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Ben Cherington recaps the ALCS and previews Game 5 with Salk and Holley

Oct 17, 2013|

We check in with the potential Executive of Year Ben Cherington live from the field in Detroit and get his thoughts on the series so far and how the Sox will fare in game 5 tonight, Lester vs Sanchez

Transcript - will not be 100% accurate

Against hey how -- native and -- thanks a VO with a sand then you sound kind of down what's gone gone -- and overdid. This is is is is -- drizzly weather we're going to be edited clock. Or would you what we've been debating of course the game last night where it turned in what could have gone done differently. What what did you think the turning point in the game was last night. Well I mean the obvious answer you fibers in the second and those enough so we couldn't climb climb -- -- -- I thought we. You know size we have been -- at bats you know got better -- and went on and then we've gotten since some situations slate where. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- But it's the series is gun you know I think it's been. At least in terms of the this -- that is where we are two to. It's it's not that the rule we expect -- -- -- Nebraska before the series started I think we both thought the series would go along way and be tighten. We probably see you go back to Boston and journalism as a career. How you plan for the fact that you you play an entire six month regular season everything that goes through baseball season. With with it mostly sunny warm weather in the summer. What you end up lead in the league in in runs scored -- and then you get into the playoffs and it it just seems like every year office just completely goes away not just for the Red Sox for for for baseball teams in general do you plan for that as a general manager. Well I don't there's much you can do we build the team to get to the post season. In the teams to get to the post season are you know generally the better teams alien. And you know -- offenses down I'd still rather have a good offense is a good -- -- chances or more than a week off and so. You know who the we're just we -- really good pitching and who knows that tiger's -- you have before the season started series started. And the tigers starters have really excuse well obviously -- great stuff but they really executed well and and you know but were were very confident -- our offense and at some point we're gonna break out and score some runs. We don't want talking about gender Bogart's but he starts this year double play period tonight. Starting game five of ALCS at third base. With this with this part of the plan to turn -- this was possible that his development. Would would be on such a rapid path that he could be in this position. Well two or three weeks ago we definitely thought he could be in this position. 45 months ago probably and you know it. But he forces away into the picture think because of the adjustments he made in double lane and go to AAA and continuing to succeed there he can forces when -- -- picture. The second half the season. He was never an everyday role but. We wanted to see how he responded to playing meaningful games down the stretch and he did a good job in seemed fazed by anything's a very poised young man. Smart kids or baseball player obviously very talented player and he said get at bats and that's what comes down to the end. You know really get at bat against federal laws the last the last batter of the game one. Worked himself and he -- into account got a pitch to hit dismissed it. -- comes off the bench last thing has a good at that gets in the style well at ball down the right field line so. We're confident with him out there and in -- just he's trying to he's trying to put -- guys out there and use this chance to win and it. As I said earlier he's starting tonight at third base can you compare his abilities defensively at third. To his natural position short. Well he's made that transition. Obviously you know I think if you asked any crises. Still to more comfortable shortstop that's original life. But he's got he's he's got athletic ability defensive ability he he'll play on instincts over there and we're constantly make all the plays we estimate. Jonny Gomes and his career -- never been a great hitter against right handed pitching and yet. Back in the lineup again tonight against a -- -- a few of these games John -- said that he just brings intangibles. Why what are the intangibles that Jonny Gomes brings to a game like that. But it is -- just trying to do Alessio we've had two there's two guys -- -- -- don't have been huge parts of the team all year. Against the tigers with -- -- right hand starters. You know he didn't wanna go to -- drawn into -- -- that is the strict platoon because then. -- don't sits for too long so he's been he's been trying to pick spots for both guys. We -- Gomes play. You know the other night against Verlander and had really tough at -- you know other than Ortiz and thought his at bats against Verlander were as good as anyone. He made him work getting hit. So we're constantly using the lineup he's we know that he's gonna he's gonna make the pitcher work using an intense competitive at bats. He's -- very underrated defensive player. And just he just loved all of our whole team loves to win -- -- the -- nobody more so than Jonny -- so. There's something. To be said for having him on the field in the games matter. When you first were signing Jonny Gomes I would imagine you were taking a lot of those things into account the off field stuff the intangibles the base running. Did you imagine at that time it that he would come in handy for game like today. Yeah you know. After -- David Ortiz. You know the beginning of last offseason -- first two moves were David Ross and Johnny Gomes. We'll -- both their lineup tonight. And there's a lot there -- into that but they were clear targets of ours and we just felt like both. Both that darn both had really performed well in the rule that they've been asked to perform and for several years so. You know neither had been everyday players. All the time. Whatever all that -- -- reform and they did it very well and they did it. With a lot of intelligence they developed her -- really Smart baseball players. Jazz to understood winning understood what it took to win. We're great teammates. So we just felt like bringing into the organization for the talent standpoint. And from baseball intellect sample that was important and we're glad they're here and for profit to make a difference tonight are at that then we certainly appreciate it good luck and without a lot of fun watching this team this year so thanks so much. For reassembling it for us OK -- appreciate it.

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