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Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey joins Dale, Rob and Alex during “Christmas at Fenway”

Dec 1, 2012|

Bailey sits down with Dale Arnold, Rob Bradford and Alex Speier to talk about how he is preparing for the upcoming season. Andrew also talks about his injury that kept him sidelined for the majority of the season.

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I don't know what you guys but nothing says baseball like a snowy Saturday in December. That's what we've got here at Fenway Park it is Christmas -- -- client. Joining us in our broadcast location here the royal looters broke its it's actually accurate daily it's good to see guys I sent me on nights on a snowy Saturday as -- period mean what a way to celebrate Christmas apparently Lewis now. We're not really a -- club votes. He likes. Yeah I don't my -- group on the East Coast Connecticut so. For me as a baseball players you know the obvious is good Arizona or Florida. I like those winter months get up early on this. We'll we'll still let that a lot of originally for a present are still lobby for his headset Jack -- got option has got it and now I -- gadgets you know. Like being around family I grew up in this kind of area. You know not too far from home and it's not that bad I mean you know a couple times a year you. You know yet the weird. -- that it's it's -- I -- of the the mile mile winners. We'll -- -- curious well people was up on stage a little while ago and he's insisting to me for two reasons what he was holding his stump. But -- having a little bit did you end up being given any weird animals like you were sitting above the stage -- when I -- keep in the clubhouse is talking about some exotic animals that -- -- showcase Syrian I had nothing about it -- itself fortunately maybe I'm gonna -- who's -- next that I don't know where where that number is on the tour but now -- there's the united. I don't know about water bugs on the floor and at the holes don't it's it's not a hazing ritual among Red Sox those -- -- come over vote goodness. No I guess not you know I don't know mean. You know it's -- sums up a lot of the ask yourself. You know myself included so will remember we're gonna move on from that it. You bring up an interesting point we were talking about this earlier I don't fans don't like to hear quote unquote excuses sometimes their facts yet and the -- are health was not something this team and a lot of this past season including yourself. Yeah no -- and when I was healthy. I didn't do much opted to what I don't capable of him. At the end of the day I you know. When I don't do my job I'm faced with the questions -- and I can do my job better so this off season really focused on. On next year no vacation this kind of I had medication during the season. You know and that that's that's that's the bottom line and you know I think -- as a whole organization of. If if everybody was -- their seasons of not doing their greatest. I think we've got to by the way in and this year can we can really take off and and I think I mean. You know act of respect to the organization in the front office for realizing that. There were some issues with health and and you know different things and they wanted to get ahead of that curve and not have to do with -- totally in the offseason. And they were over the make that big -- are happy to free up some songs for. This offseason or whatever the however they wanted to assure you that but. I really give the organization credit because a lot of teams may not have been able pull -- off theories it reset all the right things starting your voice heard it last January about. Prepare to play apostate I'm ready to be the -- the Red Sox. Replacing Jonathan Papelbon were to -- another big deal that it even though you get a whole season of the closer Boston. Looking back now at it now what if anything. About the requirement about the job itself that really surprised. -- besides a losing aspect of yeah I think I think what you -- you myself I mean I had personal expectations -- the team met expectations and we did meet those and and it bosses obviously great city and I can only imagine how good it is when we do win. But fort you know -- with those expectations and and the greatness of what it's like when you win we don't answer those that fell and you don't with the winds on the board yet to answer the question so. You know I I was you know so for me it was. It was it was it was eye opening in that fact that. You know that the fans are are awesome and they deserve a championship and I -- I feel the same way from that team doesn't perform and and you know we're professional athletes we have to do our job and at the end of the day. If I can only imagine what it's like to win and I can't refinance. Oh you weren't blown away and if you have a couple quotes a so you're gonna float away whereas you have books David Oakland. You know there was three people get a there you know I remember a couple of instances of federal aid to your credit you stood periods of the question but that wasn't that that was something like OK I understand it's part of the field. And he's going to be fifty people here waiting for me you know I mean that I mean I was saying when Oakland you know I think -- I wasn't. You know. 75 or hunter for a hundred in Oakland got -- isn't open to it comes with that with the territory just limiting Nat and and realizing that. Sometimes they give up base runners can't be perfect every single time but you gotta find -- a -- and find a way out of that. Last year I wasn't able to win and I really have to. Refocus on myself and and -- -- the situations in and you know doing things differently and for me. The fans and organization well most importantly the fans at that pay money to come see us play. I didn't do my job have to faces questions and they deserve to know how I felt about that. You know and also. It's funny I don't talk to you guys and I echo what would it save a couple of roads and they've only been at times but. I'm really looking for that -- today interview on the field after -- -- supply ship and -- -- -- my favorite stories of the year which was the focus and I don't yeah a lot I have been a publicize it anyway. All you can tell you could tell it anyway that you discovered something about the way you hold the ball with the when they were analyzing your thumb injury which I found fascinating. You know just working with our trainers and you know we are just kind of -- regrets. I kind of crippled the fastball little differently than boasts. You know pitchers. You know and they because I Griffith so hard with a much stress which may or may not create some extra stress that. Weakened ligament or whatever so therefore you you know like doctor grant set out. Cleveland you know you -- it started doing you know. People people do that all the time on the words are hope you don't to a pocket when they're running or something silly like that. You know and mine was running to a base runners and just the way Griffin baseball may or may not help that not saying that's that's the reason but. You know for me. You know it's I'm pocket change and why I wasn't putting out that that was the reason -- you don't -- I inflicted. You hold what you -- baseball if you look. You hope that your -- underneath the baseball everything -- -- which you didn't even know that you were doing it soak in until I heard Wright's comments. I really I really get that some under there put the pressure here so what's that tension on a little ligament and you know some most guys kind of hold on insider you know underneath and they had to squeeze that way and mine goes down it's a slow -- has -- believe you know you're doing him. -- you know. I don't know maybe it's I just picked up the ball councils are thrown a little kids are doing it throughout ointment that life wanna if you wanna work on some. Grips in the fifth -- -- -- that's not enough to battle now having dignity -- -- just a natural gut it out in front of the maybe that's the reason we -- talk about the disappointment of last year does it where you came back to you feel like you're a 100% healthy to you feel like you had. Your stuff as it's always as it always created it was really matter I expected that or were you seeing a difference in. Let's hear -- not be as devastating it's happened in the past that now I think health wise I was ready to come back I would have came -- Without that you gotta have that confidence to step step on that mound in the big -- now -- you gotta have. Know the back your head you're okay me. You know it's such a delicate position where one little thing could screw up something else so for me out a 100% healthy. It was just a matter of execution on me. Just looking back at last year. I just remember. If things that keep me going this offseason the things that look back at last year which you know fall behind guys and not -- mr. Nixon and those are things that I've known -- -- as example we've done my career even in -- minor leagues as a as a reliever was attacked the strike and strike one you're headed count. And I and I got away from that some reason. Could have an execution in. And all that stuff but you know next week myself throwing those are things -- focus on in. You know get back to what I do. If I could ask you potentially awkward question so. Afraid of us have as we've talked about a little bit earlier this show and a lot was made of the way in which he reacted to your initial favorite team and you know shut down but it shut the door at that four out save a great feeling for you right but he reacted. You know that were officers in the bullpen. It was it was kind of a big deal where it was. It was the approach that you looked for teammate yeah as as his teammate as as a development for the bullpen. You know how do you view and act like that how would you describe that and make it that has brought to the bullpen just in her personally yeah I mean. First currencies is awesome down there -- keeps elated at the you know. In the clubhouse you know around the guys look different but he he has is his -- senator it's really funny and you know he's got some great stuff it's unbelievable his talent and Stanford guy I mean I can imagine where -- -- was when when that happens then. You know being closer for that that length of time in you come back and it just kind of you know here it is your time time filler I can understand that that frustration. You know it's a little disappointing the way handle it yeah I mean you know you would that that's -- two out go about it. You know but. It's just. There's there's got to be a lot of frustration with and I don't I don't blame them for being pressured about it you know as a teammate. You know as a friend on the talk to him about the way you and I think that that was the issue. We're talking with Red Sox reliever Andrew Bailey my guess is your personal experience with John Farrell is fairly limited. But I know you had an opportunity at this point talked with teammates who do -- John -- who have worked with him. What are they telling. Yeah I got this all along at the guys have talked to. Are ecstatic about it and no talking with with talk a little bit our bullpen coach he's excited about it. And and they said earlier today that relationship with the core group of guys that feel as. So imperative so our success I think that. They already know his beliefs and and his thoughts in baseball you know Pedroia Lester Buchholz Jacoby all these guys. That's been around. Understand where he's coming from from baseball sense I think don't in the spring training the transition of guys like myself and you know. You know salty and and you know middle Brooks all these guys to be that much easier come together as a team because yard had that foundation of worker the guys. With the manager. And and his system and and think success instantly things like that so I think they're excited about it I'm excited about it I've never played for a guy that has pitching experience which. I'm really looking forward to because I know that the bullpen will be run smoothly and you know it's it that's got that's the hardest part of the game by far is in game management of the wolf and you know a lot of times you know you're starters for the lineup out there and you know -- -- -- off Rory or this guy needs to get in the game. Where's bullpen guys -- up every single days is about how I use so I think that management. Will will benefit from from the higher Ferrell and you know the overall pitching staff -- well I yeah I kind of half joked. For what makes it you're going to be on -- and I guess our first question is he going to be on the team at the beginning of spring training that fits your name comes up as happens you've been in the Major League long enough to know that urinate but we'll hear from time to time the life of reliever -- United -- -- -- -- -- -- doesn't -- -- from my rookie -- in -- The trading deadline came around I remember him yeah -- I mean it didn't bother me then but you're like -- -- did you hear what they said in and now it's like. You know you you're gonna compare the season yet you're in the way you prepare for the season the same way no matter what organization it. I can only hope to be here I don't listen that stuff I would've said I guess at previously I wanna win here I think I think this city. I mean the only two hours away so. It's like family means so you know if we win I'm gonna Philly -- do so. -- You know I want that so badly because not only -- deserve it but the way they celebrate up votes and all that stuff. Our experience adding it's awesome -- from my first trip to Boston -- as an open player might. Thought the time my fiance and I. We did a duck -- torso. Both the capital underrated great yeah -- -- Israel might -- -- couple times that the Boston has. You know it. You know. Under the radar so to speak in what not you know normal we're going to do it through the driver's -- 2000 mile island I was at first you know it was her idea I just kind of want to sit back a little bit and gals on the Oakland -- Susan you know right. The maybe you said I think you know previous radio interview that. Who won the -- this year was hold on federal compensation. Which he said if I don't vote for you probably why yesterday's later as she said something about it. -- is to see you on Twitter some. Like I -- -- and actually. They that happens that'll learn about it you know. You know it's it's -- -- fight Toronto's. -- we have sabathia in Toronto her sister was affairs so. You know I had my guess that I'm I'm happy to be -- wanna be here I -- win here. You know and I'm really looking forward to. Next season because I know that the ownership group we have and the front office we have. But guess that they recognize that problem last year that has that -- and they're gonna put a winning team a competitive team on the field with expectations the only difference is last year. We didn't fulfill those expectations we fell -- drastically and this year. We have to come you have to we have to do their jobs -- that you are talking what he has to be pitching coach that you found him already pretty. Yeah he's -- the song mama would back the locker as well and you know the way he went about just are short conversation on the film history I think. You know I we talked a little bit about our strong program. You know he says well come up with a full drone program for the offseason kind of an outline schedule. And we'll sit sit and talk about it next week on the phone and and I think that's great because he understands everyone's. An individual there isn't a set program -- my from programs to be different than hopefuls are blasters or. Resolute from Lance observed whoever's and I thought that was really. Really -- and I think if that's my first impression ahead of him the ways and work within the season's going to be the same ways kind of individual basis rather than the group. So insofar as you think about things from a fan perspective this -- with that with passion for the game I feel like. How much are you following the rumors surrounding not -- but what other moves the Red Sox might take this off season -- mean. You gotta be a fan of the game as a player right so I think it's I think it's instinct you know the whole. The whole hot stove free agent market mean you know my house has -- -- TV on you know. A baseball fan baseball player you know it's. It's it's my job to know what's going on you know kind of you know and I think it's a semi I don't follow it to the point where I'm studying it. But. I think comics say the way this organizations that it with the hiring so far it. I think you know Dave Ross they pick up for us and Johnny Jones. And I think. Just talking with my former teammates in Oakland. He was big reason for the success last year and I think you know having him on our side. It's only going to be good things I've heard from number of people -- is his impact he had on that young team that organization so I'm really looking forward to get to know him. You know and and obviously you know. Andrew Bailey Red Sox reliever for the holidays I wish you good health thank you very nicely nicely and dad dad definitely you re both right good good -- happy holidays to you. Andrew Bailey joining us here -- Sports Radio W media.

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