Oct 19, 2013|
Mike Salk and Rob Bradford discuss the Red Sox Game 6 starter Clay Buckholtz along with the impressive bullpen.
Today was Jerry's return to NESN and the broadcast was a return to normalcy,... sort of. Butch takes calls and offers his opinions.
Scott Lauber calls into the show to discuss the young pitching prospects for the Red Sox and what to expect from our rotation this year.
Mustard and Johnson discuss Rondo's potential ability to lead this team, and whether or not Birthdaygate was worthy of the coverage it's been getting.
The guys get into the Sox and what is a reasonable prediction for the amount of wins this season. They also touch on where they see some weaknesses with the current team.
Automatically Generated Transcript (may not be 100% accurate)
Guy now. Now are 24/7. Coverage continues with no Red Sox road to redemption pregame show presented by Andersen windows. And serviced like no way that window rock. These these Sports Radio WP. I thought rob Bradford was weird Fenway Park -- we'll join us on the hour from now it will take you until about 715 -- That turned things over to the pregame show running game time just after 8 o'clock. Tonight's. Clay Buchholz gets the ball for John Ferrell. On the other decidedly Max Scherzer for Jim Leland scherzer course can -- the Cy Young award winner this year he was excellent in his second day in game two in this series but. Even though Clay -- didn't have his good stuff he was able to. Keep things just close enough for David Ortiz to work his magic late night game Red Sox come back to win as you know what -- -- gonna take a whole lot more from Buchholz tonight. And he gave you in game two will go to John -- press conference in about 510 minutes since he meets the media will hear from him more his spot. A -- -- made some of the decisions he's made especially in this lineup. He does have Jonny Gomes playing left field he does have Zander Bogart playing third base he leaves Stephen Drew -- shortstop -- Saltalamacchia comes back in for David ross' rob a lot of the conversation is focused on the shortstop third base thing. How to capture you know -- Smith spoke to assault yesterday. He's had a very productive season for the Red Sox but he's in that group -- I'd -- three that are on the band's hit list. You could maybe got a letter to that if you want to buy it first offered Kipp believe you criticized you know for the hollow promise of Petit. And you have not brought up -- -- -- know now I would -- -- thought -- -- gonna -- duet that. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Wise enough of the head of the Charles talked after the break we'll get to the circuits with. -- anyway. I'll do that before we get the dome Saltalamacchia. I think that he does. Just enough to say hey you know what this is why he's not only in the lineup. But this is why he is where is no line them up a little bit higher up past domes up passed through. This in the guys had a really good here and another thing that I think you can't discount. The pitchers like pitching to a short Ross has has had great success with Lester would -- to a certain extent. But Saltalamacchia. Has evolved as a -- call you talked about it with him yesterday -- really good interview when he was on what you would Michael -- And he has a -- as a really good player who would drive you nuts is when he gets into the ruts like you do in Tampa where it's going to -- as he strikes -- he's a strikeout guy but we don't know PS over a hundred out of her capture absolutely and you know the other thing is we talked about Napoli we talked about the imports of Ortiz this is another guy can hit the ball out of the park and -- -- forget. Who got the biggest hit of the game. The other -- well I try to second figure let's come down that if your -- it was pretty Big Ten Saltalamacchia had thought Slovakia -- the little -- I was favoring them up now but he got he got obviously huge hit do you walk off and every. If he goes back in the lineup today and then the other question would be in left field -- you have Daniel -- who is played well I mean -- -- done anything wrong is -- anything to -- -- to deserve being taken out and I don't think it has anything to do with his quiet personality of -- -- being a spark -- but. There has to be some reason why he's decided to go the guy who doesn't really you're right he's very well. We've -- what we talked about Gomes before about that he made -- feel that you couldn't do one or two things at least in the course of -- game. That helps you win it's hard to argue that because even last game. He made the throw home beat because not a big deal you of Miguel Cabrera running well it wasn't it's still not an easily execute. -- we've seen it time and time again how guys can screw that up front next part of the best example of super try to -- air mailed out all about twelve feet over the catcher's head and looked around like yeah look at how strong my -- I will say this is that -- I think they're very fortunate to have those two guys not only because they -- elements the offensively in different ways. But. You have to take out either one of barb for defense of reasons does the amazing thing you're not speaking out Jonny Gomes. Asked for defense replacement. Both those guys specially Fenway Park from who have played an excellent left field this year 6177797937. Two David in Belcher -- and hanging on by David. Guys they David great we have talked pretty. So if you prefer prefer together we'll talk -- the corn talk which did you like better. I'll Wear your coordinator -- unfamiliar with actually. That carbon calculator at my question really about. But short -- up faculty could have tonight. What do you think and you do David. Why do you -- it would. Orlando looming. I think I act a little bit differently I think I would give them aperture -- I think -- I go to them -- ordered to do brought early. If we see the you know -- ethnic culture. -- -- forty seconds fifty seconds between pitchers. Throwing over the first endlessly. Because he's. Between the phrase it seemed unsure what constituents. I -- think it's that I don't I don't think there's any fear I don't think it has anything do that but I think your point is a good -- opera because a great adjective for what -- -- just looks sleeping you're like come -- man let's go let's get it together. I don't think you need to have the short -- similar to what Joseph Maddon had. In game four against Tampa I don't think you're gonna see that like not chemicals and how -- ever -- right. But I but I would expect -- do Bronson Dempster may be even work men are up and ready fairly early in this game. Yeah I think so -- but you go back even PBS video given him some slack to it and the fact is that. Clay Buchholz has had good success in the first four innings a playoff games. And he's been a very good pitcher. He's gotten in trouble later in the games now I think the conversation about this rope thing. Is different before the fifth inning -- after the fifth attack after the fifth inning this is it is a very. Tangible way of how -- John -- has looked at things which is if he sees the guy's stuff as if he says backing up on them even a little bit if he sees a matchup coming up. Then we don't care you're starting pitcher we don't care if you wanna stay in the game. This is the most important time of the game and is no reason to power throw he's done it time and time again so. The real. Cutting what I was that you cut -- yes you. Wednesday through what we say we're coming tomorrow commit some slack lack slack cutting the -- kind of right the run cutting the that the U. Will be very definitive the slack cutting it a little bit different in the postseason in his regular season and he's had no difficulty cutting the -- -- Go to who let's go to Jim who is in Chelsea hi Jim. But guys are. What I would I like direct our approach again sure are a lot on one thing I'd like to see them -- it is. It is -- they talk a lot about how we help all who -- So that you operate corner street editor who are right Europe what are you going to play it or not you know about I'm the doubters may be on time out after all the ball. Let me anything that pretty -- game this game just a little bit more with buckled on one side in the Red Sox if they can take more time out the -- -- to visit the -- Utah went well right going to be you know sorry what you agree that. -- -- -- or -- there but I do. It all the power in three hours and twenty minutes instead of 420. Well we're. Sure there -- group or not there are while yes Jim you're absolutely right I'd like bowl as a matter of fact that like the real game also -- -- game -- just say this about their approach insurers -- last until we want to about a world. He -- -- -- an -- and nobody could have gone he had not -- so many pitches that he couldn't -- eight -- nine innings in that game we talked about the Red Sox and working counts and how important is get the starter out early. They can really do that insurers are you may think it because he came out after seven but it really didn't have all that much do what they needed just Jim -- that too short hole but that was the interesting thing about that game is because everything kind of enough slack I don't know there was no -- cutting -- -- while there what that you cut the -- too -- the fact is is that. Too easily and manage that team like it was a it was a one nothing game he managed believe it or not because he -- okay. Where your shirt has gone now I'm gonna go through the match ups in the bullpen the problem is. Is it heating go to the right matchup the right time in the end it was that simple -- what it was close to the liking I can -- -- cut is two for eighteen against a court could not pitched and how long. Well and pitched and how long it looks terrible doesn't mean that's not the point yet it's been -- of course -- looked good since I don't have a -- think he couldn't have done my job but you go to your clothes you go to your best reliever -- that it was two days later I know two days later in a completely different. Sits way you think you -- you with the game on the line the same way he bit off the Coke having not pitched for a year now. You think he still could give up a home run to -- -- I don't know whether or years or not but he hadn't pitched clearly. And have a much trusted him I totally disagree with the you have -- -- your best reliever for that spot why would you trust your best relief and -- for -- not your best for leniency as he's -- You get closer but he's not your best relief well and they got a bigger problems of course they do they -- a bad bullpen right and and that's one of the things that you go through how you see how -- -- Coke have been hurt. Right he was with you on the playoff front but -- -- positive -- he wasn't -- I'll ask bill what about positive -- youngest -- up front plus on this he was not only -- -- -- pitch he could the bay but he didn't seem to pitch and again for how long. I don't know of -- a lot of life into the playoff it's easy to -- in treacherous. -- -- no -- stay at the time now it was which I like all I would I stood up from the press box nice greeted yet you were shouting let you were tweeting about it on the directly to trickle its battle against the I don't I don't calling -- -- more I don't know I don't know what you can read it I'm done -- -- -- for. A but must be -- must please the people in the street for more followers like last time. But it will be addressing this game one of the things off the -- -- conversation. Will Cleveland -- was scherzer I gotta think that he will face number one -- what he did last game and number two because me. He knows what we just had his bullpen isn't that good while you're also looking to game six is that a game too right I mean I can't guess you can have some level of understanding of the game to. And and if the move goes awry on new yard have a one nothing lead losing game two doesn't loosen more than your sister the -- commend. Made it that we we've talked a blood and I talk to Jake Peavy about that yesterday about him possibly being a relief pitcher. Also have to go to Fister now I've Fister is a guy who as well as he pitched yet today. You've been used. As good as anybody else you're -- couple when you think friend and while I happen to agree that I'm not a big Doug -- fan as you may have heard we talked about it the other way and really showed you yet they pitched fantastically well the Red Sox I thought -- to blame for that they didn't do anything against the worst pitcher of the bunch I mean look you can get shut down by Sanchez and and and scherzer and Verlander fine if you're gonna find a way to get to Doug Fister found that game game four to be the most aggravating one of the year but. To come in for an inning. As opposed to what Al Albuquerque yeah I mean I guess Doug Fister -- a better -- -- Albuquerque also screams why you know we set about Sanchez could keep pitching that well again. If everyone after that first game with saying that the players that is saying I've never seen him that good. -- that he wasn't accurate. And then also and Fister pitches and this in the same thing I've never seen him activists are waiting for John Farrell do we have Ferrell Dan I believe we should be talking to the median now. In fact they've already started that we should be -- John -- here in just the second. That the spring of -- another jumper off. The well having been around and it's one when girls in this environment so I can begin to compare. You know what what he's demonstrating. And I would hope we would be nervous inside and it only be. I think in natural response. But at the same time he's able to control and it doesn't take him out of his approach for her how it plays a game it's it's been. This can really pharmacy actually in the the smile on his face number goes away there's never the look on his face like is there's no deer in headlights you know any of those kind of descriptions you might come up with but. He uses the very mature implosion and -- on imports and congress acts. Threatened. -- -- tough policy. How to respect card access to acts and what we fully expect him to. It's another strong game against us tonight the tomato and I think the key is if we do get some pitches on the plate -- and missed them he was -- I guess in a way it locked in six days ago that. He -- Sony fastballs on the edge he didn't miss in the middle of the plate and if he did we we we didn't square him up. So. Affect users of recent. Outing against some some familiarity even though we dominated -- for the seven innings that is in there. And I know one thing come effort which are -- -- you ready it's just a matter how. Consistent his location is it because we know we're gonna -- powerful stuff thrown on us. John when you were weighing your options buddy buddy here at this time how to it was a Red Sox situation would there that a large. Be payroll team but -- -- have a lot of financial commitments. You know I was in a situation where wasn't weighing options I'm. You know there there were some things that transpired that that brought me here. But it wasn't like I was you know. A manager and in waiting somewhere I was under contract and committed to the blue jays at the time I and but I think I think wants everything worked out it was clear that there was a core group of players sure that we're experienced talented. And health in many of those cases kept him from performing as they did. And just giving and understanding what -- vision was at the time. We've been able to. See that come to life and the support that our that our ownership has given here you know John Tom Larry are certainly engaged but they've been extremely supportive of the approach taken and it's worked out well. -- You Rhode bill large payroll team and a good the team had rid itself a lot of financial commitments but the truth last year just how he's doing was that you. You know to put the wheels in motion for what did happen. If you give a lot of flexibility. In any gave. The ability to. Target those players that we felt were a good fit for Boston both from a talent standpoint and a personality standpoint that would embrace everything that's the challenge here. Today and do the work -- Ben and his staff have done to identify those guys to the background work and then ultimately bringing guys together to become unified as they have. It's probably the way we've gone about doing it and and tell the players are brought in that has been as rewarding as the success on the field. There John what do you see -- quality Ortiz is it that so of course the answers. Well he's certainly been pitched to. Very effectively guys have been given in film you know they they've worked in backwards in some fastball counts they've even reverse accounting you know look at what -- did -- Couple that that's almost a throw a fastball up and in on him and 22 count and make a very good pitch for the with a breaking ball. But he poses a threat every time he steps in a box and in home. He recognizes that a lot of teams will will pitch him carefully. And I think it's important that. You know Davids to -- not a guy that gets frustrated with who -- the attack plan of the opposition so. And to their credit they haven't thrown many pitches on -- plate when they did in bases loaded situation. We know we can do. Along the wall there. John just in terms of Leo usual bullpen tonight that the way -- -- dating game five knowing that you had an off day the next day would you be comfortable going. Multiple innings with two -- Breslow and who are knowing that there may have to be game to moral. What we'll see out unfold soon. Hopefully clay is skeptical -- -- -- in the game -- he has many many times this season. But we have been a little bit more aggressive going to the bullpen in key spots and fortunately. Rather than being the reason being is we've got three guys down there and really more than three but. There's probably five guys that go one plus innings. And -- is available for that tonight so. -- I don't -- Doing to tonight playing for tomorrow with -- China in the middle I'll jump. -- a minute ago you mentioned the business vision for the team ministers. How did you script that vision to you for this winter and also. From when he first met him in baseball in particular Cisco harris' view of the game changed. I think he's always adhered to his own personal. Values when it comes -- the type of person that he wants in uniform what. You know. We shared a similar role I was in Cleveland he was a farm director here. And we had a chance at that point in time to begin to get an understanding of what was important. In those roles and keeping the player first and foremost what their well being was. How they respected the game how they respected the name on the front of the Jersey more than the name on the back. So all those are -- ingredients into the you know the type of player that. We were attracted to and then in the reputations and those individuals had so. I can't say that his view on constructing a team is changed all that much. We share a lot of the same. Thoughts along those lines and I think that's why coming back here it's -- it it allowed us last October November -- it to hit the ground running in. Really. Target those players we we've we both were in agreement of an -- on how they play the game and access are met before and how we put this together and how it's unfolded it's that it's the type of people that are here and and we we feel like this is got a chance to to continue on and and again it goes back to target the right people can play and Boston. Anything else for John today ankle. Way in the back. John how compromise physically this Miguel. Cabrera looked at the plate and how much respect do you care to your pitchers still have to pay them. Our our respect for anybody -- -- does not change. -- him will we've got guys that are banged up here as well and we know that it you know. Every guy and -- -- might not be fully a 100% but that's expected it you know when you -- in October. But when we've missed located he's still driven the ball for extra base hits right ballpark so it's still gonna come down. To -- -- occasion in the consistency of that so. Unity everytime he steps and boxes get a chance to change score. One more. -- -- -- John the Red Sox are. Make a lot of stat based decisions over the course of the season once you get into policies and environment. Are they equally meaningful all are. Does gut feel -- understanding your players play a bigger role. I think at this point in time me yet gut feel comes into a little bit more than just what numbers might tie -- stat sheet or or given category. So the way players respond under these circumstances in this environment that has got equal weight if not more than. And maybe what the numbers might -- you know indicator or driving to make a decision over the course of a regular season game or over a 162 this is. This is a different environment and I think that's why we we've got to remain in tune with our guys are responding in those key moments and pressure packed moments. Thank you John that concludes the pregame today. Judge John Ferrell -- talking to the media and some of the news coming out of there you you could see coach you are once again. For more than three outs if necessary job recognizing that those Big Three guys are getting tired and been used in relied on heavily but hey tonight an important game that you need and that you can get also saint Jake Peavy would be available out of the pen tonight as well rob. I talked to -- about that yesterday's only appeared in one relief outing his career that was in 2011. Pews coming back from a lack injury. And it was two days after stark he went out -- 55 pitches pitched a great for adding seven strikeouts no runs. But after that he was never leave this game in the White Sox kind of screwed him up -- parents. But that was the only time he's ever come out of the bullpen and the one thing that I think from PB standpoint is. This guy you can tell he wants to pitch again in -- some way some form. He feels like he's fixed whatever was was wrong with -- yet today. I don't know about I don't know if he's a guy that you gonna say. Yeah we're gonna bring demand for high leverage situation I don't know. The other the other thing you see there from John Farrell is that he goes a third of goes with Gomes over -- Partly because of the importance of base running and defense in this series specifically. Things those are up places for Jonny Gomes has an edge. Over Daniel -- 61777979837. -- I want takes -- more your thoughts on this game game six this one's important and not just because yeah if you go to the World Series but especially important because of what looms. Tomorrow you do not want any part as far as I'm concerned of Justin Verlander I don't think you have a better than 5050 shot of beating Justin Verlander tomorrow as well as they played as well Lackey pitched. In game three I -- no interest in -- -- that experience tomorrow so how do you do everything to get it done today -- -- rob Bradford at Fenway Park on WEEI. -- I think at this point in time they've got a good feel comes into a little bit more than just what numbers like -- Statute or given category. So. The way players respond under these circumstances in this environment. Has got equal weight if not more than. Maybe what the numbers might -- you know indicator or driving to make a decision over the course of a regular season game or over a 162 this is. This is a different environment and I think that's why we've we've got to remain entombed. Guys are responding in those key moments some pressure packed room. Don't care where you -- say a word. Before you utter the word in this segment through exactly what you just dead. Wife. Do exactly what you just said no and I think Redman. Lights camera -- back the -- explosives. On the following are you gonna. -- two and a half hours away from game time that you probably the most retired for the next day he -- -- Redman let's get ready to go this is Mike Tyson coming out of the follow. To fight I think it was hurricane Peter McNeeley is -- or -- a pretty came out to this song just the black towel draped over the -- What are they all time -- that was awesome thank. -- a major day by the 6 by 8 o'clock then you'll have to do the hump day Campbell does that make everybody out there if there aren't even request on Twitter. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- What did what day it is just put -- And throughout. -- I'll take the bizarre how much you sound like it got to the -- -- fantastic John Farrell. Meet with the media few minutes ago Mike -- and rob Bradford here -- Parker should point out Lou Maloney of the with a -- about a half hour or so to get you ready. For game six tonight John Ferrell is ready said the coach do you horror is ready if he needs to go up more than three outs he's ready to do that again tonight. I hope it doesn't come to that I mean you know at some point. The -- thing is going to it's gonna Wear on him he's 38 years old he is he's thrown a fair amount of innings to have been relied upon throughout this year not just as the closer once -- became the closer but he he saw a lot of action action before even becoming the closer early in the year. Is there a way to to try and at some point do you have a fear that that will. You here's quotes after the game the other night of one -- particular which is basically he said I'm worn down. I'm worn down but I'm gonna power through a drag out a way to get this done but -- the first -- at the first time won a few times. He's actually admitted that this is very tiring process and you know would also. In the playoffs is different it's just different for these guys physically. These guys will tell you. That this isn't just about going out and throwing a 115 pitches is about going on for a 115 pages in a playoff game where every single. Pitched it's takes on -- He's coming in in the eighth inning there's usually a reason why you -- which means those pitches are even more stressful there's runners on base are coming in to get out some of the best players in the game. 6177797937. How about -- Mike. In spurring -- I'm Mike. Guys call away from -- spring grove Illinois sucked. Are you guys ordered we are first of all all -- what I wanna say. Couldn't be a more product Red Sox -- in the -- Chicago. It's like if you wanna say about. So Richard caught looking Daria you probably shut ya but here's what I would like a I would like to -- shot back. Putting in the -- Quaid got caught him here this fundamental didn't they couldn't -- -- I don't see how good sure. Where this guy out. Could get prepared. I want to see what caught in the what many believe in the Sox this year was when they took out West Coast trip -- they went dark Alley in LA was so I every got -- station -- Ellie Ellie -- got. And nobody was given that he respected this team at all. And they went out here -- know what it seemed about. Connections I need to Red Sox can't -- Red Sox the -- surely be I wanna keep -- -- yet quite a when he. Republicans don't want. A -- that you've seen a team fight I mean they managed to go to the games. No I didn't know what -- much is what blocked -- -- -- -- it would -- -- repeat -- when they really put your teenage. What do you -- you yeah. They were brilliant Detroit everywhere they weren't going to get insurers are in now and and Sanchez I mean this is the eight ERA leader. In the American League this is the Cy Young award winner in the American League and then the best pitcher in the American League on consecutive night to me look at -- I was irritated with the Doug -- game fine and I understand what you're saying but you know what happened -- -- -- reading for -- innings than yet winning two out of three games. Is impressive is is is exactly what you're talking about. It is impressive to the point got caught in the next block addressing tribal court against Angel entered the IR rated big -- that -- -- -- And he smoking you -- six and then. We know it isn't it yeah it at the so let's delete the -- the -- -- our members here know what I'm trying to say you know you don't they because he said he had a high air outside you have to buy like a silent -- South Africa -- They get a little government shut it down nine and in your -- -- -- -- your phone to try to give an example of -- guys have been doing that terrible you are made you pick the one guy has the best yeah right all of the American League didn't know while foremost or somebody else Phillips and -- and mass I've felt. A gentleman will redeem the callers please. -- -- -- Our -- they had get tickets and I hope it doesn't -- -- seven. I do hope that tonight Corey has a great game. If you'll -- you'll -- Erie community you know basically come down it is I think Detroit. -- A little bit better. Starting pitching. But we have that we -- In my opinion denied that should allow. Is I think that it's our open doesn't -- these last two Gainesville police that night I think a lot probably when McCain. Affiliate I don't think you make a good point I don't know the red rob Bradford called yesterday and WEEI dot com in Iraq was quick to. To give Alex spear a lot of credit for what he wrote today I -- like -- robbery yesterday and I'll say that even though incident -- him. I thought that that that piece about Jon -- blueprint really laid out a lot of what was going on in the series it's a good primer especially. If you're looking at everything that's occurred so far and the numbers on the bullpen -- crazy. This Red Sox bullpen was never supposed to be anyone strength. Coming into this. What's your biggest weakness they were the biggest weakness on the team right they can hit. They can hit for power they can work counts they had speed that they had great starting pitching deep bench the one thing they didn't have was the seventh and eighth innings covered before he got to coach you harm they've given up a total of three runs in the post season one of those three with coach you are. They've given up two runs the rest of this staff of this bullpen has given up two runs. I actually told Farrell that I I was gonna put my money on him using. Koji more than any closer in post -- Red Sox history which would have been fourteen -- right keep -- in 2004. The -- and the like the same pitcher yet you know it's great analogy and and then the first game the first opportunity he has to identify how he's gonna work it. Well here's to -- for the -- Or not we're not guilty in the eight now I think that's going to be extended extended extended but not to the level of intimacy -- for two innings at a lack every single time which is exactly what we've. We thought it was going to be we thought it was going to be starter threw seven -- G-8 that night. -- that we thought there'd be some Breslow he would he would earn your job by the end. And his ally I will say I mean I've had no faith in him whatsoever and every time he's come in he's earned more and more me he's been the he's actually been in some ways they hidden hero for the Red Sox well it was garbage near the end of the year I think there's a lot of concern that is now shouldn't even be out there. For the seventh or eighth innings and and didn't even does that mean we're talking about do you leverage -- win while back kind of faded away and what's he let want to let Miguel Cabrera -- on and I think that's sort. May be sealed his fate we were talking about Great Britain didn't even make it to this post season roster. And then what are you end up with the same guy that started it it was a closer before. It was even offer to coach you -- as Allah and have come up with some of the biggest outs of. And I think you give them credit for understanding it is our need to rest in what was gonna happen after the arrest them because that's exactly what happened he gets some rest at the end of the year and he came back a different pitcher and one of the of the many many fast and he thinks of the series one of them is it that is our Cabrera -- -- He's done it twice we've got to -- whites and as I tweeting I know you didn't seem to tweak -- you don't follow me I actually don't dispute but. But my question before that at -- we're gonna find out right now if Cabrera is physically able to hit -- outside fastball. If that's what we came down to does how is it was not gonna throw anything but that pitch. Antique. He could he rolled out -- second. And so that did not -- could very well happen again tonight and I find this fast six or 777979837. Steve isn't forever hi Steve. I want a guy that I can recite the -- the -- what they. Do. That is Steve outside have a terrible here and you men of the year and convertible. And windows open on the on the jury like that dark is hard to hear they're. Honestly it is and I apologize gives the call back program -- later in the show aren't -- reloading is gonna join us coming up here in twenty minutes. We also want to bring this up and now this was sent to me this this link. That I read earlier today sent to me by very very close family member of mine. And I -- small thanks mom I read it I read it this afternoon. And I'm curious to get your take on it is is. Is who is is Red Sox ownership. Trying to treat the fans. Like Gary it. Even after all the good they've done this year rock have they rode it all the way in won also they haven't -- explain next -- all with -- rob Bradford and WE yeah. -- What we'll see out unfolds hopefully clay is going to -- to work deep in the in the game as he has many many times this season. But we have been a little bit more aggressive going to the bullpen in key spots and fortunately. Rather than being the reason being is we've got three guys down there and really more than three but. There's probably five guys that can go one plus innings. And Koji is available for that tonight so. No I don't -- Doing to tonight playing. For tomorrow -- Best job fair already to go game six tonight just. Over two hours away -- also rob Bradford hearing your friendly studios will Maloney. We'll join -- -- about 1520 minutes get you ready 617779. 7937. This is in the opinion section of the Boston Globe today written by Tom Keenan. Any writes this I walk through the turnstile on yawkey way. And a woman and BP that the piece of cloth. But fifteen by eighteen inches into red with a large blue circle in the center be strong access to be capitalized in the unmistakable and proprietary fonts. Of the Boston Red Sox. Mystified. I take my seat. In the middle of the first inning the if sort of proposal as a revealed what is this for. A few fans one corner of the claw grip than their hands are twirling it around -- know I realize. It's the terrible -- He goes on to destroy. The idea of the terrible I -- read the twas the night before Christmas. Good to be good -- on gas. Go right continued I don't need to read anymore but I must I say. He goes on to kill the idea of being handed territory tolerate gang talks about how you know that the Pittsburg creation and -- great thing about Boston fans and Red Sox fans especially is they don't need to be told to stand up and -- they don't need to be told when the big moment is they like to get their chance going themselves let's go Red Sox or whatever -- they do sweet Carolina after the eighth inning which is annoying but whatever. But the he hit his point is the Red Sox -- doesn't need to be told what to do all the way the Detroit Tigers fans apparently did I thought they had good fans and for whatever reason they were being assaulted and hold when to cheer when they already knew exactly when to -- that was -- -- that -- -- -- to. It was notable that no one used to confront got no and he says that you -- yeah I don't you know inkling it all you want to use them for. The use them for wiping up the beer spilled when you're jumping up and -- -- order put on top of the seats of the deceit is not freezing cold yet. They're great I mean I think it's funny it's it's a tribute to Red Sox fans that they don't need crap like that it's odd though that they would even bother handing them out I mean it's a nice souvenir added that he's strong thing is nice and it certainly has been a good message for this team and for the city for the last six months or so but. Com. -- that we don't need gimmicks like that army I don't need gimmicks on what Bob Ryan on this stuff ditch that Jumbo -- Ditched the gimmicks and just let them play ball well clearly they should now put all their focus into. Upgrading the -- post game media. The reception hospitality that umps aren't Detroit blew away Boston now. I know that everyone cares about what I'm sure all of the all of the listeners out -- care about how well you're treated it in your free post game media fifteen minutes before I go get my -- roll out this might seem a little ludicrous it does. But I tell you. That the spread the Detroit put on boy I wish there was gave me. -- -- -- -- back to the -- you're one of the many people who says I just can't wait to return to Detroit 61777979837. Did in New Hampshire what's up -- -- I would have been 88 laps and back at it got to say. You first came on the patient as -- bit bigger critic. -- one Leo. I'll Dan appreciate that. I I I thought well you rate at that -- the day about it or -- it technically. Now that was just for kicks he kept saving Iglesias is like hey if you think he's the best player of all time that you -- pronounces the name right it's been veteran that undermines -- I'm glad you brought up Iglesias from the I agree we should talk about that by -- first big get your point. It yeah. You really didn't let me help. I thank him and I appreciate that I'll try to do my best to get you going the other way eventually. It. I Allah. -- unchecked that -- -- and you know it like it bears. And as they get older because they don't have much like that so little walker. I'll I'll let me interrupt what the contract that was right now. And when it picked -- a pitching and maybe -- early look at. -- you horrors that dreaming. You're. No I mean it -- a leave this one to you I think because I think you understand and and I've seen him more it is weird to realize that he's 38 years old I think there's a belief for Red Sox fans who -- who haven't spent a lot of time thinking about it -- -- -- just got here -- -- a young player he's -- it's a long time in Japan was in Baltimore -- in Texas part of the Chris -- -- and then eventually came here. Can RC impeding the in the closing here for four more years it's hard for me to imagine that at 42 years old he's going to be. -- and understand that he signed through next year which makes that contract even batter was a great contract to begin with but that there was a vesting option which he hit. And so now he's going to be here next year. But the reason I was talking to Alex about -- about this the other day should they talk about extension for this guy. But then you come back to it is that -- the relievers he almost never wanna do that is just such a volatile situation position. And as good as he is now at 38. You wanna think that he's gonna be good for two years we can't jump down their. It is funny it makes me remember that there is a legitimate conversation this year about whether the Red Sox should go out -- re acquired Jonathan Papelbon all it was legitimate -- so hum absurd due to the to two of thought that we were talking now way. At any point this year given how strong the bullpen -- is being in this postseason but how good coach he has been the throughout the entire year since he got the job. What they Gordon Koji when -- -- pitching game one when did you pitch he pitching in the sixth inning. The sixth -- But you had but see 12344. Pitchers pitch after he did. In Drew Miller Andrew Bailey jolt and ran to our. That's unbelievable. And this is that a guy who had a bad spring training he was out of the spring training takeaways for me. That was one of them that this guy every single time he pitched was exactly like the guy you saw you. And I'll tell you what Robby even once he got the job is closer I had I was skeptical not necessarily of him but what it was going to do to the seventh and they wanted to -- what is it is our right for the went to him when he -- it was clear that wasn't in -- worked as -- -- and I talked -- that -- it never worked well for him. But with you a -- I -- he was right when you needed somebody to shut down a big threat on one of those idiots out there who still believes that closer by committee could work if it was done the right way that it's never been tried the wage should be tried with the right manager to run a couple of there was never ever ever root team that was gonna do it there was this team right. Do you begin the year because they actually have a bunch of different types of relievers right via -- -- -- gone in for different spot our coach you're the strikeout guy and Andrew -- you're the lefty specialist and the somebody's you know if if he had been healthy and effective and her hand. You're gonna be the ace of this staff of then maybe that means you get more shots at the ninth. But if the big spot arises in the seventh and that's we need you find somebody to be the double play guy and that they could have actually done that's I believe in that stuff. Even though I've been told over and over again that it will never ever work because of everyone doesn't have their perfect routine that then that they're not able -- -- -- never -- -- aren't -- -- get it back but I still like the concept behind it and the idea behind it even if I understand the personalities of the players will never allow it but here's here's exam removing -- from that spot where he could come -- to put out big fires in the seventh and eighth -- I thought was a risk the one thing that is allowed to occur is the emergence of Craig Breslow turns out to be a great pitcher much better than a real go through things. If you like the closer by committee than you like what they're doing now to a certain extent because as you point out. Breslow is their second most reliable reliever -- who's the first guy in whether to sixth inning seventh inning doesn't matter he's the guy you go back to that game one. You want like the closer by committee another good example -- -- Bailey was supposed to pitch the eighth inning going into that game what does he do he gets one guy. At the end of the seventh which I believe -- can now. One guy because it was the biggest out of the game at that time yup. And that's the way he's -- continues to manage it but Mike it is amazing. That we're sitting here and we're looking at the bullpen and not only saying may have an advantage over the team that they're playing in the American League Championship Series. But that they actually have -- Core group of guys who you say that's a pretty could good court public. -- -- because for the last three months that always. That was number one not even close the most concerning thing about this -- and yet yeah you're right ME EC what they've done in the post season it's really been three guys and I understand that you got a couple of of blow out any money and other guys haven't been up I have an -- Workman hasn't been that bad. And in morality you know like that he let Cabrera still -- -- I don't know I don't think he was such a low point like that even with such a disaster from start to finish and the fact that he that they dealt -- insult to injury would really got to give the dude it's horrible I did the comparison it was like watching the the terminator at the end when he didn't have any more legs and he's just like crawling his way to second phase. Miguel Cabrera looks like out there any stealing second. I tell you -- I heard that Cabrera ailment. In have been able confirm this for this right heard was it's a hip which is to have which isn't a sports hernia we'll find out after the season obviously. But the -- and if you look at it through that audit -- that prism then. Hits are tricky proposition. Asked Tim Thomas asked like lol at these other guys. That is Roosevelt Colvin run yet that they're moving around and we see it as a series I look the conversation. I think there was in game two. Where Cabrera had gone over and feel the pop up. He's moving around a little bit battery looks a little bit better. He looks terrible stale -- -- awful and the fact that -- can't hit an outside fastball I say this now as he's gonna launch went probably course yet but that he doesn't look that you physically able to do it. We do believe that well he. I still would like to see them onto a still like to see them make a few attempts to let him run around a little bit he is actually fielded the position fairly well settled on a crusher for his defense. But the moment he was asked to move around have been trying to go from second all the way home which didn't work he was up by a mile and never should that happen now in a Leland. Through the third base coach under the bus which was surprising after the game but. After you know I was forced to move around a little bit what happened. Error in the next connect -- don't do it regularly -- -- the ground ball through is what I tell you what he he looked terrible on -- ground ball he never had a played right he never got down low enough. And he seems to be able to do one thing at a time but when you ask him to do a couple of different things maybe that's where the problem arises intellect all still -- and I've said it from game one. Why not try to -- a bunt down and not a sack bunt but to surprise him by bunting down the third base -- we've yet to see it he does come in a little bit and play in -- He he's moving so poorly that to ask him to do that twisting the role I think would be huge advantage even if it doesn't work on that play. To just get him out of his rhythm and maybe that's another way to take him out of this year. I think it a couple things with the bond number one is that we saw drew attempt to bond for the first time I can remember all year. And I know that some of that is because he's an innings trying to get his way on but I think this dog in really once successful bond. Of the once the -- that was David Ross's and the players a point that says this out when you have pitchers like you have going against it's not easy to blunt. Victor Reno bunt to the first was a good bunt Ross tried but the couple -- drew tried bunting. For guys who don't tip lead but it's not an easy thing to do we have victory that everybody else is probably the name that you would point that in Stephen Drew would be the other and you talk to drew about one thing what he said. -- just said that you know it it seemed like the right time to do it he had really done it as they said before and almost the entire year he's not a bunt there and he should be a bunker. Right now we should be should be able under but about him to go with a little bit maybe work on my bunting and hitting and hitting things are working the game earlier this year where they get killed for Saltalamacchia -- attempting to -- of the unit and as we found out later -- -- bank. But another good example is that this is a good situation to -- But why don't you bunt because maybe the guy is we did but there and Miller Brooks the other day wasn't you'll get the guy over. I don't know if you combined or not but that have to go along with thinking is that big they feel that. Guys who aren't haven't blunted. They did they -- back problem Vick. But -- -- these guys -- do you really -- -- Brooks is such a bad -- now the -- bonds you could put -- enjoyment -- -- -- spot so I just don't use that as an excuse I didn't really have a problem with -- I think you were up at that point I don't think you -- debunked when -- up. With a one nothing lead I got no problems of the fact that barreled in -- there if he had done it if they'd been tighter down Iran I think you have to bond with a man but what we would receive these guys in time and time again they tried to bunt down and they have been able to do it. Now it's a pet peeve of mine your Major League player you gotta be able to bunt do I I I know that I could not quantify -- asked to go up there are no I couldn't do it. But I -- I was always a very I delude myself into thinking that I could do it and it's the only thing I would ever even consider. I know it couldn't do anything else than a Major League ball field but I would at least. Think that I would be able to bunt even though there's no way be when I was taking baseball coaching class of Springfield College which is absolute truth -- all coaching Kline yes you were taught a class I -- -- -- coaching. Okay all right that was one a classes -- at first the -- cute is don't have the -- the back level. How you get -- until the bat. Sudden amazing that major league baseball players cannot get through that it bit through that ahead you're supposed to debt net rightists opposed to go and -- -- can do that too but if you if an -- also not supposed to keep your -- all the way around you don't get the pictures exactly but if you have the -- level what happens that you're more likely to popping up. He's got a tilt a little bit. I'm Maryland on the clubhouse and elements don't have a little conversation talked to Shane talked to Stephen Drew. Since apparently I have had a -- round gather our liability I would guess doesn't had a bond that he didn't know how to -- I can't imagine would have -- in the league as long as he did will join us coming up a few minutes we'll discuss the we'll play and get you ready for game six as well to -- welcome rob Bradford here at W media.
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