Oct 12, 2011|
Dustin joins the Big Show to defend his former manager Terry Francona and respond to the article that went into detail about personal issues surrounding the Red Sox and their personnel. Dustin also finds out that Theo Epstein is no longer with the Red Sox and talks about what next season will be like with those familiar faces gone from the team. Notice to Media Outlets- You can use this audio if you credit "The Big Show on WEEI 93.7 FM"
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Now whatever and that was Nomar Garciaparra there are probably it would Nomar. Your immediate guy right now you working for ESP her got her charges that you can't go on me or Nomar and say I didn't read the article but here's my. Read the article when you've got some background and then certainly since you were here for awhile and understand culture Boston. Maybe you can give us a little bit more I do like the fact that He called the globe tabloid. Are a lot that this. Back to jail love armed guy who doesn't have The -- you let them hang in. In just two minutes we're gonna talk of one of the players. We told you were trying to get a hold some of these players to see if we get them to talk a little bit about this article on what happened. Second baseman Dustin Pedroia and reading from the article in the globe today portrayed. -- Sports Illustrated cover in August as the heart of the Red Sox. Declined to hold any individual culpable. I just know the playing at Boston you're required to play your tail off every day. To try to win ball games for the said He Pedroia said that's what hurts so much as a player. That we not only eagle at each other down in the club house but we let the city down as well he's away on vacation right now. But. He has agreed to join this year on the phone line Dustin Pedroia joins us. -- -- We have you read this article. Yet you know what I actually did I one -- my idea -- -- different -- to me this morning I mean I'm in Kabul right now. And you know I -- a -- and credit. I'm pretty. I think everyone I'm pretty upset about it I mean. -- a lot of the stuff that was that is it is pretty much not there and and it -- and it's not good. Okay what's what's not fair or is it hurt. The stuff in -- or do you believe it's true. Let let -- I mean what I mean I sort of to work every single -- ready to beat the other day. And several did that do great work and you know not. You know we had the best record they offered up until September whatever you know and then we erratic that we can play well on the end. That have anything to do it with -- -- go lower -- TO or any players or. You know what what comical about I mean the leadership but there we had guys expect here. It just we we can play well again that's it I mean you got it all in an immediate point fingers that. You know always about trying to shape some guys where would reckon the about the guys don't have -- and that's that's not hey we can play well that's the bottom line. It -- not let you go all out anybody's fault we can play well to Ortiz ball we didn't play -- on to perform well. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Tito said at one point He felt like He could not get through to the players like He had in the past He couldn't motivate. Did you feel that as a player when you were looking at him -- -- you. Played under him for many years. He seemed different to you did it seem like that message wasn't getting across to the players. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- You know he's never had never happened motivating. You know when you -- environment like -- that you shouldn't shouldn't a manager should not happen motivate you. You know He should be self motivate your team should be motivated to accomplish their goal. And got a -- -- we work we just at the end we we didn't play well. You know it. -- I mean that that basically get everyone back about one and a one World Series you know you have a look at -- and some guys quit the guys you know that let you know that. And in my -- -- -- -- yet that we don't want it went. You know we just didn't perform well that's that that's -- you know not anybody's fault it's not a personal issues or anything like that -- -- the first class people. In the Basra duck organization. And on topic going to be treated you know you end -- brought out that it shouldn't be brought out. You know I agree with tiger at the statement that a of professional athlete should be a what do. To motivate himself and should be. Able to hold himself accountable you get the since you won two leaders of the team everybody knows it do you get the sense that. Maybe a couple guys. In that clubhouse. Worn out to the task. And and that was maybe that's not the reason you didn't make the playoffs but -- -- drag it to drag the clubhouse down a little bit that you had. A few guys who weren't on board and not able self motivate. Our guys that I dropped on my bat I actually hurt your question. Might not make sense that they add to that I mean. No not really I mean there's you know we we we try our part that player. The police each other I mean -- at the bat. I mean I I know it up from what I've read I mean I -- -- and Bobby and Kapanen and how He -- you know we're not all tech X in there. He you know things in neat that they everybody you know they'll dictate it the Jacoby to make him a better player everybody. I mean that the leadership. You know you I know seven and 20 September. You know look bad and never wanted you know brought all you know and the lack of leadership that -- -- we all wanted to -- brought in the right direction we just we didn't. You know that that's basically it they outplayed us in the end. It seemed to be at such an appear now that they're. We -- -- I'm sorry we sat here last week -- Terry furcal for about 45 minutes. And we asked him questions we try to see. If there were any breakdowns He wouldn't throw anybody under the bus He took to complete bullet is He didn't press conference before. He blamed himself almost to a fault saying that. It was his fault that He did not get the players on the same page did not get them to do what they want him to -- That's why I am a little bit shocked that somebody would actually leaked out to a writer in this newspaper. One that Francona had some personal problems living in a hotel as He would that He moved out of his Brookline. -- home. And second and probably even more significant and dangerous to me. Team sources have expressed concern that Frankel his performance may have been affected by the use of being -- Asian. Which He vehemently denied. Why do you think anybody. With the ball plugged -- source with the ball. Would wanna do what to this guy. When He took the kid He was willing to sit here and say even though He probably or worse it. You know what you do what He did not know this past year. That somebody was going to throw that stuff up -- are you surprised by that shocked how do you feel about that. I'm mom. Yamaichi I'm not a part body art there eat it -- I mean. I play I that would have -- that got for five years and you're not eat at -- -- backs and they want me yeah you might take. You know they hit or something then and you know the way the team plane went up like that but I mean. From -- want the guys at my backe at everyone back you. He's protected every single guy and -- out and you and I -- -- I respect them like you can't believe I mean at that -- whatever job He get it. Mean if you need -- -- -- games or whatever just let me know all the -- -- freedom in the -- I care about the guys got Mike and Mike and -- You have to deal Gillick there's continued in the best manager in the history of the Red Sox organization and He won two World Series. Mean look at the run note that that he's out there I mean it's pretty remarkable so I -- -- hurt them at that whoever the person at that saying that. You know I think -- take a step back in and trying to kind of you know look at the Maryland and understand you know what they're saying about a guy because a lot of guys like guys in the organization Avant back. I'm definitely one of those so a lot of other a big part -- I here's the one problem I have with Obama denying anything you say it's genuine I saw you quotes last week. He shown great love and affection toward this guy and people know you had a very special relationship. Here's what's disappointing to -- I couldn't hear this or seen any of these quotes from any other player on that team I would have thought. That a guy that have been here that long. And had been that successful and seem to be running. And and a better Red Sox fan all my life and I've seen a lot of incompetent managers and a lot of bleep up and over in that clubhouse. I didn't see here during his reign may be a miss some of it here the slows the summer but I'm shocked. That nobody else other than you came out. Is strong support of this guy well what is it nobody else in your opinion came out supported him the way you do it. Our product and other people they don't they don't. Like talking to the media I mean that when the season's over I like they're gonna pick up their own you know I don't blame on the on you got on -- cycle so. I know yeah yeah I got I mean I have major majors are -- well well. I mean that all this stuff you know tactic for -- -- -- -- on -- you know -- In other -- you think can watch it play out -- and in the that this hurt man mean that they're. I think about not a lot -- well into it that there my -- probably eight. You know like that apartment up. Outlook I've done differently it -- -- help us win one more game to get there and I'm sure everyone else they can do it. And pick up there on the at all act and we we we -- -- meant it only. -- Then why weren't more people -- in points and an art. Limit his shoulders when did you. As you keep on talking about how you care and everything else in the mood back here is from the fans. That a lot of guys didn't care this past summer certainly in September you keep on defending. Your teammates is it possible. Did you feel differently that some of those other teammates and how much say all of they're probably a lot of guys that really cared. But could it be possible that some guys didn't and that possibly caused some of the unraveling. That you you're you're pretty much can't captain of course ninety Detroit on the answer no I I beat these guys are much and like. I I care about every single one or whether. Whether they're don't -- on batter. Are they made a mistake that can make mistake I mean that we're on it together we yeah we we worked -- that we made the biggest collapse in the history of baseball September. So we got to own that come back next you're motivated. And prove everybody that that that we can all do it together and I mean I learnt from my mistakes and learn from failures looking in April and in 2007 Al horrible. Look at me now. What about players in baseball not -- way to give back to the team we all still together in September. We're gonna come back stronger and wanted to prove everybody that that would achieve that there once talked about being a last year. -- have you have you thought with with -- out with -- going to Chicago. Have you thought about your future here in Boston has it made you question whether you wanna be here or question of people around you at all what what what's your what's your thought process now that. Those guys ago. It did did pioli -- -- our -- -- Chicago Chicago. That by city well from there. There's a lot about what reaction. To the Cubs yeah. Now no I'd you know what that it's it's gonna be a little bit different I mean He ought to be drafted me in an idea Tito going manager put -- -- gonna be a little bit different by. I mean. An organization had given me an opportunity to play professional baseball tonight from from my part I wanna play their my whole career. So you know whatever whatever changes that go on. In all night. I I'm sure in and they know that and how I feel you know I wanna be there my whole career wanna. Ought to go to the winning and even even wanna go to the September -- together weren't together. And you gotta you gotta think that way and bought in its -- a lot of there's a lot of saying that that that are on -- -- a year even in the hot seat and even me on vacation out and you guys that -- there's a lot of things that you know other markets don't have. You know but we gotta do it in and take a full team so I I hope I get a chance -- -- my whole career. How many how many different ways and I've used every try to get you to answer the same question what does it was nine. Or ninety out of it was ninety -- okay I'm gonna ask you one other -- -- I know I'm not gonna ask you about anybody else. -- about yourself in your leadership style. Is your leadership style. Four people it just follows you follow your example. Or are you the kind of guy do you feel comfortable going out to. Anybody or whether to big time star the 25 guy on the roster are you one of those hey you need to get yourself together is that just how how would you describe. I don't know everyone's different you know I -- you guys we have a lot of leaders our team you know and I think that the thing. Know what I read in other categories you know kind of get in because. You know attacked the type were eat lead by example but you don't get -- line he's gonna come say couples -- He would. And there's no question that there's no there's no barking back do it I mean that's -- Akron this year -- you know. In -- very effective I mean he's he's pretty scary at all they're. But on I mean I I mean I get the feel that wanted to and I I go to work and that's what I do you know on him not I don't think ground ball. I don't ever I don't ever have a chance to sit down and think. About what I'm doing you know what it always try to open a tight whatever crap you did it help when I got to do I got to work on. In a bit in batting practice Serbian -- down earlier turning double plays so it'll actually get more by example but. I mean I'll most popular -- didn't situation like that so you know obviously I'm approachable on. You know I'll I'll talk and think. Got a problem shut out by the other a lot of different types of leaders on our team that you know to a certain life. You know this -- story his stick in on a life of its own -- got a lot of coverage. What would be your stance if if ownership came to your next year -- your approach to team He said guys. We are gonna take beer out of the clubhouse would you be OK with that would that be a problem how would you approach. Won't cheat I mean I don't I don't I don't drink so I'll have -- want want some -- -- ever went on -- about -- -- You know I had it all my life based on my -- I mean that's basically it in so I don't during. But we're all grown man I mean him in my appeared that way tactic and all the stuff that's coming out. We're all grown man you wanna have a few Beers after the game. That's fine eagle and four punch out and need need a couple Bears have a couple beer. But don't bet after the game all I mean I'm playing -- I didn't quite regain this year one of them -- back the -- my checked out I don't know or comical about you know a lot of guys. During the games so. You know my idol. I don't look down towards the people that you are saying now we're doing that by any means I just hope it doesn't affect their play on the field. Mean it -- expect Kirk brown field and we need to make an adjustment but it the other. You know I I don't really care what you do out of our future's so -- for the game some. In our -- remembered. I think that Derek Jeter and he's been McDonald some -- time for a game when you were younger well. Anybody -- you know it is a lot of different I'd do it certain what it felt you know it on the golf or perform -- and help -- team went. Are are really -- what you do. A lot of people are fans are brought the stuff that there there are leaders on the team you being one of them Varitek being another one. And then there wondering as this thing was falling apart what was going on with the leaders were you doing anything different. We you try to motivate guys and and is -- separation. Between the guys that -- the everyday players and the pitchers who have their own routine is it very difficult for any leader on the team. Actually have influence on their pitching staff because the pitching staff are really kind of separate entity. -- feel we have built those guys I -- they did their job a lot different mind. You know I mean dominate the pitchers are popular stretch you know at home earlier than in the position players -- You know they're gonna get their strong program and you know a starter up yet -- but they wanted to victory work out and they got to do a lot more different stuff than me and I'm Robert Ingram all the reports are now stretching well. You know obviously I don't get a chance that He -- guys you know that much because. They have their own routine and I have my thirteen hundred and the batting cage and at 6 o'clock an -- before the game you know that certain that my time to get focused -- And you know I -- but with mag and he's got this game -- so they're probably -- -- you don't Al Brett got. Are stuck there but it happen. -- get them ready to go play so. But I mean to be honest with your eyes that are are starting pitchers I mean they they were are 888 or strike got makes them all all in all -- We just which has been quite well but -- -- keep it at the right time we make the play when needed to get peculiar about it. -- -- Okay but how much of this conjure there's no question you're not only competitive guy you are self motivated you're the type guy that they work and you would die. You'd be out here doing this and doing it every single but everybody doesn't have the same make up. That you have does it ever issue -- -- -- watching other guys probably not doing their conditioning not doing all of those things that you do every single day because. Most people with your size. Which is skill set were a lot of people that never thought you could make it but the weight and that you just talking about lot of people didn't -- -- -- can make it but every guy doesn't do that. Does it as she wanted other guys don't play at that level don't work out what. Are not well at everybody but I mean that not the way I I'd look at not only baseball life I mean it. You know not a Ramon made like economic -- made you know like like anybody else so. You know whatever in my opinion whatever it takes for somebody to get motivated to play do it. You know whether that's the in the music before the game more knowledge and their core -- I don't know I don't know what I'm gonna do. You know I it it doesn't bother me -- it we -- -- are one in the right direction trying to help ought to Red Sox went all I care about. And we went so. We'll give it a shot next year we will be we got it to get everybody on the right direction and will do that. If media are what one more question for you for me. In the article that you read by a Bobble or. He talks about a lot of players. Are protesting a doubleheader on Friday August 26. You guys swept a doubleheader. And quoting here from -- Sox owners who suspected the team's poor play was related to lingering resentment. Over the scheduling dispute. Owners responded by giving all players 300 dollar headphones invited him to would you enjoy it. A players only night on John Henry yacht one where did you stand on the doubleheader. We're -- one of those angry guys into what you do with the 300 -- phone. You know I didn't mind -- -- double letter it it'll I mean -- I mean you basically up to the position player could want back. You know I got to eighteen and that that you know would screw my foot -- you know -- under order and he's got to -- you know late in the year so world beat up. It will look aggregate might do to get chewed it up the next day -- I think -- a lot of guys -- that even including myself is the condition reporting and during that game I mean it would. It would it would back in order to the point where some watchers doubt. You know look now worry about one and a mixture out here I'll be especially me I got a remark or. -- -- -- water secondary -- -- -- the are over there so I'm I'm thinking to myself in my head. It ought to point seven we got to go we got were thirty games over five under -- No I don't want an angle to pitch him one of the game I don't want to -- are all growing market and He misses six weeks and bad. Not accept so I think a lot of guys aren't happy with. The condition reporting and and and what aren't we start the game nobody was upset. That's the way you know we that we had to -- it never can't comment we entered the game and or. Or we got to play him at the end don't know -- unhappy about that we're unhappy about the condition because there was there was danger. Can I ask you -- somebody tell me that you guys were more interested in playing. A double header back to back as opposed to a split doubleheader -- night was that brought up. She I don't know I'm -- barred the player rep in the directory is a lot smarter and -- as. -- -- And it did not lead there's a lot of guys on the team I hate -- when you -- up their -- in the lineup for -- bulk. And that's that's basically it and as you know I have phone that they. I think I gave into it. Again the -- in the RB -- -- and -- thrower and I went on. Better bet on that thing I know. It it is pretty sick. Mean it was it would it would also know that it all went out there and about our team we are struck out and give back rupture. And if we we needed that but we and we got back we just didn't play well -- that's basically it. I don't think the boat trip did any good to space out front and I wanted to it's yeah. You know. Well I never seen a ball like that -- might or might you buy into a lot of a couple of dates I think. -- that tomorrow for that now I'll -- that that's my -- I listen three weeks you know I guess right up to the World Series will be Jonas and weekly basis and reached the globalization -- the -- chicken. Will do that. About three weeks. Good talk good talking to you once again. When you combat the town you'll find it's a little hostile back here little lost. What about other says about our September yet -- -- -- you know I. First ever thought -- and I would say they're upset about September you know and beer just did this this feeling that the players you said in your in your interviewer to much yourself He said. You know we got to be better in and you felt like you let the city down to is so much passion well I think the fans feel like that a lot of the players who they perceive to be slackers. Let the city down by by doing things during the game that had nothing to do a baseball so that's what they're angry about not making -- -- and guys not given a full effort. Are short or come back motivated a prompt you guys. Are talking about three weeks enjoy the -- Our guys bigger deal that. -- got -- under rags to draw and we apologize for the line but He says that Kyle Downey Kabul and you know falls on it's great -- on -- ones that's great. We'll get your reaction next at 6177790850. It's obvious. He wasn't gonna throw anybody under the bus He was gonna take the high road and all of this stuff. And I certainly was very. Supportive. Foot Terry Francona and obviously disappointed some of the things reported that column today about Francona but I -- -- He clearly. Was not gonna throw anybody else under the bus and I think. You know in all fairness you want that from a leader I mean He still has to deal with all of those players. When He gets there in Fort Myers in the spring that's still isn't He you know He does know who's gone who who's not. The the one issue I would add is that I just don't think everybody has that same attitude that He. And he's probably hit it right this that a lot of guys on their team He just not gonna run but right now he's not gonna say it it's it's obviously not the entire team. But some obviously -- -- But I think He realizes as a leader. It's not in his best interest to sit here publicly but privately you might. We'll probably -- it around among approximately what he's trying to figure out is and He probably has figured out some of it. -- at doing just that you break it down you know like you to do and in grade school you diagram -- all these. Insist according to head under -- -- down is okay this game from here this came from there here. I got it I know did I should just regular right back to -- addiction.