Feb 15, 2013|
Tom Werner chats at Spring Training for the first time and joins Lou Merloni to talk about the franchise and Terry Francona's book.
Transcript - will not be 100% accurate
The good thing we got this. Spring training we can before the asteroid its closest. Miss out. Butler and 937 WEEI amid a hand in studio -- been -- Fort Myers all week bringing us the sounds. The first full week of Red Sox spring training including a conversation that would Red Sox owner Tom Warner. Just a little while ago about a book sprinkled his book the read what you think is -- and Tom Warner Fort Myers. I -- number Red Sox chairman Tom Warner and Tommy is a different approach issues ownership plan and not sit well together at a meeting individual was that. Plans now and John was over here few days ago I. Won here today because it's the first. World. Team assembled it and John -- very inspiring. -- -- Salem new guys dressed team as a group. We did and we've addressed the team we talked. Commitment to winning. -- as an organization. Round. Ones on the ninety plus gains. For so many seasons last it was harmful but it. We've gone through that door and excitement. 2013. And looking forward to playing baseball it was a difficult year obviously with on the field last year and off the field what is different this year you might come in can't. For story on new faces and real talented baseball players. Who like to contribute positively to the clubhouse chemistry obviously chemistry you know. It was in perfect. And that you know IC Shane Victorino and Mike Napoli he and Jonny Gomes and you know. Ryan Dempster these guys do as you know love and great seasons and I'm I'm quietly confident. Appeared to commons being the chemistry in thousand LA scene chemistry between the team the players themselves was fine but the chemistry and and I always knew what he was implementing maybe use ownership or management coaches will -- sponsor and heard those words IE I did not hear him say -- so I've only heard is secondhand. I don't know as you said who used. Referring to. But there's no doubt that there was a disconnect last year but says that's behind this. And I hope we. Don't have too many more games like him too many -- September's like we have last September -- -- -- that. And -- last year is that. One of the things that I'm very pleased about last it was that we did make that trade and we knew I think we only. For five games under 500 remain -- -- obviously we ended the season but it orally. But that trade him release its effort 2013 and -- and when you look at this. That I want to ask you first off because Larry says he hasn't read the book and John Henry Cindy read bits of the book have you read the insurance in Terry Francona is quote I've read the book fortunate enough to pay for it was given me. But today it's a good piece of fiction. It would duke is obviously uses this in shots taken and ownership and you yourself in came across guy caring for ratings in mentioning that in meetings and in May be looking for retention of the other groups -- how did you feel when you read and things like that. That was met with socially. The only time I can remember. Ever -- you -- sixty player as well Michael bench Harrington tones and -- Padilla. That was your version of sexy we gotta talk -- that. I don't know Lou I don't know what else the same there was so many things in that book there were fabricated. And but you know. We we accept -- knocks this is a certain amount of the knocks that we received -- we. Perfectly. Mature enough to handle when you lose. It's. It's a tough situation but you know I would just say -- fans that. We we suffer you know man you know when you know who we are and you know. How important yes it is for us to get things back on the winning track -- game -- don't hear somebody say that you don't love -- -- the game of baseball. The -- heard here in the well was inaccurate. I have in my office a picture of me. I'm a freshman at college making a movie about Fenway Park in that picture was taken 45 years ago so. I mean I just know how much I love the game and and really that we care so much about. Kenny back to our winning ways then that's what I'm focused on. Should care about you know the brand you should care about sales and getting out there that. Did you ever get to -- nowhere is it it got in the way of maybe baseball operations as maybe as a certain netbook. Now the fact is. We as as John says every dollar. We have put -- into a competitive baseball team or Fenway Park. Or amateurs. Or something and improves the club we don't. Profits. And and you know we think we've done in the community we've done in the field and off the field. In defense that is incurred I think the real thing. -- with which we we care. Mr. Henry talked about getting away from core philosophies and then sort of left it that Larry kind of talk we're when he mentioned that talking about getting on base grinding out at bats things like that. Q -- the core philosophies is that on the field this it is it. Getting that type of lineup always it off the field as far as that the team you're. Think when it was talked -- talked about. As you said you know -- in day in and and winning is you know is a combination of great veteran experience. Having a strong farm system. Wise. Wise trades I think it too we were chasing something. Listen you know some high priced. Freeagent -- we named and we regret -- Heart was in place and you know we wanna do is win. 2 Larry Lucchino said that the -- street equal rest in peace this year expected maybe even early in April. What were your thoughts at the Seles stricken last year people looking sentencing I don't see the butts in the -- what are they talking. More -- -- -- street and then all of those -- April evenings when people feel the ball park -- And I'm only him appreciation for -- and failed Fenway Park. Every day in every nine and I know it and probably in April but it. I think that this country. All all felons and and that this has been a great compliment -- -- It -- if you just win it'll all go away right that's all that matters people will come out. It's Celtics for this team for this group given it and maybe the course last year the perception is taken a hit on these players. When is it more than just winning is and maybe how you handle yourself out there like that we've got a great -- guys I think. Clearly -- the most important things -- -- and and hopefully the sooner the better. I don't want you know your first week is on the road. And we've had two seasons where we. Start the season and 615. We all want after the gate. Gate quickly but I think we've got a great bunch of players and new players who who who who. Our veteran user experience. You know I can say it. I'm really quietly confident. Mr. Warren thank you very much I really appreciate done thank you very much I guys -- him. There we go Lou live in now and lab with Tom Warner in Fort Myers -- -- 93 point seven. WEEI at some level -- give -- credit we both laugh a minute but he said he's asked the question you read the books and yet read the book. It was a good piece of fiction and followed up with a Vincente -- ally and -- clear -- script out. Good -- just going stop -- -- -- a good line I I'll give more credit be the first of that group. That's at least admitted three in the book you may not agree with what was in there but for Henry looking entered assay and a book was written not specifically about them but featured -- and focused on them didn't read it. I don't believe that Warner owns up tells -- read the book nice piece of fiction may not agree with that. At least he admits. Do I think -- in order a rather Henry necessarily read the book cover to cover -- -- maybe not but they might come. Did you ever hosted by your name in the back in go to the page you read about it there weren't ready -- I was piece of fiction. If -- owner of the -- We saw a couple of championships and spent hundreds of my billions of dollars over the course and gave Terry Francona ever resource he -- upset too. Incredible fortune went and have to pay for it it was given to me but today it's a good piece of fiction. Good for him. -- line there -- -- tech's response is pretty mixed on the AT&T text line at 39379837. Those who don't want to hear at least I said the comes across. The -- she owner that Padilla line was pretty good. I give him credit for saying that that but the proof is going to be in the polling people -- on there and -- conversation it's going to be about the wins and loss in the field. And they win more than they lose and their pretty competitive for a wild card and they play baseball it's it's gonna -- the right way when every consider that to be. They're going to be OK here in town near the ought to be the fervor anger tanks gets the ownership. Or back off pretty quickly I think -- is is if you was one year -- if if they win what they lose and they're competitive. And there's not these issues of manager communications. Excuses by the players if things -- certain way. In one season you go back this ownership at least. -- being as respected as they wore the people not be as critical if people one torrid decent year. In the books that's all gonna take in my mind yet because they spend money. The move in the failed to move on to forget give us a bad year. In the Red Sox have a great year the popular clamoring for Terry Francona netstat you have to win and last year after the -- -- -- Yours -- really bad and bad job communicating. Especially Lucchino. They picked the wrong time -- he's here in -- terrible -- -- decision which the -- clearly was in front of so it to correctly so took a ton and it's. -- have a chance to turn it around and you know we'll see yet legally 8470 people like this team battled a long way. And they have one next free agency -- in spending and have money to spend next -- through these prospects blossom like every other thing here. If chairing think if he comes up the Bradley comes up Bogart comes up those guys probably middle Brooks did. Stuff like act goes a long way. With this fan based you can they wanna see at the prospect she hadn't held on to because you -- made moves this off season. One of their teams was don't trade prospects for current players and those guys blossom. That almost speeds up to me the process of -- the images ownership group and makes -- bench Eric and is still a huge question mark we have not spent a lot I want him but. You spent time last year question and -- -- this time. You say so far not great I mean just based on the moves that made people see now he's wanna be their demands from -- it appears. Forgive me -- to DC what happens yeah and is a big couple of years they were disciplined so far. To the state they've been disciplined. We'll see what happens if they're close -- in the wildcard mix of fans are into it. I -- estate patient in the offseason I think a stay patient OC so far the sticker -- that's been one offseason one. 61777979837. Jiri TT -- line available for view. At 3793. Civil go back to Fort Myers -- -- -- buckles will be on the show between now and now about 115 here on Sports Radio WEE.