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Buster Olney, ESPN, on the new attitude in the Red Sox clubhouse

Apr 10, 2013|

Buster joins Mut and Merloni to talk about the chemistry the Red Sox team is building, the AL East, and the decline of black athletes in MLB.

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Lunchtime -- model -- not a 37 WEEI every single week at this time we talk baseball with buster -- -- buster joins us. He's brought to you by -- space by Toyota Nashua and buy -- rent ARS. Restoration specialist. -- you talked in spring training about the renewed attitude this team you're around them and how they just they felt different to you and you believe that it was a different. Feeling club did you think it result in a five and two start for seven games the Boston Red -- I did the Detroit -- -- that I had one question for what little if it Wade Boggs continues it is. Campaign OK my question was will you give up number 26 for weight. I absolutely will give up 26 and to be an -- and look up there and see that number that I -- up in the rafters buster. I'll tell tell my grandchildren I was really mean they'll remember way. Except what. I didn't think it was gonna make it different today at a different culture in fact -- I. Within the Red Sox camp for that gay and spring training and then iPod into. Some other players when they play exhibitions. Elsewhere during spring training and I think how the dollar and and they would look at me and they ago. And it's a different and it was quite the same theme and they were just happy group of guys. And I and I. In sort of assessing the team this year you're trying to figure out a way to. To apply some sort of a number to that you know because last year when they -- -- -- -- -- -- look at the players you know it was awful with the yen which has taken. That's not at 69 when he need more talent than that. But you know how much difference does it make and I do think that there's something. To be said for showing up but at the park everyday feeling like you're excited to be there as opposed to so many that -- last year when -- just miserable. But I mean clearly the the biggest tangible difference. He is what's happening with the starting pitching which had to happen if they were gonna have a chance to turnaround they give. John Ferrell I think tangible credit for the change they made with a pitching staff. Yeah I think we talk about how his team gonna compete you know two of the biggest thing was starting pitching those two guys in particular in the bullpen living up to the -- And I think he can say check mark here in the first week is near. What else is there is they're just just staying healthy is just being consistent in your mind well the other big things -- the Red Sox to compete. What -- Ortiz going to be when he comes back it's going to be. A guy who hit like he did last year. And could -- be that good and what he's Jacoby Ellsbury bring to the table over the course of the season I think that. -- -- big expect I was actually talking with the general manager yesterday about two Colby's free agency and -- made the point he said. You know he -- right now as one of those players nobody really knows what he is. And you know -- -- a superstar MVP caliber type player like we saw. In 2011. EC guy is gonna battled through injuries you see an above average players. We don't really know obviously he get back to what he was doing in 2011 this year. And -- -- just that whole lineup -- just looks so different and I do think and other factors. What happens with the other teams you know to the Yankees figured out and so far they're they're doing -- rope -- -- -- they're hanging in their revenue grows soft a good start. Travis Hafner has really played well open and -- was killed when the ball in recent days you know do the race. Figure out there rotation they've got good things get out top and Matt more so far. You know duty Orioles -- -- pull things together I think that's a big factor in about a waste time goes on I do you think that you know the more more side of the blue jays are really in for a season. Well again back to Jacoby you know how much an impact you think with what what's been going on lately with Scott you know Boris and and can no leaving and if there were some extension but we Vernon and Carlos Gonzales an interest. I don't think to Kobe's a twenty million dollar player but if you put him in that BJ Upton range I'm not a 100% convinced. That he's leaving a traffic up a scenario where he might stay would have be an in season extension. His biggest freak she's gonna be gonna correct. Oh yeah well I don't think there's any question about it but I think all those things you talked about are huge factor. Bad. And and that's why you know the conversation came up with a general -- yesterday because Jacoby -- -- puzzle. In terms of what he would -- in part of that for me is. What did he really want. And I don't know him that well and I'll just tell you what the perception of him that. You know among the golf course clients there's their guys to have more control over their free agency there's some guys who -- Scott. You've got more money to players and anybody any agent baseball I'm gonna let you run the show. That that was the perception about market share when he was going to free agency that. He was indicted there was this guy and that's exactly what happened in each -- the biggest dollar went the Yankees. And the perception about Jacoby is he's got. He's not going to be Elvis Andrus. Who's gonna go to. -- got into my wanna make a deal he's not going to be Jered Weaver who's basically gonna step in do we don't deal related Jerry -- Again it's got -- by eight. And -- done with the angels. Is -- the feeling about people who no Jacoby. Who worked for the Red Sox -- -- -- -- they tell you that they think he's more of the guy who's gonna say. Got successful I'm gonna do what he tells me to do. What did you think of the Stephen Drew signing in the offseason was at December when they got him to a one year deal buster and what is the scouting report in the sky 'cause Lou keeps tell me that he's a better player than Jose Iglesias and I -- back to 2010. Last time with helping was actually the only productive offensive play your thoughts on him and when they signed -- deal -- time threats. I will have pared some things that I heard from other people that it seemed they were surprised that the dollar figured they thought that was a little -- they thought he was more of -- Six million dollar guy. A rather in the nine and a half million but that might have been the -- covering themselves. Not knowing exactly what Iglesias was gonna bring to the table. Because when you talk with people that he's medically he's generally speaking the perception of them among evaluated that I've spoken with a indeed he's not gonna get enough to be an everyday shortstop in the big League City and outstanding defender. But he never going to be that guy I read that probably we're looking to buy some time to figure out. You know what exactly they have in their farm system. And what exactly ugliest piece is. Drool when he came back from his what was significant ankle injury you know dislocation. Terrible injury last year. The feeling what defense wasn't really that good that he still in the process of sort of getting his. Is it that part of his team together. He can hit with power for sure. But they got the big question going Indian dish about him this year is can -- get back to being close to what he was the past. That's why it was a good strategy present a one year deal. And it terms of ugly -- long term -- if there. If they get to appoint buster where either Steven grew Joerg Lacey is -- ago the trade market the issue you've ever doubled the cardinals and their. Shortstop situation let's say for example. They decide the other jurors kind of been okay -- is there -- of a short every day with a -- a market. For Stephen Drew up their team's gonna need a shortstop come the all star break on the second half. It depends obviously and part of what he shows but I do you think you're potentially could be -- and I don't think he'd get a lot -- they had a whole lot of money because. The perception of him now among other general managers is that he's overpriced. So yeah I he couldn't move him but in order to get you know probably a bad could be managed prospect he got thrown some cash deal. Don't look at around the league couple question marks at think one Anaheim with -- we've what do they do their rotation. If the end what's Ruben Amaro doing down there with Roy Halladay is he's off to a rough start after having a rough spring. Yeah being -- -- -- a disaster. It's disasters start and we saw that and spring training I didn't make the play out so I'm not -- -- all second guess anyone for thinking that they could be okay. What absolutely shown up early. In this seat in the with something that we began the first -- spring training. They just don't have that much pitching depth. Their rotation is essentially comprised of a lot of number four number five -- starters. And yes they're gonna miss Jerry Weaver. You know 446 weeks he's a great competitor he's a great leader the guy his first start. The average that's all the Latin 85 point eight and 85 point six needs to start because the guy who last year was throwing 88 miles an hour. There are significant questions about him. Before he gets injured we don't know he's going to be when he comes back. And you hit the weird vibe around that team that was around them over the weekend when they're playing the Rangers in -- Josh Hamilton. It's ahead scratch and why he handled everything the way that he did you know always constantly interacting with a crowd in Texas is supposed to speak graciously moving on. And I. Can't put my finger but the -- with Mike -- -- the you know it's almost like -- joy is gonna have a little video that contract thing in spring. Wouldn't know that only thrilled with the idea that he moved at a center field. It hit the different feel. So I think that there are some issues to be played out there and I think what. Certainly yesterday -- -- the general manager mentioned that you're gonna give Roy as much time as possible. I'd seen this act before. It in the past he -- governor David Cone. In 2001 he can in 1989 he threw a perfect game is a great leader and it seemed he came in 2000. An awful and the Yankees were saying the same things were committed -- at any given time. You know what once every five days to have a starting pitcher go out there not only not pitch well but also -- crush your bullpen because he's not giving up -- I don't necessarily buy that that they just didn't hold these indistinct I think he's got it starts on something and penalty that does start the other night. He's got no command. And you have to ask questions about whether or not -- -- there's some physical issue going out with a well. ESPN had a great shot -- him throw one of the backstop on a warmup pitch and in terms of his old team. You already -- laid it out there you think Toronto the way they've started the year. -- do you think this is not a blip not a Jose Batista he's her lately it's back you think that's going to be a bumpy road. All year for Toronto. Yeah and I I think that it's a little bit like the Marlins last year where -- -- And I went to spring training thinking I was gonna pick OJ to win that division but then again -- around the team and you like to bully the bullpen issues that they have. You know he is RA -- gonna have some sort of a difficult transition there. Because the young players and I'm sure you guys heard stories tell the feeling was is that that some of those guys -- we're just tougher to manage. And because it's a weird mix of guys in the fact that they've gotten off to bad start he feels like a team that wants to snowball starts going downhill. They're not going to be able to get it back and RA Dickey had a terrible first in the trial he boot basically off the -- I can have that weird feeling around that club right now. When you look at this Red Sox are we joke around the Magic Johnson shall throw out the first pitch given how everything is. Given how everything has changed around here but you -- it off the top us wanna get your thoughts Wade Boggs number not retired it's not mine number it's his number. We'll probably get into a little but he talked to local paper around here about it it's doesn't really make much sense. Now it surprised me actually when I went Soledad because I really thought that. You know being a hall of famers -- not necessarily guarantee that you get uniform tax cut the guy to get uniform retires or transcendent figures. And you know with -- all irrespective some of the guys with the Yankees they have ever retire with their numbers I don't think all of them. Are necessarily the guy heeded that would you do it with a K Williams. Now you do it with the Joseph DiMaggio Mickey Mantle. And I I'm from New England I grew up and followed wade -- don't think it would be and that type of guy with a Red Sox. I think and as being a really terrific player. But he didn't spend his whole career and -- that team. And H one of the things it yet that sport you wonder if if it's really something that worthwhile. Possibly get -- this USA today had a before the announcement but Major League Baseball. Is looking at there are declining number of African Americans on opening day rosters it's somewhere between seven and a half. And a half percent pilot captors got a story today. The last couple of hours or so with quotes from commissioner Bud Selig got talking about the creation of a committee to look at exactly. Why they are not drawing a number of African Americans to their sport. As they used to how concerned does baseball with a strand. Well they're talking a lot about it and informing -- community talk about it but I wonder after -- hospital -- advocate the decline of white players which is proportionally the same. Basically what happened is that the there's been a tremendous shift. Demographically to Wear baseball being played. And now baseball teams are invested in more players from Latin America than they work thirty years ago which is why the number of white players and black players dropping. -- -- more Latin American players -- have more players internationally I don't think it's some big mystery. Or I think it's much more societal. Than anything Denny has to do in any particular race and you guys drive around you to look at the baseball field can start out there and if you go to the republic they are. Right yet and the up in new England and you you grow up and Vermont's you know what it's like if I remember time is a kid I'm sure you guys -- to where. They were packed every Saturday couldn't get off field and I drive around same spots in new England and other fields empty buster there overgrown they don't exist anymore and is this your kids playing baseball. -- no no question about it and and also a baseball betting issue and I know the general managers at talked about that they're meeting. That. College scholarships if you wanna get it I think there's something in the range of fifty to sixty would be -- scholarship. We need to the division one football programs in baseball like eleven and a half. So -- -- and I Bremer general manager Tony that he said that the guys at third string safety and important state. Should be playing baseball. But he's not because he's the opportunity get a college education. Is coming to a football and that's something in my opinion I think he'd be really Smart for baseball to invest in an extensive scholarship program. The college to help. Bear the fruit but. Again a lot of it comes down to. The labor costs and the reason why that they're going down the Dominican Republic. And getting a lot of players bears because it's cheaper. Buster great stuff as always we'll talk connects Wednesday. I'll Austral -- SP and joining us on the eighteenth the outline AT&T forgy LTE. With speeds of the ten times faster than three GT AT&T rethink possible Colleen on Twitter. That the -- boss -- on WEEI talking about this functional teams. That are not the red got a good feel. Last there we a lot of out -- right buster took a lot of crap last year he's right he did from local writers or -- and that there was a bad feeling over their turns out. Buster was right now we're talking about the Toronto Blue Jays as a functional and other teams the angels injuries and Halladay. Not the Red Sox their five into the give Baltimore tonight at Fenway Park nine the second we come back at all your baseball calls and mix in. -- with that we he's a little bit that is the Wade Boggs story today on the front page of the Boston Globe sports and the question becomes. But held not retired Wade Boggs numbers in Boston says they shouldn't do it -- disagree we'll talk about package of phone calls and your next.

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