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Kevin Millar, MLB Network, on Tito's return to Fenway

May 24, 2013|

Kevin Millar joins the show to discuss the slumps of Jacoby Ellsbury and Will Middlebrooks, Tito's return to Fenway, and his reaction Dan Shaunghnessy's controversial column.

Transcript - will not be 100% accurate

Off Francona talked about coming back to Fenway after the game. What am I tried really hard -- -- for the game awarded wanna make you are wrong our players probably unfair. You know you did you know try to keep my emotions inside. When they did that thing after the first inning. I'll lose on -- and -- also thrilled good. They showed catchy. Like abuse. -- rich fuel and then you'll be standing next to me maybe my best friend in life proposal to share of that. Was pretty awesome. I mean I appreciate it was very heartfelt and what do you know again you don't. Want to be below the -- -- -- smaller players play. Blood and it felt good. There that -- chance after that at the ballpark and at some of logic like the -- chance that a lot of -- -- off to a bad start you know it's like eight. Now that Merrill what this -- they're playing well it's got Beisel goldeneye weren't gonna let out of there was last year. Yeah Andrews last year I joining us on the AT&T hotline our buddy Camelot and LB network intentional thought the show has taken over. Other baseball world he joins every single Friday Kevin -- -- Dario. -- -- -- I am being cause sudden did your thing you know is on the West Coast California San Diego Torrey Pines a thought like you for a week. Open now you know I'm no accident I didn't play I just drove throw. They were just talking about you bowler Ryan Dempster well me off to a great start dishes for seven and has really found at the last three in. And my my thing is that guy's been around as long as he's healthy there be some mechanical flaws he's been through this before -- -- imagine at some point. -- set that's exactly right I mean listen will be heal up Allen and you don't outlander. Who'd been and you can honestly just went through as a as a entitled green and black restarts you at all or whatever you Eric. This is he doing this game as a constant adjustment period what that your pitcher whether you're here. You know Bryce Harper -- 500 the first lot gonna go down to 250 that are. You see it with Josh Al last year. But brought Ryan dungy era and had the look is it wrong she's healthy. Figured out from the baseball part around you'll be around that -- three. Three year eight to you know in the midst or -- -- you gonna give you quality starts majority of the time he's a great veteran presence and that's why he's. While the other part of adjustments reddies hitting and we spent time with the last week talking Kevin about. I Ellsbury is adjustments and and try not to be a power hitter focus on what he can do. It's been a week he's still wait for the next that extra base hit. At what point do you tell a guy -- your lead off hitter or a movie down the order try to get you going -- we nearing that point which Colby Ellsberg. I don't know I don't know -- is -- all state you -- probably around a little more and I am. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- And then they put Trot Nixon leadoff spot you know that's okay you do it doesn't hurting recently strict low pressure -- -- just -- -- That one left sit back maybe. And you know the mental side so I don't know how I felt very mental side is right now what I mean let's -- my only option on this team and I'm now. What would -- -- them and if you want flip -- for a weekend series or some went fine but I still think he's too good player at the top of the order. Yeah you know we talk -- guys in three years and usually it's. You know breakout years Beltre here -- things like that but we forget I mean even on this team Victor Reno Napoli free agent years in go out there play well. Maybe they're thinking about little bit what worries me with Jake is that. I'm afraid that he realizes that the separate air and the difference in money has to do with home runs and that's what concerns me that. He's trying to be something maybe not that. Hey magic point lyrics -- a lot of money for home -- -- a generation so. Trying to hit a homer -- keep our strike outs and all the stuff -- -- got to get down. Great speaker and and just know what kind of player he has. He's a five tool type player is gonna hit a few home -- -- -- hit thirty home runs. Go out here 1440. Home runs and steal a lot of bases and play good defense you get to eight. Stay on the field stayed healthy you get paid so. I think that's the main thing once he realizes that orbit but you know what -- you -- we all go to the treaty years I don't want it they that they get a whopping. Nine home runs 2005 thinking oh my goodness Smart three years I'll never got to return on we've seen old guys and it's amazing Siegel guys. You know what no 103. Years. But they'll very well and -- -- into big boy. Or bottom lane you know what because -- learned well in his arm but I I still think he's too good -- player. And and then you've got to kind of watch and knowing that I'm -- on her own boys know how to handle that. You know here's your thoughts -- will -- Brooks because here's a guy year to. We saw last year before getting junior Q you know this going to be adjustments you know what's gonna be difficult former you know we are here now and you know 304050 at bats albeit a 200 at bats you start to get your season a little bit he still struggle. -- -- -- -- -- Yeah the other meadow -- situation. And a lot like would put on this kid you don't know it they're based on the on the roster the whole. You don't scenario but I still think he's young and it's almost like his sophomore season even know really into it but. Now you're gonna you gonna you gonna go and now. You know play good defensively he's gonna go hit some home runs. But what -- do -- like here from this kid out. You know he's not -- gave the tribunal upper left 38140. Man now I've never seen it seem like it's gonna -- not act that we in. -- For -- -- to -- take -- That -- good that came out and not you know -- right now eagle to be able to keep that ball water. During a few guys struggle -- -- because eventually they're gonna find. Well. The other guy who came back to town less than Terry Francona who you're you're mildly familiar with Kevin how much of the credit you wanna give. The manager and his staff for putting together that team and some of the veteran deciding Cleveland that this great stretch and that they've been on these last thirty plus games. Well I think he had -- brings a presence. Salt. Lou knows aren't taught right from -- -- you -- not so good at rest remains. And the you know you play like at the marina manager he played for a guy like -- will -- play at -- I. What their resume and also didn't you play like that I think immediately -- -- present -- the Cleveland Indians period. They go -- at Duke. You guys and what term born and but the guys that were there last year they know Terry Francona. His arrest him in a forty down magnolia state -- -- -- kind of guys so I think that's what he brought immediately. But he brings it all in presence you know I kind of like a player acts like a little yet. You know resulted don't know interpret -- and a good -- so. That's what he brought now. The -- -- great start at first you're not speaking of the pitching. And and win that division now that that's what makes this story in baseball great -- to think tires that that team that. It has enhanced now starting pitching wise and you get Miguel Cabrera Perry but being in store right now tremendous. Yes I was gonna ask you because -- all people. I don't what's where I was last night saying as a playoff team in Cleveland and and it's get a little bit ahead of ourself -- it may be that the Orioles again team that I can continue to doubt last year. But I do look at that rotation. And look at the lineup it's nice you know I just wonder they played over their heads that big Detroit on this that division I think they're the best team in the league right now will be. A little delicate you gotta look at the union schedule comment too when you get -- secondary regardless of their schedule late they don't -- maps schedule right now. They're playing a rec soccer -- replace -- they play Yankee report the raid they play. So you're gonna see how were they Indians are they start out and a great. Stance last RPI -- soccer all insults but they have great match scheduled your next forty games so. You'll see in and you look at Detroit scared for the sport of baseball being played well against him or spoke to beat the union so you get pumped up right now. Yet another -- up the -- minus twenty game. You know schedule are you there and -- -- it's about 50500. -- -- Well let's step Detroit for second is my guess is we knew Chris Rose are -- do when you show every night it's like okay what more can I say. About Miguel Cabrera he is just. I don't know Kevin he's getting towards that territory right well watched as a fan what bonds watch wind watch some good hitters. He's in that top two or three guys that just having command. Of the pitch of the at bat of the of the pitch every single time he gets in the box. -- you Aureus would be an apple I don't know why we we see that's what matters and everybody else. So there's nothing else to say that. -- just -- matter he liked what Barry Bonds was planned and that crime -- meanwhile house with a -- like Barry bond to every three home runs it is way better. I don't care about such store owner that right now to tell you there are certain guys that step on the field. Miguel Cabrera is so much better than everybody else it's funny. He makes big game look -- -- knows it's not that easy hit dead center all runs in Detroit opposite field home runs. In batting practice from second base and party and now. To dead center in Detroit so but think that he got on the baseball field you know refreshing. Besides the numbers besides that it -- five RBIs and fourteen home runs and almost deputy pretty. His attitude. He smiles there's no eagle but you know. You'll boats or don't hit it good to get any hit that walks a -- -- and meet great Libya Kevin was my trainer. In court on -- the trainer. In Indy Troy do you think you call me a better humidity. And I'm no economic team and what the Marlins you don't -- a little short stops that you don't short amount ran well. Yeah channel you -- not change we don't feel the World Series last year you bring him up on the set -- gets -- he gets hit haven't gone yet he's way better than anybody else. Yeah ideally the ball right handers mysterious thing you know compare me because it. You know Manny when Manny was Manny indoor pool halls because he's he's got to be that was thought Manny was the best -- in hitter nursing. Yeah when it was in his prime not not weird. National. Peter I've ever seen Weaver played with we've got and -- -- -- and there's little here it was. Remarkable right -- only guys each year but right now and made several Triple Crown so to me Miguel Cabrera is the best. And he won the Triple Crown last year in this generation we're all we have sent up guys in the bullpen has come to you about the seventh eighth and ninth inning. You know they could have that back in the day so to me about trying to -- it -- -- he's doing it right and right out slobbering. You know RBIs and write your home -- and right they are so illegal and the jokes out over this guys is special athlete legally you're earlier this. Even if he's a player or your favorite team watched -- younger and hit a debate. Gently so what was your last week talked -- of the guys touched on this -- up -- want to get your thoughts on the whole Shaughnessy. Ortiz thing you know it's this day and age I understand suspicion but you know you look at David what he's done and in drug testing in and I get it but I just thought it was it was kind of strange timing just because you get off to a good start with average. Element of that story is on the History Channel but I will be marketing I was very very low ball paperwork she's from Dan Shaughnessy. Okay you can't throw out stop I know he's got a job Duke great story written my papers and shot together in the paper. And is a good job what do. But when Lester substrate just want to -- guys in the game. OK let's stop with if you have a bad year drop -- -- if you have a good year -- I'm accused Turkey takes. -- just like every else. Are you negative and starts so why do we have yet to actually be a lot throw this man's name on front street. Because he came in after an injury and it on fire. That's that's disturbing to me that's not fair that's why player -- -- -- shield now to the media that's why a certain terms players merger. Because you can't trust anybody bad shot he writes for the Boston Red Sox and their shots you ask him on the show who won the good guys if you could say -- Ortiz. You know what you got to check him in the door because they were you want good guys will hear around you know I mean you're happy. Young man to go ahead destroyed dark cloud over him during the streak and all the boasts six aspect that makes sense to me there's too much as well. That's him. You got yes I'm on what you guys had a long last night did you get all fired up with though Ortiz. We get we had a lot of potential -- say you know what he -- -- for Obama so when when we can get it done ostensibly they ball. You haven't let's see it you're usually just a unit swish on or anything and tonight right. Yeah. Start to go to our first -- -- -- -- LaToya are sure the goes in the crap we. Let's just. Yeah. My foot by and boy. And I know -- -- it back there and don't -- -- Campbell large joins us follow on Twitter at cable are fifteen and also watch him. Beat up Chris Rose nightly on potential talk thank you kept talking next week. Luke Luke and from a bottle it and forget my back and we're not -- and you'll always on the fully implement that and obviously I. -- -- -- checked out Kevin a lot of odds and every single Friday when Campbell larger and has brought you by -- insurance by -- mortgage. And likeable Oda -- corporation what happened on -- You -- you know support of which -- I'm not they weren't here last week I couldn't I remember responding to a couple guys who assembled -- So about I forget what it was always was. I had nothing to do with -- real for. He just rode the coattails of everybody on the team. Respond kind of boardwalk against Rivera. Eighteen bombs 30076. To eight clubhouse guy -- any kind of a big year -- to -- absolutely nothing. Either one a a person prime wants -- open game five probably that -- assessment was not panic thing I thought we have your chance to win Bruins tickets game five Bruins Rangers tickets. Very very very soon -- think you want to go anywhere because may get a chance to win those. --

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