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Curt Schilling, Red Sox Hall of Fame, on Lester and Jackie Bradley

Apr 2, 2013|

Schill joins Mut and Merloni to give his initial thoughts on the Red Sox opening day win over the Yankees and the start of Jon Lester.

Transcript - will not be 100% accurate

Butler not a three point seven WEEI a little off day today for the Red Sox back at it tomorrow. But a good start if you're Red Sox fan not just because of the result but the way they went about their business yesterday appear Sox fan. The energy he's got to be exciting to -- joining us on the AT&T -- AT&T -- LTE was speeds. Other ten times faster than three GA TT rethink possible. One of the face of the new baseball tonight crew seemed everytime I turn on ESPN. Curt Schilling joins the show -- got -- little Dario. They show listen now I don't the slot to get through in that game all start starting pitcher Jon Lester because like he got to grind it out. Five innings with two pitches but fastball location got into a little bit of a jam got out of it limits the damage and -- some what you thought of of Jon Lester. Well I I saw. I don't know that I would feel any better about anything from that game Derrick -- about him. I thought he had exceptional. Commitment look at. This was everything you hoped to see from Jon Lester at some point during the season I didn't expect to see yesterday. But but I I talked about it all through the spring. I thought he had I don't put a lot of numbers in spring training -- lot of weight in the numbers in spring training. With the exception of some things in his numbers -- put a lot of waited too I thought he looked exceptional spring. Everything he did yesterday made me feel good there and I thought. Bet you yeah he would've liked to have seen him have the better it's counted but even though that the Yankees are able to deal with injuries -- still got. -- did a lot of professional hitters it can work counts and I was so impressed what he did yesterday and excited about what he did you see how that came out. When you say impressed goal back to last year now this year Kurt DC a much different pitcher in your mind in -- -- yesterday. Yet completely -- up tempo get the ball get on the rubber throw the pitch first thing the first. Well first used to having your defense played well behind you is to get the ball and throw the ball -- the ball be in or around the strike zone. Right right I always kind of jokingly refer to -- CP which is not competitive it is that the -- the fastball first itself both some good bounces the 55 seed. Or the two straight curve ball that bounces you know ten feet from the plate he he was the guy who in the past he he would throw too many votes. Way too many of those because. Either way he was blocked in -- Yesterday. I didn't see many of them if any and and that to me is that is a very big change. Both mechanically and mentally for guys are excited about everything actually -- exciting. The shelves no big story that was Jackie Bradley junior we've we've talked about a four weeks leading up to it out. A would have liked to have seen him get off to a start AAA you know the pressures of week one all threes one for hands. They still leading to a little limited experience and at bats. Listed -- though he can't deny he impacted the game what your thoughts. I was wrong. I was like I said I thought they were making a mistake but I also that I -- everything happens at the the other thing. -- yeah it by playing with a jumper -- -- -- guys are better than I do in the work that I've always heard about him in the I have everybody that I talk to baseball. That has seen him since -- global one word everybody uses his presence. He has an amazing and and a and a kind of a game take over president. And I saw yesterday from the first -- -- -- go to go to Milwaukee. It's not -- -- that pitches in five at bats against the lefthander that once cy -- I don't care from -- perspective I'll see you looked -- it was yesterday. You know as a -- -- you don't go into the into the technical he's he's not his old self when I can you. You're going to Europe recently is about the I thought that I thought they can asserted Tripoli which RB I think might have been a mistake on my part. But B I expected him -- yet. Broke again I didn't expect to go out there and run out there opening -- -- a couple of in the game already do it but he did he was I think to meet one of the determining factor in the outcome of the game on both sides. He's down 02 against sabathia works a walk in his first Major League that I -- -- credit for that current NB. Heavy on the spot in terms of a comp for who we looked like cool now we're my job -- to play. And it's not that he just said he worked -- walk was how he worked a walk that would -- impressive thing to me he went 02. And it it's clear that pitchers one of the books on him is that they believe they can beat him in. -- and try to pick -- a lefty I saw last night. There was. Harper. The that -- think that tried -- -- think Bryce Harper which was. So we'll let -- down and in which you need a lot. Because -- innocently at Olympic club but it was clear to me after the first about it that sabathia went back to that spot in one over that it's a global arms. But it's just that he didn't just. -- tend to -- Month to month week to week. Or or over the get better game to game you just think about what I yesterday what I thought was just impressive as well. Real thing too was how he impacted just his speed on the base has beaten up play out that that the Sox three more runs the play in left field. Now what happens and David Ortiz comes back they say let's not -- started in my opinion is the big leagues you the best player you stick around Ortiz comes back and he's playing well. I I I'd hate to see them send him down just for service. -- imagine that that's what happens like I don't know I don't know I -- I don't thinking. -- We tend to get excited -- and he did early in your career as a player you get excited about things small sample size and beating opening day you're called for in September. But let it play out -- I think he's. That would be a big -- a -- I saw yesterday as a pitcher knowing how hitters they can go to the plate. I was incredibly impressed that -- you know what -- what you play proper cup which I think it was going to be longer than people think a lot longer than people think. And I think he's gonna get a real good chances and let everybody know he's ready or not and and that's true with a passive and it I mean it's not a series it's not a week. It's it's a 162 game season and I've said -- important if you look at the red sock it to 200 games even as they can on the call. Couldn't do it with 38 games in the spring but it went 200 game report of what he's gonna get his opportunity. Curt Schilling joining this team almost every night on baseball tonight in terms of the attitude this team UN -- a -- talked about. Having a team that Alex does care enjoys the game -- enjoys the way to go about their business plays the game. I don't cliche but the right way I felt like yesterday -- Jonny Gomes slides home that makes eight to two and jumps up like they just won the World Series I take that. As he really good sign for this the are making too much out of that play and that effort yes I'm. A lot out of it I -- because I thought that every shot of the dugout every shot. Of the players and look and I'm not this is not to disparage anyone or anything or situation. I didn't see anything yesterday that reminded me of last year nothing. And obviously when you're winning in -- it -- -- everybody smile that it was just but it was different it is different. And I knew coming in I thought the -- Brian Butterfield is very well my closest friends in the world -- I think what might probably just might be coach of all time. I've talked to him in my pocket Jon throughout the spring training. I knew things were gonna be different they had to be different because. Those two guys -- person that will demanded to be different I didn't know how different it would be because the players have to buy him. Yesterday's -- made it in no uncertain of the players bought him. There and I don't know what that means does that mean they win 95 when there was no it's a long season but I do know that. It's going to be a very different year here. And it's all that's gonna be a positive. -- again -- the two were talking about it -- last year in spring training I think a lot of guys came in May be in denial you know that there was an issue of last year was just a fluke and maybe was deep than that this year from the manager to the new guys to the rookies to the veterans everybody has something to prove after what happened last. Last year look at that look there's no reason the beater on what they -- what by the demands that hate the players came out got it. Now what about that that that's fair or right or wrong whatever that was the way -- what they don't want him on -- -- the club. How much say you look helpless but I -- that's on the ownership but it everything started on the wrong foot last year. Yet and -- I might get people Bob it was I thought that nine other attempt problems that it happened he made. He created your -- -- academic problems in the media. At that much I -- in and I talked about this and and people that know me know I have probably as much respect what he's the he's the best. Baseball man I've ever been around in the game and and it's for one reason he communication and the best indicator of better. If anybody in sports and do anything. And in baseball not to me managing a baseball team 99%. Of your responsibilities. Communication. It's not x.s and don't -- a bench coach for -- -- -- a pitching coach doctor pitching staff I think John's more involved -- -- than most marriages you have a different approach filter until it. You're job is to communicate with your point our players. And put them in the best position to succeed and I think he is an exceptional baseball minded doing that and I think yesterday was kind of started seeing what it's gonna put. And wanting in my legs make him look good to his his bullpen we thought strength this team and while classical both on the same page here -- nothing like power coming out of your bullpen. Throw strikes didn't strike -- late. I hate. It's I saw spring training I didn't get part of the reps are. I heard you know hey they've been put together double header and everybody like some quality people talked about it is we're not just the -- -- -- he was a guy that they want to get wobbled block. I want -- ready for what I saw yesterday I didn't expect. And and I was. But it hasn't blown away by a bite. Power on power on power everything new bride -- -- -- Miller probably the worst of any reps start. And he still came out and did it kind of what they needed him to do -- also hadn't gotten. If he find the strike zone this this this is dependent everybody else has been building I don't remember -- in the last couple years the Red Sox having 56 power arms in the and I remember him having. You guys here and there and never together but every arm they brought out yesterday was a strikeout pitcher. And that hopefully after the sixth inning when you're working your pen and out of the game unique swing and -- arms and everyone wants. Had to grind out bats yesterday got good starting pitching great bullpen that was the best of the Red Sox -- we don't know -- mr. Alou I didn't pick NB a playoff team this year if they went 7980 games to fall short. What's gonna be the reasoning in my what's the weakness of this team the rest of the way. Here you look at what we talked about these that it was funny because as we got to spring training we start talking about the Duke blue I think. I think if there's any team in the east that can run away with the -- win 95 I think it's a Blue Jays. I'd be potentially could be the only team that can actually win the division by ten games many sort talk about the -- they're gonna pit. I don't know how much they're gonna hit idol I think the score runs but I'm not sure how much you talk about the world I think their pitching is far better than people think. But I'm not sure offensively how consistent or how how much -- you're gonna get from them. I think the Yankees -- the -- in the cannot win the division I just think that they've been decimated by injuries I think it's going to be an incredibly challenging year for them. And for me and I had no pun intended the wide apart from you the Red Sox. Because you start to think about the team any -- thinking about the offense is built very. And Pedroia and now this probably junior kid all the hit the -- hit the product score runs and certainly about the pitching. If Buchholz. This is legit and and John as we you'd think he has a Lackey comes back but going to be in the team that that he can went to the bench -- the nobody was talking about in in March. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Does the last start that I saw in spring training it is it's spring training when I see boxed out a command -- two seamer in the lefties. To open up everything else and how we can attack hitters. This not a -- give -- 200 innings but it can be a scary 185. Or shall return. For me it's never about anything below the neck it was and it went in most gifted athlete I've ever seen. For me it's always about the above the neck in his head that is it does -- -- win a Cy Young. It does people want to assist you wanna be a great big league pitcher and then it's not. I played with a lot of guys who were were locate pitcher in the big leagues and that was that was -- I wanted to see him want it. Because to me if he if he wants to be the activists. And that's what I want it all my pitchers directed to but I want them all the wanna -- And be hungry and go after it. If you want to beat the best pitcher -- the game you'd think that it will contend for a site on but I don't know how much they want this there and that was always the question for me with them. Her last one for me said you don't put much stock in spring training stats what about velocity what about sabathia yesterday the report was. On the guns they out of the stadium 92 twice straight is that a concern in -- first starting guy not getting that the above 92 more than twice. The two things that I care about spring training from a pitcher starting -- respect or velocity and innings pitched I need them to throw the innings that they need to be ready for the season. And I wanted to -- as -- spring training bounces around getting -- and I wanna see the velocity start to pick up. Knowing full well that for me I don't two to four mile an hour once the season starts. I think I think Colin is a different pitcher that -- I think probably with them what they they are what they are now and are very different. CB I don't know. By two got a chance to talk to him at -- spring training and I was -- about the elbow and all the stuff that goes around that. I think he was trying to get pass that mentally and and and feel that he's okay. If you look at the workload if you look at the -- You know everybody. That there's a straw the breaks the camel's back for everybody and they they -- that you either got hurt and their daughter they changed. He may be at a point where he's changing he's gonna be big and still be in any. But but I'm not so sure that -- Mid upper -- guy anymore and and that -- cannot find it but but that's the if you look at what happened the holiday in spring training you to look at what happened -- -- last year. And that -- it as someone who went through this so I'll play events the last person -- usually figure it out and no it is the person it's happening to. It seemed different what I think you may be I think you don't think you have the 96 anymore. He has picked -- that and you have to put the game plan together around his stuff not the stuff he wants or the -- he thought he had. But the stuff that he out and that's a very hard thing to do. -- great baseball -- now we appreciate it's a busy time of baseball tonight -- -- talk to you soon thank god Curt Schilling joining us on the eighteenth the outline AT&T forgy LT. With speed that the ten times faster than three -- AT&T rethink possible name mixed up. And changed up the baseball tonight crew a crack out easements and and a baseball. -- a big part of it and he -- been out all over the Red Sox over the Yankees on during spring training if you missed any of that have by the interview available on line on demand. At WEEI dot com 6177797937. More your Red Sox phone calls on top of the hour 1 o'clock. The -- and a little bit hockey what's going on because. On a trade to me and raid in time for the trading deadline tomorrow in the NHL Bruins have made one yet that's one no one --

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