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Scott Lauber, Boston Herald, Joins Mustard and Johnson to Discuss the Red Sox Hiring John Farrell: "Farrell's Best Quality is That he Isn't Bobby V"

Oct 27, 2012|

The always informative Scott Lauber is getting to become a regular on the Mustard and Johnson show. He calls the guys to discuss his thoughts on the Farrell hire and if he is a good fit in Boston. Of course, they also touch on the pariah Bobby Valentine and his interview with Bob Costas that aired earlier in the week and what moves the Sox will look to make now.

Transcript - will not be 100% accurate

Right and now and whatever I was saying earlier was. You know that the pageantry. Professional sports in Europe. And the way that athletes or -- is always been intriguing to me. And so to go over there and play Indian and and playing that historic stadium is just it's you know it's it's. A wonderful experience. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Good morning guys what's going on. I look at I'm not a big numbers -- year you'd like jealousy here. I mean it's like that the put up with this being -- and living in New England all the time and -- right now Eli Manning is only. Al matched by Aaron Rodgers the quarterback position this year nobody else is in their class this year and include your -- Tom Brady and I knew -- tomorrow -- I mean what's more lucky a few and making it. Precision throw to Manningham down we're one of the greatest -- -- the -- and -- history up until that Seattle Green Bay game. Especially starting the legacy that -- Tom Brady and Eli had never ever in his career in the biggest game. Have to rely on its kicker that Baylor now that make them look like a -- quarterback who does caddie. Well -- hold -- a whole lot of second hold on a second I will and I agree with much of what you said might. You'll have to admit that after missing a couple of easy chip shots in Lambeau Field in January of 2008. Tynes did kick the game winner in OT against the Packers to get -- of that first Super Bowl. A little tight made a couple of big kicks and you -- it again looking kicking in the title game last year but that's a pretty good -- what quarterback. Because of what happened in the Super Bowl and -- driving 35 yards. And hoping Vinatieri bailed out time after time in the Super Bowl -- think much. Vinatieri -- Vinatieri all the same kicker Tom Brady was at the cog in the machine. Aaron Gray area they get -- Did you hit the problem with the New York fans are operating out yet demanding yet probably hit the -- is probably our New York fans and used out of making a lot of sense and and you -- of being obnoxious. With a minute and 21 seconds left in the game against the high powered Rams out of -- is our team on on turf. In Brady went in even the great John Madden said taken need don't even try to do -- He drives the team down on the field with excellent precision and stuff you gotta give them credit for that that's not locked. Rick and Tom Brady they're very good quarterback eagle all singles thank you we're borderline I think quarterback I'm not ignorant to believe otherwise but for people that sit there and in. Bashed Eli Manning and say that he's lucky yeah I mean the guy. There's ever been a single player in the history of the NFL. That it come into the league with more pressure than Eli Manning is -- is Archie he got. It in his brother's a great quarterback more time he played in new York and got nothing but succeed and be a winner and he's done it with class. You know their -- everybody out there even under don't seem Tiki Barber that more on Jeremy Shockey. Actually getting through those two guys who might have been the best thing that ever happened. Good guard Manning in the worst thing that ever happened in the New England Patriots are we're gonna switch gears for Vick back to your phone calls. Just a few minutes -- 6177797937. It's becoming. A weekly feature here on the mustered in Johnson show when we wanted to wall things browse Boston Red Sox we go to the herald's -- Scott Wahlberg good morning Scott. -- I -- that we talked Scott you said that the John. Barrel hiring was sooner than later in your words and boy -- we right about that few hours later John -- was the official manager of the Boston Red Sox. Yeah I mean that was the sort of way it would -- a week ago when we talked in and you know on the -- -- got it done -- even earlier than I thought I figured it would be before the World Series started but you know they were able to ever had a the only Saturday night so. I and then -- -- or Wednesday so that was sort of the ideal for them it was. A couple of days before the one you -- you venture into becoming GM last year is well ahead of when he hired Bobby out on a year ago so. They are. For better or worse they are at the game here and they're able and they help focus more on a good coaching staff and either roster. I get the impression that that the media was relieved. That they were back to normalcy. And because now when they introduced -- its first ever heard the applause from the -- people yelling out welcome back job with that you know what a. No I don't know you a little wondering were wondering who -- -- and how they got. How exactly got in the -- Scott how was the guy with the pedals of roses he was dropping along the of the path on the way to the press conference you after met those guys have -- -- -- ago what what was the biggest. Difference in pressure that you can get from Bobby to Farrell just had -- in a brief time that you spent but the guy. Well he's not pop. Pop pop up. Actually the sort of the polar opposite in the sense that. You know I thought it was ironic. We're coincidental that -- -- better word that he's so partly be due acute injury the same night that John Farrell and it is because the contract. Could not have been all clear and that cannot say -- -- -- going to be successful here. I had no idea if he's gonna be successful or not. If you be strictly up to her in Toronto. He probably won't be but -- the fact of the matter is that. He gonna put. Interpreted differently by you and Bobby did and you look at what Bobby east at to pop up so there are. In prior he's been with him and watching that interview. You know there's sort of like here's here's what happened. And then -- like the on -- -- -- you know what happened and I think that's kind of what -- heat present at the other night. A number of those but those things talked about were either not a -- -- all happening or not happened and you know John -- at least. I think you know -- the first thing it will mean that they're -- here it was present. What about the relief mission statement. As to what he was hoping to view here he's hoping to. Bring more up tempo style and the offense that something was very clear on. He was he's hoping to. You know it was Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz and figure exactly why. They had down years because they are needing more than any other players the key to turnaround. -- but in the part. Oh. It was only a little over a year ago that we looked into bars -- -- -- and we've got to figure -- why he's no -- that and why he's fallen so -- so -- -- out. Quite -- -- clear. And in and and very very very specific. Bowl that he has in mind or mission that he has in mind you here in the early going and he talked about his coaches and what we -- -- from. Communication lines in this coaching staff. You know poppy and it it was pretty much true. They are from day one some of which is all. -- which -- is probably. A combination of factors but again I think John Farrell was clear on point. And Bobby -- was all over the plate early and they want. Yeah and that is an an -- year it was encapsulated. As you said at the outset. You know you have. Barrel coming into Boston. And seemingly great presence and command of that press conference we understand that doesn't make a great manager but certainly was a good start. To the stark contrast of Valentine around with Kostis. Continuing to undermine whatever shred of dignity had left after this horrible season. Yeah exactly and you know there were a lot of things for me that that's sort of struck out in the in the cup interview and people bump them. Was when he when he talked about the world middle Brooks. In there and says you know I don't think that really happen. And will let -- think that really happened and that's fine except that. Bobby who won the pole then poured it on your air. Back in July is about -- what they -- about it -- what are they adapt to doubted. If he hadn't brought it up himself and then later in the elite that the media. We have some more about it and he got to be greater detail. About it so the story that he put -- they're that he people. And the only thing it never happens so you know it's just. It's just really really just -- topic of the year that that we can say at least you know direct our hope was a year like no other. Haven't got the only impression I had that went left the the the Costas interview and listening to -- -- in the big Joseph with him week after week after week. I just don't understand what Red Sox management was thinking is that -- I don't know how many hours a days they spent interviewing the guy and then hiring him. That was an impression I had. Absolutely and and you know where we talked last week about. White as -- you know let surprise that he hasn't come out yet and done something like that so -- it's you know. Jokes are pretty sure that date they've. They've taken great effort to make sure that he's not gonna come -- with a blockbuster at a level -- what happened the other night -- to be. But but but at the Bob Gallagher you know what we all -- in the -- But you know you also can't help himself. There are going to be more at -- I think that pop up he cut the interview type things that pop up I don't think any of them were gonna come from. Or are going to be done with media our local our local media I'd be surprised that they are. And I am I surprised that the impact if any greater than in the top sitter you which we talked about for a this year so. And then sort faded away because I don't think -- all unsympathetic -- -- -- in the -- he. Exactly but now that they've gotten back to a degree of normalcy. In if money is really not they're not gonna spend money like crazy but. Not that they can spend money and they feel like they have a manager in place. What moves. Can they make him but -- do you think they will try to make I mean that that went to come Ellsbury came off the Ortiz subject came up. What do you think they're gonna do or if you Wear them -- -- try to do. Well I think stepped Warren is re signed David Ortiz and I. See it happening meet people for that exclusivity window. Where they would have to make a qualifying offer and you can't accept or reject in the need to into the open market I think he could happen before all of that which. No I think it's a fight it window now in new -- new green and I think as a hazard -- -- it window after the World Series. So I think they'll be inside that window it just takes too much sense for the event for the Red Sox and not make some sort of an agreement. Whether or two year deal with -- the year with a vesting option that would easily -- I think the -- him. More than a one year deal more than what you're security and I think that that'll be. A move that'll make sense for both sides knew it was important to them has ever in the middle of that lineup especially now that. Adrian Gonzales gone and that you know -- like a week in it and number of ways and so I think that that's step one. They're gonna look to really great pitching you can't vote pretty clear about that that. Pretty much it's they want to get to the bottom electorate up well this year and what went wrong they also need to add another arm and it needs to be I think. Still I think it needs to be it's significant arms so we're not -- fourth -- fifth guy -- what -- two or three guys more of an -- pop guy. That'll probably happen come through trade because that'll -- -- -- -- -- market. It's that. -- -- -- What what what what what do they have to work were to trade down. Well -- Berry is that is that the ship that everyone talked about the most because -- After next year he created the chances of them signed him long term that's what are slim with Scott sport that is beaten so. It's their it's not fair and that is why the Giants mainly concerned that the quiet opened the Rangers make sense. It's -- it's not there that thinks it's on the verge of winning and the Giants they went to -- inside. All the on the it would become at all -- dropped. But. -- let's say they came up short. -- the team out there that's close to winning choke like the wind -- -- win if you're too long ago Jacoby Ellsbury can help them. Then maybe -- -- picture. For him and and that's something the Red Sox may pursue. But then the next question is how far along is is Bradley Bradley junior. How would you describe him as a player if you eat in would you be able to step up the. Well from from what I talk to they're not you know wouldn't expect him this year but maybe a year from now we could be talking about them. As good as the guys so. Again if we are we agreed that this is an award here rebuilt for the Red Sox that it's gonna take more than a year. You know then pinned it to -- yelled they're really your plans long term if you don't you're not quite sure you can return and so I'm not saying they should do it I'm just saying that the ship. I'm saying that the pitcher that can play and maybe something they ought to consider. Something I think it will consider. It's -- and if it brings back all the pitcher. In return and you can get through one -- it went. You know a stopgap perhaps or -- you know a a low cut there are freak him out there who he lower lower -- she'd prefer Hedo being one of them probably -- -- -- -- quite as much as let's say a Michael -- certainly -- -- -- much Pillsbury will a year from now. So maybe somebody like -- on a two year deal or even a three year low you know -- -- Lower average annual value deal would be got a good -- -- who -- -- quite well so. There are options out there to replace so periods that are guilty that he can fill another need by trading him that may be one way to go out. Scott Torre look below coming in from Toronto he's going to be his bench coach once again as he was the last couple years up in a blue Jay country. What's his next priority pitching coach at this point. Yeah I think so I'm not sure they have a quarter to a wonderful staff but. But I think pitching coach is probably the most important position that they're and so on that stat because. Then he talked about last week you -- -- particular and three years. And so. More than any other position on the stepping -- and stability there. That many voices into -- heading Clay Buchholz who had not been good for either of them sitting somebody who can come in. That's sort of take ownership at that position for a few years and it worked with these guys get them back on track. And because of the along with John Ferrell -- people leading voice for all these pitchers so you know. I was told earlier in the week that it was less than 5050 that Rick Peterson would be that guy although we've learned in the last -- -- so that. They're gonna interview Rick Peterson's so they'd be up got a little bit better. I can't help but know him quite well and we know Rick Peterson has a reputation as being pretty good pitching coach Bruce Walton who John -- pitching -- Toronto I think is gonna -- -- -- -- I'm sure the -- -- internal candidate that was electric so horrible the pitching coach a couple of years. And then I'm sure that there are -- -- that was that I. We haven't heard yet so. I think that's higher priority position I don't know will be the next one is still but I think it's a one a book report. If they don't get like the best to me you talk about priorities this would I would I would spend. Our way in about what normally is spent for coaches in this position in in. But -- probably bringing in his pitching coach from Toronto I mean you know that does -- too short Ramiro like he never got any better. Object I think the key to this Red Sox future is too. You know who could look under the hood and really fix this situation because as you know -- bureau manager he's gonna have other responsibilities. Yeah exactly and that -- -- -- at the press conference the other -- it was how does that dynamic work in Toronto because you're -- -- -- a a pair in Canada that you talked about will make the Red Sox think John Peralta hit a six. -- -- And Clay Buchholz they pretty much less actually say well I had to work or get Ricky remains. Ricky Romero had a worse year than Jon Lester has this year. -- -- -- decent margin at least until -- -- at a better August and September so his numbers look better but really up until middle of August. It was network pretty much neck and neck and as far as regression was concerned and Ricky -- it never got it better so. You know that the ballot question in jarred Harrell admitted that look you know hated gay responsibility diplomatic certain that. Can't be out there watching guys -- protection everytime -- -- it be he can't be any guys you're all time. Because because. The other thing yet he's and we talked about you the pitching coach the trucks. Who he believes is competent and and who you believe can really sort of all the role he -- For four years. And and not mean that relies on all day out there -- during. He'd get through these guys like here. I like a bill bell Jack. Like -- like Bill Belichick taking both the defensive coordinator job in the head coaching job you can only spread yourself. So fan and well enough to get -- ends gone and I mean you really neat I think these next two guys that are hitting coach -- -- you got Iglesias you you'd like to have somebody come and who possibly. Could make this guy a decent life goes back and got. 21 of the reasons why there been so few successful. Pitching coaches who have become. Managers sort -- was successful certainly Bud Black a modicum of success but they're few and far between for a reason. Yeah I mean that there are some reasons for it maybe that's exactly what it is maybe that. He -- you know former pitchers. As former pitching coach who has become managers -- -- have a little bit of difficulty. Dealing with each other elements of the game that they're not quite familiar with so maybe that's the reason. But John -- admitted some some regret. About that the last two years and a lot of water which. If you like the play that aggressive up tempo style -- he likes to run like these things on the bases. And the retreat at a very young team this past year Brett Lawrie would you like 2122 year old. Would one of these players to be a lot of mistakes on the bases because maybe John Farrell eat these guys who -- but -- pulled back the -- -- That would what -- the regrets he expressed. And -- maybe that's something that. A guard pitching coach manager. Will would've recognized earlier who knows when there obviously is the reason why. -- traditionally pitching coaches. It's not been successful managers maybe ultimately with the Red Sox he can -- that Trent. You know against the defenders of I'm John Farrell at that point say that. Terry Francona what the winning director either when the Red Sox hired -- and it turned -- really great editor rich history so. He can be argued that they'll want to wait and see another Joseph Torre it -- -- into the Yankee itself. Those are the defenders that John Farrell and obviously the people who have been out skeptic would say. He'll go do it -- children yet and like he's at the track record for pitching coaches and managers of all active. Not a whole lot of skepticism however this week in Red Sox Nation in the -- very much still on the Rose got longer from. The Boston Herald we appreciate your time has always. All right thanks I got.

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