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Red Sox Catcher David Ross stops by Dennis and Callahan to talk about how he runs a pitching staff

Feb 20, 2013|

Ross says he is happy with being the back-up catcher behind Jarrod Saltalamacchia going into the 2013 season. The guys also get into the collapse that Ross was a part of in Atlanta and how it compares to the Red Sox collapse in 2011.

Transcript - will not be 100% accurate

Welcome back Dennis and Callahan broadcasting live from Red Sox spring training at Fort Myers, Florida we spent much this week introducing you to the number of new faces and there are quite a few on the Boston Red Sox team did you -- Ortiz -- Pedroia -- -- Lester you know all the rest -- it's -- new guys who wanna meet. Another one joins us here to broadcast the site catcher David -- welcomed with Syria. Are gonna get a beyond -- that I talked attempts to last night just outside. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- unease is a good guy here good stories about him it around the league and all the guys are here I mean there's a group of guys so low around it's nice to be here. It would seem that assimilating yourself into a new organization might be difficult -- opera early on but they're so many guys in -- boat that -- number of guys introducing themselves and putting names and faces and find out what they're all about. It's got a nice yen in my limited stay here no way to know some of these guys like Lester and Pedroia and David and you know some of those guys who were here already so it's nice. And then being in -- -- little bit just kind of know some guys in like united some rookie stuff together you know it's -- it's we're getting old so that's not how I got some guys that there you remember about that eight games eight at bats here in and oh yeah I had just remember basically the -- atmosphere was a big deal you know Jason. Haven't -- here actually campus kind of nice just it -- Rangel a bit about the American League in much remember. You know the atmosphere how guys went about themselves in the big market it is really I enjoyed that the winning in as good group. Let me ask you this and Tommy if this is a stupid question or logical team even a little bit. Is it more difficult -- captured -- command. And and and get up to speed but what it is you have to do based in your job description as opposed to an outfielder coming to a new team I mean you've got to learn pitchers you've got to understand tendencies and things like that. -- -- -- -- -- -- Right yeah Ohio and say it's easier but I deftly got more homework to do I gotta gotta get to accessible Pitt gets me pitchers -- a -- when I met with these guys. Well first -- -- days as a -- I wanna catch me guys possible because I got to learn a violent tendencies -- alarm but they like to throw eleven mechanics. Their pitches what makes them tick you know -- just a trying to hang out with pitchers must I can't just because I wanna. A wanna know what makes him tick when when things that the fan I can go up there and kind of be that that -- certainly needed it has. Got a question would you ask a guy when you sit down have dinner with them -- to sit sit in the in the clubhouse and talked to a major that you're trying to learn what we're pretty begin. Well you start when when you get off track so I don't know what it what are you what your mechanics pretty Phelan what are you. You know when when you get out of whack which -- ball do you know I see you know catch some -- -- talk to -- -- A C up in the right over the right in your judgment pulled left lake which are mechanics fix what's your what's your fix what's your keys that I need to go out there. We have bases loaded one out and you've walked two guys. A walks amount what are my what my what my gonna say to you -- was gonna get to -- backing get you focused on the task at hand those are things rough start and we just start talking -- from there and they're like. Well this is how I feel this is you know -- of time -- rushed negative my front side around and get normal rotational and OK stay back get you know stay on me given the -- some keys to. To talk to you about or or some some hand gestures -- to use as some as them catch and just say hey stay in this tunnel towards me keep -- direction towards me. Feel like John -- called you back up you feel like America. Oh yeah I do cycle that yeah Andre without mean. But so did with the jets last year means beyond the -- home runs were catching position but do you think he'll be day we've been -- against lefties tough lefties and it was a switch hitter but you're right in the needs a break. And do you think you'll be personal catcher but yeah. I don't think the personal catcher thing just because of what you're talking about matchups that there's a really tough match up for a guy. That I hit pretty good. You know I wouldn't mind being in there -- Friday or -- you know. Sometimes New Hampshire result it is sometimes face a righty gets be locked in you makes you stay in their little more is my mechanics right when he's. He's left handed. You know he made he may be the same way. I'm reading a scouting report on used company compilation of things about you -- -- pitchers like to -- Ross braves teammate Chris -- appreciates. The veteran presence and his ability to think outside the box. Ross almost invent stuff in the middle of the game which kind of fires you -- what does that mean to invent stuff to the middle to get what you call for pitcher Kevin called all day long. I noticed on May be. I see something in the of that -- seeing something where hitters made an adjustment and we said in the sky report we're not gonna throw this guy and his guys really quick and we're not thrown -- man. Well you know sometimes that goes out the window if I see something -- try not to. Stick strictly by game plan game plans are nice but guys make adjustments and if a guy starts died in. You know our game plan's gonna go out the window fees and we -- we discuss their way I can't just stay away let him let him keep that number I have to back him off or to you know -- front door seekers you know. It just. Sometimes I think outside the box is because I might we got to disguise getting on our game plan he's made an adjustment and he's right on every pitch away we're gonna have to try something else. May have -- -- Pace they -- -- -- began for you that's always -- my -- around two to solve what term for that it's so Soviet softball and who's kind of one of those things every week and we loaded up in the car and headed down to Marcelo they had over the at a port Florida yeah right right near talent in Tallahassee so enough far from me in every home run. That was hit you know you got to water melt and come home I doubt the pitcher you can hear all of it we had some guys whose team just monsters just blocked ball and come home every every team they have like ten watermelons. That's has got a lot of personal sit around watch in do and that's kind of grew up my insult you watch softball being. You -- -- on the weekend to work. Part of the big collapse in 2011 user. The -- collapse because this team had a pretty big one to you guys Atlanta recovered recovered nicely this team did not. What would the difference in the what what did you guys do an Atlanta. I don't know the exact number that collapse which obviously you know pretty -- yeah pretty bad then what went wrong and and how legitimate of prospect list. What went wrong I'm not you know I feel like we had some younger guys some opening guys that got worn out a little bit younger guys that weren't used to the stretch of under 62 games and and I think you know pace and -- now. Was was when they get worn out towards the end same with some young position players had some struggles that know how to pull out of that struggle. But that's the to change. That we had the offseason was basically zero you know we did bring a whole lot of guys and we didn't bring no holding coaches staff. Are actually new coach that was here before we went Bobby Cox retired so we'll have more through and more of an adjustment there he led the coach that didn't of the players. The next year we will ride into to spring training with the hunger of I'm sure these guys -- last year the hunger of get rid of that. But they also had to deal with some change and I think that's probably probably what helped us out as you know our GM -- didn't do any. You know overhaul treaty serious changing in the off. See when they sign you got a pretty good deal from backup catcher had a great deal a great deal freed three plus million a year for the next two years. They -- part of that Davis -- you're such a good guy you're here because you know -- Gonna bring something to the club -- not just to the field. They never said anything about the in a good guy they just said we're trying to. You know as we need to try to help prepare to step the did you have some experience. We want somebody that can can work with the pitchers and -- talk through game plans and stuff like that. And bring some experience I am a good guy and I feel like I try to be a good guy -- that may be part of it reputations always. A part of you know come into a team you know if I don't. I think every team does their homework on what kind of person they're they're bringing into their -- I'm sure there's something like that. How does clubhouse chemistry I don't know this that this can be quantified -- qualified but how does that help you win more games than if you didn't have. I don't know collect the would you like come to work -- you you get their little earlier you know I do at least I'll give our -- I like to hang out -- guys who go to dinner. On the road if you'd like the guys that your around you talk baseball more unity dinner you talk about. Pitchers that we talk about pigeon and and -- and -- feel on this is offer whatever rather than if I don't like the guys I'm around and I'm just worried about myself and I'm not a team guy. Then I just worry about the numbers -- -- not my go to work -- try to -- of the best -- let him go home mostly fine on mostly to get it would not when you've been on all that in that club those things that chemistry. Yes yes I have and teams that are bad have one member of the honestly like teams. Teams that have but bad clubhouse. I've been on some teams that win are right but I've never I've never been on a team that has one -- has. You know. One like bad front office bed leadership. And in good clubhouse guys -- -- clubhouse guys good leadership using they'll go -- to note that the two need to coincide well. You have done if you went up the club close in September and pitches which. Eaton chicken. And drinking beer watching video games playing video games during the game what David Ross yeah. I'll let theoretically at -- -- -- -- would have. You don't have something to say. You know if it was a bettering guy that I saw it do it I'd probably say hey -- let's. You know they were pressured to do that right now we've lost four row or whatever the skid as you know when this. -- -- -- on look really bad as part of the way you know we're upset about exempt for the young guys have a young guy trying to lay into him a little bit more you know I'm I'm gonna. -- wanna analyze the situation. You know depend on if on the leader in the clubhouse or on not a leader in the clubhouse. This is it everything there's a lot that goes into them I'm not gonna. You know blow somebody up when they're using nine times out of ten. -- doing the right thing maybe they got caught up in something that you know sometimes when you walk up in the clubhouse and see something it. It may look worse than -- -- what really is going on so oh just analyze situation and try to handle this -- You probably don't know this -- a couple of things in common -- Jerry and me. We get up at 4 o'clock in the morning to look up to work you're used to get up before clock and -- go to work and both of -- all three of our favorite movies what -- one of -- dumb and -- Yeah yeah yeah I love I love that got. Stick movies I guess the comedy and Will Ferrell and and -- dumb and dumber those things. Pretty funny to me and yeah I get up he's you know more go to work my dad's -- think. He on to meet business and we delivered meet. Some restaurants and it was 4 AM it's 3330 wake up call. No -- yes and I definitely. -- I know and I didn't get I don't drink coffee so it's like one of those things yeah especially your favorite line from them. Bristol -- like that it Jeff Daniels or Jim Carrey who do you like. Lloyd or. Christmas or worse yet. Every done. Harry Harry yeah Harry Harry he's my guy yes Mary I you know it's easily. Lloyd introduced him to stand the truth that took at that you know there are connected there this -- -- wagon ride and -- background. Murders this year. Yeah yeah I had not being injured. They've got have you have you players seized -- it. And athletic as we talked about this on the year before every time you watched that movie find something just some little nuance some little thing that you -- either forgot about or didn't get the first time. But the second element I've watched -- -- -- about the part we have we'll -- dollar 55 left for the rest of the trip when elected be distort everything necessary to is that apple had a big diploma -- that's that's what makes a good comedy to me is like the more you watch the more you're picking up thoughts -- -- the best one courses this -- jobs in this let's work forty hours a week. Mary you're the care of it when he put the the parents -- back and -- I think it's an -- of her -- -- -- a divorce took a lot of -- that was the -- seen in the in the movie that people got upset with -- I heard from. Associations for the blind that they -- that it back -- there a little polite didn't like -- just like him I feel like he hasn't seen when Christian ankle that scheme is the real Espionage Act of the girls it's in alana. We announced it would have been doing all these years. -- Drinking about it but it. Are still drinking don't know why I don't that's that's behind me now that's why you. 35 takes -- -- David thirty I think the greatest. I got to meet him thank you guys enjoy your grandma anytime the other -- up north after the -- all right David -- with Dennis and Callahan filed a Red -- broadcasting live from spring training the NC will be right back.

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