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Kevin Millar, MLB Network, joins Tom Caron and Alex Speier from Sweet Caroline’s

Aug 30, 2013|

Millar calls in for his weekly chat with Mut and Merloni with Tom Caron and Alex Speier heading into Labor Day weekend. TC and Alex ask Millar about the process of this current Red Sox team winning back the fans after a dismal 2012 season.

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Fullback Tom Karen from NASA and Alex you're from WEEI dot com filling in. For -- in Maloney here on a mid -- show we are. At sweet airlines -- Fenway park at mortgage is a couple moments grab a few calls before we get there Chris calling in from Maine what's going on. Hi -- don't connect and I don't. Good. -- -- -- I want you lot are -- the nerve with me and I felt they needed while he was complaining. About the ownership we didn't trust anymore. And on the unity you won't ship. -- lot of World Series and a lot you know and the last year they've executed. -- it I have a world there. You know public. I I just don't understand how somebody can weighing about the owners. Well it's it's -- is it's a fair point to you kind of have to read the different data points because of course they had gotten to a place where the Red Sox just hadn't gotten in. In four score in six years. In that they've won not just one World Series but two of them so you're absolutely right that they -- they constructed -- organization. They've -- that was a very successful one. Clearly and then there was a long road down or at least I actually I shouldn't take long a pretty steep road down. And it was fair to question everything about the organization. As a result of that its values. It's management's. The decisions that were made why they were being made it center these are present that you have to ask. In that they had to be asking of themselves and I think that you know now it's kind of but now it's kind of like okay so. We have these two extremes. Did this incredible success. It's unlike anything -- the Red Sox have achieved over the course of you know over the course of basically nine years almost a century. In you have this like this drastic Europe failure to 2012 season which is poised that is just about anyone remembers. In so you know now we get to see. What did they do with that how -- they've moved toward the initial returns have been significant and impressive. And now we kind of get a sense of seeing how they deal with adversity and respond to -- but the initial signs have been. From the Red Sox and -- have been promised. It is the ultimate what have you done for -- built a business and now. And ownership group that brought to World Series championships here. Was criticized last year for a last place team in September of 2011 for the collapse nobody ever criticize is our next line -- The real one but given -- -- joining us right now on line as he does every Friday Kevin we're talking about. That that the percentage of Red Sox fans by the way Tom -- guy Alex fear here hello Kevin. Hey Kevin good to hear from you man I just was rolling right and the question given what I'm asking is. You're talking about how fans still some small segment of fans actually a little slow to come back and really a fully embrace what this team is doing and Alex and I were talking earlier and thinking about your team in 2003. -- you know there's a lot of change a lot of turmoil from 2002 -- three a lot of new faces on the directory team at one point. Did did you guys feel. That that this was coming together was there a point late in the season the last couple months of the season. Where things started to click that hey we got a chance to do something here. Yeah we were you know we were special group the other great job offers the -- and -- about most -- -- don't hopman. Carl Everett not seen. That they didn't do well and he revamp it out and got a bunch of on tendered guys -- walker Taylor -- Miller. Myself and I basically are a lot this club on home. You know it would rock. This is I've -- Reno and the right answer. So they they went out and she changed the clubhouse they went out Mike Napoli these are baseball guys when you people like that many. It means for our. There are gonna do on the gonna grow appear out of our control peered out the shape. We're gonna cry about it I think it's it's. You know and they're gonna have -- -- -- -- 8% they're gonna hurt you with the team camaraderie. Aside and good -- -- the differences are happy about that thing that John Earl has brought. It brought happiness it's a calming presence back at Atlanta but it's put that out out -- -- not and -- -- that -- Especially early don't you comment that. Started all alone with Pedroia. And it just wasn't on and I think this year -- -- it seemed that way. The game with accomplices steps and also you know you look at their records. They're pretty darn good ballclub and now it -- for all all UAE NN. You know at some point buckles -- -- lack of fact it's good that they. And also occurred to me thinking about what the points for that 2003 season we're just about a the anniversary of the tenth anniversary as it turns out. Well to me out one of my favorite games of that 03 season. When you guys flew the day of the game on Labor -- to Philadelphia to make up that game in the middle of bugs me -- there is it is -- and -- it -- -- everybody's -- about -- -- How god to meet up with Enrique Wilson after the game. Maybe doesn't get into bed gamed everybody you -- Maloney everybody jumps in an incredible comeback and to me that was a point. They got a jump started that kick start that final sprint to the end of the season. -- let all our humanity goes are you pretty unique series -- -- -- or re all this guy was all he's out Enrique Wilson. A great little help reduce like respect that he was and you know -- -- -- we -- -- Philadelphia and when entrepreneurs in fall on in game. And we don't oh what the white occupation order. Lot out and you know it was just the thing that you have to your look at LLC which like -- you know I'm Alex. If you'd think its that was and what you believe we would rather. And it hurt -- -- this created the Yankees but it stopped everything goes through -- -- handle situations. And how. You get the ball is are -- well and we had a all of our back it's all beat Utah and I think it's well I have a lot of -- scene -- a person out as Ellsbury -- Kevin you talked about how that 03 team was I was one in which the the additions were mostly we're mostly really good baseball players but not star players. However there was a core of star caliber players yet hater yet Manny you know David Ortiz became a star over back over the course that your. It's interesting to think about this -- Red Sox team because. The 2013 Red Sox may well finish without a single guy being top five -- MVP voting top five in Cy Young voting maybe not top ten and neither of those. The team win the without guys were basically performing group for a without guys who performed at at a superstar level in October. Can you have a championship caliber team without without those kinds of elite performers in the context about here. -- I mean -- -- on what that are here apple on terrain and be so those are many are statistically. So there are. And there's there's there's guys that -- bigger and it. It's almost a proper club the people around art it's better -- you have a group. It is on most days or I think they're thinking it's just one wrote. And and that's a good thing. These losers are is that -- at the -- you know as to what the first I've been here yet aspect what thirty -- -- hundred it's extremely hot. Well Korea's. It's yes and compete well especially -- -- a hundred feet into the postseason when you get in the post anything that at. And they'll you know they -- added it peavy who's just -- or a -- and our lack back. John when he Eagles. Well ball awesome job after turning the -- now awesome so. If you can direct talks are underway and when you on the that looks like you just maintain what they're built -- -- -- -- -- And Ryan Dempster back on the mound tonight after all The Who blogging community here -- in the suspension and who said what about it afterwards he talked about all that last week -- night with Dempster pitching again. -- and that long layoff how do you think he -- what -- did this layoff did good or bad to Ryan -- now with these last five weeks ago. They'll respond by an ambulance and right and it happened 95 mile an hour like he did when he was young blood with the Florida Marlins. He's a pitcher now he mixes up his pitches. You know what let's and he went there a lot -- stationed outside or situations are shocked everybody. It was one most thing that happened you know that you heard all like goodness you know or keep an agreement are trying to -- and current turmoil. It's not gonna happen it's not gonna happen out in the bottom line is that Ryan Dempster. It's gonna respond had a better and had years in the pattern that he. You know what signed to beat the Red Sox in the contribute for this club yet or be a distraction. He's a great person it's you know Ryan Dempster and teammates love on salt is jobs -- there and get out next few pitchers. Kevin you referred a couple of times to -- to where you see the Red Sox pitching staff -- and it's really interesting because it seems like the conversation about them. Has flipped a little bit of this as we've gotten some way to part of the season starting pitching almost right now seems like their strength. And they've gone through appeared with the exception of a couple of days ago when he game with thirteen runs. A lot of we actually relatively low scoring victories of late. About where you see their offense being especially at a time when you know when Ortiz has been struggling for a handful of games which. You know it's not fair standard but because David Ortiz it's surprising to see ago. Six games without it how do you see this offense being especially against delete it and -- pitching. Why I think it -- do it could Richie. -- -- -- -- -- It's great pitching paper turkeys it's good -- to -- held very it's good pitching so they have ample aren't in that lap I hit good pitching. It's just a matter -- -- Go through ups and Al hitters and your swing you know yet interpret couple weeks. You -- the hot the right time the problem is is. You know commitment this group just keep playing good baseball you try to went -- now you know or Iraq. Atop the division a lot. But the bottom what is it they wanna go out here can't find a way to be playing well the right time which is going to be torture in September and that you know that the -- that those. A couple of meters you know they were like it -- best team but yet. You know the top right time and got oral surgery -- the Red -- -- -- portable water offensively and they collect. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- You know a lot of people -- arms because he's so good. And yet from what we're hearing inside the clubhouse to a man had visited the teammates of -- supporting them why it was that important for Mattingly to do it to do it now. Because -- -- -- that situation and and track play and not sliding into second base. And lackadaisical outfield play each -- you're focused mentally a little bit at times and that's where you need to be -- and a lot. And -- it's a great job but -- addressing the situation now. We see Bobby Cox 200 don't back today we see Joseph Maddon it would be gave up up and that they. You're not bigger than McCain nobody and that's the main thing I think you saw commonality that they have a great league right now in the last. It's a great time to do this you just tap on the shoulder look they let skull and it's OK just recharge your batteries mentally. Unbelievable -- unbelievable he's gonna help the club like you just gotta make sure you understand the play of the game right. I definitely appreciated as always great stuff like enjoy Labor Day weekend I know it's baseball weekend for you every weekend to baseball weekend but. But enjoy the weekend and now we'll catch down. -- -- -- great the real 15 gamble are brought you back about -- corporation immediate insurance commonwealth mortgage and Goldsmith so you are. Part of a platoon. As it turns out yeah -- WE I don't comment on TV yeah I ecosystem -- with tuning and in so. It's time -- tagged out because after all when we've gotten people agitated about the nature Red Sox attendance. Having already gone through -- into a conversation it's time to bring in Chris the great Chris price of the great -- prizes here which means probably Tebow time again. So we've got to upload them to talk about outsourcing of the press -- later on thanks for joining us our look forward to it and thanks very much has been a blast the legendary Alex spared from WEEI dot com witness here we get it don't go away we get a sports flies back with Chris price. From WV I don't come talk about the patriots season and what to expect on the deep -- decision that's all coming up with a -- days ago and WEEI.

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