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Red Sox Bench Coach Torey Lovullo Sits Down with Rob Bradford

Sep 14, 2013|

Bench Coach Torey Lovullo checks in with Rob after a big win over the Yankees and playing for October.

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I don't rob Bradford Debbie -- dot com this is the Brad brochure out. -- -- -- 6177797937. But we are honored to have -- -- logo bench coast Boston Red Sox. Scroll on down to -- Fenway Park studios is going to be whether it's for one more segment in turn your calls will cruise through phone lines of Jack people are fired up. And -- -- no better person in to your questions directed only a few questions I might not -- talking about but Torre obviously does before we get to the cost Torre. -- -- -- The moments leading up to you sitting in this seat in the -- -- The doctors they take me through the moments so. So well first of -- you chased me around the field at full uniform tackled me a bear hug me and forced me to do that with that but I do that would everybody. Yes Florida so -- so by it. First this this talk broke quickly about the game was there a moment to be one moment in the game. Where a key decision had to be made it looked like a pretty cut and dried game you have Jon Lester pitched well but what's your moment in this game where you thought. OK or you -- John get together bench coach to manager. And that this is the right decision even morale of government the and the game was just like OK we get to this point morale is gonna comment. Do you one moment. The ball Jon Lester had a really atone for today you know it was not easy for all of us to just sit and be spectators as. As the fans and and we really enjoyed the show. You know I think one of the decisions John made as a very college decision was to put Franklin in the ball game. To to get some outs and give -- some big outs and well in the hazard and timely outs because we're gonna count on -- you look -- good looks at analyses. He's at the 9596. He's thrown a breaking ball it's very effective. Fill the strikes on up so we know at some point movie for -- need that to happen and the John wanna see it. Speaking of that and pictured in before we get to the the -- today. John Lackey last night or yet again the last yeah last night last night and wanna come out game and I've talked to John Farrell about this before. The people should realize that. He understands how much work goes in between starts when he takes out a starting pitcher it's almost like nails on chalkboard for -- So take me through exactly what happened last night the decision to take out Lackey. Well first of all you know John Ferrell it was a it was a great starting pitcher for many years he does know what it what goes into those those days in between them the lead up and the frustration of dealing with coming out of a ballgame so. You know there it was touch and go there for a little while -- know that John felt strongly that he of one John Lackey to come up with a loss to work. Decision that wasn't favorable he wanna get him out of the ball game with with with two runners on base rather and three. Or game that was tied. You know he had two strikes on the first hitter they got a base hit. The ball was up. I think the next hitter was -- Chris Stewart who also doubled off left field -- those are typically guys that John Lackey gets up comfortably -- 123. 123 but we start see a little bit of maybe fatigue and I think John was concerned that. He was -- Pulled off the mound for five batters down that line down that that line up and John lackeys -- he pitched it about philosophy that was a lot of decision. In obviously didn't work out the way John -- to we're talking about matches are going back and forth and next you know the score -- and well. In Gordon today's game. Again this is rob Bradford RBI dot com or -- bench coach. Boston Red Sox Wear this for a little bit longer he's gonna answer your calls in the second 61777979837. Before right before we get to the call for the game ends what you do. -- before you stroll down and highlight today by sitting in this chair. The first it is that way for -- you don't his press comes Eagles at their talks the media usually formed on his office we just talk about a couple things happened during the course they just typical conversations that. To fans would have you know some great moments that we appreciated. In and we go over the next day what we're gonna talk about lineup wise how we're gonna set some things up the next day. In we don't put a limit on that time we just wanna make sure that we were there were engaged and we we give it to -- probably 1520 minutes after that. I went upstairs and I -- a piece of he sells chicken -- over the series standings dollar. I watched a little bit of the taxing them. Alabama game probably two or three plays showered up came on down here all that fit the -- -- -- a rush to get here trust me all GW typically also don't you go that round that some of the players he talked about oh. Lineups are for next day year yes yes it that -- that goes along with me you know -- -- -- office walking over -- -- -- make -- it -- tomorrow you're down -- -- the rest of the -- upcoming tomorrow. Knowing you're knocking a player nor and he knew when you are gonna play -- -- guys' mentality. I it's cracked through some of these calls -- 61777979837. Asked Torre Novello. Why the Red Sox should be considered the World Series it. After I'm sure I'll tell you he'll tell you we should be considered the World Series favorite there's no doubt mine -- -- Did go and Springfield. -- you do on. Where they are guys who love the Shell -- -- shot. I'll let guy that they keep Torre you and barrel return in the scheme around that not only contenders. But absolutely. 100%. We are World Series champion not a doubt in my mind. Not a doubt in my mind any other under and you questioned on the earlier you ask him why people are not Vietnam board. And I think it because period that the pocket and there's a lot of them that they believed it easier to be apparent that that bang I'm out the Mets. Was -- that that the -- -- eagle everybody doom and gloom ever since 2011. I knew the read I beat -- was gonna turn around as soon as we got our pitching coach back. I'm Manny Camara who is you want my dad let's -- that's the only one that matters to win loss column. United popes Cardinals 91 points. 91 went in and I'll tell there's a preemptive strike right before I don't know what these these color blind optimism bottles lined up the -- ask questions. We'll get through my second here's a preemptive strike for. What are you gonna do about the eighth inning bullpen situation. Bible first of all -- as wanna say thank you for the kind words and I will say that getting John and over here as a manager. Obviously. It it's easy to point to him and say look he was the use the mainstay in the reason why but unfortunately I can't say that it -- its that he's the only reason. I think it stopped starts from the top we have some great players are brought -- by our front office is a great job in their homework to build the team -- book -- type team. And all John and in the rest of the staff has done is set up a little structure that we stuck to. We have not come off that we've been very diligent on out there and setting forth a standard of play that we expect every single night. These guys rise to the occasion they know what it takes and they're true professionals and it's just a perfect storm there really is it's fun to watch every single -- as far as the bullpen. I'm not worried you're not worried no I I think we have a lot of a lot of key pieces in place you know between. -- as breads. And obviously coach at the very back and we feel very comfortable. -- -- he thrown work -- work that these -- get some big yachts and I think we're missing in Tennessee a little bit in some situations that are very keyed on the stretch here. You know here's a guy that can fill the strike zone with three different pitches which -- usually kind of reserved for a starting pitcher and he's he's a starting pitcher down the bullpen that knows how to get outs knows how to get. Yeah his right here's my take on -- is that his stuff -- really did I think as you guys say he has the right mentality. Just some some missed time pitches and really go back the wild pitch obviously. But even the game in Tampa again at the at bat against Lonie where you come with three straight curve ball I think pretty good curve balls come but the good elevated fastball. And they come back with a curve ball probably right pitch but it's just you can't have it up up in the zone you have to keep coming down in if everybody. Saw that whoever saw that game I just wanna make sure they understand how well he threw the ball and he made two mistakes and he paid form when you do that against a hitter of of Loney and now Longoria status. You're gonna pay form and in other mistake pitches they're of their missed located. But outside of that he threw the ball very well and I know that won the Davis. Was was adamant to go -- are over with that same thought he went out of his way to make sure the work -- as he stepped off the mound and he threw the ball very well. I'd Mathieu in the car are you doing today. Robert fired up not very go out there young aren't question I had a -- else we can end this alleged that now. We all know that we'll call up radio station. And put myself I haven't called about a year most people who -- a lot -- represent a larger. -- regional attitude that -- about you know the current it's not fanatical about the iron there and telling you. The -- caught a little while all our our -- now. How -- you know what you -- but. Here's the thing -- -- that call because then you can say okay explain it to me and if you can't explain. Anything other than. I'm just afraid I'm just afraid I'm just afraid to 2011. Then. That that's fine but that's a logical -- -- You can Florida out of the water every indicator about fifteen. Sense that they're going to eat -- like I would on the positive side I mean I didn't think you're gonna be like best but I picked them to an 88 game. Okay I I would -- I didn't see that coming like everyone else I had one vacation. About fifteen out dog for a few weeks ago I said they're gonna go deep and play out I -- -- -- and -- win the World Series that would because. And the -- that opposing pitchers -- or error that. Sure there. It they're showing that they can win it all good luck I don't want to not out there and with absolutely -- right. Matthew very for the called -- so this is one of the narratives. For the last month even before that he can't beat good pitching. Right. And it's nice to ninth -- nice little run. But you have a good. The hard time against not every great pitcher everyone known to be great pitching but he can't beat good pitching Doug Fister as as the great -- beer made that Doug Fister line. You can't be above that. Did did the club out here that. And even if they didn't hear they did hear it what is the thinking on that it is and was there any concern about that from Buren. You know we missed a lot down there we we did hear that. I know for certain this team fears nobody. And that's one of our great qualities I think that we're built tough. Mentally and physically I think our our. Our guys greatest one of their greatest assets. Outside of their physical tools is their ability to go out there fear no one and I mean I'm in new we we've been waiting for the opportunity to. Faced guys like Max Scherzer who comes in here with nineteen wins is gonna go get his twentieth and and we put the door stop on that he we faced David Price and -- yes good pitching does shut down. Good offensive teams. But I think is our record indicates we've walked through just about everybody. And I understand it's easy to be pessimistic now that that's a great it's a great line. Literally you know its easy way out it's easy -- out. But with this team has done it's never taken the easy way out. In if our fans can get on board with that believe in us. To the point where they are gonna settle for the easy way out as well we need that sport and I guarantee or any of our best effort to walk this thing through as far as we can't. It's cruised through some more calls before Torre got to take off -- in Waltham made -- I'm good how are you. -- I don't have a question I get -- that -- that I have had more pleasure in the last couple of months watching the Red Sox. I think they're gonna go all the way -- And just informed the watching them and they see. It it's not so nervous like it what a couple of years ago at it that it's just the relief and it and a real pleasure and forget about the doomsayers. Well. Thanks for the collar crime and you can you can thank removable ball. More rendered Quincy power you. I I -- and I don't think that it would. Others go out really stepped into a cauldron of negatively here we're -- different -- I I don't feel like I feel so positive because there are no heroes. With the teams Jacoby Ellsbury not playing yet we're still winning so we're not that. Mentality oh my god we don't have someone so we're done this is a team. And I think. Most. Most Bostonians and regional -- and you know -- -- the Red Sox you'll you'll be accurate to find someone who say. All about the Patriots -- -- little -- that's what Belichick meanwhile all. Course and I think what the Red Sox I thought -- struck is that not -- a letdown last year Red Sox. Collect that wiped out front every team. Bruins. Patriots. The Celtics and of course the Red Sox but people need to work -- that look at fifteen for what they asks we're going to go all the way. While there you go another negative person Torre I'm sorry to bring you into this that Michael will let me ask you this before we get the -- Bridgewater. The thing did you sense that fans were buying in as the year kind of progressed here you were around last year you -- in -- But could you sense as a ball. Today I think it is different than two months ago could you sense that from the clubhouse perspective. Well you deep inside the clubhouse walls I know that this team is very confident. -- comfortable with believing. We were gonna get to where we are right now you know I understand how the offense could. Have that feeling that the wait for the shoe to drop. They've had a couple tough breaks over the past couple years but. As our players is said and as I picked up on in the past. A lot of these players don't know that. A lot of these players have talked about riding in -- script and telling their own story and that's 2013. You know campaign about 2013 campaign so. I know that a lot of guys. -- have kind of lingered from from the last colossal hangover of 20112012. But to be honest -- he rob we don't talk about it doesn't come out and I think we're already right new script laws. When he said that Jonny Gomes -- on the year I believe on WEI a few weeks ago he said the scripted just had yet to be written. And the play button had yet to be put so he's got the movie in the book rights already. Already locked in Tony Bridgewater what do you Pretoria are you -- Daytona. Yeah a door where the ball rate dropped culture this year you went on and you know 10. I don't wanna come to how old and I'm -- barely -- -- but you know it's it's a political football with a cigarette box and and maple. Your perspective look look at the package that both patient and sure serve or land and I think that's Derek shares was up better ERA. Bad start OK then you have. I would wreck their game mark -- the -- -- -- -- the Red Sox now. I'm not saying direct background but I'll. Wind and what -- but also they're not what we are and I got a great deal but it's you know. There -- to cope with. -- -- the thing with the part discovered great location. And the thing that went to the player are you guys -- -- in an idol or not it's a full and and clutched it. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- hundred we'll run -- forward positions -- into what. He got called it all we thought it -- -- -- smaller position in average but reports are. They've got the clutch it you've got the -- but anybody who thought -- -- -- I doubt -- as both -- guys it is you know it is. If it's not real. While Tony Tony avenue QB on the line and asked toward this question which is. We look at Detroit as maybe the most talented team in the American League from top to bottom. But can we start looking at the Red Sox in terms of talent level along the same lines and my question at -- really is. When you're in spring training. And you're in April when people are saying this is a nice bunch and their over achieving. Could you see that this team might rival the talent level of a team like Detroit. Well we certainly felt strong enough about it to say with our pitching staff. I'm moving forward without health concerns would confuse anybody. And we we firmly believe that -- with all due respect to the Detroit Tigers there's a lot of baseball to be played between now and -- time if it does get down to it. You know I like our chances I like our chances go out there and compete -- out there -- have quality at bats. Professional at bats and get the job done. You know look who we did the Verlander Detroit I think we knocked around pretty good there I know we didn't win a lot of ball games there we won this year each year. But I want the that the fans to understand that. Our hitters don't fear anybody our our our hitters rise for the occasion and if they are gonna face -- scherzer or Verlander. That they're ready to go. Start America wouldn't say it's it's always go in the playoffs. Always always always the sum up all that and you know better than anybody in a bit -- on here -- -- are. You know six and two thirds scoreless for the suffered -- and those guys -- it or not you can talk all you walk all work and you don't respect would stop with the umpire -- -- And who -- look at the last report from the good guys ERA it's like what's up and it's not like that it can lead up over in an inning and there's nobody their -- haven't been an Olympic comment you are saying okay you know we get a shot -- -- it's -- matter what you say on the radio not my concern. But all right thanks for the call tonight I tried to give the preemptive strike I told you yet a you know I I will say this. He's right he's right a lot of ways that it did does come down to pitching and timely hitting. Pick of the baseball take care of the baseball not make in. Making bad plays and run in and out. That's what we've been doing all year long in the wee wee pads we've got some hiccups here and there as every ball club does but for the most part we've been very consistent we said great -- here. I think our guys are -- take the next step. You know and whatever happens in our bullpen I feel very comfortable and I know our team feels very comfortable that you know with the fortified guys in the very back into the bullpen. They're gonna go out there pound strikes they're gonna go up there there got -- -- the strike zone with older pitchers keep hitters off balance follow game plan collect if that's the best you feel this team is playing all year right now. We we know we have to feel that way you know we're in timing and in is in. Our sport is a lot and we feel like these are movement really good positive direction were peaking at a good time walker regulations are. Little known fact all the coaches get enormous bonuses if the team wins 91 games so good job. For a -- my bonus is my time with -- of. But a lot of that I want to leave that part of appetite for joining his story Saturdays with Torre always the place you know hopefully yeah. We can do it again somewhere down anytime rob I enjoy the time are right I'm rob Bradford RBI dot com this is the -- boat show we're up until eight. 617779. 79837. We're still answer the question when asked. Do you. How far will this Red Sox team go what is going to be year answer will get some more. Insight on that right activists.

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