Apr 1, 2013|
WEEI's Dave O Brien joins Mut and Merloni to help preview the upcoming Red Sox season.
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He's back in our lives Red Sox fans Butler and ID 37 WEEI. The great jokers that Leo until an assault summer about Shaw's. But all sorts of stuff. Alongside John -- alongside the great Dave O'Brien. Who joins us he gets set for opening day Red Sox and yankees love might beat the heat -- become a a signature part of our pre game for the pregame and opening day's -- -- -- Brian the eight heat the hot line. The feel like opening day in New York today Dave is warming up for baseball one. It really doesn't and it's a delight to be equity and other opening date 2013 about to -- different. -- I feel like opening that special opening in New York to be honest with you because. -- the hustle and bustle that kind of like let's goal. You have that feeling when you step on the sidewalk in the morning and it's nice it's going to be in the fifties today and and you know mostly sunny and beautiful. All we were talking about this team you know in the year and a half of this organization as a whole has had. Is it just about wins in your ball with this team in changing that perception or do they need to do more. I think you need to do more Lou absolutely hit it there and -- talked about that phrase over and over that people are sick of it. But their -- to be like -- Team. At least in New England to do you you've got to feel like they can win and they can compete. But I don't want to care about what I wanna hear about them being an athlete because we can't invest more in Red Sox and everybody else practically and that's. In your team also -- on his new Englander so. We want to get a bit about the public good people that you know that mechanic element of -- it. But also categorize this -- at a charity function and do the right thing in either right thing at the right. How much of an impact as the manager have on that the field Davis you're talking of fans -- John Ferrell comes in. Off coming up in -- drama quite frankly some figure heard when he left there but he seems. He seems more steady and got he had last year can be impact -- fans feel about this team in your mind. I'd say that -- an understatement that he's more steady than that Bobby Valentine in this respect that went on and comes into the club house and says something. I think everybody believes. That's the way it's going to go there's no wiggle room here. I love the black -- John Farrell and you know -- at the but look -- and why -- as what -- -- I don't think there's any equivocation there. And I think that's the a part of the equation that there's any trust open. And there's a lot of -- Terry Francona that it's not gonna go outside of the clubhouse. It's not gonna go outside of the managers opposite and I think for professional athlete that's the big big deal. You know over a lot of the out of the experts -- -- in MLB network they have this Red Sox team fifth in the AL east and I'm wondering. It eat when you leave spring training going into it he said while dog has got to rebound -- awful thing and I think that there were created some depth and spring training. With some of the young arms with some guys that we start year ended DL. Where do you think that this team is right now because I think this pitching can turnaround has a lot of talent -- make a big jump and new of people don't expect. Well you know back the original point blew -- the losses. That -- in this division in the Bible and win the division. I honestly think the American League east is -- Could be. And what he's on the Iraq perceive the league now I think that people look at that added that he 85 -- six win that can win is significant is that the case. And in the pitching that starting rotation for every one of these content division. -- to be better than expected and its case. That far superior the last couple years and I think it's going to be I think that every -- old model that there will be better than most people. And I think that going into spring training coming out of spring training -- a lot more hole. Watching Jon Lester watching -- -- -- it. The commitment that Lackey. All that extra guys that Ryan Dempster and -- And it could just 200 innings I think you get your money toward and here. And that's where it starts with media like the rotation I like. It will do it yet. Keep it to their. Old it to be as Lester was so disappointing last year -- has been in and out -- Oakland greatness beaten up deliveries and stop barking -- really light. And -- will -- value impact on on how did that rotation as. Talking to Dave O'Brien won the voices of the Red Sox here but Lou 937 WEEI -- do that rotation. I'm with you gave it its offense 13 out like a look at this lineup today NC chief middle Brooks. Isn't as good as he was one help the last year and Ortiz takes a while to come back and Mike Napoli is banged up the middle of that order. That's not a typical American League east middle and -- the order for the Boston Red Sox can that be enough even with good pitching in that rotation. I don't know an Olympic that's not in question and when David comes back a lot of teaching award and it went in that. Old is he going to be able -- when he does return little lineup all electric. Current cycle the score one in different ways I think this team will take more chances. On the basis will be more pressure first -- You might consider that X steel far more frequently. That they -- -- victory postal thirty basis last year. Ellsbury we hope we open Troy Aikman is reason to put guys in motion with the reds and you're gonna have to create a way. -- for. But I thought to -- will middle brooks' old world shall see we only got a sliver of last year before the injury. He hit fifty home run he can chart and absolutely I think we're looking at all star players this year. The bumpers and let's act like the look at both for the -- -- differently at that like with the 2013. Over would you stand in the Jackie Bradley decision. -- -- -- -- -- For defensive purposes a -- it was a really Smart move because -- march. There are tighter this year than it's been a long long time that that's going to be tremendous. And defensively you've got to -- those guys are now -- Bradley left to exit this over the and elsewhere his political blood -- victory total goal right to -- target field. You can have a hard time shooting anything through the air all the proper proper is going to be. It -- field and he turned out -- an absolute is that took a look and can play like a man caught blocks that look feel that park and stand at. I think -- for defense reasons I love that move. I didn't think the key it would be disciplined at the -- is or in this -- But also hold out. You know that one -- -- That spring training unit and a CCC sabathia. For -- You on the fourteenth of march so we'll see how does today it will you know does the that the report excitable and to keep. I'm excited about watching Jose Iglesias your beginning of the year and in the 2012 Red Sox season was an -- unequivocal disaster but he did see. A glimpse over the course of what twenty games or so the -- defensively. I think if he can show you something here. At an even if the advocate -- place for small time by Stephen Drew when he comes back you talk about defense up the middle a -- is Pedroia David that's a pretty darn darn good. Double play combination the kid is as good as he's been defensively opened spring training and a short time the Major League. I agree and you know and senator Joseph Jacobi as well hopefully LT. Could this flood -- get it to your your -- there. I love them defensively. A offensively he looked overmatched he looked like he could knock about this and a year ago. You know -- UB Kidman and did exactly that took about a week from the middle and last summer. I -- like well you know if that makes some sense in the way it's crazy it was it made little sense because the cutest little Major League ready with a bat. He looked bigger to -- it looks stronger -- look like he committed himself who is not a -- and that can happen this year. Like you've got to get. That he he -- hit plucky teen and help the Red Sox in a situation. All the good that once a lot -- with this lineup he's immediately grab a couple of and on Sunday. Overlooks this bullpen I think that it is one of their strikes -- me to still. You still have to question -- and a guest coming from Pittsburgh or seem out their closing but if not there's still other options out there. I think that's their strength and this is where the big improvement I think can come with the stars can give -- That's exactly right it sickened and six in the game they can get some opening game -- your previous secretary. I don't get questions about an hour and a -- -- a little more frequently. Covering the lead for history and without a couple of pirate teams. And he's immediately -- he is he'll be with that slider that he was here and he did not have a I think you're great spring you know that there's a baby as well but yet some distraction here. I'd use a horse he's got a lot more apple -- -- -- that he has some other guys and I think it's good thank. -- -- -- wherever he went stands on Jonathan Papelbon keep in mind was terrific closer for the most part the Boston Red Sox specially. And -- in game that -- and this is the real deal. He's gonna get a lot of work ethic. I think you'll get a lot of work -- -- right away a good news America. He said the American League game once route 85 wins no runs away with that you feel like there's -- Make you make a pick your -- feel like on paper the team that has the best chance at winning the division this year -- The American League east. You know right now I gotta go Baltimore. I edit that people like well there's only they can listen. Isn't any one run as is that you want a year ago or is meant extra inning games. But I don't think they believe that many. 22 in the division I -- in there really found out Ottawa and she's an adult Showalter a lot to do that. And I think me and it's a great great -- and for the that I can go crazy like at an extremely need to understand but I think it's going to be very tight division -- -- be able pitch. And not to keep them in the hunt. An -- because these people eat on each other -- Do not at the opposite team for pork in the least -- -- -- -- going to be pretty you'll all 48586. What does that. -- great stuff is always look forty here give back on the radio senior on TV it's opening day the real opening in the with -- -- apologies the last night with the right Astros and Rangers this is opening day break to get your take a look forty -- later on today. Afternoon baseball look exactly Little League it should be thank you guys look for. I don't know the voices of the Red Sox Dave O'Brien joining us on the ATP outline AT&T forgy. LT he was speed that the ten times faster than three G it's AT&T rethink possible. 6177797937. -- the phone a beacon text AT&T text like 379837. We see your phone calls it is. Mostly baseball that we come back when -- little bit hockey. Because I heard a couple of calls today and read a couple of things where. Like the number one goaltender position for the Bruins all the sudden up in the air mix and the Bruins next.