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Daniel Bard, Sox Pitcher, one on one with Lou Merloni

Feb 15, 2013|

Bard joins Lou Merloni from Fort Myers to discuss his difficult season last year and what he expects from 2013.

Transcript - will not be 100% accurate

Many hands -- studio. Lou in Fort Myers well -- 93 point seven WE I earlier Lou had a chance to talk with. -- important piece question mark this team Red Sox reliever Daniel Bard Red Sox spring training. You brits actually Virginia barn big difference coming in the spring training for you you're you're back to their comfortable rules relievers have -- yeah. -- it's that stood for a cup more comfortable. Kind of mindset coming in I mean not trying to. Adjust myself to -- to a new role new position. You know not trying to impress too many new people know John seeing me. You know I have my best and -- also capable of them just a matter of didn't back and you become and I -- him. Difficult last spring -- and you become the starter but do -- in front of people that. Haven't had eyes on you don't know what you've accomplished and know what to expect. Him I think we just we just had changed him anything the gate. And transformed. Myself into into stewardesses. He was that was a more mental or physical. -- more physical. Or make it mechanical changes deterrent. Conserve energy and hide the ball make everything simpler -- actually over active -- itself. I think giving back to leaving in the second half the season it's confine. Well at before I think you just took two or three months not accountable to hit the recess. So good right now it is just another invective. Meat thrown all the way on the body it's supposed to do. And how many people did you realize you really care about the gun you know what the -- might say you mentioned in the secondly can compete and spring training -- to get that velocity back comfortably yeah it's. Them beat out. The it's just -- matter. Oh. -- Feel. Like last year but arm angle. -- -- -- -- Jobs will be inaudible the top over the top you better control the velocity is in -- is that what it's all about listening -- that last year. It makes -- to. Treat but the thing. That the reporters. Our enemy -- -- all of and some. Of the month. And then. There's -- How I was a -- and and so looking back to see your best relievers in baseball for a couple of years and it turns into. -- you -- AAA and economic net feel back I mean to be down their thinking that I should be in the big leagues I should be all star caliber reliever and I'm down here. Still trying to find. You know it's there's -- more fractured -- been through the same time. Trying to learn something or you're gone through it in distress signal light in the tunnel for me it was not to lose you know India through the whole season. But known and it's like a -- feels good now than. A -- you don't get a hitter in the box. Meant to break last week last year coming redundant you could just get away from the game there's lot of talk of religious and traditional -- backed down huge for minors to get away from. You know it. It's hard to say -- looking back you know maybe it would have been good thing you know they go to let them do it -- season hasn't practiced art is about woods won the grind through. You know it's it's behind us now own room for what you have right now the first -- opens going to be felt that it may have thrown to. Three different catchers in the same feedback from all through it's it's been pretty positive. Just that he'd done what bubbles do in this guy's turn things. Butler coming subsequent. So different -- so it's good to hear from the guys -- -- -- -- so. You couldn't raise your bitterness. I don't appreciate good looking this year. Voice backed him. Thanks Daniel Bard a Red Sox reliever with Lou in Fort Myers and there is no one. Who quite symbolizes the all or nothing Red Sox team the seventy to ninety win range people were talking about. The Daniel Bard we -- Daniel bark comes back and he is the guy was in 20114. Months -- Francona maybe most trusted. Reliever before apple -- use the multiple spots. I would be shocked if he told me flames out and as a triple A half the year and Rick Ankiel again in 2013. I also would believe I mean that is that that is how. All over the place in a good market be this year what his role is going to be guys but. He could be anything and it's Red Sox team and he symbolize that they could be anything to that seven in ninety when deal. I wonder because you know in spring training it's it's always been my dad you know first time out how -- feel not bad -- just -- don't fastball a hundred Tony breaking balls it's tough to judge early on but. I actually think you can judge Daniel -- early I mean if he's the first time he steps and amount. And you look up there in 1997. And he's actually throwing his fastball somewhat near the zone. He's in on the red -- doesn't tell you that okay it was patient hitter. The velocity is back and he's around zone. If he goes out there up for some reason you still -- 92 when you're. Full pitch walks again the ad then you could be in some serious trouble because there was no injury here with the annual Bart. So yeah he's actually got the first couple times you beat you watch him pitch in spring training here -- the even at the first outing for him. It's super important compared to everybody else does there was such a difference from one guide to the next I think you've got to tell early on here at camp. You know -- -- when you talk to him is you know Lou you have now my you have to he's a Smart guy. He's -- thinking guy in it concerns me that. With him he intellectual rises thanks so much and things get his head I wonder if that's a fact a big guy like -- on you know he just goes out and throws. A guy like Bart I wonder in the first couple times the first few once it gets in his head. Does it stay there you know and maybe guys like not blocking guys like Ankiel -- more like apple with bargain you know I wonder sometimes does he think too much. Well the one positive was he mentioned Billy Butler caught and I talked to a bottom she caught him before. He go to the tuck it. And you caught him here in just a bullpen you know largest one open she difference needs to -- So today it was different guy in a balls come matters in different in last years ago is tentative things like that so. He could see the confusion lack of confidence is standing out there and -- so it is. It's it's yeah. It -- but the importance of that guy and what he can bring that they have a lot of guys even without Daniel -- they can pitch that seventh eighth ninth inning. And a lot of successful guys to pitch those innings -- he told him in the mix tonight -- -- he. Strength but like -- said it's true there's no guy maybe baseball the pitcher that he could say. Don't be surprised at -- -- pitching in the all star game. You know Mr. President -- Bard were the worst pitcher in the internationally. In the the year I mean it's it's he was apparently had -- -- and -- -- like -- -- you talk about his thinking about it here's how concerned Ferrell her Ferrell the other they would the NC. He said that the and you board of public and start pitching in real real low -- he said has always fit the sixth -- he was so concerned about board's confidence. That they it's not going to be anything high impact if -- high leverage its gonna be so early and that to me as a manager that. That's and he recognized me that acknowledgment that we are so. He. That we don't wanna shake his confidence because we saw what happened last year's cup and it's got shaken starter closer reliever -- -- call. He was never the same guy and it this year -- too early in games just sort get him going to me is a sign of just how. Aware they are a palace confidence can be affected how -- them. Leading conference innings in Needham I mean. Yeah you get have a lot of guys done in Japan and if a couple of come out of the gate struggle. Somebody else to take that leading job seventh eighth inning whatever it is and the guy that struggles just the way it is. Page article appeared blow -- you know were up 821 in the June 7 inning and and nickel -- in -- meaningless innings not meaningless but you know not the pressure ones. And you know don't take it as a demotion because these innings here. Are gonna get that job back that you want you know -- so we've seen it before guys struggled to come on the in the bullpen which are with the -- and tickets and low pressure -- PH still getting hit hard and you Michael. You c'mon these things is no -- -- perform while the snow wind held to put you back in their in the eighth or put -- was -- closure. So that's what you have to start Daniel Bard is with it's too much potential there depending give him the eighth. Banking on what you saw a couple years ago the -- -- conference innings and in more not just himself. But in the pitching staff in the managers can see that old Daniel -- for the even think about putting in close games. 6177797937. That's the phone number Lewis in Fort Myers -- here this last hour's commute every one. Dodge dealer's choice between 1 and 2 o'clock -- Nixon a bunch of different things when everyone talk about. RL start this -- base with a giveaway about that -- beating ninth caller. At 61777909. -- 37. When a parent tickets for the Boston wine expo on February 17. At the seaport World Trade Center info wine expo boston.com. So you wanna when these tickets great event even ninth caller right now. On the contest line it's 617779093. Cent a contest -- only. At 6177790937. Would every want this last hour wanted to clock -- Illumina -- Sports Radio WE.

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