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Sox Manager Bobby Valentine with the Big Show

Apr 4, 2012|

We have our first weekly visit with new Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine. Bobby comments on his NY radio show, Beckett's health, and his bullpen now that Andrew Bailey is gone.

Transcript - will not be 100% accurate

I -- -- -- the big show Blanc -- white Michael holly as is the Jack Cust and each and every Wednesday here at the big shall we talk with a manager. Of the Boston Red Sox and today we welcome in the new manager of the Boston Red Sox Bobby downtime brought to you by Art -- insurance. Here for your car hole and business here for new englanders here for good. Bobby you don't. I do regret it gave up the fielder having last. Practice the preceded Andrew looks pretty good. No more injuries right everybody's fun right they -- walked off on their own. Accurate and I think it would just perfect -- but we're excited about doing this each and every Wednesday throughout the baseball season body. I do want to ask you this question because the story has been out there this morning and apparently very verified it. You're gonna bill weekly radio segment on the local ESPN's station in New York as well. I can't even imagine that. We're -- and our pregame of the pre season and actually has to be -- first question about. Something like that I am yeah -- Elliott suggests. Absolutely could do it I think once a week -- -- -- but he Michael today. Well I think the world of Michael he's a pro in his own way and yet there's a -- but there's no question about Michael whatever it -- and her upper deck and Michael. You know Michael is a pro Michael as the approach does say a tremendous stuff I just. Asking you argue not a little bit concerned you're doing it and you know your your historian -- with baseball you know the but the rivalry is extended between the Red Sox and the Yankees far beyond a rivalry. This hatred you've got a couple of comments already that played into it during the during the spring. Aren't you a little bit concerned of doing the shelves they are Michael's gonna have a much different approach -- Michael and I are going to have here in Boston approaching you from a Red Sox point of view. He's gonna do it from a New York Yankee point of view. Aren't you a little bit concerned. That it -- deal with some stuff that gets out there and cause you some problems. I hope not but you know it's their fans all over you know we had to say and. In New York obviously you don't hear this show the list they had the Internet I guess and that is not a -- target baseball fans and. You know what what what do you think it should be worried about. Well you know what I don't think and that's that's Glenn who think -- should be where it should be worried about anything. Does try to flip it around Bobby I'd lose -- on Boston maybe this is this accentuates the differences between us and them in Boston. We wouldn't wanna hear from the manager of the Yankees weekly. I wonder what the audience would think of will think of hearing from the manager of the Red Sox every week. Or maybe at the ratings look down so so bad that they had what do I do best. Since you know the goal line here it. It's unusual that's what we ask it extremely or it's obvious because guys appear from time to time at Joseph Maddon has been on the show Joseph -- he's been on the show. But to do -- regular weekly schedule gig is a little out of the ordinary specially with the heated. Rivalry it's amazing as you've probably seen on the media side of it. One little thing can be said by a manager or player and from the Red Sox and yankees. And it blows up and then. You've got every player having to respond to something that the other manager or another players said you you know the dynamics of I don't. I let's get to the team. Competitor let's get to the team from thirteen pitchers. Are is that because of the -- injuries that -- had to do that. Absolutely. Yeah we know we have but this starting staff and they. You know group of guys you're going to be in the bullpen they'll just say to protect visitors were sorting this thing out. Bailey is not going to be the closer obviously for a long time just tell us how you came to the conclusion. That a seven should be the closer and and what you expect from a. Well it just taking consensus so the the coaching staff and you know. Targeted some of the players and others is the guy who did that go out there and has what it takes to get the last that of the game but. You know we have mark Blanton has already done that also so. You know he'll be in that mix but -- don't start off I think Alfredo. If it's anyway and has. The credential. You so effective Lester probably -- -- times for multiple innings. Can you do that with them this year or do you lose that if he becomes that so called designated closer. I don't think -- pitched many three inning game split. And you know Ireland -- straight to bring him in the dugout and sent him back out there which. Is that here -- a lot of people have been there with their ninth inning guy. It's a much debated position we'd we have a phrase here closer by committee that we. Cringe at best because. The Red Sox -- -- 2003 season talked about different roles for a closer and you know it doesn't necessarily have to be one guy and the guy doesn't have to. Necessarily be used an eighth -- ninth inning he can be brought in in the seventh. How do you view that position are you pretty traditional and he's my ninth inning -- you believe in two winning closers how do you see it. Well just -- say -- I did mention there I think it depends on the individual that you dealing with then you know I had guys. You know come in with one out the inning and wound up finishing the game. In Alaska I guess they had been in Japan was say ninth inning guy and you know Armando Benitez -- love becoming with the bases loaded in the eighth inning that was always his favorite. Favorite situation wait until the eighth inning and the bases loaded and. -- here's -- Blake perfect eleven for eleven in those situations or something like that so it it depends on the individual -- deal. Always been a great argument in this city this team is always seem to have power hitters. Top to bottom and yeah a lot of people like to see more small ball manufacturing more runs you've done a lot of the bunting you squeezed you've done a lot of things so far in the spring. What's your attention during the during the regular season with the team how would you characterize. How you gonna work this one. I'll I'll work -- good idea what the players so. You don't need to and talents that are they take a lot of -- that you saw in spring training where. With guys who -- -- on this roster. Guys are trying to make the team then. And they you know had the ability to play baseball. And a little different way you know when. I always talk about hit and running nerd. Stealing a base or score from second and a base -- there. You know even a squeeze play that to which you up by a run late in the game. As baseball you know that I I was taught that there's how baseball is played in -- started hitting the ball over -- -- with every swing of the bat. We thought about the big game and big ball and some -- well I think the misnomer was attached to the ability to play the game as being something other than them. You know. Something other than baseball I don't see a lot of squeezes her. It's the very few second place but there might be some first and second situations -- and you know that that situations called for. Technical steal a base whatever the opposition. Not present and we'll try to do. You know maximize any any leveraged opportunities that we can't but I don't. I don't see anything other than the team that. Knows how to play the game knows how to hit the ball and hopefully knows how to run the bases as being anything better or trademark. You have vote characterized the -- Josh Beckett some situation and correct me if I'm wrong. As not a real big deal was that is that safe to -- They don't know I think the first thing -- -- it was it is a big deal anytime there's any concern with any of my players it's a very big deal with me. I think they wanted to call it just a situation. That was being -- though it. Because it's kind of unusual that a guy ends up going obviously the team doctors first in San Antonio doctors. And then to the Cleveland doctors. Why three doctors wanted to you have to go through that process that it just a situation. I they -- -- that the guys -- make those decisions and their medical staffs and and judge. I think it's to make sure that. Everybody was agreeing on whatever situation we were -- But you have no doubt he's pitching -- -- to. What do you expect from him if he pitches and it is he is he on any kind of pitch count any kind of inning count because of the thumb situation or. Is that out the window if he's out there you can do is go as long as -- ago. Yeah I think he could go as long as he needs to go or as long as he tells us. He's. Capable of going -- -- the last conversation and I'm gonna have a conversation -- here. After the interview and after you get certainly room but it. You know he just came back today and when he left he said his back ever felt bettors like there's -- better -- never felt better and he lets just make sure that. His thumb is gonna match wrist of his body and if they get his head is. You know field. Clear enough that. This situation is something he can he can pitch with all year long I expect -- to be whenever. Our best pitches of the best pitchers this week. On another starter of yours Daniel Bard. First year starter obviously for you was there any discussion. Of making -- a bullpen guy or more specifically a closer when you found out about the Bailey injury. Obviously everything is discussed -- and it during the discussion at the end of discussions. It was unanimously. Agreed upon with everybody who's who is talking that. This is the time to keep you know exactly we're we're he's been all spring training and panic it would be. Not fair to him at this time to you know sit years. What what are some of the strengths. That he has that he's displayed. As a starter that you've seen so far. Well let most starters do as a kid. You know throw more than one pitch for strikes at any time in the now and Daniel has. You know displayed the fact that he can do that with his slider and later on with the -- You want to make sure that a guy as some. You know pitch ability -- his fastball where he didn't commanded on both sides of the plate and and have -- something other than being straight you'd like them to control the running game and be able field his position. As well it's be able to combat the the demons. A bad plays being made behind animal or a hard hit ball in. All of those things seem to be coming into -- with Daniel and we'll see how the Major League season in. Treats him going forward. We're talking to Bobby Valentine here and they have picture will be doing it each and every -- Wednesday. Saw a lot of this team last year obviously and the other side as a broadcaster. What did you come out of this spring is there something that you never expected. That you would see that you come out of the spring and say man that was something I never. Thought existed or that guy is totally different than what I thought he was says something that sticks out here -- Boy you know I had never seen my Billy's -- sort that out so he's totally different than. Then you don't what I expected. I thought he would he'd be. A little less polished he. You know it seems to be able to make all the plays he seems to play in the control up more than ninety. Envision him. Other than that. And that sure there's anything that is really totally the surprised with. -- Bobby I mean Curt Schilling has been very vocal about. Your your dynamics with. -- within the clubhouse and how players respond to you he's not the only one I wanted to pick on him. -- some other reporters have mentioned that -- maybe is -- gonna go well with -- be -- reason he may not be the right fit. In this clubhouse. Have you ever had any players. Come to you in the last three weeks six weeks and expressed concerns about the way. You're handling business in the clubhouse are handling business with the media. Period yet. No -- it -- it is yet this and that but I think that has that that. You know spring training is not a club house situation you know -- You know dealing with -- 25 guys to world sensitive to. Every little thing -- goes because. You know in spring training runs going about their own business it's very individual. Let's get ready for this season situations so I think it would show up because there I think you know before it's over someone's going to say I'm either. Too -- -- too saw the leaders. You know two Italian there are not Italian and where you know that that there's something that. They either did you really like her. They could possibly they don't like it and and you know that I think it's everyone's truthful and every team you're gonna see that. In thirty different cities and if we win enough it won't be an issue at all that. If you use all the comments from cart that it gets your attention that a body what to pick up. I never saw my heard about them and I basically think. It's irrelevant. Well what lies that are relevant. Because because it is not think about something that he knows nothing about obviously. You never played for me he he's better opinion of four whip may -- has been. Bit in this clubhouse Internet spring. Different though is that. From what you were doing last year he's got a different job obviously you yourself. He's got a different job and you Levy criticism of Josh Beckett how long he went from pitch to pitch obviously you're on a different role right now. Figured I could do that same thing with Carl Crawford and his stance. You were in a different role you're not gonna do that anymore. Guys CI I know we're don't -- it is you know. If you watch so little plays and you make a critical analysis. Of what you see that's one thing. You'd you'd you'd jump off the you know the latter. And what you. They might be the right -- this day because. You have some pocket maybe thought that it's another thing in our when I was in that position night. Was paid to say what I saw and I did. Guys that you're here pay it is it is. Say what you see and and they and he used here I guess or do you. You guys -- -- what I'm saying yeah yeah which city I would think. Or makes stuff up. As I've said before it seems like there's a little edge a little edge with Kurt toward June they may be used toward if you. You guys get along is there anything that we should know about between -- and -- I don't think so I know that he's Serb news -- main guy and maybe it's suspect them. You know in that position then he -- to make sure that things don't go well who knows. -- -- we ever in uniform together I was hoping he would be might. All star starter. It and that didn't turn out he decided that pitch in the 2001 bolstered. What's his momma gonna be like few world tomorrow back as say. Major League manager in this league you obviously managed overseas pitcher -- in the in the big -- what what kind of emotions do you think you're gonna have to mark on the. I'll let you know when their -- when they're all done I'm hoping that down -- experience all of the good emotions and when it's also it and. And we're doing our post game interview well people who revisit them. Well what is your what is your typical preparation for game one -- Manny you are you still. Usually. You still going over lineups the night before or do you pretty much have -- your lineup figured out I mean what is your. Your typical prep for game one of the season. Well it's -- the lineup. I guess is something that. You know you try to go over any anything that might occur in -- game so you're not surprised you know that. And it -- again and again you know the preparation is over and. It Q you don't. They envisioned things that could happen and you're prepared for them when they do. If you mentioned that you won't always do things conventionally. And we expect to see Jacoby l.'s very as the leadoff hitter tomorrow -- -- have a surprise for. Did I say it would never. I forgot that comment no I don't -- that there is if that matters. And Adam on the open that we're gonna score a lot of runs. I you've got to stays -- the line up. Bobby your do you do you move it around from time to time. And then the team that I have been. And on the opposition that we're playing. I one final question are you still leave public. Service. -- And you guys know better than that you do your research before you do that show that. I resigned that on December. First I didn't know that drives us papers like I I'm sorry I didn't see that that's what I was asking the question. Is that the advantage. That was the director of public safety to Stamford Connecticut that was in -- of a 142 million dollar payroll of the fire. Police. -- The Mets and the board of health then luckily it had a great team who did all the work and all of that I had was the the office next to the -- I said as a compliment the other public servant is a good thing that was Glenn's not a question am I mistaken one or I saw. A while ago and now we weren't there when you made the announcement but I read about it. That you have not made a slight change to the dress code on the road guys have to Wear jackets jeans are okay. A -- to make the change. I didn't know it was a change actually it said. What do we do that Selig stood there and and -- seventh do you Wear a coat basic idea and that's what it is I'm sure once it warms up. Coats will be necessary. But it just is it I know why certain managers do -- and coaches do they have different reasons you do it just because of you know if you watch a team looking a certain way on the road what your what your logic behind it. Yeah I think when that team goes into a hotel representing the Boston -- sides that they. -- that should be well represented but then again. And I was just bad about it dress code it wasn't like hey I got to enforce this just noticed that do whatever we do. I don't I don't think it's a big deal they it is. Bobby great -- and look forward to doing it all season long had a great summer good luck. Beginning tomorrow in Detroit will talk to them apart again okay the only -- -- by Bobby Valentine. He's interest and we'll get your reaction coming up next at 6177790858. All free 888525. 0850. Go to phone calls in your reaction next.

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