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Cleveland Indians Manager Terry Francona with Salk and Holley

Oct 10, 2013|

We preview the ALCS with former Sox skipper / current Indians Manager Terry Francona... we get thoughts on his friend John Farrell, the Rays series, who the Sox might want to face and much more.

Transcript - will not be 100% accurate

While certainly the city of Boston coming together right now watching the Red Sox and what this. What this last couple weeks of man's going through the AL DS beating Tampa if there was one disappointment -- For a lot of Red Sox fans and I know a lot of members of the media it was that the road did not have to go through Cleveland. That there was not the easiest storyline of all time Red Sox against Terry Francona. In his Indians a disappointment with them unfortunately losing to Tampa. In the one game wild card playoff but Terry Francona kind of take a few minutes with us here today on -- and -- -- How -- Good. Don't pretty well how do -- deal with the recovery down that was written for you guys really wanted to win that game how do you deal. Out that there were a lot of people really trust looks too so we'd have to come to Boston. Home on Drew -- were actually under -- on our organizational. And down to Tucson out -- finally Neal picked up or not we just battle for a little while. This surprise you a little bit I mean that team and you always always wanna win but you've gone into a team that. I think lost wouldn't -- 95 or 94 games a year before right there with the Red Sox not very successful and then. Yeah you wind up in the post season it was was that maybe a year ahead of schedule for him. You on all we had a schedule Michael we've we just wanted to I mean. It all we shall open we want to do the best we could and I don't think anybody note -- Wallace myself included. And then I will not just water won't succeed who started a -- just to get the September with a chance you know Cardinals. And we got to September our schedule very report record plain rude to baseball. And we why people are well in awhile are now that's not the rally in the early wanna go. Lot of it beats the alternative of not have a chance but also we embraced the game Tampa beat us fair and square. They -- -- it bongo player Austin. Almost like be careful what you wish for a while some verdict that. -- process like for you at the beginning of this year you take over in new team a lot of young players and it'd been a long time you've been out of -- you know out of the game for a year but more importantly had been a long time since you do. Coming in mutual place where you weren't already pre established. What was your process like at the beginning. You know what it would actually come to come out on a bomb because I'd been one place for a while sometimes it kinda. -- stagnant or maybe certain ways ups sometimes -- and stubborn and it all -- -- me every year to kind of reflect on I can do maybe do things better and forever but he was a fresh start myself included. And I think -- the content of the stance we all took a player like salt. The coach who looked -- and try to get better to do other -- kind of fought and we had a lot of challengers and we will continue to. -- it doesn't mean that I didn't thoroughly enjoyed it. And that's a good way to go into op because even on the good days -- making it matters not a long day. -- to be able to have that. That constant you know people round you got -- that I loved and respected and you know level Brad Mills coached I'd like that. Kevin Cash guys around you know be you know care about you ruling. You know we're talking with John Farrell I think it was a a couple of weeks ago and I said to him. Terry Francona has -- it what are your best friends in baseball he corrected me signal it's one of my best friends period first of all surprised that somebody who wanna be your friend. -- -- Romeo and I did I did you know it had to take the first shot I -- you gonna take a shot at some point so I went to get the first one at. -- well you know. Feet right -- army you know we became friends go to baseball. But -- we've we've maintained the French they'll all use you'll survive what -- -- based or not and that support special person to me. -- mean to build stand in the dugout next to him. You know was pretty much. Shoot I would say it's an honor and then you know for him to kind of branch on on his own he obviously -- don't spot so I want some things. I'm he would going to be Everett walk through -- was this -- just had a sports and Allen rookie year as a pitching coach. How did you you said a while ago we were talking you said he's the right guy for the job that was a while ago you said it. What what do you think it is and why has it blossomed like this and how we all know he was a good pitching coach for you. But I don't think anybody really saw outside of the organization don't think anybody really saw it coming together like this. Well I think to walk the perimeter a lot of reasons but the wind was there was instant buy -- from from the players and promote core group of players. Pedroia l.'s thirty Bockwoldt Lester. Middle Brooks all these guys a new job. When he got the job all the sudden you attitude last got a -- again to these guys in a war so splatters division ultimate -- But they also body and and John have a good message anyway and when he talks he means what he says it's and the reason that he does or doesn't. And all the sudden you have a group of players were going in one direction. As opposed to maybe a beautiful ones. Well you -- spent a year is a member of the media when you're trying to figure out how that all came together for them this year. How do you figure how do you try to determine how much of it was John Farrell what he did it and how much of it was bench Harrington and some of the players that were brought in. Who were guys who wouldn't want to buy him. Quite think that it all I don't think you ever -- -- I think our big -- first moment of great selection in -- on. I think they obviously worked to other per well but there's other people -- me in -- -- -- a big part of that. Parity to a bit of a bridal how or a big part of it -- Kirk. They're better they're good people and nobody. They're a pretty good when they brought John in it was another cheap piece but they all -- to go to -- -- pretty obvious. Our tell me about to ALCS and we're we're hyped up for the game tonight. Hold the Red Sox matchup with the best. You don't want guys you do it or -- you guys should ultimately be -- -- like 42 Indians. And go deep into the bowl problems because. No doubt what you want -- for you want to go first all. You know Verlander pitching tonight for Detroit so and they are -- sure around the ballpark and soul that's an advantage Red Sox. Oakland. That there -- believable on him and they just keep. Bring in pitcher that you and they find ways to do not offense -- -- -- guard Brandon Moss and thirty home runs. In old former Red Sox -- police -- Lowery. I mean this was a really intriguing game and and -- local decides not to sport -- -- -- goal -- ready to here at the -- mean there's interest in story line -- -- players. When you watch again I'm -- you watch some of these playoff games I assume that you don't watch in the games in the policies of. I saw him get rid of organizational meetings so he'll like what worked -- altered beyond but for the most part we're trying to figure -- is still reply and not watching on TV. But an -- -- horrible to watch Romeo start to search but surely trying to keep my -- -- If -- watcher -- you think along with -- manager especially somebody like John Ferrell you're so close to -- you think along with him and try to determine what you think he's going to do. Now I leave it -- you guys. Because we're the best that. You -- you can't you can't do it what -- the dugout. You hear it in to look for the game and you know your players you know notes don't have you know what you need to stay away from. And you've got to almost get tunnel vision and I don't think you can do up from the rough spots stands. As quote or every drop. It just is -- you mentioned some of the former Red Sox in Oakland. -- -- And and Redick and -- finally playing -- know 50600. At -- season. Did you think that these guys had the ability to do this. No interest in Brandon -- because you know in the the hard thing about Boston is when you're young change tomorrow. You don't really have the luxury of what the guys kind of penal wander through walk a rookie year or sport sport to win right now. -- the old guy like David Murphy -- ended Boston are promote guys. That's why the guys like -- buried in the Pedroia is it makes it even more special because they were able to Kamal wonder must win circumstances and produce. So the guy -- it to go to other place is get their feet wet you know come earn their stripes and then they find a place to land and they start to be productive. You don't you won't believe this -- we are the AT&T -- line here. And people some people are texting and saying nice try guys this is not a real TO on that but this is the committee. What do well he'll let you know there's that that -- -- already. I did that got me want to wonder I remember driving down Brookline element but then why would I say that -- guys and I've been a rural little community. Did you prove that this is you -- -- we proved that this is he'll. I don't know how to do that enemy tonight. I want to prove it too much into that a car in order to owner -- pulled it. -- job. A. Are emotionally I mean when you watch this Red Sox team or think about them do what they're doing or even in a week ago the era almost a chance for you to prepare to be facing them in a five game series. Is all that stuff completely gone out of your mind that you're you've totally moved on now that you spent the year in Cleveland. Or are there still some emotional attachment to what happens here. All Martin -- all have attachments like the -- spend a year to play to not be attached to renounce. The old vet that'll always be alert but I hope we don't want to change. I -- there as far as the old. I never really got back to -- what what do we played awesome because. You know anybody -- don't -- older we get so wrapped up into the next game. And I was at the time to -- and trying to get the plate to -- that you know I understand what that storm would remember quite Everett got -- If you think about all the things that that that happened in Boston. And I know there was a lot a lot shed a lot written -- -- the New York Times best seller. Are things -- or is that. And I have relationships been repaired or is that does not gonna happen. You know what Michael Arnold the whole arm out there really aren't any relationships. I mean I mean you all the guys I note on and everything but. It'll -- some of the relationships. I know what will be older older I get time on the -- console. It'll upset about -- -- it is doubtful videos but. You know it doesn't take away. From a lot of the memories that however they'll have their becomes. So many good things happened there and there are no regardless of how. How it and it doesn't mean people bad people it sometimes you'd prefer this -- a little bit for. Yeah yeah well we've we've had conversations in the past about manager of the year your candidate now a very strong candidate between you and John Farrell I think. How they feel about that. I feel awkward because I -- I you can never -- yourself I mean that's you know I. Tend to think that former organizational award anyway. And I'm it'll created so I don't really product that about that I. Just -- -- John -- -- -- or my best friend so that's probably until. You know you mentioned and -- that you wouldn't have started preparing for the Red Sox before beating Tampa that makes sense but you've seen them play was more earlier in the year that the two series between Boston and Cleveland were earlier in the year. But if you're heading into a series against these Red Sox. How do you prepare for them. Well they're pretty different now than what we based -- a year like certain -- -- -- all a lot of success when acumen to Cleveland they're pretty much. It'll be -- up. When we came to Boston -- actually played pretty well -- came back twice beat the slate which started to play those you know group we we played really well. But pretty straight and thirteen so much in some of these young children brought up the good. -- and that you know they they grind out at absence. Nobody got Pedroia and Ellsbury umbrage all the time and Victor Reno older energy and -- Ortiz smacked the ball well placed so they're back to may be. Avoid the Red Sox used to -- We mention Ortiz and he's been a fascinating subject for us this year with 38 years old it was a couple of years ago that it looked as if his career may be about the wind down. You actually have to pinch hit form in a situation and now you see him this year. Leading the team leaves their best hitter this year. How does that happen. Well he's pretty proud guys let me sort of Formula One MM I may have I may have made mistakes summit -- May keep in the pressure -- -- -- Mean dignity it was struggled for sure for a while -- what. -- pretty proud guy and I don't think anybody ever really -- in just his work ethic. And you know for him to keep playing and we're always told him that you snapped a walk Parker to stay where he was just because that's -- to light -- And you get older and obviously done that. Are you you -- got my attention news that you may have caved in to pressure pressure from home. What drives me your game and you -- you don't get pressure from all around Parker also little whatever that it all and again we had we had different team and you don't win it Mike Lowell sitting on the bench that. You know -- a right handed compliment him -- Probably feel again -- I have to do all over again I hope -- what else. And again try to probably keep everybody happy on the roster I don't think you can do that and again -- you don't get second chances -- the same team. So we just try to lower and goal on. The interesting thing about this Red Sox team I've found walks in the -- years just how many different ways they can beat you Riley talked about a lot taken. Come at you with speed one day it's defense the next day its Power One day it's starting pitching any echoed G. As a manager when you have those different types of of options and ways to to go after a team that. How how much fun is it -- I guess maybe a manager how much easier is it to manage a group like that. While you're talking about a complete team. And and that's what sold out why they're -- -- -- because over a 162 game -- -- not complete. You can you can you don't hurt -- deficiencies should know. And the Red Sox are -- they're pretty pretty damn complete and that's why they held the record they are not political -- You know we're in a text I got tons of people here -- -- -- -- -- -- -- for you and they wanted to Boston and Cleveland so they could cheer you and all that good stuff they don't get other people were saying we have the -- -- want followed by the -- that's -- I'm not. I'm not sure those people hearing. -- people over but I'll just take one I was there. -- Tito always get to catch up with you continued good luck next year. Dario is Terry Francona takes a few minutes. Being the AT&T hotline and yes that's the real Terry Francona it took -- less than five minutes dimensional so you know that's our our team. Under five minutes on mentioning l.'s the only deal could do that and then a year the one thing at the end there talking about David Ortiz and now. I'm not sure would've done that again if I had the same opportunity but. Or he can talk of the team was built differently than that they had -- holes -- right and a couple of OK fine. But David Ortiz has built differently now than he was then as well is that -- I don't I mean he just different tees different ballplayer right now that he was a couple of years ago there's. The thought -- pinch hitting for him with anybody wouldn't make sense right now lefty righty you -- -- after calling up -- when you're talking about 2013 -- But he made a reference to it and in there was that it's an important point we said we told them. Baseball operations people everybody the coaching staff. General manager everybody we told them that if he's gonna continue to be good at this age you may have to work harder without -- and it's a nice way of saying -- was out of shape. And he did he did get himself into better shape. That may have helped me get healthier too I think it was a combination of of a a wrist injury. And being probably 20/20 five. But we know wrist injuries are brutal for baseball players for hitters image is that the of inability. To snap your wrist as a baseball player is it it makes the game essentially impossible. And we've seen it so many times -- even just in Boston Ramey forgetting about even the rest of the league. The Nomar injury will always be the one I'll point back -- because he came back. But he wasn't the same player. It seems like without injury almost more than any other guys are able to return. But they're not able to beat themselves for a lot longer after that and I think maybe it's taken that long for David Ortiz the questions will come up I mean we sort of started our show talking about him. And play in the caller from yesterday said he won't root for this Red Sox group because David Ortiz is still here of -- -- -- -- probably clowning ultimately ponying. Leave my belief that I don't think I -- I think he's just I think he's just wrong. That we had a camera on him after that second home run in the game jumping up and down I don't think he was he boys where I really. Have better. Did you stop that -- I don't -- like yeah homer on what I've figured out your Red Sox were and you deal with that. I know you were gonna -- by the way you have the good you've got to Tito and -- a good lying you didn't wanna give a sniffer dog -- a if you. He can do it but I won't give a -- I usually you have low putts in there so I had to had to get a -- shot in the preemptive strikes that it was open for sniff that you know if you're gonna go out good which you've got to really get get him with him surprise you fight fire with fire. -- I was open for that but it's good to hear Tito and and to see the text messages your right 379837. Just plenty of plenty of love out there still for Terry Francona. For -- question earlier that he -- -- -- who would you rather have. I still I still. I'm a huge fan of what Tito brought to the to the manager's office I thought he did a great job you remember the climate that he came into. I think that's the thing that did. Can't be forgotten with Terry Francona -- you know the climate that he exited Boston under. But the climate they came in -- was so bizarre got away and I mean you have to you have to win a World Series he was coming off of Grady Little being fired after losing game seven of the ALCS right and he'd only been here for two years. And -- relegated to an eight years and finally they couldn't overcome NC at the move on it it only been two years he'd screwed up badly. He was coming into just the most rabid desperate -- you can imagine a point not really any ex Red Sox managers working anywhere. Right -- to Grady couple years to get a job to Jimy Williams a couple of years to get a job mean. It was like almost the end of of a career Kevin Kennedy I don't think ever work again. Which Hobbs and obviously didn't work again. A woman missing on baseball right nine baseball ran -- and guys. Of the previous few managers it was. This was the end of -- -- -- Joseph Kerrigan was the last stop man once you came here that was going to be yet and he took over team. I managed to get them to World Series that year out of the mandate to pretty Corey out of the mandate to command is that you're not coming in and taking over rebuilding team. It is not a nice story to get to the ALCS like it is now -- I've had done that. Now -- with the Red Sox in the ALCS in 2013. Thursday that it's a completely satisfied but there's a great deal of satisfaction that this team that you had low expectations for. Is now playing for the ALCS have a chance go to the World Series. 2004. Not good enough -- did that last year. And we should've been in the World Series not for the for the manager and the fact now you got to come in and not only. You have to get to the healthiest yet to win it and you -- not only get to the World Series but win it right and you had to go -- the Yankees again image -- everything worked out so perfectly and he was the right guy for the job managed to -- every single. Story line and and big time. Big time distraction no one better at making sure that those became less -- -- Terry Francona in his day. I six or 7779793. -- wanna grab some more of your calls we get ready for Oakland and Detroit tonight. Who do you want that that question is out there for everybody would talk a lot today about Jacoby Ellsbury and whether or not he's a necessity going forward whether or not there's. A what you're willing to spend for guy with his skills at his age it's all still to console -- and W.

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