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Red Sox Road to Redemption Roundtable Hour 3

Oct 3, 2013|

Mikey Adams, Joe Castiglione, Rob Bradford, and Alex Speier talk more about the Red Sox Road to Redemption as they get ready to face the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 1 of the ALDS on Friday afternoon.

Transcript - will not be 100% accurate

I'll sex. I was all set for playoff baseball. I took the womb saying what series start at the that's what I had a similar conversation with David Ortiz recently but yeah yeah in English. Yes. It is my only one series. That's right. Yeah that's true to address it the other way you were just get this out -- ago about the ultimatum from the -- closure there that you just leads -- -- you don't concede we know because you know why that's a special request only be able rank it require quality -- -- -- and I thought that was gonna kill this penalty minutes sat out with. By the way Joseph I I've I've told Dave I just moments is as he's walking out that. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- You know I expected -- I can do the Geico Campbell. I don't you can't do it every night every -- on the radio. But I've I've added you know yes in my whole life -- -- to start doing yes I was about fourteen years -- problem is that between 83 retired and now there has been as much calls for yes super snatches a -- arledge went. But guys -- -- -- Diaz from Elvis that's a plus you know Murton want to have a statue up there -- -- ball market. Camp wouldn't want Rio Rico but so -- -- because. -- -- with a walk out there but that's how we are here live it -- -- Jerry Remy is. -- -- Jerry Remy is looking out behind behind us as a beautiful you'll Fenway Park and does it feel. At this moment Alex spear and rob Bradford and Jokester -- like. A playoff kind of night just the feeling of the Bears -- the temperature of it so wanna support those that feel like. The fact that the baseball world does have -- stoppages in the -- options in that allows you to really kind of zero in on exactly what's going to go on. Series that in front of view of the teams that are in front -- -- I do think that creates you know some of a real excitement. You know and in the in the targeted excitement that you don't usually get. On you know best you know this team in Tampa three days this is -- a while and ask Joseph. Obviously you're very ugly witnessed here very very prepared for every single game you have any different feeling heading into this playoff game. As a broadcaster a guy who's going to set the scene tomorrow. I think so I think you feel a little bit more around upbeat -- a little bit. More fired -- -- normal and I try to get by an effort became the it's not a problem either last year 'cause you always root for a good -- it's. But I think with a playoff game. There was an extra sense of excitement that urgency yet. Time is to be my thirteenth playoff. The year that's pretty -- He won't always good heading into that 2004 that gave back clinching game. Heading into that game how he's Roger butterfly situation they hit it happen. The real World Series and at the adult World Series that you know that this is this is -- might very well be the game that you might have the call which actually was the call. Why it was certainly is something you thought about a long time and I remember exactly everything I did that Dave my wife was that we have a lot chipped up Mike Shannon's restaurant. Nice with Jeff finals of the president hall of fame who was I -- many years ago with bill Madden of the New York Daily News. And you remember opposed those little things that happened. I think that morning we went up in the arch. And that just try to get a clear the mind and knowing what was ahead than that I do remember. Packing my -- champagne clothing but the fact that after that when I change it a little Saturday rubber suited some kind of just the old Gene -- you know we're just -- to the World Series but but we do want a statement DARPA. Knowing -- flight home that night you don't want. So but I think -- as the game unfolded you just sort of worried -- the you know we -- but we're gonna win but. With the Red Sox history after that time -- never -- Totally certain. That's funny -- missed my chance because he played the first World Series game I ever saw as game for 64 can't board Grand Slam yankees are bad outing I. I arthritic right a 43 I was the only. Guy in Yankee Stadium standing up with my hands in the years screaming. It pure Ecstasy would have to -- it's a Grand Slam -- And I got a lot of nasty looks and almost a couple hot -- sort of -- but the World Series has its special another statement to the champagne. Now the champagne comes out like you know all along the way -- now it's -- apparently is silly story I saw out of us. Well I did it twice in two games yes I know now. That's that's that's unacceptable I think that that the gap -- they shouldn't that I edited for right now and when you win the division series I don't think it's cause for champagne in LCS is that it's hard to tell others or so and so much unchartered territory right at the -- circuit which which is the Phillies -- celebration which is the ship big celebration but we everywhere you went through such a run. And -- from 2003. Through 2009. Released it yet so many of the I think we counted fifty -- It just became commonplace -- to OK it is Jonathan Papelbon regenerate your year doing things the champagne. Many of the want the other night here and it was different I've I think it was different then what we had experienced the previous. What different budget guys have been all the Ortiz is laughable or not ready for most Avant. And I hadn't done it for twelve years Edwards arguing about this about comparing it to 67. About the difference is the similarity I guess that's not only the magnitude turn around but the fact of the year before it was there was you read steps such depth. And in 67 it was a long long period but that's what makes those kind of celebrations even more memorable when you -- have anything before you tell your pop says it or worse the the Irish. Yeah you know it compares a 67 or urgency -- you what you view you -- back and that team we talk about this Red Sox were -- or -- 789. Followed bullpen by committee we got -- -- closing 67. In a World Series they started Gary wants Bruschi gave six and they had guys like eighteen year old can't read it in the game. And have a whole stack up pitching beyond -- Morgan Jose Santiago. Earlier that set up man they really didn't have a close I know they had John Wyatt. In my pitch two or three innings but the that haven't. And that's where baseball's really changed the with a pitching roles yeah what what it what I -- it just in conversation -- comment on this is that. So there was talk about Felix to -- abroad is going to be in the bowl. And you could make -- case well he's one of the last guys the ball but right now but how many times have we gone into a playoff series. -- all I have a faceless nameless guy was at the end of the open at -- the roster -- -- it would it's all said and done. This is the guy Derek Lowe is a while now obviously jumps to mind absolutely you know game three of 2004 NBA -- yes he had been relegated been marginalized on the Red Sox. Pitching roster you've ever game to it perhaps against the Angels when the Red Sox had like six different arms coming out of the bullpen. From every different angle you have the Mike Myers is of the world and -- In you know a host of you know timlin and -- and all these different guys leading them to fall. And -- was the one guy who didn't matter at all the guy who was we were always dismissive of the 25 man on the roster. And yet they needed to extra innings -- disagree with the -- right. He had to pitch he was going to pitch like fifteen innings if they needed him to. In and said he got to win with one not so -- -- -- -- -- getting at this are you are well but I don't -- -- these guys -- created every role they -- who eventually figured out got it done as a setup guy before -- didn't closing is a really good set up guy effort to winning states. At and you know sure we should have Shiite 99 -- -- But so -- is not a great athletes -- Red Sox have had -- -- at the Al yeah. And that we see them play basketball member one time we had a rain delay Yankee Stadium basketball court behind third base. There's as -- -- power pitcher going out play basketball with the kids nobody thought -- drink -- seven. Items -- at Lowe's -- also are represented throughout representation of what you can get from having a good post season run which is a lot of money. That's the way you got a guy who had it ERA of over five that yeah that's right but he goes in the post season run. And ends up with this great contract from the Dodgers -- four years 36 million I think depth and we so we've seen this is this a lot to -- -- -- be made in the post season. That's what -- the moral of the story. That's one and I think everybody's aware of certainly the reds by the way you guys know what they're don't across the street here next to the baseball -- Have they put -- putting in a hotel there or something like -- you know it's you have been down this way don't wanna I wanna help on how to I don't go to -- ago park you know -- Mike -- statues go up. I think that -- I was gonna parked there because he used to be a parking lot right. And all of a sudden it's used to be mcdonalds -- used to be with -- out shot there at their final seem -- know that you sort of -- I just outside espionage to Fenway -- that you are would -- people -- shed little light out of forming. Does that mean having -- hunt for parking meter next I just ask me that Joseph walking in here to zero guys. I invited -- man -- the they would come out now. By the it is very very and I Wear a good guy run a little JD might come to the games happen. Brilliance and he doesn't pull something on the way here. Right well that's one of the last thing you know that I mean it certainly J. D. Drew in Tampa Bay in 2008. You know that's a kind of unforgettable image the checks going against do they drive right at risk of telling stories out of sorts school J. D. Drew tax would be asked me when the work out -- today. So I thought at Milwaukee did that at at the go to Texas brother. But yes so -- really one of the nicest -- -- grade and it was one of my. Is what my favorite guy as a player scrawled in the natural now appeared as shortly target a J. D. Drew only as we -- so it could Joseph be a great got -- Talk about this Joseph we are talking -- right fielders that have played in -- part since the Dwight Evans there era since he kind of set the standard for what right field is supposed to -- played like you Fenway Park and I think most people -- best and maybe we get that collectively their receipt. Out there. And the respect he got from all the base runners on so forth that due to his arm but we talk about just getting the job done and -- aspect -- a great deal. We had Trot Nixon JD Drew when I was describing him to rob Bradford. I said yet technically he was great in differently and kind of way he runs to the right place to catch the ball he had all those instincts but I don't remember him I agent and. Stretching out old yet so until Joseph might point I don't think he had the guys -- tell exactly four but I really don't know who -- sometimes no matter how much you want in fairness you do go back Duke. 3040 years guys and I overall feel is it's the army -- -- Dwight Evans that. He didn't -- didn't really I don't -- Bobby -- one point about done about Dustin Pedroia and what of the things that he said was. Love the way he plays defense but kids understood for the life of me why spend so much time in the dirt. Why is he always got together I he makes a lot of plays on my my point being -- it over the course of a 162 games are harmony play the outfield. You know one's gonna be just out of your reach if you don't dive for it that you caught -- caught it that's the kind of ball talk about now I don't say it everybody has to come up dirty like Trot Nixon. You know what -- whenever they do but. I just I don't know there's that extra amount of -- Well intensity lowest. Do things -- boy and J. D. Drew and I said this to you Mikey but he was the best I can remember catching balls in the run. It almost to a fault you whoever they gave -- Tampa where he caught the ball he didn't meet him at in foul territory yet -- and it cost them maybe the game right but the other thing -- yeah the other what the thing we talked about was the arm. Every -- -- thirty egos are how good it is it is and how does that lineup with Dwight Evans on which you. Hold up it was and so should you but my god like -- with the respect to pick the Reno runners don't stop at third base -- you know arm on a single. The right field from second base they don't stop at third -- -- they -- stopped -- -- a lot of -- and -- -- -- -- -- there are very very -- -- he has. But it but the strength of Evans combined reactors you know I mean I like I don't think anybody's gonna argue that. The victory does a better right fielder but he sir I think he's the best since Evans last in right field for the Red Sox and better than drew. Different styles yeah I mean I think that he wasn't Victorino is he might be the most fearless right fielder that I've seen. You know -- crashing the walls other than Eric Hinske of course hasn't -- hurt by Hinske are -- little bass player in the darkness where it's that I don't -- I wanted to foul. The most the most fearless and it is a little bit unorthodox Shane Victorino but he did great jump to the ball. He's got a great arm and he's a very very good defender he's he's he's a better defender than I thought it was. Was now we have Tampa Bay in the in the fold here as far as through there and play seven to twelve against the Red Sox this year I -- ask each got -- what are you guys what is it about Tampa Bay if -- that scares you. And I know we're gonna here but they're they're starting rotation but I guess maybe beyond that because it's kind of well no they have. Are pretty good top top wide front of the front of the rotation starters what scares you but at Tampa but I mean I don't think you have to go too far beyond that they're. Pitchers absolutely shut down the Red Sox you look at the number of games that they played this year and what I think that Doug nine of the more defiant were decided in the in team's last at bats. Ten of them were decided by two runs or less. They're rotation yes it had like a 353 ERA something like that against the Red Sox is here. Already very good. But the actual offensive line -- the Red Sox -- against the race was worse. Then the line that the rays put up against the Red Sox starters so they here's all right right to -- too -- that's I mean look we're -- -- barely over the Mendoza line. This is at this irritation that absolutely kill them. I think that we shouldn't look at just the fact that the Red Sox started winning lately here. Against left handed starters and say oh they'll be okay gets more price no they didn't face left handers the caliber born price except for the one game where they beat price like to do nothing. If you look at what they did against. A leads they even upper half of the American League left handed pitchers they were terrible okay that 2.0 five Hillary when ERA but it's not always everybody else seeing my chart absolutely yeah. Or you compare the Lions are against each other did does that include other treatments Buchholz -- out there because I you know I'm I'm assuming. That during the three months -- he faced Tampa. -- this as if he does he bring that up is of the you look at. The other two guys -- the last -- Buchholz and Lackey. Where Tampa vs Cleveland. That buckles and very very good against the Tampa current Tampa hitters -- -- Lackey was very very good against the current Cleveland hitters. Now Lackey hasn't had that much success against. The opposite was cl let's translates but to go back to your original question yeah. I mean I don't know how you could answer anything but what Alex said that you look at the starting pitchers that so that's it the Bulls. The two guys they have going Matt Moore and David Price Matt Moore pitched -- Fenway Park once this year complete game two hitter. And then David Price is pitched in Fenway Park and times in his career is only given up two runs -- wants. But it does for the first two guys that you're facing so you can have optimism the reds are surrogate team but. Be aware. You know -- he's. You've got to be aware of Alex cartoon this kid really knows how to pitch last night he didn't have great stop. And the -- -- that somebody didn't give up Iran yeah where we're -- some tough. Situation as he runners on third that they shut down to Vegas strip there that was English is incredible what he did and -- the point is that this kid should always Boston born by the way and that. He relishes his David Ortiz batting gloves that are gonna do what it was a batboy just. Now -- beach around a lot and they liked. I think that their starters there are so good at but over the Red Sox -- So blessed you don't know I you know I hate it but a lot of people look at the Red Sox starters it's for some reason there's little asterisk next to a buckles name because he wasn't around. Offer reports -- middle of the season but you know what he he had Cy Young numbers in the beginning of the end. Which a combine it all too it's 121 right when -- -- euphoria -- right and -- -- I don't let Longoria beaches that's another -- and try Daniel Bard learned that one straight. Was it trusting how that's sort of the Red Sox in no way they're gonna get to you really you really have to look at how these individual pitchers relievers do against these individual Tampa hitters. Because that's what's going to be important in my mind that's sort of a place such a matchup game. Frank cloudy with Franklin morale -- -- one -- so for six with three strikeouts against. Things like that you gonna have to keep in mind because I think that's why they're keeping eleven pitchers they're gonna be rotate these guys in -- tell you can get to coach. All eleven pitchers or all that's our that's unbelievable outside that seemed like 12 ready to me. Earl Weaver used to have eight -- nine. Plus put up those big cheers last night and -- ahead nine right. Nine pitches last night the and really if you look at the history of this division series over the last ten years only. Six of the forty teams that have been and it. In the division series have used an eleventh pitcher and one of those here -- they say they're just there is a little insurance policy -- if you automatically -- it is or things could have been different. If thought if -- could hit a breaking ball for God's -- and if you believe how many breaking balls he was strong last night my -- how whole -- I talked to Joseph Michael Morgan they have made this. May not want to have a leadoff -- Dennis breaking ball according bats are now that it out. It's better play good Joseph Morgan's golf tournament on my own good yeah I start I don't -- that you didn't do or not Joseph Morgan not match Americans -- have. This I guess I decided. That's the false. That's I don't know the number one -- it is unbelievable wanted to yeah he's a subject -- does the president at Morgan what's the guy with a fastball like his do it -- cope with Charlie -- -- But that's it. He's always -- to the point you know. And by the way Pittsburgh Pirates down to nine don't want about a six seeded Cardinals Cardinals. Ellis Island and like you lead -- your team. Not not Saint Louis is worried I don't want them I might retirees -- trailing one to nine by buck because I was pretty happy the other night though the Pirates actually got something done. For a -- -- -- -- over America like -- Torre do with their first World Series yes I would normally operate -- ten years ago by the -- that World Series went eight games. Really -- Red Sox won the last point. Are such -- the last four will take the series five games to three. And they yet clinched it over ten years you're over your body Toledo also would love to have a Pirates Red Sox World Series was that John McDonald. Knew he'd be guaranteed right World Series Teixeira. These already and get three of them -- exactly yeah yeah oh yeah. That's your thing dock Ellis Ellis -- -- -- deaths and -- those accessible only recently there's this disease tripping on -- somewhere. We're here live from Jerry Remy is the rooftop. What does is called the roof. -- go the roof right next to Fred way departed sure is right next to Fenway is that it park now. Eerily empty and desolate but -- for the storm might it is the cart before the -- tomorrow of the action 3 o'clock at Joseph what do you think of the sun field as it. Plays into these two game play and I'll listen this is going to be very inches they have members gain two and 1986. ALCS. A Red Sox Syria chopper to go after the moniker like Castro lost that in the -- and around during that you are or I remember that and that is on can be very devastating -- I it looks like it's gonna be a sunny day the last weather forecast that I saw and you really have to take care great for Carlo where there's certain times -- might -- united meet there and about a. We -- the worked a one of the things that worked out last couple days did was give us an idea exactly where we're dealing with the you know outs and I were there it is -- it is. It is the first few innings with the the halfway to the mound the right -- That's words to go back but that's all you know effective for a couple innings I believe by 330 they've by the -- guard passed the -- right but -- -- it translates to the outfield though -- Jake Peavy was -- media today when he was -- fly balls. He said it was absolutely horrific. You could see him almost -- -- -- couple of me like the 4 o'clock fly ball to 5 o'clock fly ball on the game like tomorrow where it not the written on the initial going but later on as it starts civil down. You're right fielders are just always done it went to the when did the new press box come into existence. 8989. Okay so this would have been before that the press box and to that of the -- know the develop play in 1978. If the new press boxes they are. I have no idea brave but that might not -- kind of I think you I think used deep enough of that -- that boy even the one property stabbed while the what was of the doubt the local programming yet the idea of the -- exactly yeah it he just got lucky on where each -- little liberals and liberals and had a held up a second base via -- I think this son out that far probably isn't as much affected by the the new pressed -- -- it's a good -- this you know I think that it's you look at what they've had to deal with the last couple days and -- -- -- -- -- I don't know what you do with it. But I think it is a fact. Now Tampa Bay courses used to playing indoors yeah CR are so he is one catwalk hit that changes the course of that game that stupid cat. That walk up there are ties is that a primitive -- -- your recollection. -- somebody hitting that ball and try to make a play off my. Happily lost the ball where this season. In the world not so much in the catwalk it'd -- the talent but it went throw it. And that that help them sparked a rally but there. I don't remember is really losing team that -- -- more Red Sox lost his artificial turf because they were the last Sox yet the so long -- Jonny Gomes is the very proudly states that he is the owner of one of two records it will never be broken in baseball history. Utterly don't tell -- well I can have no hitters but are -- to bear the -- -- that -- -- -- he's as the cal -- series yeah -- -- -- he owns the other one which is most hits off the catwalk. Of any player on the catwalk. It's a bizarre stadium and I hate that stadium I'm not afraid to say it. As stated is awful. It's always say if -- so I don't know I feel I don't listen to the fans that don't show up for Kansas had to fill out and it so -- no there there tomorrow and I really wasn't likes it. You like Tampa Buick -- the -- are absolutely absolutely only got a great deal or we love Bob working conditions are great. Well I mean that's that's terrific that's all I care if it's indoors at first army as a lead to star -- that it does Tampa Bay deserved to advance in this scenario here tomorrow starting. This series the Red Sox. Based on this. They have the worst fans. They don't have any period of fans that go there I think just -- -- and they're all people from other parts of the world you rating out there today ready to adjust otherwise. Really there aren't they are good okay why I never ever see anyone ever wearing a Tampa Bay shirt. You know you just don't see that if you if you it's the gift of it who went to the a well I mean I thought I -- -- yeah. Don't have a good spring a fan base that went to the ballpark isn't it it's a bad ballpark and it's -- Nevada locations for the entire Tampa Bay Area because. It's off to the southwest at Saint Petersburg to a lot of people don't -- cross that causeway which is what about. Yeah I was six miles also lottery -- -- I've not only his son bridge but the causeway from Tampa are you are right right -- Jarrett skyway bridge there's another factor from the south Sarasota. People my wanna avoid but there. Yeah it's unfortunate they had a new ballpark -- -- to a lot better. I think is unfortunate that Major League Baseball -- any regular season games in the state of Florida would almost returning games they have down there and they have the Marlins and attempt relate ideas bevy have you been to the Marlins are now. It is quite the scene like yeah it is quite the CEO you could swim with efficient you know while this is by the fifth fitting him in left field is girls dancing on tables you know the night club out there to -- this this DH in our conference stuff statue at center field and actually get to do that I should get down there yeah it -- -- that -- the -- -- I don't -- -- our conference stuff. Etc. so -- so let's say what we got we got. Lester and Lackey -- calls and peavy in that order. -- doesn't care where he pitches but we should all care -- that lackeys had -- 103 well on the three earned run average at home this year. At a 63 record to -- Yeah absolutely you take -- this puts us so extreme that you take him -- a -- They hold up with what he was doing actually in his first couple years with the Red Sox when he was quite a bit better surprisingly at Fenway that he was on the road. By the fact that he's a ground ball pitcher certainly. Certainly doesn't doesn't hurt things especially when. You now have this this tiny bit of foul territory. To work with the back I mean it is you know it will be very interesting to see how many have any. Outcomes of games or altered despite how little foul territory there is that one at bat that gets prolonged. In lends itself to like the game winning RBIs should be well it was a play the Angels get with a Jeff Mathis was one of the minority owners Suns. -- the ball out of his glove and a playoff game. I I guess of this affair I remember I remember the Josh Paul incident with -- -- the ball you have rolling the ball but down oh yes you are -- told you lost the local hospital effort that it formation all right greats. Where. -- -- -- information here heart Buffalo remains our top running his -- top pick out a certain -- -- an amazing Jokester glioma Alex beer don't forget there's two reasons that that there and it looks at LSU and don't forget that. And ahead -- -- better -- -- friends as the sugar bear will continue with our Red Sox rounds it was -- it was -- program called Red Sox. Redemption -- the road to reject twice every show I do or wrote dissolve that you know tiger rode the Marlboro plays we'll be right back. So I think it's kind of like the road to success happen to come through Boston Fenway Park and so I think a lot of -- guys that are still around from that can identify with that. And I think a lot of the young guys is based on how we react is that the folks that have been there -- field. It also speaks of the Boston -- I -- have been in there they've just been there all the time and they're gonna do it. They're gonna continue to be there no there was an aberration last year but I truly. Felt that we talked about spring training they're going to be very good this year based on the right positions. Back -- back. -- -- -- And I and Doug -- series like tell me were pushed -- microphone closer experience. I -- do like the big league you know play by play guys him. By the way. Next time somebody gets sick and you have an emergency graduate innings. And I mean my god I haven't waited my whole life to do one inning a play by play well we know you're the boss start to. That's a -- of snow that I think. Always loved that you might just wanted you to do Dave O'Brien doing and you didn't know me you know we're dog lover and say -- I know I have the privilege of -- with Joseph I don't know I got to. Can you believe it's I -- -- to what was an even and I can't go ahead Lola what was the Mike Carp. Grand Slam in Tampa hot which who has a great moment for all involved. And this and that the otherwise it was Jason Giambi hitting Grand Slam in Cleveland the walk off ten. That was a shocking doors. I know I I did a little bit of a study know using you know the volume units and via actual disability is involved in -- that you believe it's over the years. And you -- -- can you believe it for their mothers day miracle was even more grandiose from a decibels perspective. Then when the Red Sox one of the -- the World Series. And imagine that they were -- measured. Like -- just give an example of Obama's state miracle was truly America are you by the time the Red Sox are already nothing really nobody I'd have several innings to. So believe it real well that's that's that's. I was amazed that because a B that was just a Julio Lugo thing and I thought well. But that you're right -- you have all the time in the world to prepare for that moment so as opposed to just coming on you. But you were just overwhelmed us the speed and they believe it is -- of mothers day miracle pass type of events that the comeback against Cleveland this year is. Not all of people mention that everyone mentions a lot of different games and moments never in the beards and we understand that. What a moment doubtless. That that when they came back against Cleveland that now how how -- can you believe that you -- The Jacoby l.'s very who is off of it was off of it's maybe. Are Joseph Smith just met this sidewinder the a guy that we had one but the they wanna get Seattle so economic. Is that yeah that one with that -- -- startling just give -- but how many where they down a -- at the ninth or. Four -- five they have there was no clue that there we're there now even threatening. And all of those and I Brock COLT game Brock -- that something of that game and we said we were talking about this the broadcast. Everybody on this team. Even the extra locker guys have had moments that had one or two moments right which you say oh I remember the -- -- over the Brock COLT moment. Tomorrow I know it's like 67 you remember that norm -- ball. I do the -- dribble around the -- pinball and I I remember most importantly. I remember the incredible. Jose terrible they're going to promo one lesson about that and they say all 1967. Austin Howard with the job he made a great jump caught sweet swept tagged Kent Barry and it was a huge moment and you'd better race but. Nobody gives Jose -- a bull who had a Mickey Rivers esque arm in right field. Let's give the guy credit he should be -- that ball and also over Austin Powers that hard made such a great play there was just with the it's a and yeah he's a first Major League player ever interviews and nicest guys out there terrible I don't want. Els and how else to -- -- he was the -- imagine the Yankees every team that -- further decisively you ward and 32 for the Yankees which is retired this right. An -- and Howard of course won three consecutive MVPs yankees had and their line -- at that -- given time. But Harbaugh wore number twelve people forget he could throw -- -- Probably now could throw better than he ever did during his. The course of his career but. Out of the recent success I think every -- -- that the reason 6070 yard tailback or so look at half. Think the 67 -- his lyrics we've got that -- what -- now where we got Jose tar out of reality terrible we're getting closer to 2013. We are -- ever I -- don't think for a second I haven't found a dramatic about it I think -- 75 guys that all caught a ball that you know Roger left front -- just -- -- -- -- I don't know there are a lot of the 400 hitters -- now. I might -- problem for ten. But you know every lessening the key to this team is they have a lot of that love ability of the 67 Sox because and if you're not show because all of this was. Kind of unexpected right. Absolutely and that's a big part of me out and that's that's the only real similarity at least 67 at 22 stars all past he has about that though. The statue was it Bailey said. -- many similarities the biggest difference is this team is better because it is better pitching. Right yeah old spent well it end Alex talked to some players about this today and we've talked about the past. It can't be discount at the core group of players that yadier and I think that sometimes that is discount. Yeah we we focus so much on the amount of turnover that occurred on the roster between -- this impact. John -- just today said outlet and -- to do was tremendous because there was this are reaching roster turnover well. You know there was there was significant changes there were significant -- -- -- to the roster and obviously the acquisitions of Shane Victorino and coach -- Honda. -- game changer is but it's the same time the story of this year's Red Sox. Is the -- is the return to two. Just -- strossen the of the performances of guys like David Ortiz healthy for a full season Clay Buchholz Jon Lester. Healthy and -- healthy in the case of west are all year dominance. Whenever they were on the mound by and large Jacoby Ellsbury once again being a force atop the order. You know this is this is really the story of the return to form of a number of key contributors in the Red Sox stopping at the Dodgers trade. In making the decision we're not going to blow this up any further. Because they go to right but what I what was he has to do related back to 667. What was gases yeah. You're like the year before 66 several. -- just 78. The year before. That was his worst era at that point guards twos 66 were you there there's another common threat theaters going into the -- work out thing you know they -- -- not a terrible would have to do novelist and he don't -- -- always seen this spring training the pitcher George Scott the rubber suit ride the bike. -- Hungarian trainer that he had FBI I don't know I can't iron gratifying has came back -- sixties -- look at tiger completely different person. Guys down like to have the pack a day and it's. Half half half athletic he was and you come out early there rather pathetic -- -- -- different and he started off the sees -- -- a completely different test it was a whole new ball they're really -- I'm never seeing a player where Europe it's over it's for training. And you have to do a double take you'll recognize them for at first like John Lackey. I was shocked we saw a few years back in the late nineties -- found -- I -- showed up and I don't know Chris Klein's stuff off fought off a well it's a cartoon figures a but Rudy -- -- have a Lannan didn't dog Fred -- though you're right -- turn it. Intermediate unit his creation in terms of getting -- -- yeah that's why -- -- it up there as well. Fred Lynn did it to what you're today's seven and I baby and and looked completely different not not so completed fewer recognize them. That's all that's science only science can do that but you know I mean it's the kind of thing where. I going back in time who I've said this many times before. It was really a one man show in sixty set where you as almost singlehandedly. Did but he did that for that ball club. And I'm not sure how well they would that -- -- current playoff system those 67 Red Sox because of the fact their pitching was indeed. They didn't have to go it to -- as a was there one on the last day of the season it starts Santiago game one against Bob Gibson does that allow -- But they have have a deep pitching staff like this does so the chances of winning game three or four and -- it in a series like that -- it is as good. The Red Sox well. Even Jake Peavy to -- you'd rather Joseph Maddon today it was like. But it was breaking down the Red Sox and why they represent a formidable threat -- yes. He's had Jake Peavy is their number for a starter that this guy was an all star last year right it was a White Sox -- a former Cy Young winner but you know obviously a different pitcher that he was that when his career. But nonetheless a guy with pedigree and with the stuff and with ability right now. There was I was somebody sent me at saint Pete times and I'm. I'm -- right the first line of the ray's story that Joseph Maddon told me sift through all that well right he mentioned that yeah you mentioned that today nearly now again and red -- day about having you to all the stores and oh yeah no -- Julia. Right the right by the dugout as he went who's gonna wish our wish him well 'cause he's a good friend of mine any say we will see what he. He didn't say -- -- have bragging sort of way -- definitive way and that run true and I I had a feeling that would happen because. Somehow they found a way almost -- -- -- they almost lost that are probably a seven nothing lead and hung out to win worked seven to six and and then what went from there but. Well he works some magic as -- as it's. Amazing that they've had some down turns every year that they've gone on this Ron. Yet he manages to strike the right tone -- this team. And whether that's the you know the goofy motivational stuff or whether that's just say we'll be OK but whatever he's doing in the course of the seasons. He manages to to figured out by the end of the year there really is remarkable and starting with when he created the psychology bit yes they could take on anyone in the American League east. You talked about that today how even when they were getting their brains beaten and as a perennial last place doormat. That he was instilling in them this week there are times what people said oh they should basically create a second division. Of like a loser is and what a bad candidates but that now. We can be the American League east and we compete we can beat the snot out of the Yankees the Red Sox and go to their place -- knock them off their little pedestal. It passes since 2008 that's what they've done they've kept doing it. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Pathetic where everybody smiling you -- hungry I don't criticize the booklet but it just that a meeting my paper cup. Another solid driver that -- Myers at the same complaint they did I thought I don't know free laughs a little -- but they ate the canary in the coal mine after the eighth but. At least there was some that are you don't want -- we're having a good time here other -- drop off we are kinda happy smiling people are you I can't wait till tomorrow. Because the of the atmosphere that prevails when we got to look nicer to get here this is a playoff beard T shirt you know of course I have appeared long before these guys ever got all that the about it you know all -- this adage. With the beard thing but it's worked out well form you know we had the idiots and 04. At a Jack Daniels. And it suddenly. Jack Daniels is okay but chicken and -- wasn't and now no matter what these bearded guys they are they like Pirates or whether they're crazy these guys -- the beard that I think the Pirates were already in the bullpen in the oh so those criteria other parts of the Caribbean. Yeah so -- harm Arlington Amezaga hit that low but it nervousness now and it it'll happen between now and tomorrow at 307. That's games and three of seven brochure. Joseph would know it's. Like opening day you know you you get that feeling before opening day then. Yeah -- you know everywhere target about the crowd out based off what the Pittsburgh crowd was how good it's going to be a hot. And I do think that some people that Doug kind of complacent with -- little -- the playoff games by the crowd's going to be pretty good. You go obviously 123 or them four years now I think it's going to be pretty -- back to what it was probably 2003. You know part of this whole thing is really whetted the appetite the unexpected part of it I think is has meant a lot of people that. Bit of west out of this team become very fond of them as a as a group you know a group of lemmings. Other Red Sox fans aren't quite even totally on the bandwagon yet for some reason -- -- because they just have a hard time getting over what happened last year at the end of the year before but it's it's happening. It started to happen but you know it's not like we left off at 2007 and it picked it right back up here the fans are in the same state that they're a little different Joseph have you don't. Set to share well I think it's taken them awhile but I -- this is such a likeable group that I think they really have comer -- have realized that what they have here at. Not as silly over achievers but there's nobody is really having a career year -- that the Koji may be but I I do think that it took care while the catch on after what happened the last two years of course you couldn't keep that peak going forever that we had between now. 2003. And and yeah 2009. In movies and stuff like about it you know is it that you just can't sustain that forever so those -- natural drop off the it away and I think it's back on the upswing. Speaking of Koji my favorite my favorite story from this year's -- by the way -- six would do this you really. He looks so small right now you you -- as I am so proud of so called the little monster could compare to the original monster he's responsible for his song. Disarm the -- -- -- -- admit that we can even play that tonight as you rep of his broadcasts a few minutes. From a -- Jerry rat race but coach he's been such a tremendous story. He's got a great sense -- here right annoyed about that you know he tweets on Twitter did you know you six for two batters six foot -- wrist so while it's just a story of a block. I have a blog has -- he's has a -- in Japanese but he has a -- -- it has over 12100 entries dating back five years. And he constantly is riding on it has some stuff off the field for instance he -- these great pictures of like having dinner. With Hideki Matsui and it's -- -- cool stuff and then he also has. Has pretty detailed breakdowns some of his outings -- Japanese settlement historically it's sort of Brock. -- -- -- Israel -- -- at the right guy to reach we all these two -- -- Japanese I don't know what he's saying he can be say it's a really awful well I just send it out there develop the guys here's an interesting and revealing fact about his son about his existence and personality of the US. The -- the reason why you start it was because he actually felt a bit marginalized in terms of the attention that is given to prominent Japanese players this guy was a superstar of superstars yet for a long period of time in Japan where with a solemn auto award twice who's really a great starting pitcher. Injuries limited that he sort of falling off. It's so he ended up being a middle reliever he felt like this was a rolled it wasn't given any real significance and so right -- -- -- -- reporting on them so we figured I'm going to report on myself. I think there's an -- do we ever achieve the height of the -- -- in terms of being a rock star. For what he was with you in the yards you know that the prominent the Giants of the prominent team in Japan they are at the central team so he was he was a huge star -- -- told from -- by deep -- Who played with him in Japan. Now what do you make over there it is usually he's 38 ranked thirty years old. Yes so I you know a lot of his earning power in his prime would have been over there but the salaries you -- not -- man I'm just one the -- starting pitchers over there and if not the last decade were kind of making him the five million ish range -- -- made you know not not. I don't think any of them made that thing about it is and he he throws 89 he gets everybody -- you guys we got to get out of here running the coach's -- before we go. Sure rob Bradford Alex beard joke his stick Leo libraries thanks guys. Always fun when you might listen to this arm. On yeah. The only --

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