Aug 1, 2012|
We talk to a fired up Bobby V and get updates on Ortiz, Sweeney, Crawford and more. Plus Bobby shoots back at Buster Olney and the other national analysts that continue to write about the discontent in the Red Sox clubhouse.
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As we are on most of Wednesday's. By the manager of the Red Sox Bobby Valentine the most of the time. We're talking on the phone and he I think you would much prefer to talk to us. A person yes beat Y I if they base eyeball to eyeball it so much better. Actually it's been bit have to tight race here half the time have to design here and have to time on the telephone. I see you drinking your Dunkin' Donuts right now for the sponsors are gonna have a Dunkin' Donuts after lunch no -- -- just gets you ready yet. Certainly help us digest it doesn't could have gotten a little river current men and now I've never heard that -- -- Bobby. So we're somehow strange that game was last night to me the big stories that they actually made it to the sixth inning I was watching an important. In that I was it was miraculous that. You actually were able to get through four innings five innings with the way the way the rain was coming down. How what did you think of that situation where you saw. The game called with the bases loaded from the other team names or anything like that before. Well I have. You know in the in the past there have been games like that it just. You know it live rain up until about the third inning wasn't too bad it was what was predicted then down. We thought did vampires. That you know there late. Rain would continue the entire evening at least until 930 or ten. But the heavy stuff came sooner got there and a fourth inning and you know for all intents and purposes the fourth and fifth inning. We're tough innings to play he got really. Difficult for the pitchers the whole bull batters to grip the bat you know it gets to a point where it's it even gets dangerous and I think that they took it to the limit. And when Franklin you know walk the guy only because. You know he really couldn't couldn't control he really couldn't keep it dry you know he's trying to. Cover his glove with the ball but then his hand was soaking wet and the resin bag was soaking wet as cancer soaking -- -- there's no way of trying offers him. And and they notice that end I think for the safety. Not only of running and you know. -- hurting your hamstring me something like that but also for the safety of the hitter the other players wisely called again. Did you ever since before the game. That Josh Beckett was having some physical problems or is that just out of nowhere you noticed he was laboring out there on the mound -- and that's why had to come out was there any thing preexisting no. -- not acknowledge that in fact PV was excellent to notice first aid hitters -- -- Out of the stretch they think he's he might have hit a little different landing spot me in net whipped. In that wet mound at the end. His dad got a little tight and it continued to get -- You know for the next step three hitters. We who you know when -- Kelly Shoppach went to the amount they thought there was going to be discussion about that you know if there's anything wrong with them but they were really just talking about getting -- -- out. We're looking at I don't know -- understand justice David having looked him at all if you have or not you close to a deal decision with him more I doubt that. Do it doesn't seem like to deal but again you know when. Just let's let's let's when he was tight and the traders report so far today in bend had talked to a judge who said it was just it was just a little tight and we'll take it down. As we do day by day. I saw your comments after the game about the fact he's booed when he came out of the game he said maybe after -- evaluation that the fans. Temperature to that would change I would say listening to this and reading stuff it has and I was wondering if you understand may -- after it happened last year how tickets pitch this year why that may not be. The case well I you know I have a lot of things sort of and you know the and judge is a big boy you world big boys and done you know I've been -- of the guys have been glued. It's just his food and again I -- kind of you know pest on the my radar -- I was talking at the time and you know alienating getting good true sense of that but you know if that's if that's what it is that's what it is because these guys. In a week. We play the games for the fans' opinions -- to come into the game and they can absolutely do what they feel is right to do. This is he in good shape just recommended become a citizen and yet physically yeah I think he's you know again I don't have anything compared to. But. You know the training room says see he's signed and so weeks fine I seem sweating all the time he looks good. What's what's changed your body over the last. Four in just four games even optimistic all you wait for the streaks coming Greek ten games over twenty games over. What's changed here from I don't know Saturday to you before Saturday guess what's been sort of be. The trigger point for this four game winning streak. Could I encourage you played the same view I use played we played same -- just about all year with different people I think we've gone out with the same attitude we've. Played during the game with the same attitude -- system results have been different. Here -- -- in the four games and that's because. You know the other team doesn't and get their little break you know we get that ground ball that eluded the second baseman last night cause you know we get two runs out of that and granderson -- -- -- -- and -- -- -- and -- end and the other team losing getting amendment when we're on the short in the mistaken -- that's usually the case. In the last couple nights you've used Kelly Shoppach as a catcher in Saltalamacchia as a DH. How what's what's the reason for that well because -- it's. Out there and I think. You know they do that salty provides a really good that from the left side. You know and then shot there's a you know create you know is a very good -- only -- and no we kill kill birds we have a and Olivia and guy who and who knows -- prince's death -- him and guide teaching who couldn't provide some tunnels. Did you anticipate an -- and -- trades happening that before yesterday may be sort of involving. Bigger players higher level players and -- are you satisfied and you found out that the non -- -- I -- I had no bigger players in mind. You know Ben worked around the clock he and his staff I think I went into there were reminders. Amazed that how many. Different conversations they had with how many different teams and trying to improve very team anyway they could with. With -- -- I think that we are because slightly improve some left side in the bullpen. The end to I think that anything else that -- so come to fruition. Just wasn't on the table and I like -- team going in the trade deadline to collect. -- -- due to the -- with -- those perhaps an opportunity if say back to repeal -- somebody -- that he -- would allow Morales perhaps potentially go back to. There potentially yeah it's a it's a good option to have to share this Franklin pitched so well when he did start. The end does he noted to look at the depth that we have stood in AAA and stay in the starting staff. We know we we feel like we've used most so we have to you know if we need to start here. Get it from within in Franklin would be my choice. Know we've talked before about. Columnist in the national commentators talking about the team and local commentator and -- some -- talk about the team is dysfunctional players don't like the manager on and on you've talked about that. Pretty hilariously too -- I can't remember who told you a while ago. Page ten guys like you you're -- don't know until it's been an easy running this year and I Casey -- to raise their Ralph I don't try to keep those guys away from those guys and I don't think. So buster Olney was on the station again today you have the previous show as -- to listen this is what he said to. -- -- and Mike and ask your earlier today. There's no question that the players made the discontent known. Over the situation they did before it was tired they have this summer. That you know told you guys before. If they have a lot of things that they need to sort out and when that when this is all dealt with -- -- and cigarette taxes we talked about the good enough to. Overcome disagreements that they have among amongst each other. But the issues are real they always have been and it's not hard to hear about this stuff. You talked to -- their -- the players you doctor agent he talked to people inside outside the organization. All over the place. So he's talking about the discontent. Some guys have gone ownership is all -- -- -- that I wouldn't go on the show with him when he does Sunday night baseball. And he's crying a little here because I didn't let him interview me in the fourth inning so you know we have to at least be at the source here and I have this BM plastered. You know I mean he's he's really hard working guy you know he's so hard working he's always on these talk shows that he. You know has to come out and Dimitris gathered information from you guys too but that. In local who gives a darn what he -- Or about that situation you know why don't we here. About Kurt tips it and how many of the players don't like him or about Jim Leyland. And who's upset with -- aliens pitching moves this is absolutely. Ridiculous but I think it's good drama so let's keep the ball rolling and maybe he'll get us it's more air time you know that gets -- -- two weeks. It was another nationally got date and the national guys to -- I guess and ask is about a conversation if you win in front office or ownership they've said. Bobby guys have come players have come and there's been talk no intent that is never happened. You know. Better back like that ownership stake up and said that. You know they heard. That a game when. Hurts someone from them on actually on a tip that they heard that wing will little Brooks. Made two years in a game. And he came off the field. Then got in a dugout I said nice inning will. The end that may be that upset them. You know Nellie didn't take it further and find out that after the game went over the -- locker the end. You know I was trying to be light at the time of the nice inning that I went over to his locker -- about. My experience of making three years of being booed off the field and cushions being thrown from the Dodgers stadium. They have them you know to be dodging them as a got into the into the dugout so. You know if you good deal what part of the story then. Believe me it's not. The story at least a return on cushions and -- -- get a good strong -- he doesn't yet but you can't fly you nicely date flight nicely but do you care I have as a manager isn't necessary for four guys who like human is that something that. We all like to be like that's that's like that and you know. Everyone likes to be like but everyone also knows that if you go around and just tried it make everything a popularity contest you gonna lose sight of the ball. And the ball that I look at is. Making -- be as good as we could possibly be. And that's what I focus on every day. What is the what is that situation now I guess after. Little bit of confusion last -- in New York with Crawford is it is it is there a a set in stone figures just you're gonna play by -- when he feels like you today off to get today. No it's not set in stone and it's not just play players there is a rehabilitation. Period that we are dealing with here and it's I don't know how long it's the last couple three more weeks and during that time we're gonna see you know make sure that he doesn't get. Too much exposure on and his throwing elbow and that we work into a full time every day. A situation. Is a strange you it seems like a few times here and when you read stuff that sounds like he almost wants to have this Tommy John -- succeed unusual case from -- the players almost lobbying for it's not lot of precedent for. You know event and once again. I deal with -- and let it talk with the players that don't deal with what he's saying -- I really needed and in. And here. Yeah and and zeros so we saying something different to you personally of -- feels pretty good yeah I mean he's never said that he won seven operate -- -- spelling. That he cannot that you're yet you don't save that but it's almost the in a few charges that it's inevitable. It's is it is what it is is gonna happen one day I'm gonna need surgery and it it makes you wonder duty here. Something from James Andrews dad and maybe the medical people didn't hear where it. I don't know and I -- it. Because Ben -- -- -- there it has been Azkaban civil not necessarily that's not. It's not a given that you'll need surgery in Crawford makes it sounds like make it sound like you're secure but let's let's move on to something else on -- is very interest and wasn't in New York. But I did hear that the former manager Terry Francona came into the clubhouse. Held court for a while then he left in the net the next day presumably because he read these stories. He apologized to you he said he was -- you said no apology was necessary. Do you think it's strange topic is that we've Kirk and I had debates that's in debates for callers. I don't think it's a big deal about you do you think is that is there any kind of I didn't -- Unwritten rule or I don't think so I did you know if that's what the guys -- feel good doing them what would be the problem and you know deal felt good doing it. I you know what is the problem. That the and his understanding. That the what people are assuming. Is that here is here these guys whispering. About all of the discontent. About the you know me saying do -- nice city when he came off the field or whatever other. You know Shaq might beat the out there and I don't think that was the case at all. Because of it. But -- doubt where is Ortiz right now. In the clubhouse probably intriguing match -- -- -- that he he hit it very very consistent acre area he hit the well look good. Felt good. I think the the running. Part of the of the equation it has not been addressed fully yet in we're not gonna push that but down he's close Bailey is still pretty good -- -- through today. Actually yes he -- today had a good report but his velocity is intensity. You know got to got to strike out head movement and his cutter so. He's there will throw again and another couple days. Our Ryan Sweeney and goes on the DL problem probably out for the year because the out punched a door. Is that it I heard you say boys will be Boyce. I can you think of any other situations I'm sure you can in your in your career as a player or manager where you saw somebody. Injured over something like that seems pretty silly yeah it to end your season by you're not getting it or not hitting the wall or something on. -- this kind of crazy how many things get kicked or hit during the season. And -- few injuries -- -- -- and I know I had some and in New York might have been Al Leiter who kicked a ugly the the Gatorade. Bucket but he goes half full it was. Totally fully -- broken toe to someone like that when problem starting pitchers and I am sure that it's been 101220. Guys. Over -- one years who have done it in and you would think. We will all learn a lesson. So you say anything to -- that you don't know that -- -- that he's out -- is that -- -- enough -- a message he sent it to -- -- -- -- was his -- was. -- -- You don't honest and sincere in him he was embarrassed and I don't know that anything else needed to be it. Said to him but. You know. I believe in taxes. And you know when it when it first started managing I'm and I believe. Guys were so. Adamant about hitting something I did put Utley a punching back. In the in their little runways to left the dugout there was something there and hit that to a breaking him. Bobby now is time for the Mohegan Sun dinner with the big show today's question for Bobby comes from John Connolly he's from Norwood and -- wants to know. Anybody ever read what you always quote the mound to calm down try to talk to the that this started game. Is in Africa traditionally have about the pitching coach. Well it is high -- again you know these words that we use always is kind of blows really weird words. And all of a sudden because I I'd made may be. Board trips to the mound. The end and add maybe another four -- on popular was and his two week vacation. Nothing -- -- an application and -- -- a week goes away from the team. You know -- it's eight times in a hundred games. I'm not sure that's always so. You know that -- there are times that I've gone out early when I felt you know guy. You know Daisuke in particular which is language situation and a couple of young guys. Who I thought we're just getting a little outside of himself but I've gone out but then. No other times had to have like on how so let's cross out the word always there. Bobby Valentine has brought you by our bell insurance here for your car home and business here for new englanders here for good and by Verizon files and network ahead. -- -- well appreciated thanks to stop buying out any air and before really going in the lineup changes he lineup quirks. Well we have. Writing -- I don't think that's a clerk and -- whatever. You know he came up yesterday's in the lineup today Ian. You know he's he's a really good players and help us win some games and -- society he'll be playing -- play -- know -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Okay Bobby Valentine thinks about -- -- more to our calls after this.