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WEEI.com's Rob Bradford with his thoughts on Red Sox Spring Training so far

Feb 19, 2013|

WEEI.com's Rob Bradford had an incredibly tough act to follow joining Dennis and Callahan right after Pedro Martinez, but he was up to the task. Get Bradford's thoughts on all he's seen in Fort Myers so far including Jackie Bradley, Jr.'s potential.

Transcript - will not be 100% accurate

We are well into the fourth and final -- Dennis and Callahan everybody is blown up Jerry in my Twitter account. About Pedro Martinez and by the way -- also thanking the people Nelson for sticking on over. The 9 o'clock -- yes -- -- the conversation. I'd say Davis at the risk of hyperbole. And how many years we been doing this -- -- them. Thirteen 1414. Years that may have been the best interview we did no no credit to us. Of of any year of any person at any time including when I was to say the second best would be when he was planned because he's always great well you -- -- just forget. How good how interesting articulate. Thoughtful he is in his second language off Brett -- from WB dot com joins us here the broadcast site where I have to disagree the mark away -- -- and you guys that I thought what her -- -- -- -- Brett Jackie Bradley is an excuse Burnett but he's. They're even the lot of the dagger feel about three years you become matching the purse. If you go pretty mad dog will be good he plays good he's fine but he's he's got a great baseball mentality you know. Highs and lows in the a lot of emotion of the rookie development programs okay tell me this -- -- -- when we get back to Pedro -- asks you this I would Spears and he's really like you know I know I heard this -- -- pretty well we'll go nose out of illness and tomorrow. Jackie Bradley beat your left into left field. I think he gets -- you aboard that does anything out of me well here's -- he's 2312. National titles. He's been in the minors for a couple of years he's OBP. Is off the charts. Why can't TB be left handed hitting left it well folks it's not enough no no not gonna get. -- bite my apologies 101000 times. But you look at Jose -- we have this conversation with -- places last year right why can't he lets look -- well -- -- -- and I don't know -- -- welcome -- to -- -- not compared Jackie Bradley junior with my -- but Jose Iglesias is a great analogy for what you're talking about. -- guy you can play defense. As good as anybody. You put about Hilfiger outlet for 37 -- you know there's no way Bradley did but that's but this is the problem is -- Jose -- need to see more pitches Jackie Bradley junior needs to see more pitches at a higher level if he does great. Now I'm I'm I'm -- -- board review I've got so -- in between you and Alex and that's because I do think that they have an advance these guys. Fast it is fast in some cases it's some teams. Well and you with a bullet. Could be your argument Alex's is. What game you go with it this year anyway I. So you might as well for one of them or my man -- a lot of Jeremy has opened a big they are throwing -- got it up really is a different job out there three years ago -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- for the work -- last year he's not bad he -- in. He's got much better in the field that well in traffic even Providence Arco is he's he's actually practice more first base. This spring that he has in the outfield we know that they want him to play there. But to actually spend more time there have been outfield to your point of matter and helped him -- you would think that he still work out there a lot of these broad. At first don't know he's going to be a bit on the outfield that's why it's a little bizarre to me that you spending all this time at first base if Jacoby Ellsbury would go down off his victory you know -- that Jackie Bradley come up doll Victorino the center fielder but if you're talking about August and September -- And Jackie Bradley junior is doing well and he's getting his at bats and CB higher level absolutely maybe Bradley union to the conversation. But you do said it -- to me you looked up and down this team there are spots where you have to be concerned with. But if -- very goes down I think that's might be the biggest difference maker other than -- the top of the -- Victor Reno goes to Saturn. And given up on this I thought they could hope Devern -- their DuBois didn't hit that's the the it. They did it it still has a baker watch him today brought this kid does that suit he'd like to read about. Not a kid he's five. Like he has 8345. Will be in the mind you know someone said they thought -- with Fedora with a radar gun out there -- that was you -- that was -- -- fit that into a stopwatch if they -- and we'll Jackie Bradley started in Portland. This year -- start the start and start -- to Portland I believe he started Pawtucket so by it would make but the last year. -- -- -- last year he kind of went through it is the -- -- -- -- single day right Portland double and that's why you look at the middle Brooks is a good example would be -- here at this time last year we -- will middle -- -- see the Major League if he -- -- be in September. Next thing you know before the all star break up so you just don't know how these guys. But it -- will Hardaway another example -- year before. So he cares nothing he does what Jerry wants him if he's better than Jeremy hazel baker then you know goal by the great even possible but man is a big surprise you wall out of circle back to the beginning that we -- Pedro Martinez that we talked in this of the team and it's almost getting redundant at this point about how -- transport in his team's personality now. Well they may win but -- certainly be -- the right in the arts in the -- there. Isn't the greatest asset they have on this -- got just that -- at that I'll never stops that happy place -- -- this new world you know and that's all Wellington but who cares -- -- like I think I mean I thought I was there we cared about ten minutes ago and the greater view I think rubbed it. If you win 85 which is what they're gonna do at best -- 85 yet. And you -- with Adrian Gonzales and Josh Beckett Carl Crawford and got. You don't. In the hearts and minds you all expectations. Were -- -- -- shortly they have lowered expectations. Likable team on the field because. Why not they're not gonna win though so basically you can say hey you know what it winning five games being nice in the clubhouse that have -- -- about that pops up like he Valentine did that -- you -- -- taken off the field ringmaster picking up the top and everybody welcomed the -- I can't put everybody but I'm going to be home I don't like Bradford but that is how -- -- here go back. The end of the season obviously the disaster that went sixteen and manager how could they have built in 95 and how good does he want to after the after last year ended. Well and another few Josh Hamilton's only guy I mean repeat all -- pitchers for Felix Burnett it's -- -- -- it. How do you -- that what was it you know what you can do you can do what Toronto. Which is that's a good which you've got your farm system and say hey you know what. Here are some starts a marquee players we're gonna go for it we're gonna pay the price down the road. They could've done that and they have to look that they that the judge. Johnson Johnson -- Jose Reyes -- -- look at the other package -- no absolutely they -- and talked with robo -- Johnson and Reyes. By what -- gave up. They were gonna give up about the -- to give up the -- the Bradley -- we've gone through this time and time again right and you say well how did they get to a 95 win team this year. They could've done it that's good but having just done that failed miserably with Crawford and Gonzalez and get -- prospects all the they work directly with the camera get where they this team -- no benefit of the doubt but the one benefit but what. Part of it that they do have is that people know hey you know what don't do that that we've seen it's your right what John. We see what happens when you do that we're willing to wait to a certain degree now I think they've they've got off to a terrible start the last couple years right. But this is the most important -- to sell tickets right we agree creative this is this is April's important because we can have all the ad campaigns promotional campaign paid joking come out. It doesn't matter. Whether it's what's gonna matter is winning in April and if they don't do what they're going to be a problem terms -- are you gonna last because most golf ball I -- Baltimore last -- I think -- would you have an aberration to that number two pitcher you're number two starter pitch I think people 120 innings. That you -- and basically had much at all of that that team so. I think it was an aberration but. I think you have I'm gonna -- throttle at the top I think you have these other teams don't want together and then you go from there I answer this question earlier as a way to make a point two years ago in The Herald printed. Best team ever. Did that hurt or help this ballclub. I think it hurt them dramatically well I think they look that it is a hell yeah we got proper we got that close we got Ortiz who got Pedroia Ellsbury MVP candidate. I think they thought they needed to show up and they'd be the best team ever what are at the the upside of that is a lot of people say that's the worst team ever or at least the worst team in the east and don't you think just like it in in in a microcosm. -- -- -- Dion who who was told your pocket do very much into the -- ballplayer is that it might have that kind of positive effect on a group of guys. I think so I mean I think that. You have there's a very businesslike attitude here it is not that doesn't mean anything I understand it but to your point. There wasn't a sense of entitlement I got that when I was down here in 2011 there's no question there was a sense of entitlement and and you know what they were the best team ever up until July year or early August of that year right but it caught up to have that entitlement caught up to them. And then last year was just you know this that was -- -- at short but. We have to go an awful what you said in 2011. There where we are now absolutely -- back today you know what we understand we have some approve final west. I was gonna pick Tampa myself but I just realized -- -- being rushed to the major leagues -- 22 well so it's a no chance he could succeed and I want will will put a little side -- Bet on if he's going to be better derby hazel baker. I likeable I ask a final question from Iraq is -- possible that the brought Toronto Blue Jays everybody's favorite here just added pieces and added pieces might. Potentially suffer from the Los Angeles Laker system where you bring in a bunch of great people divergent pieces of the puzzle. And they just don't fit together and -- big John -- could be fired after it you're not lots -- -- and just the way the power but if I had that bit. Is that possible. I -- -- solid Red Sox -- -- think about it Josh Johnson's been hurt. Mark Buehrle can't bring his dog. To Toronto Toronto and all these guys go from a no tax state -- into outrageously high tech these all these little. Irritating things that is gonna create tension. There's nothing here -- pity about the -- you throttle I loved it dearly but is it -- Yeah absolutely I think this division is gonna come down to what top of the rotation produces the most I think that I think all these teams -- including Baltimore. But what do and then hoping and I picked up. Well I don't think -- I don't I think I think they have they have some younger pitchers. There -- like Matt Moore we sat here last year Matt Moore was going to be the best pitcher abuse Cy Young candidate didn't work out that you think Josh Johnson mark don't know. But I think I think -- acquisitions it's under the radar is RA Dickey. I think -- dignity if he goes if -- if -- ERA goes -- -- is still three and a half the 230 -- like you take that every single day of the week that you're number five starter is Ricky Romero the opening day starter -- that's -- -- to get him away from John -- would be fine and you have to hit -- competitively every -- -- a better place rob -- hurt Pedro like Joseph Kerrigan -- all. And it. I don't think when I get them to go back to know that he'll actually go out there I don't know if this was on the he asked if he was wearing the same uniforms. Yes yeah -- and I was Larkin got with -- MB you've reiterated that. He said he -- to reach -- to every year. But he lost it since spring trading which is. Hearken me back to the news George Scott with a rubber got a good just that's what's -- critics are all about that I the -- could -- got a replica of rob Bradford WEEI dot com and Callahan broadcasting live from Red Sox spring training.

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