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Red Sox Manager John Farrell with Salk and Holley

Aug 21, 2013|

An agitated John Farrell joined Salk and Holley after a tough late inning loss in San Francisco. John defends his pitching moves and explains futher what went down.

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Fact whispering John Caroline in the conversation. Right off the bat today John how -- And our guys -- -- done pretty well. Start with -- last night it's and a lot of questions that askew. -- start -- start with the kid who we -- make his first first Major League appearance what did you think of the -- last night. Well one game three at bats that I came up -- in a couple of opportunities where. That we can broke the game open in that first and third inning didn't happen but -- key defensive play to keep the tying run from scoring on a bang bang play recharges him on the ground ball and I just thought overall to watch the body language the way he handled himself. You know. If you it was a fine first game but in the end the outcome are probably means more than anything else. So he's not in the -- today in the lineup but what's the what's the logic behind that. Well first why I think one thing that needs to be cleared up -- -- because suitable course comes to us does not mean we're gonna. Completely forget about Stephen Drew whose. But what are hotter hitters of late. He's had very good success against Barry Zito. You know -- or 340 -- for almost forty at bats so. Stephen Drew is our shortstop today and in addition they there was -- a late addition yesterday it is starting today and with. This series don't coming -- and and kind of mapped out the playing. Playing time for these three games for most every position player and I don't wanna shipped off that in addition to -- Success against the Eagles and is. You know Michael I were just talking about it in terms of frustration and frustrating ways to lose a game we -- talking about throughout sports in general but. I would think as a manager watching a pitcher walking in the winning run of the game. Would rank pretty high on the out on the frustration meter where is that for you. Well certainly at any loss is a tough one but to see how that inning was what was unfolding. Here where we're a situation meant at first base two outs and the next two hitters were were in 02 counts and you see a base on balls and and I -- prepared. That that you know you. You certainly kicked the door open for them to be able to walk back through it no pun intended because that's how the at the game ended up being decided on a four pitch walk. I'd like to think that there were some things long before that situation even emerged. That would have been a different to back game but unfortunately that's the focal point match the one that. Draws all the attention because it's right down to you know that does the deciding pitch that is thrown. Put thirty you know Franklin was brought bought -- very well very good stuff -- -- three appearances he's had since coming back and we're seeing the velocity. Back into the normal range was a year ago when it was was very good and powerful. In the end her about a seven pitch. Sequence seventy expand. I think he lost his release point. Pretty drastically and it on the -- -- situation you're kind of left with okay would you go to -- -- and that decision was critical of your reality -- -- worked. You know we do have a few questions about that inning with since you brought it up when you say our right as a manager I look at things that happened before the ninth inning. What should we be looking and I mean instead of having. Hourlong conversation just about the nine. From your perspective what should we be talking. Well we -- bases loaded situation in the first. Two -- -- position in the third of those things while in the early part of the game there is more rightly forgotten I get that but. We we felt like we came in against a pitcher that we would had very good success on and unfortunately for five innings. We have one base runner and and so there was some opportunities government estimate and we recognize those. -- situation word has it has been very good that. You know that they you're able to chip away a tying run. And and that. Puts us in a position to go to notre Franklin. Otherwise we're in a position where we're going oh you are so. You know just one of -- be careful that we balance out some things rather than just focusing on. A fourth -- of that. But I do what I do what master but that though in the ninth inning because there -- couple things that this that jump out to me. Why not go -- you are in that situation and he's the guy -- -- that is -- guy throws strikes in you got the bases loaded you need to strike thrower and there. Why not go with him in the ninth. Okay because we have double -- dealing -- or -- and before we get our best defense on the field. The pitcher's spot was coming up fourth in the next inning -- a tie game -- pinch hit for your heart ailment and let him get. Now right. So secure so you're you're looking at at the fact that if he does -- gets the guy out you only have him potentially for that one out exactly. And so then and then when the work and I saw you say after the game -- and wanna use Workman. Three games three games in a row and that's why he wasn't an option. That's correct to the other someone who's now relieving for the first time in the -- three consecutive days. That that's my responsibility to him and and making sure that this guy continues to develop -- -- very good job in the role has been put in. Whether it's been in the starting role or the bullpen. And put him on three consecutive days I think at this point there were orderly more than two were three relievers to -- to finish out this division. Title and to do that. We've got to have some of the guys contribute. I guess one of the questions that of a Workman would be you know how do you view him as -- high leverage guys -- lower leverage guy he comes in Monday night in what seven nothing game. You know he had admitted Monday night that it would him in three times in a row so how do you view him more kind of a pitcher what is his role. He he's getting responsibility but what would you what is being felt to recognize here is the previously used the two days prior who was available. Should I bring you -- hard in the seven run game. As solid as the two nights previous leading up to. The night before. And the fact is were you know we tacked on two runs in the ninth inning so while. Brennan -- responsibility continues to grow. You know when we used five relievers -- night before against New York. So. I I respect your questions but they're not presented in in a in a vacuum. But have so I look John that's why we asked them to you and and wanna get the manager's perspective as we say right here at the beginning. It always seems like a manager has more in his mind that. Then than any radio host fan or media member would have been there isn't just trying to get the rest of the situation understand why he made decisions. -- Hartnell was let's talk about the the eighth inning Shane Victorino was asked after the game last night. About his decision in the eighth inning. He had a chance to let a foul ball drop or catch a foul ball and try to throw a runner out at the plate obviously. That didn't happen. And he said he thought about it he was on offense but decided he'd and one buster -- -- Buster Posey up and hitting one in the gap what did you think of that situation that you made the right call. Yeah I do because here's the thing you know the the way the wind was carrying last night it was wall from right -- left in Sheen is probably one stride within. The foul line. The one -- he doesn't have -- vantage point of his of the umpires give -- signal fair foul even on most plays when that weather has made. He recognizes the situation obviously first and third one out in a one run game if that's a tie game there might be more of a willingness to let a ball drop. But the fact is what we've got the lead. He felt like he can get behind that plate to make a strong and accurate throw but post and spot Atlanta was probably the most pressing thing here is that their best hitters at the plate. In and he I think you made the right decision I would say that would be the case given those same sort of circumstances. Would have to take the -- every single time. Knowing that we still we still have you know one more shot probably play. Let's switch gears here and talk about the big story is we've been talking about here for a couple of days probably. A three days after we have finished talking with the you people want to talk about and that's Alex Rodriguez. And Ryan Dempster Ryan Dempster. I -- Alex Rodriguez and he suspended what was your dominant suspension. Well after a totally review it obviously would would respect what the decision was made in game. And clearly they they felt that there was intense. I still believe that Ryan. Have to pitch inside. And to say to sit here and say in the acknowledged that you know what he definitely threw him. I don't know what goes on in Ryan's mind but I I can only base my opinion on the way Ryan has pitched throughout the course of this year. And he gets right handed hitters he's got to establish his fastball in and it just so happens and in -- situation where you know a Alex Rodriguez going to the things he has it draws attention to it and feels like he's directly going after him in had a -- I don't know Ryan Dempster to be that kind of pitcher I don't know to be that kind of professional. Unfortunately. It brings some negative attention to us because of what's transpired. And I think that was the main reason why Brian just -- you know what I need to serve the suspension and move on and let's focus on the game to hand. But if he did what they had them I mean I guess you couldn't come out and say it even if he told you -- Jon and I hit. Alex Rodriguez you couldn't you can tell us that any records in -- would you. No I wouldn't it if he had bad intention to do that. But certainly wouldn't acknowledge it. Look at it looked very obvious mean 330 pitch understand why Ryan Dempster is saying what he's saying understand. Why you wouldn't acknowledge that -- in bombing your position I would acknowledge either but. Four for Dempster. Is there ever -- in your opinion is there ever an appropriate time to hit a guy you ever do that your career where you can. And as a team that you protect your own teammates so if you felt like something transpired in the course of the game that was. May be perceived across the field was intentional. Do you look to stand up -- your teammate and maintain their the respect that you have in your own clubhouse. But that's part of the unwritten roll roll to baseball and just the baseball etiquette the way -- carried out on the field and and I think typically. The game will take care of itself inside the lines and don't say it if that means we've got something coming at us when we go to New York will find out. Obviously out every one of 462 games is going to be an important one how big is today's game off for you. Are I think given where we are our guys will respond favorably I'm confident that. But. We find ourselves cities and it in in this division and no team -- necessarily just going away given what New Yorkers. On a resurgence of so we put forward was understand that in our division it's going to be a dog fight all the way here on out. And confident our guards you know respond to a -- win would be -- really good thing going and Ellis. Did you did you pay attention any of Joseph Girardi comments the last couple days about the A-Rod Dempster situation. I -- some of them. What do you think about the first volley he thinks the suspension is not long enough because Ryan Dempster as a pitcher not a position player and position players suspended for three games he's up three games with a victory dismisses a start what do what do think that it. I mean MLB. No no one called up just a week we should say we should we think this is what these suspensions have been so. They had a doubt what they felt it was just for the situation and and it's except that. And also one I want to listen to something you know. You're Joseph Girardi was also talking about. How bad ones that Dempster hit a -- and that it it set the it may be it's it's had a bad example he was Haley was ranting about it and and this is what he had this. What is wrong people. You cheer when someone gets here. Ominous thing again what if that was your son. You know what if what if your son got hit breaks and arm gets hit in the head as a concussion. And I'd be impairs. Your unbeaten Bears. I see little kids in this team. When it was wrong with the world today. -- -- Well again. He's he has comets are based on the assumption that it was. Directly intentional. And that's in my opinion was completely different -- got us having to meet the needs to pitch him. And then when you see their reaction from -- I mean some of it thing he seems upset at the crowd for cheering about it. Is that the type of thing you'd even notice warrior out there on the field. No because I think just thinking back to my own career. When you're on the mound you you hear a -- homer Obama is sore or just a constant noise certainly -- spike up. When something happens but to save that was done to to cheer on someone being hit or. The fact that it was targeted directly at Alex. I don't I don't know -- -- you even notice that at the time or being in the moment as a competitor I don't even -- When your on the bench as a manager and and that happens someone's been hit in the benches are starting to clear a little bit the bullpen to start and the out. Let's see adrenaline like for you as a manager that situation. Well I mean it it it spikes up I think human nature gives you get into an emotional moment there there's going to be some -- indoors like okay what what's next and and you. In my role you look to defuse it as best you can. You know. He he. Out -- -- on the bubble that. It in you know I can understand that you know it it wouldn't want but it -- be -- around here is -- if that's if that's David Ortiz against rolled behind. And then ultimately gets hit. I can understand the -- going out and I can understand the reaction. To what's been. What's just transpired so I'm not saying what would Joseph Torre is dead or their reaction was wrong not by once stretched. What to take it for take it further and assume that some of the patent law into their hands and then becoming a judge jury and executioner hasn't been described. I wouldn't go that for -- as far as on the field yet we're gonna protect our own much like they did in our respective. Yeah I -- out -- that we -- talk about this yesterday with Girardi I mean he's a former catcher in the game you are a former pitcher. And it is an and then the history of baseball you know that the catcher at times says okay we got hit this guy is sometimes a pitcher you have to hit them. I mean it's just part of that you can't be self righteous about it and say well we don't believe in hitting people don't hear it has been part of baseball for for years and years. Well I I think this is well if it goes without saying it's well publicized event not only this but everything leading up to what. With Alex's situation. And and -- I don't know but just general public are taking. Gratification and what's playing out on the field and in. Let's -- -- as we were asked before the series what do we think about like -- being able to play. And I'm on record as saying that he's got a process and what she has the right to do we agree with all of all the second place no. But you know what that's his right to personal and and we move on. I think the general public does enjoy watching Alex Rodriguez -- hit I think Red Sox fans were upset. If if Dempster did do it on his own. I think the majority of Red Sox as we've heard from and I feel the same way. He did it on his own I just felt it was misplaced -- -- you know as to zip in that situation. You know try to get them out instead of trying to cinema message. Well you don't Michael it it in that. Description right there and and -- Arnold he took and so on and I all I can go by is is watching on the guys but. It was you know the guy and how he's pitched. We have all we have tried to establish a a environment in here that it's about us as a team not any one great team and and by hitting someone -- we don't condone it. In at the same time. We're trying to win every day we walk on the field and -- that took away from that then. You know what that that wasn't that's not a good thing if in fact it was solely his purpose or or intent to try to hit tomorrow. Our -- -- time now for Mohegan -- dinner with John -- contest today's question for the manager comes from John called he's from Worcester he wants to know. Are you a fan of the decision to expand instant replay next season how do you think it will affect. -- yeah. Yes fan. Game is ready for. To just get negated just tipped -- right. I like the idea that there's a central. Person in New York that's that's available on phone I think it keeps on pars on the field. In a matter of fact I think in this scenario it might keep the game moving along rather than. There reviewed it takes I think. Maybe longer than a call Michael went to New York to do that. What the ultimate format. Becomes it becomes I think it's still to be determined because I think there's some still approval that's going to be happens this. But the fact -- expanded replay is going to be used is not a good thing. Like -- have a challenge like you can throw out there. But I don't know we're gonna get a flag wanna put -- what should they give you walked out you know that that's to be determined but. You know what I like -- said I think every intent is being made it all the calls right and I think this is the next step. Well Johnny we certainly appreciate a good luck this afternoon John Carroll always brought -- you -- -- bell insurance town fair tire MI Kallis hockey we'll talk in excellence that. I'd -- John is John Farrell and clearly hear a guy today Michael who. Well that year yeah lady here a little edgier version of John Farrell and I think we're used to hearing every Wednesday on the Asia. I think you also hear a lot of the explanation. For what happened last night in the ninth inning and as you're sort of saying he jumps on it you know like to be questioned -- -- that doesn't make him unique. As a manager but here's some of the explanation. -- -- -- You know what and I got to admit this I gotta admit to I'll admitted after the -- do that come out -- -- -- especially after the break a confession a huge confession from Michael hall. Talk -- W via.

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