Nov 6, 2012|
Dustin Pedroia speaks in depth to the media for the first time since the less than spectacular 2012 Red Sox season ended, and it's with Michael Holley and Glenn Ordway. Dustin speaks on his relationship with Bobby Valentine, his defense of Kevin Youkilis, his position as a team leader, how the Sox will bounce back, and the rumors that he may be changing agents.
Transcript - will not be 100% accurate
Our number -- here on Election Day in America. We'll get back to the phone calls just a couple of minutes. You're from David Ortiz yesterday. Today we -- would Dustin Pedroia who probably is just the sick of the political ads in the robocalls so he figured it spent a little quality time with prospects here and joins us live a full -- What's a big guy -- you know. Gary dark are eager to get by. Somehow got a -- or a -- didn't. I'll -- and -- you vote 34. Well see what -- when he added 29. You know -- a couple -- And I actually had again. Over that on those that I voted a couple times -- -- you're only supposed to vote once he had no idea I know about a dozen things you're talking about how many times in his life hasn't voted on our -- about this year in a tournament today. Our only -- so I just yeah -- guys who wanted to -- as he began doing some illegal. In our our pay out at. Ortiz told -- yesterday it was. You know in retrospect the whole season for him which -- was just ugly -- For you how do you walk away from something like that you've been in situations with winning teams. Good teams how difficult was it for you and how difficult was it when it when it ended in your eagle. Yeah I mean it was -- you know those -- -- you know we had. It dealt with a lot of stuff the whole year now you know we didn't play well. I'll -- -- -- trade a lot of our. You know keep pieces are in laughter. You know in play very well. I think looking back I have time here about a -- now it's you know not play again and look back on -- baton from. And -- having it's awful that you know we play it's about but I don't think it's ever -- and better -- -- all Florida it's -- better organizational forwards so. You know what there was there were the awful going to -- but I'm. I think I think in the end you know we're gonna -- to turn everything around and make sure that that the fans are proud of our -- and down with a forward. You know we go out very a lot of ball games into the right -- You know I sit here many times you're in a season that from may of roughly may have 2007. Until April of 2012. Your average Red Sox fan had nothing but love for Dustin Pretoria nothing negative to say about about him but then you made those comments. After. Bobby V -- Youkilis and he says how we do things around here. And certainly we start to get calls about -- Pedroia he's a malcontent Pedroia. Is trying to keep the manager parties trying to run the organization. Where were you aware of those comments from from fans and if so what did you think about. We it's hard to get aware of it you know during the year in and it was not something that you know what it. Looking back on and not had time to think about a large saddened and and the way everything went down and calm. You know yeah I regret I I said that an -- now way but I'm proud and to a point where. It ought to be a team leader you need to have your teammates backs under any circumstances. And that you sit in Ireland you know memorex certain you know it was struggle I had dropped lasers July when everything was wanting to -- stated it. And release them and all that stuff and actually he's gonna find. I -- so like. You know you know bodies comics you got I didn't talk to Bobby after he said it's I didn't know what mattered meant it comments toward the -- but. I'm firmly remember when a guy's having a tough time and everyone has them as the Major League that wanted to go up and down. Those that aren't you need your teammates need you need everybody in the front office the fans they we need you to stick by us. And I felt like Duke was was kind of thrown into a corner by himself and an end and you know when when that went top dog comes down on it -- -- You know I felt like you needed someone to be there for him. To have it back and without question came out wrong like I it's it's sound it you know probably the first one outside and it sounded like. You know I feel like -- behind Marty and I can't try to runner -- and that's. If everybody knows that that's not the case you know I just wanted to make sure that everyone knew I was here for Uga are all team there for you. And we need in a Thabeet who year's first accomplish our goals and and kicking and -- down I didn't feel. Not -- like I needed either form and and everybody else was. Needed to be their fourth to -- I'm a little bit more vocal and and immediate comes to me after. You know certain things happen and and I was right there and I was the one or economics final at bat in our I would rather. You know how people call and say you know whatever however they feel that for me to walk in -- do that to work. I have to look at expect Kevin Youkilis sitting out and look at me and say hey man you have my back when I need him most. And and took to an extent I'm proud that I sent out because. You know you know now that. You know are under any circumstances on his back and -- that goes girl watching -- that long ago we go play. That 185. Games throughout the year. You know -- trying to get to the post season end and spring training and everything and we have one goal that's to be -- standings so. Illini -- I don't I'm a firm believer now nothing can stand between the points -- guy's article about that it took a circle. Now it's interesting because when you say it that way. I don't see how a lot of people can dispute and on the other hand you're right the way it came out didn't come out that way Bobby was not. Real -- I'm not I'm not an English major let's let's. Well I would say I'm Eric on a state that's our academic counselor for all carry -- that are put -- -- -- area. What did you you know because -- was real popular at that time and it all week we saw our huge shift. In which people suddenly were were taking his side and they were they were turning and you but I came down to. Is what you said the line. We don't do things like that year the public was already a little disturbed at what happened in September of 2000 in eleven. And they were basically thinking that the players. Even though they weren't crazy about Bobby as a manager they thought the players were the ones who were running the asylum at the time. -- -- -- Yet I completely are are in the but I understand I mean not. And that's not the case cemented when you're playing in and and that environment I mean it's it's -- you know it. Yeah that that they were playing at 10:10 o'clock in the morning -- had eight yet interview -- in the morning. And we don't know what the polls is around you know the area -- that you around boxing you know there's there's talk about -- -- out -- -- -- a -- on our end and and don't and on on the game and you know -- your face and which turned it to go to ball games so. You don't really know and when -- I that comment was terrible -- was -- was I shouldn't shouldn't have so that's not the way we do say that I I meant by saying you know I. You know public. You know him calling him -- like that I would much rather. Bobby call you can do it profits and talent. You know one on one and then have. You know come on ESPN and they have the answer questions and David answer questions and everybody have to answer questions about it that's more more -- something we have to worry about -- playing the race that day. What is different I mean David talked about him yesterday and David had some strong things to say because you know he made a comment about David here recently on the on the Bob -- -- And in on it a Bobby would -- all of us every Wednesday and they -- things he would would say bring up the brought that story volunteered that story. About Wilma works we didn't know about the did did know about. He brought it up how difficult was that for all of you guys -- David said. Yesterday -- thought it was tough -- the next day media would be at his locker asking him about something that Bobby said. Publicly to -- the day before how difficult was that. I mean you know -- desert -- mean after awhile I got me personally I got a plan where. I I I hate I -- secretariat are wanted to go out there play baseball play hard game. And if we won games you know Bobby wouldn't you know it it wouldn't. About the comments and stuff like that were wouldn't wouldn't matter -- you know we're winning ball games -- would be talking about you know how good. You know box -- on the ball or curt Jon Lester on or her on the things you know they you know when you're playing well. You know -- but things like that they they necessarily that it kind of -- to decide -- and that's what I kind of concentrate on that play in the game. And and not worry about all the distractions and trying to so when the ball in that day and think -- I'm not worried. You know it's about to -- it to soak. You know long before the media gets in -- on Marty in Martina Hingis right for the games are kind of just try to block out. When did you know he wasn't gonna come back as a manager and what was your your last conversation with him like Bobby and talking about these. -- Mohamed Ali you know what's got you -- him you know Bobby we. You know we we talked well in our meeting with some after -- You know like I made those comments and and and you know the other -- a team meeting went and Eric talked on the and kind of expressed heartfelt he expressed you know think about me and and we were great and I you know aren't actually that throughout the year by the New York last week in the year. I'd broken. One of my fingers and not. You know of the -- that I didn't play kind of sat me down and said. You know he told -- some some great things sent and I really appreciate them how to get better how to be a better leader and really appreciate it and you know he he caps on the -- -- I don't know I'm going to be back next year. You know I hope I am hoping -- -- another trial would do a lot of things differently. And -- to dissent there and you know what's so rocket arm and and you know got a -- our you know -- sports summit and after after. You know they've written decision fire my -- I texted Bobby and and -- and thank you for the year and in a sorry that we didn't. You know -- circle that aren't quite as our child and I appreciate what potentially set to meet that and make it better player. It had a great start your career doesn't in terms of there individually and how your teams have done. I'm guessing this is the worst team you've been on in your life you go back to Arizona State you guys weren't bad. -- you are bad your rookie year here. I don't know which teams are like in high school. I had and how do you get back to winning the what does this team need to do. To win in your opinion. To get back to playing good baseball you know on pitching and defense and obviously saw that picture in the world certain the Giants and they. And the timely hit or not that's what they didn't. You know that's that's what went. Well. You opposite. Here's my three year old as proper France it's probably ten feet are -- -- -- Not an -- I would look -- A I mean Q. I didn't I know I know he is and the Matt -- it's got over. But I'm not a pitching and defense is it's it's cute and and play in the game the right way you know and and make a double play -- not letting. Our team be beat ourselves and you know he's seen it in 07 I mean we had obviously we had we had a really good offense and and we ran the bases well but our pitching Tiger Woods. Was unbelievable and if you can't pitch well and play good defense and he got a good chance of a -- what remote chance. Part of the game becomes frustrating you're out there playing in the field a lot of other guys playing and feeling -- scoring runs. Which pitching isn't there you wanna be a team player you can't go and point fingers you. Elliott you're on the same team yet if pitching doesn't work and -- -- now look at the two teams that were there at the San Francisco Detroit great pitching. How do you want. Yeah. Yeah I'm not so that you don't count you mean John Dunlap earlier in the aircraft hit some bad breaks in the eighties saw. But you know broken bat hit ball and then you know that frustrates -- he makes about it's they you know they did in the -- up and so. They kind of are what we do the same thing offensively upright line out or something and hit a couple of balls hard court first of bouncing it out. You know I get frustrated my third at -- tried some different and no that's not what. In May -- what you saw on satellite and direct the year in and -- both. And threw the ball the -- they're capable throwing the ball and now. You know that's what that's what we need to our guys just to settle down because the -- their the guys that we have cute to brought. I thought I mean he took huge steps sport we have the guys are in place to. Ago were not I don't see us as a team that's. You know we're going in the next year all that there and I can compete -- we read until we have a team that's gonna compete -- -- and props there. They're Smart Erden and then they're gonna put the right pieces in place trust have a chance to get in the playoffs and and the -- circles does. Not I think that we have we got pieces here that that can do that. It did you joke how comfortable are you know if you went through management or not when they were looking for a manager. Do you feel comfortable weighing in and saying I liked this guy or did you feel after the criticism that the team that the players taken. The last year and a half about. Being in titled in. In spoiled most of did you feel like and I let me stay out of the way and let let these guys make the decision how did you approach. I I didn't say anything America basically I went home and you know I answered -- my -- that I'm on my family and you know I talked have been one other time I think -- one time in right out and out. You know surgery -- stuff like that then you know that was basically it you know I think the perception of and some of the things are -- kind of an accurate you know I'm I'm not. You know it went Tito was there ever -- that I -- to close the manager and I'm kind of teachers that. And then when the next hero Bobby comes and everyone thought I hated the manager and I'm about a guy and the cop -- so and and -- either of those were were true so I think perception that is a little bit. You know off course of what the reality so. Not mean none of the players are calling up Bennett saying or were owners insane always India in this starting here this is what's gonna make that's when and that's not -- group. We're not like that I'm not I'm not like I don't think anybody else's either so. You know I'm just taken back and when where and when not to get ready for spring training whenever whenever I get that letter in the mail that this is reporting date. -- argued on a week earlier and get ready to vote for -- garlic and won a lot of ball games. Let me ask you about your agent. You're still represented by aces right -- Seth Levinson correct yeah -- -- yesterday yesterday according to a story ever had Major League Baseball Players Association investigation. Of aces cleared the sports agency of any wrong doing in the Melky Cabrera website scandal remember that history to pass and reported that. On Yahoo!. The union apparently also decided not to investigate. Aces for allegations by the Mitchell report. And by former big league catcher Paul Lo Duca -- the that -- the agency to performance enhancing drugs. Today Jon Heyman of CBS sports dot com. Claims that MLB will continue to investigate cases. On both wrongdoing -- flow of the game to a Duca a case and Mitchell report Yemeni government. I mean yeah I mean I've heard I've heard all about this and having getting phone calls from. -- A lot of people senate switch in agents -- like pattern and I'm not switching agents by its -- A great relationship with with not only the Red Sox that everybody ultimately. -- understand and guys respect people that treated me in my and the great. You know on and -- I'm not I'm not leaving them they're there. You know from that that you're that I work with them you know they've been nothing but first class. You know they've negotiated my contract with you know would -- -- and an employer when they were here. And pennant and -- have a great relationship. You know so a lot I don't I don't feel like it's necessary or for -- to which agencies when. But that that's such a great -- end and and you know I'm definitely happy with a. I think it's -- thing to John payment is the guy who has the story today that MLB now is gonna continue. Their investigation. On your agency he has close ties. Discount Boris do you think Scott Boras may be behind any of this stuff. I I don't know I don't think so I mean. You know I know Scott -- -- he he actually signed one of our guys out and Paula set out real close friends with since. When I got action play because -- it now works form so. You know Scott Scotts a great guy he's he's one of the best agents it's not the best agent out there. You know he's very Smart but. You know I'm sure like like any any player mentally baseball in -- insert. You know they all have you know their own job to do and and and represent our clients -- it on the most candidate they possibly can so. You know I'm sure that Scott Scott I'm not gonna do without. What there's there's stories out there about bases. I'm sure other ages I have heard about it too has anybody tried to recruit you from another agency they try to steal your information. And I'm not got a few phone calls but you know that sit. You know -- -- in -- if I don't have an announcer. You know they they were more -- Hopefully I don't want I don't want to renegotiate my contract myself -- -- -- Vietnam about work on you because we're numbers. Yeah it will be up but what would have been a good contact but I you are coveted album I'm content basis. Doggy -- world is all you heard of it is a crazy looking at some of the guys Heath Bell and -- Gonzales at the repeat -- -- represented. By yet he sizzle it's amazing how that works. I yeah it's a great talking with you again good luck in the off season get the body ready get it together don't educated climb over ten foot offenses -- -- -- -- Our guys got -- and order I'm out we'll we'll talk Jerusalem have a good one Arctic air got speculate if they get easy. 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