Apr 28, 2013|
Torey Lovullo joins Dale and Rob at Fenway before today's game to discuss his role as bench coach and what exactly his duties include. He discusses his relationship with John Farrell and the importance of communication with the players. Lovullo explains what goes in to letting guys know if and when they will be playing in a game and why this helps certain players mentally.
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Our number two -- sports Sunday Sports Radio WEEI broadcasting live from our center field studios here at Fenway Park Dale Arnold rob Bradford. Very happy to be joined here in studio by the bench coach the Boston Red Sox -- of hello good to see it. Thank -- is going to be here rob SATA car for you to me. Picked out here and if he does things right he's a good guy well it's clearly in every bench coach's contract. Of a golf cart is a Marxist. You know eight and let's start it this way because I know I've had fans say to me in the past what does bench coach me. When Brad Mills was here is the bench coach for -- people last. What does bench coach mean as opposed to first base coach third base coach all of that. I'm probably the guy that stands behind John Ferrell just talking baseball with and gone over situations and. You know the old adage that for -- better than to watch -- game watching the situation and kind of project an intimate and Mabel are trying to get outside of the moment John -- the manager has to stay in the moment has to make right now decisions. I'm able to kind of sit back in a pressure free environment and and think through some things. In projecting give things a Jon and in so nothing's Scott he's not caught off guard so. I wish I could say a little easier than that but this is paying attention of the game and manage and right behind John well. You -- part of this we've talked about -- before the Salina and in communication with the players in the clubhouse I -- -- like last night for instance. You go over. You say rival Hardaway. We've talked in the office would use I don't know what is it. But then he goes in you're the one who kind of direction in talks the players out there so the lineup comes out today. Right take me through that process of -- How the players know who's playing when they know it. And we should I guess we should mention the lineup today which is is very similar of the. Yesterday right yeah that's exactly -- -- I guess it is very similar factors Sam you know. John have a pretty good relationship we we've we've worked together for several years I think there as we all have. Been saying John and I've been saying there was. The good connection. To start with we were -- have conversations that maybe other bench coach managers can have because -- -- -- former developer relations John and I had already gotten there. From day one so. They able to go in their talk over situations talk over lineups. Worked through different. Thought processes to make sure that we're maximizing. Our ability to go out there performed that it -- line applies project. Matchups potential massive so we want to. We wanna get to. Note left on right right -- left those types of things. And we just have good baseball conversation on top of that we we talk about other things you know yesterday he -- go -- get Ryan -- and when I think that's part of my job on to go out there -- just kind of overview the clubhouse and and be the link between the players and John John has a lot of people pulled him in a lot of different directions and when I can kind of slow myself down enough to go out and and give the players a little bit of John's feeling I can't. And well and vice Versa the players will talk to me in and I can bring their feeling to John as well so there's certain things that John takes care of there's certain things that I try to. Not only get that far. To make John's job a little bit easier that's really what on their force to kind of take the burden off for John and some key situation Alfaro does line -- -- this lineup that receives. How far out you start talking about. Three victory in Mosul obviously offline viewing mean he's not in the lineup today right back issue right. Were probably two days ahead of of today so were we we talked about what's gonna happen in Toronto what's gonna happen the second game in Toronto. And they're just really light easy conversation you're right when when there are injuries and that's that's good example we -- victory -- again that's talked about an awful lot between John and I. Now when he's gonna be ready what we do to bridge the gap until he's ready. And you know the guys are responding to what we discovered is that. The communication between us in the players is vital because a player that has. No guess work going on in their head -- against him -- in a very relaxed tabs are very relaxed environment and be successful that's what we wanna do we want it we wanna. Maximize or performers by going out there thinking about playing baseball baseball. Not every manager. Feels compelled to inform players of lineup at a time and I'll leave a name out somebody who didn't think it was that big deal. Why do you think it's important that when the players leave the clubhouse at the end of the day today. They know what's gonna happen the next game. How he gets a great question I think for the guys -- play every day. Dustin Pedroia Jacoby Els doesn't matter if it to them they know they're gonna walk into the clubhouse tomorrow and the next day and the day after that no where they're hidden. And where they're playing it's for those bench players where the game kind of grinds on you you're always on its it's a high rpm situation where. If you can get your body to relax when you're not playing and also get your arms around on the data you are planning to really help you and like I said we wanna have guys go out there in. Mentality in and I think it's -- I think the guys go out there they can get there. That the movies and not getting their restaurant or are preparing to play just helps a bench player get through those tough grinding moments knowing that they are gonna play the next day. It happens on the airplane you know John and I'll start talking about it say that say we just end the series and -- we're on the airplane in the next city. We start talking about lineups and in all walked back to the back of the plane. Just to sit down the guys for a few minutes and get their polls and let them know who's playing who's not playing. I go to dollar celebrity -- looking for the not a huge -- every dollar -- loss nausea and has an -- job done tomorrow let me know already told John I'm ready for just -- -- -- -- That that that's part of it that's part of my connection to the players for John. And I develop my own relationships with -- but you know we're there to communicate. And make sure these guys have have you know nothing really undermine the plane -- don't. Almost sounds as -- party your job his team's psychologist because. -- everybody wants to play you wouldn't be a Major League players you didn't wanna play. Some guys as you said no they're going to be in the lineup everyday some guys don't -- your job I assume is to keep the guys weren't going to be in the lineup every day ready when they are. I. You said it very well I think acted to -- to certain degree we're we're like parents were where we are psychologists we are their friends were there. Colleagues but also we have to draw a line and let them know that we're trying to we're trying to help our ballclub win games so. There's a there's a very very. Interesting balance there that that we try to create. And you know. We want to make sure that we can we can clear their heads and we give them we give them the platform to express themselves in. Whether they have some that they want expressed mentally to get off their chest or whether they just wanna go out there perform express themselves on the baseball field. We wanna give them every opportunity to be successful. And you know mark my advantages and I was a grinding type of player I was a bench player I I think I know the mentality of of car be in India Jonny Gomes these guys are way better than I ever was trust me but. You know coming off the bench I know what they're thinking and know how their challenges. Are presented before them. And you know I'm I'm -- -- like John who obviously was a pitcher he doesn't really. Have a great feel or didn't have a great feel for what the bench players were thinking and over the past couple years we've had great discussions at length about how to maximize the bench. The easy answer to this next question is John -- has much changed -- is exactly same as when I was with them in Toronto. But -- -- them in Toronto how how is he approaching things differently even in the slightest way. You know I think one -- John's great strengths is that he doesn't change he is the calm before the storm. He lets people around him were -- people around him express themselves look lets players go out and play. Player's manager that has changed from day one I think that he. Is. Got a really good understanding about what makes a Boston Red Sox -- he knows this personnel very very well. I don't think there's been a change really in any area. As far as his management style he's very aggressive he wants to go out there and attack and we call pressurized the defense -- pressurized the pitcher just. Put a little doubt in in on that side of the coin in and have our guys go out there and take advantage of that. Pretty dynamic guy a pretty good leader and those around him really enjoyed being around him. The the first visit to Toronto. He was a little a little emotional for a lot of the photo -- your press conference. The potter had gone. I I'm guessing this week to visit will be a little more business as usual. I think so I think so we -- first of all Brian Butterfield had left -- really really -- it's been. Lasting impression you know and the fans of -- chance Tron he he's a pretty pretty impressive guy himself and very well deserve to know that he's missed that there's a press conference with -- the need to be done so you get all those questions -- one fell swoop but as far as sitting up there. To start off the season it was a -- where I am not gonna lie in -- in a way I I know that there's a lot of passion I know that there's a lot of resentment towards John. Butter and myself because we we we did kind of come this way and you know. Truth be told John was traded. Butter and I were told we were no longer. Wanted and less the new manager was gonna come in and hire us so we were -- left on the streets and it was time Frist can turn the page and move on and you know that the fans Toronto -- you don't see it that way it was very unusual I spent two really really fun years there I made some great friends. And love the town and for us to walk in there and and to be treated outweighs Wofford but I understand it. John grind it through it I think you know we all we all kind of laughed and joked about it as it was happening before the game but. Once once the bell ring we were we were -- as usual it's a lot their compete in and win a baseball game this is a little. And of yesterday's news I thought it was interesting because you have elected perspective is that Jackie Bradley situation and it's still debated. About us you guys putting him on the opening day roster but as you pointed out to -- before you had a very similar path of Jackie -- is a college kid. Who gets put in the major leagues after. Really you did it after it even a full. Full professional year. But as you also said you felt that Jacqui was even better prepared than you -- Looking back at that altitude now what what's your takeaways from. Well. It's easy to say. Didn't work out we made a mistake but that that's what everybody kind of thinks right now but. As we've all learned the American League east is very competitive division and one game will make a difference and that's something we talked about internally and Jackie Bradley for the first 78 games of of our season helped us. Win or. At least score extra runs. That led to win in two to three games we talk about winning you know we talk about winning in the inning we talk about that leading to winning game. And Jackie did that and if we win this division by one game but we feel like we made the right decision. As far as our our past overlapping the it is it is very and candy if you look back on it's it's almost eerily similar number all the way from that the call up. Or or or the the starting the season on the big league -- roster to the numbers it's really unusual. He's ease of it was a very well prepared player he was on a bigger platform that I was with the called World Series. He had some great numbers. He had -- -- -- swing in the minor leagues. I guess set I was a grinder hard working swing a lot of hustle a we knew it was an easy bet for Jacqui because he. He slowed the game down enough with his mentality slow the game -- down enough with this as fundamental approach to two. Swinging the bat. That we thought it was gonna be very successful but as we all know the big leagues is pretty special spot. He now is down in the minor -- working hard we we definitely will see him again we know that he's an easy bet to get back here. Talking with the Red Sox bench coach -- local final question for me I heard Pedro yesterday talking about the chemistry on the ball club. And he set from the day he arrived in Fort Myers he felt it he could see -- he could feel it he could taste it -- is really only guys who -- In a big league dugout can't. Did you sense that in spring training as well. -- no doubt I think that's the atmosphere of the John creates the that the rest of the staff we know that it's our job to go out there in in teach with energy to create good environment. Take that take that to the next step which is kind of outside of our boundaries. Then my -- VOA to bring in some really really high quality guys in combination with the guys that are here. And you know you you've got a pretty special environment that's that's. This bill almost made ripe for a very eyes and I can't explain why or how I just know that we all have one another's back in in you hear that expression and there is it there's really no -- of the story it's true we are in that clubhouse as one. The 25 dial the way the the first guy. There's no difference in we all we don't care about one thing and that's going out perform and win baseball games. The game I'm interested because young -- who you interviewed for the managerial jobs here. And when you go of that interview you probably think you have pretty good handle on how to manage in Boston right now that you're kind of seem -- and I know you were here before in the organization but now you've been immersed in that dugout. And you look back at what you said in that interview. The very things that I related. Hockey you know as maybe a little bit I think everybody has her own visions and in their own thoughts as to what will work in. I was able sit down those guys and tell that in. You know not now a few things that I said I'm thinking they're probably laughing -- me or anybody got no idea what it's like here. So yeah you are right on the head but I think the bottom line is that. Right now they have a really good leader of great baseball guy in charge and the old saying all's well that ends well could. In every more prevalent before we let you -- I -- -- I said the other was the last question but I just ask you this. It's been an emotional time for everybody in the Boston area since April 15. Has it been a little overwhelming at times. I'm not not overwhelming. In a sense that it's nothing now we aren't. Attached to we feel very close to it we have. Become a part of the city we are part of this city so we are. Were right there and I think we were were handling it as as the rest of Boston is -- I've never been. A part of something like that I mean for for those for those and for now week. As you the most emotional. Time that I've ever had in baseball that day on the baseball field. When we eventually got back to -- it was easily you know one of them they was the most emotional day and out on the baseball field outside of the birth of my children. Probably one emotional most emotional times and on my life and in this you were here mature part of that you just you don't get it and I never understood that when people talk about what happened on 9/11 in all these other emotional times happen across the United States where. You're not part of you don't understand it but this town is very unique this town is very special at some bonding type of town we are Boston's strong. Torre were really appreciate taken time I'm glad routes that the level for you to get here in the clubhouse that job -- but it. He's a pretty special guy. Yet do we think about other things not working you know what it -- We better that your my and I -- -- that I was going to say can -- that -- -- -- -- thank you very much -- anytime I think you -- quick break back with more just a moment Sports Radio WB.