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Nomar Garciaparra, former Red Sox SS, on most players not attending Johnny Pesky's funeral and Bobby Valentine

Aug 24, 2012|

Nomar joins Kirk Minihane and Rob Bradford to share his thoughts on the Johnny Pesky funeral situation and the future of Bobby Valentine in Boston.

Transcript - will not be 100% accurate

Final hour much reload and -- Manningham and rob Bradford in four -- and Louis joining us now in the AT&T. Outline AT&T rethink possible is Nomar Garciaparra Nomar Kirk Roger Boston Howard you. Not too bad it's the last couple days you might imagine that error herald report. But for players showing up Johnny -- here on Monday and then you're there injury action when you look at only four players on this team Yasser. Well there's there's definitely some disappointment that you elect achieve more there's there's no question about. But at the same time for me. It was -- about what I'm sure -- or not it was about it data released. Honor and it's amazing and -- -- and not forget you know what you -- -- he impacted what you were these and hopefully that's really the focus. That's -- much story about how many people were there but. To me. Awfully good stories about what people are gonna remember more is about what Johnny Pesky -- That Red Sox uniform but he Mensa organization what he meant to baseball if that's what -- -- about what he meant to meet me personally that's -- -- about why I was there. I was there -- just. You know honor this man in. The eternally grateful for the impact he's been my. Nomar you came from Williamsport to go to attend the funeral correct. Correct okay. You know I was I was at the -- World Series. At that time corporate and I'm I'm grateful that yes camp thankful he has -- as well recognizing you know what this meant -- idea. You know making arrangements. Opened me you know from my schedule and what I'll post you put some broadcast few games that they recognize. I was going to be wanted to be there going to be there. Monday and I think some lucky that they were understanding what if -- I guess yeah guess with the senator as -- Johnny Pesky you were very close to menu there when he was around a lot. This is tough but can you remember one instant the one moment one anecdote they might jump out at you about him. You know one thing is he just makes -- I'll make everyone smile I think. He -- from some stories and you know puts into it to him and I became very as it is well. In hearing all of their stories and I can't just give one at that position so I knew there. Membership down in the for some odd man out there ought to Red Sox. And it was like looking out the you know you're sitting next to me talking I just -- How do you -- number you know yeah I wouldn't anybody. And he took the time spent -- -- sit down. And just start. And obviously anybody that know how that was at first it was it time for everybody. And you are obviously baseball and the -- -- it for me that the relationship grew heated -- And that's what made it's special. And I was. I don't know -- -- People this -- -- -- impact. Person's life and occupy different nations human measure that. At that funeral here anal stories and friends talking about it they are all different. And you're thinking well we can sit around for hours just on a different story about -- on the -- he is you can sit around a wife -- -- to story about on since -- in fact he that's -- that measures. Fans like to keep its been like puck in different story people -- -- story. -- represented the Red Sox organization. So well. ESPN baseball analyst and former Red Sox all star Nomar Garciaparra -- here. Nomar back and I understand from your perspective why you went on John -- -- in your feelings but just to kind of circle back here because people here really. Upset that this team country can understand why given their performance in the when they find out that. Only four players -- appear. The sort of criticism is AM the players in the on the ownership if you are in the position to be John and your team that we should have been more forceful tone these guys listen. -- asked to do this this is the right thing to do. Yeah I don't know how it was presented -- I don't I'm not I wouldn't about I don't know if it is it that happened it was four or so what is. On I don't know you know like it should not be there I don't know step for me to comment says well. They were forced order they work so I don't know. That as well and I and I know. I I'm sure I'd I'd I'd also there's -- the the celebration I believe sometimes September as well I don't know if there are saying well here and here I don't know the answer. -- Just you know. You know obviously went -- this system after the tragedy like this you're on the road plane then you come back. There's -- -- -- approach it and laid off I don't know what people you know that mr. park has I can't speak up after the players like this I don't know set. I don't know what was the situation. -- -- -- So well for me to just comment so yeah it should consider should have been part I don't know who it was but it was that sort of. Go where you go back to who would that would this team this current reps I steam this has been a disastrous years and there's been a lot of comparisons and 220012001. You're hurt and -- By the you go to 2002. And a disinterested your perspective on how old they they went about changing the culture is obviously 2001 was a mess. So how from from your perspective how did things. Change from 200120022003. But they're different dynamic in the clubhouse. And how old do you think that that can maybe relate to changing here. So I look back on that 2001. You know right back and I remember it hurt and I remember coming back injury concussion what what can you do to try to help -- it's practitioners like and -- back location order -- -- which Q that's what guys are trying to do. So routine trying to accomplish that goal and it -- in 2002. After -- you know -- disappoint -- in 2001. And I would say it's always disappointing you don't make the play in that -- sure there are you know it is. It is. That it just magnifies it when the World Series of disappointing that that's -- mentality should that's mentality I have when you're when you're on and you don't win it. But I remember after that she doesn't want -- -- -- -- okay what do I have to. To do what I really always looked in the mirror after every year -- You know what what -- I don't better what do I have to do. You know I was coming up injury now it's like I gotta get to work picture this is odd percent try to come back here. Shut down for the seat and it because it was right I would like this is my focus because I don't want 2001 happening -- I was -- that's that's what I can control culminated 2002. And what changed that it Bears elect a lot of people lot of guys and achievements are becoming and it's like 2001 was awful guys we've got to look at ourselves. But the work which is that 2002. -- for managers well maybe that elite and that same degree of Bobby answer. I don't -- I don't think it's all polished but I just think that you still hold your focus from the top down. You know just like any business when things during the crisis. You know hopefully the heads of management sit around as if what if it was certain message are we all -- eight and that trickles out ran out -- seemed to be that way that. It's a cohesive message I think they need to sit down and that it to trickle down effect and hopefully they took it or so guys know what -- only option to vote for me. I know that I have to look at the mayor of a match up. I may be off pace but do you trophy if -- injury back then was that had any similarities to what Deaver he's gone through now. Well in 01 I hatteras as Fraser street. And on -- England sports the other yeah right right right particularly I don't know what David Ortiz is it you know. What the diagnosis is its with its just stop it it's inflammation it's inflation and no it's not easy because you can always. Not a whole lot of there's not a whole lot of a blood flowing is that accurate information. You a lot of different areas so I actually very -- it's inflame any kind of rest. Said you're on your feet all the time you'd like matters -- these arrests so it's constantly. Being used and and cut the (%expletive) out it's got injured to compliment and you're always in the back your mind. You worried about it because of that in. Because when it you know it you get into a situation that's like we shall -- -- where he ended up only Al team and that's -- back. How long it's set back fine how he's still trying to come back into the -- in it it really does. So it's it's a delicate area you know there's no question. When you look at this team on Nomar to look at the situation there how far there at seven games under five way idea. Nine games on the wild card games out of the wild card. We try and sort of you know. Rank -- what's wrong you topped the bought them what's -- -- -- players with the management you can ownership with you if you're sort of kind of compartmentalize what. What happened to you restart. I think when you start it everybody I mean you really everybody ask what it's and so -- consultant here. And go OK what is going on here I think of those guys as a player it's become more bad for the Lakers don't want. -- player that's -- -- -- Would have liked what I didn't make it better it make it the player but does look like for can make the playoffs this year. But what can -- -- in the this year toward the end of this year that's gonna make for lectures and see what can -- do you make. You know make myself better weather. You know -- that as a pitcher going OK what can figure out at eighteen individuals to date exactly here's. Myself that the hitter go OK and maybe had a tough time against this pitcher that I can hopefully we're faced them down the stretch. Looking at you is what my approach going to be against him differently sort future then the next year okay that's a positive going out there and do what. You know whatever maybe this is the time you got to start recognize a I have to make sure and -- like art when it comes into the option. And and like this that right now I don't also know that message from the top down. You know need to be fixed is well you know you look at the management make sure they're on the scene it is. You know throughout the year didn't seem like they've always been on the same page and satisfaction at the one below. -- Bobby Valentine be the manager this team 2013. -- not there or not they're not capable communicate as at a particular community that up now if they're having trouble there's there's going to be -- You know it doesn't matter who you put them in the -- true. Position it's going to be -- I think they have to. Make sure but he is on the eight it's the top now. So you are obviously your -- -- Williamsport right now. I -- your job watcher watching this every M -- the league roster especially fans here right Nomar to watch stuff every game to watch these kids plays a little more fun. And looks like you're joining rob Bradford could pal Jared the subway guy. You know sort of the subway up buddy bad logo contest what is that exactly. That would that it is always huge supporter of Little League has been a huge supporter on that the subway. If god is the support of the challenger division of literally -- a division of Little League Baseball softball and -- belt mentally physically challenged its. And it -- their buddies in the but he -- -- that special person that helped them. Lately being helped the challenge in the weight gain. And it's great and would subway it is these sponsors that. Thought the but he excellent -- on and people that it. Logos and the winner will be announced on Saturday if there's an exhibition game a picture -- the count in the physically and -- vocal he is 2013. And and for me and that's a quick story here I didn't gain that game -- -- our game went out this or that afterwards and -- and after thinking after that. Or that's a sign autographs and take pictures. And that never know what can let me and he smiled yeah it's going like -- For picture and I experts are and the -- green on Saturday I'll. You know he's their positions catcher and it is all on me like you know you direct -- It was obviously he lit up that's one of my favorite scenes and I I -- like that. For that 1520 minutes I mean -- -- surely the pianist and I like that than him which is unbelievable and it model this year. That much. You know made it special and that's what's great about the challenger decision in the it'd take. You know brick company likes a boy who made a donation. -- In all sorry and they know they've had tickets and might just sent them to. -- bring awareness to this age division. I mean official and two very important questions. Number one do you still kick a fifty yard field goal what you did in high school cracked. Yeah came -- and thicker and warm but the Bulls management and could Roger Clemens ever pitched in the major leagues again and well. Well got hooked -- I don't I don't think so is -- that's just to -- -- -- compact at that level. But I mean he is obviously animated picture I think it is very difficult to come back. And it and it just hit it that high level. Don't blow a ticket so one game. At -- -- softer time Nomar we appreciate all right thank you guys get there. That's he -- in baseball analyst for Red Sox all star Nomar Garciaparra -- sport we that's what the airport. But we did clarify. It it's a pick for the -- yes you know those are the -- -- -- to Hewitt. It'll lead into the Roger Clemens question and blowing fifty years old that your field. I'm sure if you want a ticket that got him next. Oh -- it ought to do I ever. Did a phone call 617779085885. You Pfizer fifteen and we get back we are taking over. The Butler alone which they invented the over Rutgers Bradford then hand -- pick up a notch that's next.

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