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Kevin Millar, Former Sox 1B, on the new look Red Sox

Apr 5, 2013|

Millar makes his first appearance of the season with Mut and Lou to talk about the recent series with the Yankees, Jackie Bradley Jr, and the clubhouse.

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The guy we saw last night all over TV the one celebrity in the house we think. This -- with us here tomorrow probably ball season Campbell lark. -- that and -- I gotta get crap out of the gate me naked -- and maybe nest and just looking for celebrities -- used -- very loose term with him. He's over there talking Ortiz during the game we sit by the Red Sox dugout hey no cabinet you'll play anymore. -- lawyer. You retire to -- on TV maybe getting out the dug out. Like we wanna talk the players dirty game -- he's on the field reason his butt off for awhile at least. -- -- -- Baseball grew up pretty outlawed group. Now player RPI. The -- after the guy was not really on the field -- and ice had on the ice jacket looked good but he sit there you're mute their. -- and charge a million times Kevin like talking Ortiz talking -- a clubhouse guy didn't. Get to bring your food and drink out of that but to tell you how what you got a valiant go out there is cold though Kevin giving Corey what happened that luxury box you know. I'm working and how big -- okay -- how you want that I am not on a ball out front we are. And -- -- birdies on me all the work -- and right now seem so now -- ethnic cable or David Ortiz did you gather. That some answers right now. -- -- -- I've already gotten what he got force when you're out of what buckets. It's gonna Beckett two weeks. I think you know -- got -- great in this league -- rehab assignment -- Bob. Rotella absolutely pocket that he has but you know. You said the good thing he feels good and that was good news because not like what is -- you -- achilles' heel the Achilles. And you know what -- about poppy you know him he's the top guys so hopefully it's this thing healed up pretty good swing on -- you know -- some helicopter homer over there. Hit no home runs these first three games -- a 21 it's it's early in the year but something you've talked about with two years for us. Is about the make up this clubhouse and you've talked at times about who's the guy in their do they have. The right attitude it seems from the outside L that they put together a group of players that like each other played again in the right ways you might say. And that the personalities team has changed you around this team do you believe that to be the case that they different personality 2013. 100%. First of all to become president now what John -- You gotta see it Jon Lester. Have a great year because he just brings a presence for a Jon Lester Clay Buchholz. You know Johnny being obviously pitching coach back in expert by by -- take our presence immediately. And then. Part of maggert and -- while. And got great ball players again not the biggest names Ryan Dempster on to go all Mike Napoli. Chain victory all but you know what they've got a bunch of guys now what you see and smile that dugout David Ross. Tremendous tremendous addition you know he area as a back up catcher but -- the entire game -- firing guys that you guys -- and that's what you're start this. It yet you don't and so now. The first question what. Red Sox and yankees what I am going to be more excited that in the year you know listed engineers a little bit quirky yet mean because or not -- our house. The Orioles finish first and it Bears laps it would surprise me and I think it Calgary in a Red Sox yankees entering at one of those teams want it. It would surprise you but. You start to see at least eighteen now with the Boston Red Sox -- -- back to eating those guys. And those kind of guys just seem like they're a bachelor because that they'll Democrats. With a group of guys they got. Well best for the guys start last night against you guys go way back and we've talked a lot about him I've talked about with you -- spring training and what got I felt like this team that kind of taken himself too serious -- the last couple of years to say the least and I think he kind of will have a huge impact on this staff I think you'll be consistent on the mound but off the mound. Just an every day presents being around some of those other guys to lighten the mood yet still get the work that when you -- And we're gonna get a chance to see Bryant and of course now I want EC east tremendous and to you you cannot work. So not only is he a good guy and you know it's not about -- good guy you have to be -- what you do what Ryan answered all working. Good veteran to have on this club to lead by example John Lackey you know at dinner with him -- go after it came in the studio where I'm at midnight Gomes. -- and you know I asked John you know how you feel that he looks great we -- in the weight -- You know John Lackey being around him. What good guys you might not be a great SoundBite. You know there -- some issues here you know what they're wired and at the time -- -- -- that the breast cancer ought to cut the broke force or seen a lawless and struggles. And then the sky it's all yelled and cold beer chicken -- You're around this guy there's a new look there's not a tiger. John Lackey back in the day you can -- -- a horse and now are going good he's healthy and I put him in -- for all. You know I like this club like quarter set up their bullpen looks great you know -- is admitting any home runs the first couple days game but right now. It was thirty some odd degrees and there was a whole lot -- going anywhere there but I just I'd like the way they're set up right now. You OK with the -- Jonny Gomes when -- -- also was in your studio couple days ago being called. This team's version -- Campbell -- Yet her -- and jot down I guess I have my looks -- -- -- you know he's an Allen spoke Lotto and well -- per month. You know -- beard he told me you have Olympic -- and wake up. -- -- -- -- Going out there but. There are some bagels and I don't and we talk about this being and jokingly yelled chemistry and what does chemistry -- up our clubhouse guy when he type player. Winning follow Jonny Gomes. Winning follows Jonny Gomes you know he was there with a dual format is. And they want to. And he goes straight little -- Cincinnati. They win and -- all we know where nobody had acumen and more sticky by game pressure they went he's got an infectious personality. That people can respond to. And position player wise he's big attic and get on somebody because -- stronger than anybody in our clubhouse and chill. He does a good way like all going to be huge addition this club. Yeah I loved the fact they won you the stories about him already you know went through this season doesn't like not afraid at all new guide a team. He'll address that what the player right away I love that now I wanna get your opinion broke quick and on the kid Jackie Bradley you know where were you. What is your heard about -- where were you -- a decision was made to keep him up rather maybe seven down seasoning -- service time or whatever wants. You know look it's big because we we we seem nearly four -- -- couple Almonte had a great spring. Congratulate reject your regular I don't care about that the forty at bats have 45 at bats in camp. Whatever you had a week and a half but perhaps the big right so nobody is gonna hit 400 but the first question I asked. What house Jackie Bradley cultures make up -- work ethic what kind of player you see it. The instincts and -- check check check check tremendous kid. Great make up works hard. And a great defender. So there you have it now as he does have a good spring but this -- almost ready to be there now and you know what you got to really -- at Yankee regular because. It was his first at bat against CC when I saw him walk. It was gonna want to you know count -- as they see his bat in Yankee Stadium brought lefty and Jackie. Has that ability that you know he was in just he saw a lot pitch again I -- you walked a couple times and got out but. This kid's got -- that these technologies that strike so for a young kid that you don't see. He's more mature because you know how to blue are -- about your leadership and -- for. And that this kid this kid's got depth problems but what what a nice young man and I think -- a nice -- right now at least a routine starts. You know everything can't work out -- -- get back what happens now. But he he's a nice addition really at their demeanor dynamic that club with speed and eat that -- great catchers. Or Red Sox -- -- joining -- on MLB's intentional talk programming Jones -- Friday during the baseball season. You mentioned that the the the presence of John Farrell. And so far so good I guess my question would be on back to Toronto here Kevin this weekend. It did you learn from -- Toronto from the throttle guys we talked to thinks the -- well -- didn't wanna be there anymore. You feel like he learned and it it that calming presence is that some -- resonate throughout the course of an entire season. Yeah they got such a great staff from media rebel all you got Brian Butterfield -- mean I'm a much huge and a -- -- want the great baseball got a -- -- you know use our bench coach -- -- -- -- just a great. Great feel and and -- -- he's happy admitted that there's a culprit but there aren't a great man. You know -- surround himself with great people. Are you Greg called Carla Berry you know they're just big it's got a good mix now you know last year. Boy it was not a good mix and start with the manager discount like it was a weird seeing. And I think that bet that was what felt that the Red Sox are way better at six win let's get that straight. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- But now you're looking at a positive group you look at but I'd buy it and laughs and jokes and Brian Burke feels that our guys and you know -- -- -- -- group -- -- and it's gonna be scrappy are going to be easy. -- me Albert and try to beat you but -- what they're better and that's saying that to me better I think people think. I miss Jose Iglesias some huge for him defensively ethic he's unbelievable and it's good to see him get a few hits and has been some talk about why would you ever move him out I think it's. Lot of us do of people let's don't realize how good Stephen Drew is when he's healthy. What do you think how to think on this thing unfolds. Ellis and Stephen Drew shortstop Stephen Drew defensively special -- You know and I asked I asked all Lackey about Stephen -- I haven't seen him play a whole lot the only bad nationally irked. The ankle situation but they said this kid you know I mean this -- can catch the baseball so it's not a defense that thing at least -- -- obviously brings more offense. And Iglesias you know he he's got a Alabama better at this level we know we can ticket but he still gonna hit you still gonna help that the Major League level -- helping -- spelled out here that yet. You know first couple -- great but they drew him back is another presence that you need that line -- you know and it should starts. It start holding that club be helping poppies are present you know they order -- it it breaks up the right inherited get Napoli who's gonna get called monster year. Help the Al very you're you're looking around this club I mean it's a pretty darn good little team and I mean drew you know -- shortstop when -- I think it's the most interest in division in baseball Kevin you nailed it any team can finish first and gay team can finish -- it's going to be wacky between now and the end the season. How did you see it going in and in particular after assessment of the division. What you do with Baltimore because like they're the team after what they did last year with Showalter. Get a lot of respect and I would not be surprised at all if Baltimore again is a division winner in a playoff team in a very competitive -- I agree with you they're very physical offensively. You know beat arguably mean -- mark acres and ambulances -- quick away from being a -- -- -- Chris Davis can beat it. As someone from this keeps hitting it 35 months but you know he goes through those periods where. Six weeks he'll swing and that -- long time but he could -- -- a little more consistent this a good offensive club OK and their bullpen now has got power you know stroke and Jim Johnson and I'll stop -- compatible that. You know they have they -- better believe it that started pitching. They finally figured out there and went so I think the Orioles are -- often -- -- you know -- a lot last year with a great year now the comeback I think -- that your state. And they're gonna get better and keep it better -- -- So they're definitely a team that I have on the upper tier net division you know that bit -- Blue Jays they came on paper that looks the best. In -- division but. They haven't done anything yet -- -- a lot of for a long guys over there you know and and we don't know what happened or last year they approved. To themselves that they can win not just you know or perhaps now because they got Reyes and Melky Cabrera -- -- right it Ian. Johnson and all the guys they got a lot their stay healthy and play the game but that's going to be a cup team the Yankees the other they have entered I mean. Who knows what they're going to be they need to get healthy somewhat I may. But value -- rays are looking at but it'll hit and I know they're gonna get -- -- this year you know -- That's Smart that's that's my opinion on regrets -- -- right up there also. To be interesting. How many games -- to Houston Astros win and we'll get it on that if it. And I marte at 6864. Who. I think it's in the along here for days after 64 W. Say they're gonna lose between 9805. The BC I predict this I predict four times and MLB network you guys beat cutting in on Houston Astros hitting in the ninth. I nick struck out a whole lot and strike out 43 time than in the first two games like while. You don't got to play in -- Rangers now let's give -- the national daughter -- Marlins look like a bad club the national by the best in the big league salt. You know that you start up all those teams are very good. And the start up playing probably top tier teams in their -- Couple years ago which is hosted TV show now regular reality show with Tim Wakefield now atop -- during games. He's Campbell are joins us every single Friday I tell a great heavy backing them Exel -- next week. I -- Kevin Millar -- joining us on the AT&T hotline AT&T forgy LT he. With speed that the ten times faster than three GT AT&T. Rethink possible. You guys are on hold at 61777979. It recently at your Red Sox calls -- 1230. Interesting conversation this morning about. Sports in general with that the morning show and Ken. Can be motivated you played major leagues baseball and we a lot of people they get to that level we believe there's a motivation factor with pump pump -- -- and all that up in the league Alley where. In her for local buzz actually factor in to eighteen performance in the field would get your phone call sex with that twelve there.

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