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Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner on the Sox hot start

May 3, 2013|

Sox Chairman Tom Werner joined John and Gerry to discuss the teams red hot start this year. Tom said that the best revenge for the Francona book is winning.

Transcript - will not be 100% accurate

Welcome back it's our number three Dennis and Callahan will be giving away some Red Sox tickets later in the ball a later in the ball game later in the broadcast as the Red Sox juggernaut rolls into Texas for the weekend. Joining us on the AT&T outlined AT&T -- LTE is the chairman of Boston Red Sox top 1 or good morning Tom -- Or you are doing very well I -- -- very passionate about this weekend's event run home base and wanna get to that in just a second -- -- -- I know by nature you are generally an optimistic guy. But did you expect 70% of the way through the season the your -- would not to be twenty and eight but would have the best record Major League Baseball. Yeah no I did not -- We certainly you are where I am an optimistic guy and we certainly so we gonna do much better than we did last year and we were amused at the in the pre season prediction I think there was something like it and 41. ESPN analyst. And I had twenty predicting that Toronto Blue Jays were gonna win the division and I think eighteen winning having the rays win the division and zero avenue Red Sox went so. It's certainly an Bennett have very enjoyable month and and clearly everybody is is that contributing. During the offseason and in the hot stove season and even spring training I know that you know that people were rolling their eyes when it seemed like the emphasis was on changing the culture in the clubhouse and bringing in high character guys to the clubhouse. How much difference do you think that makes in terms of performance -- -- -- seems like you're right the people roll their eyes were wrong. Well I think it's starting with John Ferrell I was looking at statistics couple days ago and played buckles was owned five in his last five. Start. Starting from last August to the end of the season and and like -- six point something ERA. And this season he's five and -- first six you know now so. I think John Ferrero means you when you start -- Al Al. -- turned around the pitching seven artistic clay and and Jon Lester but the -- and the rotation since it's been terrific. We know you were accused of being in the guy. Was looking for sizzle and star power. In eighth inning and a certain amount book about a certain. Ex manager what -- do you feel did you feel going this season that maybe this team lacks star power that that just wouldn't be that must. Much interest in it. Well you know what guys winning is the best revenge to them both business and. How much did you. Kick the tires and Josh Hamilton. We look at Josh Hamilton we looked at a lot of good players which you know it's it's that is something in and we learned every year that the team that goes mountainous and and -- the best players who are on the market doesn't necessarily when I mean. I don't know whether Aaron. The angels are kicking themselves about to halt -- are or what that you know. We we can't we are used to the at the lack of success that Toronto is is another indication and that's not necessarily paper here winning ball. I mean you would know this -- -- -- when when a team like the angels and obviously the Yankees and you guys to lesser extent have these huge mega. Cable deals like the Dodgers. Doesn't change the dynamic deal look at them and say they're not just trying to put the best team on the field. They're worried about you know -- -- cable subscriptions are there were about the eyeballs you know -- She uses that to tackle you you know but look we it. I think you guys know that we've always wanna win and we have the resources to win that. You don't necessarily win by by signing those high price -- Players and it's not that we cut our payroll this year I think I think we used it and and a different way and and we avoided. 150 million dollar. Five -- six year contract that Carl Crawford and I think there's another way to win. You know Tom you mentioned the a pregame. Prognostications. That had that the Red Sox not faring very well those same people said the Yankees weren't going to fare very well is it a little unsettling that the two teams everybody thought would be fourth and fifth in the division are first and second and you haven't -- the Yankees as -- you play the early two and a half games out. In spite of all their injuries. Well I think he -- at least they play. A little more mediocre but this. A league weird -- -- -- by the way it's still in early may. But you know what I'm when I'm most confident about is that the way our pitching has has performed. And then you know now you have I think -- some extent that the Ryan Dempster is. Given up one earned run in previous six starts we just think that on any given daily and -- -- wins sell all or event the Yankees. Our 17% of the way through the season here's the big question is this sustainable toward the end -- to the end. And it. Excellent -- Tom I know your passion about the the run to home base that's this Sunday. I believe 2000 runners and walkers including 448 actively serving military service members. Why are you personally so. Passionate about the cement. Well first well Saturday but -- -- Saturday that you know. I think anybody who who has talked to all these. Great men and women who've who've sacrificed so much when they have that come back from Afghanistan and Iraq and see bit. They then they'd they'd seen so much and and you know this year I think it's even more. Relevant because. I think that we now see that the same sort of traumatic. Trauma that has happened to people who've witnessed. Horrible patriots day bombing they are also suffering from emotional trauma. And and so. You know that these people have to have a person -- they come back -- and it's affected one out of three. Are returning veterans who serve in Iraq and Afghanistan and and and when you think event affected in -- two and a half million people. Have served so honorably in these two conflicts and come back with a kind of trauma and then it starts -- When alcoholic use. Certain order or order. Some sort of nightmares and ends -- in many people committing suicide I don't know how you can't sort of saying hey listen. It's our responsibility we can't help them and so. You know our programming in association at Mass. General which you know is the best psychiatric hospital in the country. Is trying to do something this sort of alleviate some of these problems. The the the run of the -- start to yawkey way give -- the dynamic and ends at Fenway Park people are invited. Anybody can come to our fourth here as you said its start. At Fenway Park you run around the city in touch friendly Fenway Park home plate at the end and I think we've got about 2000 runners this there are going to be raising event two million dollars. It's two great days of patriotic day. General Kelley will be there we don't know the -- coming that he's been in the past. And then it's just it's it's a great game and have great weather and so anybody wants to -- and have some fun. And do something that you know will have to meaningful impact we invite him coming up. And if my math is incorrect correct me but I think if you raise two million dollars you'll then in four years beat. Approaching about ten million dollars -- is that about right. Right you guys are you can't you guys are Smart and -- over ten million dollars and I can just tell you is that I mean I know you guys have have have friends and I know you know that. -- -- This is this is something that. You know is is it makes you feel good when you do it because -- see all these runners some of them have prophetic leg. A lot of them running every year they've -- their backpacks they and their units that the National Guard unit and we also this year have twelve first responders from the -- that -- -- National Guard. Who were also seen in the marathon -- so they're going to be recognized and given some metal. And it all gets underway -- what time Saturday. And want and it. Should accept it and you guys going to be -- right yeah well before that I think you. I think they -- third and -- there are right now that you have all day after an excellent the the yeah yeah website is home based program dot -- good luck with the event continue good work and at -- very end -- Red Sox don't tell by the way that in my pocket the strategy we used to -- enforce it and it over to -- yeah I think they should bring the large pregame speech that makes Jack Daniels told Jack Daniels pregame speech. I think site and -- last week and ought to be all pumped up good luck double talk you down the road and tank top order journal -- it's joining us the outline.

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