheese is a classic Mediterranean dairy product that is often enjoyed on its own, in Greek salads, on bread, or mixed with zucchini. Depending on where the feta is sourced and produced, the cheese can be made from cow, sheep, or goat milk, or even a combination of the three. Regardless of the animal it comes from, this delicious cheese is a crowd favorite.

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Baba Ganoush

This Levantine dish is one of the most well-known Mediterranean dishes to eat in the United States. It typically comes in the form of a dip, served with pita or another kind of dipping bread. Commonly served before dinner as an appetizer of sorts, it usually features tahini, eggplant, garlic, spices, and sometimes yogurt. This tasty cuisine works great as a spread on a sandwich, or you can even eat it with a spoon, all on its own.

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Baklava

If you have never tried authentic baklava before, get ready to have your mind blown. This dessert is a traditional Mediterranean food that will have your taste buds craving more and more. Once you open a box of baklava from our Mediterranean grocery wholesaler in Boston, MA, you won't want to stop eating! Baklava is made with layers of thin filo dough, which is layered together, filled with chopped nuts (think pistachios), and sealed with honey or syrup. Baklava is so good that its origins are debated, leaving many wondering which country invented the dessert. Everyone from the Turks to the Greeks and even Middle Easterners hold unique takes on baklava. Try each one to discover your favorite!

Most Popular Wholesale Middle Eastern Foods

Fresh, healthy, aromatic, rich: it's no wonder that the popularity of Middle Eastern cuisine and products has skyrocketed in the United States. This genre of cuisine features a large variety of foods, from Halvah to Labneh. If there were one common theme throughout all Middle Eastern food, it would be the bright, vibrant herbs and spices that are used. These flavorings help create rich, complex flavors that foodies fawn over. Typically, Middle Eastern food is piled high for all to eat, with enough food for an entire republic to put down.

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Tabbouleh

This refreshing, healthy dish is chock-full of greens, herbs, tomatoes, and bulgur (or cracked wheat), creating a memorable, bold flavor. This dish may be eaten on its own or paired with a shawarma sandwich or helping of falafel. It's best to buy your ingredients in bulk to make this dish because it tastes best freshly made with family around to enjoy. Just be sure to bring a toothpick to the tabbouleh party - you're almost certain to have some leafy greens stuck in your teeth after eating.

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Shawarma

We mentioned shawarma above, and for good reason - this dish is enjoyed by men and women around the world, and of course, right here in the U.S. Except for falafel, this might be the most popular Middle Eastern food item in history. Shawarma is kind of like a Greek gyro, with slow-roasted meat stuffed in laffa with veggies and sauce. The blend of spices and the smoky meat mix together to create a tangy, meaty flavor that you will want to keep eating for hours. For western-style shawarma, try using beef or chicken. For a more traditional meal, try using lamb from our Middle Eastern grocery distributor in Boston, MA.

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Hummus

Traditionally used as a dip meant for fresh pita, hummus is a combo of chickpeas, garlic, and tahini, blended together until silky, smooth, and creamy. You can find hummus in just about any appetizer section of a Middle Eastern restaurant menu. That's because it's considered a staple of Middle Eastern food that can be enjoyed by itself, as a spread, or with fresh-baked pita bread. Hummus is also very healthy, making it a no-brainer purchase from our grocery store.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

If there's one diet that is most well-known for its health benefits, it has got to be the Mediterranean diet. In 2019, U.S. News & World Report listed the Mediterranean diet as No. 1 on its best over diet list. This incredible diet has been cited to help with weight loss, brain health, heart health, diabetes prevention, and cancer prevention.

Whether you already love Mediterranean food or you're looking to make some positive changes in your life, this "diet" is for you. Eating cuisine like Greek food, Persian food, Turkish food, and Italian food is healthy and tastes great. Even better than that? At Nazareth Wholesale Grocery, we have many staples of the Mediterranean diet for sale in bulk so that you can stock up on your favorites at the best prices around.

So, what exactly is the Mediterranean diet?

It is a way of eating that incorporates traditional Greek, Italian, and other Mediterranean cultures' foods. These foods are often plant-based and make up the foundation of the diet, along with olive oil. Fish, seafood, dairy, and poultry are also included in moderation. Red meat and sweets are only eaten in moderation, not in abundance. Mediterranean food includes many forms of nuts, fruits, vegetables, fish, seeds, and more. Of course, you can find at them all at our wholesale Mediterranean grocery store!

Here are just a few of the many benefits of eating a healthy Mediterranean diet:

Reduced Risk of Heart Disease

Reduced Risk
of Heart Disease

Many studies have been conducted on this diet, many of which report that Mediterranean food is excellent for your heart. Some of the most promising evidence comes from a randomized clinical trial published in 2013. For about five years, researchers followed 7,000 men and women around the country of Spain. These people had type 2 diabetes or were at a high risk for cardiovascular disease. Participants in the study who ate an unrestricted Mediterranean diet with nuts and extra-virgin olive oil were shown to have a 30% lower risk of heart events.

Reduced Risk of Stroke for Women

Reduced Risk
of Stroke for Women

In addition to the heart-healthy benefits of a Mediterranean diet, studies have shown that eating healthy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods can reduce the chances of stroke in women. The study was conducted in the U.K., which included women between the ages of 40 and 77. Women who stuck to the Mediterranean diet showed a lower risk of having a stroke - especially women who were at high risk of having one.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

First and foremost, purchase your Mediterranean and Middle Eastern wholesale foods from Nazareth Grocery - we're always updating our inventory! Getting started on this healthy, delicious diet is easy.

Try these tips:

Try these tips

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Instead of unhealthy sweets like candy and ice cream, try eating fresh fruit instead. It's refreshing, tasty, and often packed with great vitamins and nutrients.

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Try eating fish twice a week, in lieu of red meat. Fish is much healthier and doesn't have the unfortunate side effects of red meat, like inflammation.

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Try planning out your meals using beans, whole grains, and veggies. Don't start with meats and sweets.

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They're tasty, but try to avoid processed foods completely.

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Instead of using butter to flavor your food, use extra virgin olive oil instead. Olive oil contains healthy fats and tastes great too.

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Try to get more exercise and get out of the house. The Mediterranean lifestyle is an active one, best enjoyed in the beautiful sunshine when possible.

Why Buy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products Wholesale?

Buying wholesale and retail are quite different. When you buy products from a wholesaler, you're essentially buying from the middleman between a retail establishment and the manufacturer. Wholesale purchases are almost always made in bulk. Because of that, buyers pay a discounted price. That's great for normal buyers and great for business owners, who can sell those products to profit. This higher price is called the retail price, and it is what traditional customers pay when they enter a retail store.

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Heat defeat Celtics off the back of a monster Bam Adebayo double double

Bam Adebayo and the Miami Heat come away with yet another huge win against the rival Boston Celtics 98-95. Miami improves to 27-22, the first time being 5 games above .500 all season. They also split the season series 2-2 with Boston, proving that they can keep up with the best in the league. Victor Oladipo, Haywood Highsmith and Max Strus all had their moments, but tonight was all about Adebayo....

Bam Adebayo and the Miami Heat come away with yet another huge win against the rival Boston Celtics 98-95. Miami improves to 27-22, the first time being 5 games above .500 all season. They also split the season series 2-2 with Boston, proving that they can keep up with the best in the league. Victor Oladipo, Haywood Highsmith and Max Strus all had their moments, but tonight was all about Adebayo.

#HEATWin final - Miami 98, Boston 95 Adebayo: 30pts & 15rebs Highsmith: 15pts (4/4 3PM) & 10rebs Strus: 13pts (3 3PM) & 7rebs Oladipo: 12pts & 6rebs pic.twitter.com/vwlnFtdfLG

— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) January 25, 2023

The big man was a force to be reckoned with, and with Jimmy Butler being a late scratch due to back tightness it was Adebayo who was the leading man. He set the tone both offensively and defensively, and couldn’t be stopped. Even the efficiency was impressive, going 12/22 from the field. He tied the game in the 4th quarter with a fast break slam dunk and then followed that up with an eventual game winning jumper down the stretch.

30 points14 rebounds2 steals1 blockGame clinching bucketBam Adebayo pic.twitter.com/XPYSemXdmq

— Brady Hawk (@BradyHawk305) January 25, 2023

Yet another game to help solidify Bam’s NBA all-star case, as the Heat are now 7-1 when he drops over 30 points in a game. In those 8 games, he is putting up insane averages of 32.0 PPG, 11.1 RPG, 61% FG, 86% FT, and an absurd +49 when on the court. When he is aggressive and looking for shots in his wheel house, whether that’s mid range, in the post or on put backs, he is a hard man to defend.

Games like this show more than enough proof that this is an NBA all-star. Adebayo deserves to be in Salt Lake City come mid February. To be able to carry a team from down double digits with a star player like Butler being out to defeat the best team in the NBA definitely means something.

Big-time performance in front of a national audience. Closer and closer to sealing a spot at the #NBAAllStar Game. pic.twitter.com/Wy7kfWW47i

— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) January 25, 2023

Bam Adebayo makes it known:"I should be in Salt Lake."This man DESERVES to be in the All-Star game... and he sure as hell should be in it. pic.twitter.com/odOP7N9CtM

— Naveen Ganglani (@naveenganglani) January 25, 2023

Haywood Highsmith on Bam Adebayo:“He’s been a killer all season for us.”“He’s definitely an All-Star this year.”

— Brady Hawk (@BradyHawk305) January 25, 2023

I interviewed Bam before a December home game in Miami and mentioned to him that this team is at its best when he is assertive offensively. Specifically I mentioned this team needs “aggressive Bam” to come out to play. He smiled and laughed as he responded with saying he likes the sound of that. Stats like Miami being 7-1 when he scores over 30 or more just validate my point even more. Adebayo has all the tools to be a top 10 player in this league, and could be cementing himself as a top 3 center.

Bam Adebayo is unquestionably one of the best centers in the NBA.Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

— Hot Hot Hoops (@hothothoops) January 25, 2023

The Heat went on a 15-0 run in the 4th quarter to come back and seal the deal in front of their home crowd. As dominant as Adebayo was, Haywood Highsmith put his imprints on this game too. He provided more than valuable minutes off the bench, as he was extremely solid defensively and was even 4/4 from 3. Including a couple of them in the 4th when Miami needed it the most.

The defense dialed in late in the game, rotations were quick and the Heat were able to get their hands up and make everything difficult for Boston. They hung around just enough in the first few quarters and especially the 3rd, just to turn it up a notch on both ends in the final quarter. Victor Oladipo has his share of timely buckets to keep Miami in the game. Max Strus started off hot with 13 1st quarter points.

Tyler Herro had a rough shooting night that he would want to forget about, but hit a big time clutch triple. It was an incredible game to watch, as both teams missed a key player or two, the intensity remained the same as usual when these two team’s match up. Miami got the better of Boston this time around, and hopefully they can meet each other in the playoffs for yet another entertaining series.

The Heat will now shift their focus to the visiting Orlando Magic on Friday at 8:00 PM ET.

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Tomase: Mondesi signing exposes flaw in Red Sox' roster strategy

dalberto Mondesi is the perfect Red Sox player -- talented, injured, tantalizing, cheap, undervalued, flawed.For every positive attribute, there's a negative. Have you seen his wheels? He's going to need them, since he's not exactly an on-base machine. That glove is legit at short, provided he can stay on the field. His athleticism is off the charts, but he's also recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL.This has been the way under Chaim Bloom, who has never met a 10.00 ERA he couldn't squint into a 3.00 or a low on-base gu...

dalberto Mondesi is the perfect Red Sox player -- talented, injured, tantalizing, cheap, undervalued, flawed.

For every positive attribute, there's a negative. Have you seen his wheels? He's going to need them, since he's not exactly an on-base machine. That glove is legit at short, provided he can stay on the field. His athleticism is off the charts, but he's also recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL.

This has been the way under Chaim Bloom, who has never met a 10.00 ERA he couldn't squint into a 3.00 or a low on-base guy he couldn't envision hitting for power. Every seemingly bad player with encouraging underlying data is just one tweak away from being unlocked.

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Were the Red Sox tinkering around the edges of a star-studded roster, the approach would make sense. Surround your highest-ticket items with affordable upside and then hope some of it hits.

The strategy feels doomed when it's all you've got, with the risk/reward guys becoming necessary contributors.

Just consider all the hoping the Red Sox will do when spring training rolls around.

Maybe Mondesi will regain the form that briefly made him a breakout candidate in Kansas City five years ago. Maybe Chris Sale will stay healthy. Maybe Corey Kluber and James Paxton will, too.

Maybe career backup Reese McGuire can hold up as a regular catcher. Maybe Justin Turner turns back the clock. Maybe Kiké Hernández can be an everyday shortstop. Maybe Triston Casas won't hit .197 again. Maybe Alex Verdugo is finally ready to crawl out of mediocrity. Maybe Masataka Yoshida is the real deal. Maybe the farm will help more than we think.

Maybe, maybe, maybe, maybe.

Since Bloom arrived in 2019, the Red Sox have shed some serious talent, starting with MVP Mookie Betts and continuing straight through All-Star shortstop Xander Bogaerts this winter. It's hard to argue the organization is in better shape now than when Bloom arrived, not without Nathan Eovaldi, Andrew Benintendi, Christian Vazquez, and Eduardo Rodriguez, too.

But that hasn't stopped Bloom from building a roster that prizes versatility, depth, and value over pure talent. New center fielder Adam Duvall could be a legit corner outfielder on a contender, but he's your starting center fielder. Hernández could be valuable as a super-utility guy, but he's your starting shortstop. Don't be surprised if the 38-year-old Turner becomes the leader of the offense instead of a supporting veteran.

That's not setting guys up to succeed. It's praying that they collectively somehow play well beyond their health or skill level. Just consider how Bloom described the Mondesi acquisition on Tuesday night.

He praised Mondesi's athleticism, calling it "top of the scale of anyone who plays big league baseball." He mentioned Mondesi's knee surgery and noted that he could end up missing the start of the season, though he wouldn't rule out a return by Opening Day.

He drilled down on why Mondesi is merely a lifetime .244 hitter with a .280 on base percentage, noting that it was a matter of opportunity, which conveniently skirts the fact that the Royals have averaged fewer than 65 wins a year since 2018. What does it say about a player who couldn't crack that lineup?

"The inconsistency of the opportunities he's gotten has probably played into why he hasn't been able to tap into those tools consistently at the plate," Bloom said. "But it's all there. He'll show you everything you would ever want to see out of a major league player, and really one of the better athletes to play at the big league level in recent years, so we're excited to get him in the organization, excited to finish this rehab, bring him along the right way, and he has the upside to really, really impact us."

Gambling on upside is fine when it only takes one hit to transform a roster. But betting exclusively on long shots feels like a good way to leave the track without a penny to your name.

Bruins legend Zdeno Chara talks playing with broken jaw and ‘co-captains’ role with Patrice Bergeron

Zdeno Chara is widely regarded as one of the greatest free-agent signings in NHL history.Beyond his numerous individual accolades, Chara captained the Bruins to their first Stanley Cup in 39 years. But before departing to the Capitals, the future Hall of Famer orchestrated a culture change in Boston that carries on today through veterans like Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand.The former defenseman joined the “Spittin’ Chiclets&rdq...

Zdeno Chara is widely regarded as one of the greatest free-agent signings in NHL history.

Beyond his numerous individual accolades, Chara captained the Bruins to their first Stanley Cup in 39 years. But before departing to the Capitals, the future Hall of Famer orchestrated a culture change in Boston that carries on today through veterans like Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand.

The former defenseman joined the “Spittin’ Chiclets” podcast and shared plenty of memories from his 14-year run in Boston.

Here are a few noteworthy segments from Chara’s interview:

The Bruins fell short against the Blues in the 2019 Stanley Cup Final. But the seven-game bout led to one of Chara’s signature moments in a storied career.

After breaking his jaw during Boston’s Game 4 loss in St. Louis, Chara underwent surgery the following day. He didn’t miss a single game for the Bruins, playing the final three games and averaging 18:23 of ice time.

His mangled jaw wired shut and covered by a full face shield, Chara received a rousing ovation from the TD Garden crowd ahead of Game 5.

Chara admitted that he tried to return in Game 4 after a deflected puck shattered his jaw in multiple places. Before going under the knife the following day in Boston, it was an excruciating stay in St. Louis.

“We stayed overnight in St. Louis. I didn’t sleep a bit. It was just the bleeding, pain. Just kind of waiting and waiting for the morning to come,” Chara said. “Finally got on the plane, went right from the plane to the hospital, had my surgery done. Woke up from my surgery and I’m actually feeling pretty good. … So Don Sweeney [and] Cam Neely came to see me and they’re like ‘How do you feel?’ I’m like, ‘I’m feeling good. I think I’m going to try to play.’

“They’re looking at me like, ‘Uh, whatever — he’s still probably under the influence of morphine.’ But I’m actually feeling pretty good. So now I’m talking to doctors, and they all give me the precautions of what can happen, right? And like, ‘Well, okay, I’m willing to take it and I want to go out there.’”

Beyond his face shield, Chara had no restrictions during the next morning skate at TD Garden. But getting off the ice led to a slew of new challenges.

“I’m like, ‘Okay, I’m feeling good. Then the lunch comes and like, ‘How am I gonna eat lunch? So there’s a blender and I’m trying to get as much in me as possible, but it’s tough,” Chara said. “It’s tough to kind of refuel after. But I just felt like it was the right thing to do and wanted to go out there and just help the team.”

Chara, who added that he felt no pressure from the Bruins to play with his injury, acknowledged that he had more issues than just his jaw during the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

At that time, I didn’t know I had a broken elbow, I had torn groin. I had the jaw,” Chara said. “So I was under painkillers, but I only could take so much that would be healthy. So you still felt obviously the pain every time you got hit.”

Chara held the role of captain in Boston from 2006 to 2020. But the imposing blueliner didn’t isolate himself as the lone foundation in the B’s dressing room.

The Bruins stitched the “C” onto Patrice Bergeron’s sweater in January 2021. Chara believes his longtime teammate was equally as important at setting the tone for the rest of the roster.

“It was a great balance between me and Bergy,” Chara said. “Patrice is just an unbelievable leader, unbelievable human being, person. Outgoing. It was great for me to have him because he was what I wasn’t. And I said it, we were co-captains. It was not that I was the guy.

“I couldn’t make the right calls all the time. It’s always better to have other guys saying to me, like ‘Hey why don’t we try this? Yeah, f—ing right. That’s great.’ I enjoyed that. And Patrice was … my wingman for 14 years.”

Chara had multiple suitors by the time he hit free agency in the summer of 2006. While deliberating his next destination, the 29-year-old defenseman received a tempting pitch from Bruins legend Ray Bourque that resonated with him.

“I was looking for the opportunity to be a leader,” Chara said of his priorities that offseason. “Nothing was guaranteed. But I knew that Peter Chiarelli was going from Ottawa to Boston as a GM. So I knew, ‘Okay, he knows me, he knows who I am, what kind of a player, what kind of character I am.’ Obviously, the captaincy was vacant. But to me, I got a call from Ray Bourque and some former players telling me about the organization and the opportunity.

“And they all said the biggest need was changing the culture. And I said, ‘You know what, I’m going to embrace it.’ I can’t tell you that I was comfortable. Because it’s a huge challenge. And it’s a huge amount of responsibility. But I was excited.”

Chara was named the 19th captain in Bruins history the same day he signed his five-year contract with the team on July 1, 2006.

As daunting as the challenge was to assume the captaincy of an Original Six franchise, Chara didn’t augment his approach as he tried to shift Boston’s team culture.

I tried to really set the standards for changing the culture by being me, basically,” Chara said. “I came to training camp and I said, ‘I’m gonna be the strongest, fittest guy. And I’m gonna let everybody know that, because that’s the standard. I want to set the standard. … I started to play as hard in the practice or even harder than in the games.

It happened that there were some fights in practice. But again, you’re setting some sort of footprint that ‘Okay, this is gonna change, we’re gonna change it and we’re going to do it together.'”

Another priority for Chara was to prohibit the customary hazing that usually befalls rookies in an NHL dressing room.

“Probably what I dealt with at a very young age,” Chara said of the reason for curtailing that behavior in Boston. “Growing up — I don’t want to talk about the details, but … the bullying was part of growing up, maybe back home a little bit. And I said, ‘One day, if I ever have a chance to change that out, I’ll make sure to change it.’

“I don’t like to do it. I don’t like to put anybody down. I don’t like to embarrass anyone. I think that you got to realize that if you point a finger at somebody, there’s three, four fingers pointing back at you. So I just didn’t like it.”

Chara’s No. 33 sweater will be raised to the Garden rafters at some point. But for now, the 45-year-old is taking it easy after hanging up his skates in September.

Rather than dole out pain on the Garden ice, most of Chara’s evenings now revolve around taking his twin sons, Zack and Ben, to hockey practices and games.

Chara, who holds a real estate license in Massachusetts, is keeping his mind sharp off the ice. He admitted on the podcast that he’s taking financial literacy courses online with Harvard Business School.

As for watching Bergeron and the 2022-23 Bruins, Chara has been impressed with what he’s seen.

“I came to see about three games, four games,” Chara said of watching the Bruins. “But not a whole lot. I mean, it’s kind of late coming home after the games and I like to get up early these days — around 4:35 a.m. and go for a run or bike ride and then get my boys and my kids ready for school. So it would be tough to come home at 11:30 after the games. But I went to about three or four games. But watching them, it’s just incredible. They’re just beating everybody.”

How did Manny Ramirez, other ex-Red Sox fare in latest Baseball Hall of Fame voting?

David Ortiz won’t have any familiar company near his plaque in Cooperstown. At least not this year.The Baseball Hall of Fame revealed the latest BBWAA balloting Tuesday, with Scott Rolen the lone player elected among a field of 28 players.There was plenty of Red Sox representation on the latest list of candidates, with six players on the ballot calling Fe...

David Ortiz won’t have any familiar company near his plaque in Cooperstown. At least not this year.

The Baseball Hall of Fame revealed the latest BBWAA balloting Tuesday, with Scott Rolen the lone player elected among a field of 28 players.

There was plenty of Red Sox representation on the latest list of candidates, with six players on the ballot calling Fenway Park home at one point.

So how did these ex-Sox fare in the latest round of voting? Let’s take a look.

LHP Billy Wagner – 68.1 percent of returned ballots (265 votes)8th year on ballot

The flamethrowing southpaw spent most of his career with the Astros and Mets, but Wagner was a solid pick-up for Boston in 2009. In 15 appearances with Boston, Wagner posted a 1.98 ERA and struck out 22 batters over 13.2 innings of work.

Wagner made significant strides in his eighth year on the ballot, finishing with the third-most votes among the 28 candidates. He gained 64 more votes this year, putting him close to the brink of election in 2024.

LF Manny Ramirez – 33.2 percent of returned ballots (129 votes)7th year on ballot

Ramirez’s resume paints the picture of a surefire Hall of Famer.

Over 19 seasons, Ramirez slashed .312/.411/.585 with 555 home runs and 1,831 RBI. He played a key role in two World Series titles with Boston, earning All-Star nods in all eight of his seasons with the Sox.

But Ramirez’s Cooperstown candidacy has been hampered by a pair of suspensions related to performance-enhancing drugs.

Even though the right-handed slugger gained another 15 votes in 2023, Ramirez faces an uphill climb. With just three more years left on the ballot, Ramirez only appeared in 33.2 percent of ballots this winter.

And with 2024 candidates like Adrian Beltre landing on the ballot next year, Ramirez needs to make up plenty of ground in the eyes of BBWAA voters.

RHP Bronson Arroyo – 0.3 percent of returned ballots (1 vote) 1st year on ballot

Arroyo was a solid option in the back end of Boston’s rotation for three seasons, winning a World Series title in 2004.

But the righty spent most of his career in Cincinnati after the Sox traded him in a one-for-one swap for Wily Mo Peña in 2006. It was a case of poor asset management by Boston.

Peña did slug some gargantuan home runs with Boston over two seasons, but struck out 148 times in 432 at-bats. Meanwhile, Arroyo was the model of consistency with the Reds, making at least 32 starts in all nine of his campaigns with Cincinnati.

Arroyo was a dependable option on the mound throughout his 16-year MLB career. But landing a vote in the latest BBWAA ballot is a curious development. Arroyo went 148-137 in his career with a 4.28 ERA, earning one All-Star appearance in 2006.

Alex Rodriguez — a player infamously linked to Arroyo due to a pair of famous altercations in 2004 — landed on 35.7 percent of ballots in his second year of eligibility.

With Arroyo failing to garner at least five percent of the vote this year, he will be removed from Hall-of-Fame ballots moving forward.

1B Mike Napoli – 0.3 percent of returned ballots (1 vote)1st year on ballot

A key cog on the 2013 Red Sox, Napoli provided plenty of thump throughout his time in the pros. Over 12 seasons, Napoli slashed .246/.346/.475 with 267 home runs and 744 RBI.

In his debut season with Boston, Napoli slugged 23 home runs and drove in 92 runs, both good for second on the team behind Ortiz.

RHP John Lackey – 0.3 percent of returned ballots (1 vote)1st year on ballot

After an impressive run with the Angels (102-71, 3.81 ERA), Lackey’s time in Boston was marred by injury and underperformance.

Over four seasons with the Red Sox, Lackey went 47-43 with a 4.46 ERA. He did redeem himself in 2013, posting a 3.52 ERA over 29 starts.

The right-hander went 4-1 during the 2013 playoffs, giving up eight runs over 26 innings of work (2.77 ERA). He earned the win in Boston’s championship-clinching victory over St. Louis in Game 6 of the World Series.

Lackey won three World Series over his 15 seasons in the pros (Anaheim – 2002, Boston – 2013, Chicago – 2016).

CF Jacoby Ellsbury – 0 percent of returned ballots (0 votes) 1st year on ballot

No luck for Ellsbury in his first (and only) year on the BBWAA ballot, garnering zero votes following an 11-year career with the Red Sox and Yankees.

Injuries ultimately limited the speedy outfielder during most of his tenure in the Bronx, but Ellsbury was a game-changer at the top of many Sox lineups.

Ellsbury’s 2011 campaign is often overlooked and under-appreciated. The leadoff man compiled a 9.4 WAR thanks to stellar defense, baserunning, and an explosion at the plate.

Along with slashing .321/.376/.552, Ellsbury clobbered 32 home runs and drove in 105 runs. His previous career high for homers in a single season was nine (2008).

A spark plug on two championship Sox teams in 2007 and 2013, Ellsbury was one of seven players to not earn a single vote on the 2023 ballot.

Rolen was named on 76.3 percent of returned ballots in his sixth year of eligibility. He will be joined in the Class of 2023 by Fred McGriff, who was selected by an era committee at the winter meetings in December in San Diego.

Here are the full voting results for the 2023 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot:

7 takeaways as short-handed Celtics go cold late, fall to Heat

The Celtics lost their second consecutive game on Tuesday, falling to the Heat 98-95.Here are the takeaways.1. The Celtics were short-handed, playing without Jaylen Brown (injury management), Al Horford (back stiffness, or more accurately, second night of a back-to-back stiffness), Marcus Smart (ankle sprain), and Malcolm Brogdon (personal reasons).And yet, they still had every opportunity to steal a game from a scuffling Heat team t...

The Celtics lost their second consecutive game on Tuesday, falling to the Heat 98-95.

Here are the takeaways.

1. The Celtics were short-handed, playing without Jaylen Brown (injury management), Al Horford (back stiffness, or more accurately, second night of a back-to-back stiffness), Marcus Smart (ankle sprain), and Malcolm Brogdon (personal reasons).

And yet, they still had every opportunity to steal a game from a scuffling Heat team that couldn’t buy a bucket from 3-point range. Tyler Herro finished 4-for-19 from the floor, which undersells how poorly he played. Max Strus — who tends to play pretty well against his former team — shot just 4-for-10 from the field. With 8:47 remaining, the Celtics led by 10 and Jayson Tatum was still parked on the bench, resting up for the fourth-quarter run. Things looked pretty promising.

Then the Celtics missed 10 straight field goals, going completely scoreless for nearly six minutes. The Heat took advantage, scoring 15 straight points to take a five-point lead against a Celtics team that looked like it lost its legs.

Meanwhile, Bam Adebayo took over the game late — a dominant defensive performance, coupled with nine of his 30 points and eight of his 15 rebounds in the fourth quarter.

And still, the Celtics had multiple chances late. Down two in the final 20 seconds after Adebayo buried a mid-range jumper, Jayson Tatum dribbled out most of the clock and tried to find Grant Williams in the corner, but his pass was picked off by Tyler Herro.

“That’s on me, to put him in a better situation,” Joe Mazzulla told reporters after the game. “But I thought they had their offensive lineup on the floor. I knew they weren’t going to let him get something, but if we could get two on the ball … but again, I’ve got to put up a better play that kind of allows him to see that better. He couldn’t see the 2-on-1 well enough. So I’ve got to call a better play there.”

Then, after the Heat went 1-for-2 at the free-throw line, Payton Pritchard got a half-decent look but came up short on what would have been the tying triple at the buzzer.

For all of those reasons, Celtics fans may have found Tuesday’s game particularly aggravating. The loss itself doesn’t matter much — the Celtics remain the league’s best team in record and net rating, and any big-picture concerns are mitigated significantly by all of the absences. But going scoreless for more than five straight minutes will, of course, always have consequences.

2. Jayson Tatum scored 31 points on 9-for-18 shooting, recorded seven assists, and was excellent in the second and third quarters, but the Heat effectively froze him out of the fourth after he returned from his usual rest at the start. Tatum finished with just three points, and the last of his seven turnovers — which came at the end of a confusingly lengthy iso possession — was one of the worst crunch-time plays we can remember.

“I think not calling a timeout was smart,” Tatum told reporters. “It’s on me. They trust me in that situation to make the right play. Regardless of being in a double team or not, I can’t let us down like that.”

Everyone has the occasional tough stretch, and Tatum is no exception, but it was a less-than-inspiring performance after three quarters of excellent basketball by the Celtics’ star.

3. As a team, the Celtics turned the ball over 17 times, which gave the Heat social media team an opportunity to call back to a highly controversial tweet from the weekend following the Cowboys’ loss to the 49ers.

The Cowboys’ social media team, of course, unleashed an oddly savage tweet about their own quarterback, Dak Prescott, noting that he “gave away the ball twice in the narrow loss to the 49ers, in a matchup the Cowboys had a chance to win if they didn’t again generate self-inflicted wounds.”

4. Not for the first time (or the second time, or the third time) this season, Derrick White showed the wide range of value he provides the Celtics when he’s on the floor. Playing in an expanded role, White finished with 23 points on 7-for-17 shooting with six assists and scored in a variety of ways — splitting apart Miami’s zone for a number of floaters, while burying a pair of 3-pointers and working his way to the free-throw line eight times.

The Celtics don’t need White to be a primary scorer often, but the flashes of potential he shows when necessary are an intriguing wrinkle from a player who is under contract for two more seasons after this one.

5. Payton Pritchard might not have had the energy to get his final 3-pointer to the rim — after playing a season-high 30 minutes against the Magic on Monday, he played 42:28 against the Heat, which is the second-highest minutes total of his career.

Pritchard struggled with extended minutes, shooting a combined 6-for-20 and 3-for-13 from behind the arc, but he did pull down seven rebounds and dish out four assists against the Heat.

6. The Celtics’ locker room feels like it can probably survive a loss or two.

Per Himmelsbach, Smart said he had no idea where the jab came from and suggested the Celtics limit Mazzulla’s sugar intake.

7. The Celtics started a 12-out-of-17 stretch of games on either TNT, ESPN, or ABC on Tuesday. The national TV crowd will get a huge dose of the league’s best team over the next few weeks.

That includes the Celtics’ next game. They will play on TNT against the Knicks on Thursday, tipping off at 7:30 p.m.

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