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Red Sox Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia Talks About the Change in Culture in the Red Sox Clubhouse

Feb 15, 2013|

Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia joined John and Gerry in Fort Myers to talk about the difference between the clubhouse this season and last season. Saltalamacchia also discussed his approach at the plate and building trust with the newest members of the pitching staff

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Welcome back doesn't Callahan another dreary day at the Red Sox camp spring training Fort Myers -- joining us here at the broadcasts like Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia mortgage or are you -- your off season. Is busy you out on the was -- needed. Let the kids at that everybody's talking what you get to new tattoo group new -- is less than we talked to her name is Cynthia wood over under on the owls at the four hours -- If you end up have a lot of kids what you look like Bergmann who would you look like Josh Hamilton it's only fair to them about whether in note if you miss it left one out of it traumatized me that -- traumatized. You know we talk a lot about the the the new acquisitions on this baseball team the Red Sox seem to have a concerted effort to bring in good clubhouse guys and people get along and changed the culture in the clubhouse but he knows the difference -- feel different and there this year after personal last. F has -- -- -- on their go to guys in there that are veteran guys but they're you know. Analysts say the overpaid or anything like that have been with a veteran guys that bring in their presence of those have on this go after this you know. -- was with Oakland and -- those are two teams that you know known -- expected anything from and they is that -- to play the game. You know Dempster being of -- -- you know. You know we got a victory you know we a lot of guys -- there -- know. You know how to play the game right angle after Artest during her victory ever slowed down and -- always and it just -- down the third -- that a fourth or fifth I don't think play with them before and no I don't I don't think he's a slowdown that's his nature you have one too many catchers and cantor and you're all look at yourself as major leaguers and is there room for three. On the -- the roster probably not -- but it. 23 years ago we had two or three pitchers go down you know and if we want to compete we wanna win. You know in his much depth as possible every position. Do you guys. All get along or is it tension because you -- three catches battling for sexually one job. Men on this room for two pitches but you'll wanna be the guy at the start of the opening day starter. Do you look at yourself is that guy. You know I think I think we do you know on you know I think bit you know -- and David you know he kind of knows his role is on Nomar -- we've we've been down that path before. So lots over the Ryan talk to Ohman and just cut down and this -- be your time you know it at some point you're gonna go for the same thing. He did to help the next guy notices this is the way. It dose that mean you can't rush yourself to the big leagues when you're ready you're ready going to be their long time you don't wanna keep coming from on -- going down and up for a month and down. So you know is that a -- time especially his age that means he's -- kid anymore. You feel like you're coming in you're only coming in your prime right now this or your career -- reflect on getting better and better for sure I mean more time I've had of done better with everything so. I feel good feel healthy and that's you know. Would you like about your performance last year what did you like the effects. You know I try not to let you know the way that you know we all performed together overshadow everything but you know obviously the power numbers were there. You know the most important thing is a touch and the pitchers but the same time I stuck with the plan -- the -- Which is something I've never done you know always you know coasted to a village and a whole world now mature and become this kind of -- much right. You know and just play the different things you know unless register with the same approach in the same plan. Do you think that you buy into the philosophy of working the count and going deep because all people say me it's something you need to work on be a little more discipline not quite as aggressive at the plate is that fair to say it. Yes and no I mean you want you want us there at this they're pretty wanna be aggressive at the plate. -- as the big thing in Texas with the whole team and they kept saying that hale we don't you know walking up we don't see enough pitches we. You know we swing at the first pitcher time it's like you know what. As a hitter you're looking for a certain pitch and if you get that you swing at even at the first pitch in his first discussed him in last year guidance of -- -- -- -- 11 pitch from the whole season. You know a lot of those fall behind the count because they knew that so. You know on the market changed I don't thing -- minute glancing -- first -- -- -- to elect to see pitches but. You know just so haven't they threw the ball over the plate and put him player in his swing for swing through a few. Is Fenway. A bad part for you. Now all of them what you feel did you hit I don't know that -- as a statistic for that year Bill James book but. It'll all along ones right right center and think that's got a chance in the -- -- -- under. And that's out of perhaps the ballpark in the majors. You know there's a there's a -- -- -- -- -- there's more thousand you know pop -- to left that -- so. -- is loaded if fairway I think that's the -- part for me because I'm not a dead pull hitter. You know it's nice to be able to play there and you know obviously Baltimore and you are those reports that Indies at the ball in the -- January -- ago. But you know definitely a fairway the best do you keep up in the offseason I mean did you. Look at Toronto pins they waffle man -- that's a different team that's and that's going to be a much tougher team and and obviously with the Tampa. Make that big -- -- James Shields and Wellemeyer -- do you look at followed the division and doesn't look as tough as ever to you know. You know. He can't help -- not notices but. You know I think -- of Saturday about -- saying you know on paper we could do it by. You know they're gonna put it together and you know there's no team other than as a better than us we've we've put some some guys together payroll everything in. You know we just didn't do it you know so. The truly area that's great it's always great to have that type of caliber play but it you know there's a lot of young guys now coming up that are you know -- to prove something there frighten him. You know he get the right chemistry in the clubhouse and ownership and managers that you know we can win a lot. Of new faces on this team seven free agents and trade how does that dynamic work -- with with the catcher. Are integrating and and what's the process in terms of getting to know what Hanrahan likes to do and Dempster like to -- how does that process and I'm sure it started on here already moved to the conversation first how to go from there. Yes that's a conversation you get to know the guys with -- person is. You know last year when you Bailey was ago likes to attack I mean you can't keep and still on the -- -- to go after you. You know -- is kind of the same way you know we've talked and decisions. He likes to go after guys you know it doesn't wanna go more than three pitches to a batter which is great you want that. But -- it takes time to get a get a feel form you gotta get the game situations sometimes spring training you know isn't isn't that right guys -- working on stuff but. You know guys like them that they got the stuff do you figured out and is it fair to say it's the pitcher who dictates that to the catcher or you have some input -- yet and that's good for you but may be able to do more of this from little bit less of that. We don't mean it's always in the pitcher's hands he has his game you want them to go out there feel confident. On the that's part of the trust this year you gotta trust each other and what you do get that trust in the say -- yeah if you feel like that's -- that says we're gonna go with. And luckily you know I mean I've got to work with a lot of good guys that -- these pitchers do trust -- more more now and that's a good thing that we were together because we both got to talk and feel we were inducted not feels terrible that David that hughes' best fit right. And you gotta know that if you know what a certain situation that this is the pitch you want but you know the your pitchers and convinced the -- -- the right to the time would you rather throw have him throw the wrong pitch that he believes in. For the right pitch but he doesn't. I mean I'd rather have him throw whatever pieces he's got most conviction -- -- -- that's the -- I don't think's gonna be you know the red -- that but that's and that's -- can be excellent. I'd rather throw that then throwing curve ball that you know 80% and just say you know here it is whatever -- it's had to -- so we. It's probably better question for John Farrell but is there a sense that there be any personal catching going on anybody having the favorite catcher -- -- you go as a pitcher everybody. Yeah I don't think there's going to be. You know special -- for anybody I think jones' -- a neatly matches here and there. They just see -- back up catcher Alex suck up to a pitcher in hopes that he would be. Like Greg Maddux and pick as a catcher. And say call or aura or Beckett for that -- Oklahoma like guys that we get more playing time adamant about it and Caster hill and that it tells the statement pick up you know given everybody but it didn't work got done on anybody's catcher -- Austin is a great -- You know it. You know their -- it was here for certain reasons he knew it right you know I think you know as you get older you start and knowing your role in hopes that team you know -- -- -- the more you can -- that's that's better nerve that hurt your feelings to witness another. Pitchers I only want him it's not you. It would -- me as long as he goes out there and deals that -- -- is their chance it's a straight platoon when you're playing this writings. Hum and they haven't said that you know it's on the regular and about which you know. More about that get the better -- -- -- they had for 950 about straight masters so. You know when -- that it's right easily belong in the in the seventh inning lefty throwing 94. You know you. Now you have the best era in the world on -- excuse but it. -- you gotta get -- about what would you ideally a catcher. Who as a starter it was a full timer. How many games one point 5130. In your dream scenario injury scenario on kitchen you know 56 days a week in a game off. You know that's a dream scenario. Obviously it's a long season and mean Boston at least a lot tougher so you know I'd be completely happy with him once when he won four games and their. 25 home runs. Last year you won almost as Wright's numbers in your cap just let it flow organically. No my office and overs and never looked that never tried you know. Say okay all -- great hitter and told him coaches who do you work on which -- plants and honestly you know got to focus on one thing -- in the cages or do whatever the situation calls for. Specifically technically how do you work on getting better throwing runners up what they captured. Miss starts with a pitching got a hold runners -- got to do a better job with. You know that's where all starts obviously they've got the ball. And then you know -- -- team is every single day where playing catch for work or footwork you know receiving I mean. Talks does so many things that I've done in the past two years that's you know it's almost like a machine now everything's. You know -- that we just got to get the ball in the quicker sewing it's of their quicker Ameritech's role as a special assistant has -- sort of undefined to be talks about what he wants to do what he's gonna do it is still going to be involved when you talk to you about things catching things. Oh yeah no we talk all the time his thing you know crucial I mean I talked to him probably every week last year in. With that you know anything and everything. But you know I think he's he's happy where his you know he's got a new borrow some what's -- a lot of time with them and you know this game takes a lot of time away from your family so. That's his role right now is gonna come in and help us Tony's phone lines always open. What would be a specific conversation with a catch would have with a catcher talk that something was bothering her -- Q what did you know about or something you wanted to pick his brain about the specifics about what those conversations go. You know to me what I always try to talk -- about his you know. When he had you know Jon Lester -- and -- when he and Lackey would you know -- he do with those guys to make him clicked you know what did -- see when they were getting. You know fall off the -- on the balls -- open away on everything I don't like get him back. You know that's main thing I talk about because as far as the technique of catching in receiving and all that stuff. You know that's that the and his work on doing that sure. But getting -- -- -- -- his mental game was so -- and so strong with other people -- that's -- -- in those selecting you know -- it pretty apparent that the pitching coach is the guy who -- -- -- got physically and mentally -- -- lots -- -- -- points and all those kinds of things but it -- with the -- instantly ruled -- as well I -- you're watching -- guys specifically in terms of that looks a little different than the last inning of the inning before that of a doubt yeah I mean when the guys there's -- there's a reason for it. You know just for example of order -- now you know he's he's really -- the ball ago. On the at times he can kind of get it you know Sunday's twisted and the ball stays flat. So you can see that you know -- any -- you can you know speed the game up without having you know -- come out every five -- pitches is better. On the same time if you got to do that you gotta do it because we need to we need to get this game going to win in general would you like to see pitchers -- more quickly like got to tell you the fans sure where it's things like some guys are out there and just taken them sweet old time. Yeah I mean if you look at the teams of a sudden Pedro about this the other day. You look at the teams that had success in Tampa and and Saint Louis at those 'cause they were -- mark early gets the ball gets on the mound -- You know those are guys that you know no they don't throw 95 and stuff so they you know they can do that they would need to get your timing off. In me and they are talking about you guys they got the great thrill for guys just to catch both of Beckett throwing this. Get that routine of doing that thumb. But you got to do it in time you know you can't Jessica who's never done it. In this league Jon Lester let things you try and do right and effective solution to start with collected clay go faster. You know like play it at the same thing in this those guys -- you know I guess they were around back -- a lot of together looked up to ruin. You know that's that's their way of a pitch and now we need to and it -- up a little bit by the same time you know. -- keep them off the bases and if they go and be -- that they have that right. What's Libyans for thirteen likened to all things to -- his strength. Hey congratulations on the co captaincy when Jimmy Fund at the big thing it is due to go to them they come to you that you end will middle Brooks are co captain of the Jimmy Fund relationship off the reds what does that entail. How to come about you know Lester they asked me to do it and you know is more than happy and well and to get involved. And then you know thankfully this year they asked if order again -- -- But you know it's it's just -- out you know trying to raise money obviously were trying to put a smiling kids' faces on you know anybody's face who's going through these tough times. You'll were out there just playing game. They're in there you know just battling and battling and you put -- -- -- -- -- that day and that's that's -- -- Jerry has been a little bit of time with Jimmy Fund clinic and every time we go see the same thing on the radio I'm sure you'll agree when you walk out of that place you have little bit different perspective if you see -- is going with me you know you'll flip anybody off who got too often traffic just. Sixteen. Things for a while seem a little bit different when you walk around without a doubt and haven't three girls alone I mean it's. It's that I can imagine with the and you see the parents that there in the corner who haven't close order and anything days because they're just sit there were other kid it's a Sosa and I guess I was I can just you know -- in the room all day and his chairman Jarrod Saltalamacchia thanks for the time thank you good luck this year position other doesn't Callahan broadcasting live from Red Sox spring training will be right back.

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