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Sox Manager John Farrell with Salk and Holley

Oct 30, 2013|

One win away, and the manager joins us in studio to get us set for World Series Game 6.

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Well was that. Say this to go at least five. You a little bit of break. But that such -- struggled now Smith who walked the worshippers Robby -- what do you toward the gap -- -- -- this is -- back by the ball there and caught a two run homer by Seth -- the second of the year. And that is now -- nothing athletics. She. I don't know but go into the upper level there seem to be here. A lack of focus. Given the way operator was pitched this year force and take his last start pounding it it wasn't a good night. -- -- up Alfredo with Davis today I forgot about that all that. Talking about some of the challenging things that John Ferrell is that the deal that's going to be pretty high on the list yet you know he. He recovered from that situation as well he bounced back from that. Or took a stately at -- Seth Smith and -- yet he handled that well. He had that's -- -- -- -- talking about but at the Ferrell fairway and it bang up job. He handled that situation. Because I remember we were here at Fenway talking to him about it and we were saying oh is he going to be. I think we said he's going to be DF fade and he still had an option so screw screw -- we've -- -- but he was sent down. And John Ferrell refused to say that he was along and be a part of the organization and the -- came back in the hope the Red Sox win some key games. That key September -- the -- games and you know a month later a month and a half later. He was back -- contributing so he is he is dealt with. I McCollum brush fires he's dealt with them pretty well there have been many up in the season and there have been I'm not naive so naive to think that. No nothing has happened this year he's just. Kept it quiet and things happen every European winning teams things things that go on behind the scenes and and handle was good with good leadership been in in good captain. It's one of those conversations that we sort of got into a little -- the comparison with him in and Terry Francona. And and how what they accomplished here in Boston has been similar how it's been different they have a lot of similarities just -- their personality. Their best friends and it makes sense that they would share a lot of the same philosophies. On the other hand. I don't know that John Carroll had nearly as much talent. As Terry Francona have I also don't know that he has. He's had as much challenge in terms of the personalities that he's trying to corral and keep ball in the right same direction penalties that the deal with either as many brush fires or -- -- I have been accurate -- right think about some of the guys. And and I've -- a bad guys. What they had their own they had their own issues and you had to make it work we think about 2000 fours you have Schilling and Pedro on the pitching staff. You've got Ortiz. You've got Manny. And I had Johnny Damon in the -- to it not because. There they're similar to Manny. It Manny and Pedro because. Johnny Damon had become yet hit the whole rock star -- going -- at that time so that that needs of management is well okay are you. Our target rub people the wrong way. Just -- -- listening -- that guy that you creating waves in the clubhouse and the -- talk and talk armour went and maybe this is after this was in 2005. So. -- Was he -- to talk and surprise surprise you on TV now. But Millar found out that Schilling was -- close. It's only. Talk with the media and you know work this stupid or whatever buzzer to it was a Millar Damon -- Damon was -- -- -- Damon. On soccer were bombing was doing he's stories. What I am closing. So Tito came in the next painted. Hate dominance -- him well past that it's just so it was just his way of dealing with OK before you go any further but we just sit down and tell you what we're doing. And why it why don't need to edit that -- but not -- -- problem until that later on seven under the heat dealt with a lot of challenging. Finality here now I don't know that John Carroll it's that much into being -- just a moment museum on his way over right now. -- he's about to be he's dealt with some difficulties I don't know that he's had as much talent. As Terry Francona has so of these things sort sort of evened themselves out regardless you find yourself here and historic moment. Fenway Park the oldest ballpark in the country for games six and hopefully not game seven. -- nine Mets are we by John Farrell manager of the Boston Red Sox who joins us right now how are you. Greg guys are you you maneuvered around. You feel the energy outside of you been at all. -- you know what I got here at the ballpark about 11 o'clock so the streets were relatively calm at that point and I'm sure as each passing hour. It it'll start to build which we feel like going to be a great environment here and I are so let's let's let's start off okay John Farrell wakes up this morning and and does well you have an opportunity to. To close out the World Series sleepless night to wake up 5 o'clock in the morning and and run and what you do. You know what I did what it typically do I'm I'm around my place for a few hours in the morning. Make a coffee at home and felt I don't try to do anything different from day to day in and today was no different. We all recognize -- here tonight. And I think to -- to a large extent that is the same thing that's going on inside our clubhouse. And what things to talk to me the other night after game five and Saint Louis which almost neared. The environment or that or the way things were in the clubhouse after we clinched a playoff. Appearance back in September it was in the division at the time. It was business as usual guys continued on their way and it was a quiet clubhouse -- wasn't. Much fanfare of any kind we're basically get our stuff together to get back to Boston and and today you know want. Our guys know exactly where Iraq. But the beauty of what they've done all year is just continue to focus on tonight what else have you done so far you've been here sits at 11 o'clock that's about what three and a half hours. Even doing during that time or you talk into what sort of stop for you working out. I want all of us try to get -- You know what to. The typical routine command -- meet with tour for quite awhile to stop on talking about different things with this far -- goes there's there's a conversation with our head trainer -- Jamison. Just to get some status updates on guys and and things that you know everyone is well aware of between victory and it was good to go he's in right field tonight. You know as you mentioned here yesterday impressed comes Jonny Gomes is in left field tonight. David Ross upon plate. So once we get through the lineup and put that together posted now it's a matter of some individual conversations has been the case every single day this season with individual players. And just get ready for our early work on the field today we talked a lot about where. -- in the turnaround with this team wants 69 games last year. A lot of fans had some issues with the way the team a faded especially in 2011 down the stretch and in 2012 just felt lost season. Is there any redemption in this for you just to be in this position I -- one thing yet but. In Toronto there was some questions about you -- you know it's either right manager. You guys didn't make the playoffs there the fact picture in this position do you feel any sort of vindication or anything of that sort. No I don't and for the for the reasons are are this that. You know obviously after game three opener in Saint Louis where you know we're in a position to be questioned second guessed. Full exposure to hold league get a but that comes with the territory so there's no redemption and our minds or in my mind of what's happened in the past that we live in -- world that is. You know on display -- and you know what that's what also drives us to it to be in these types of positions as well it's humbling it's an honor to be here. What I will say this that as this season has unfolded. I think fans are really like the way we play the game. They understand and I can see makes sense and can feel that they have a more of a tangible feel -- of how guys care for one another in our clubhouse it's demonstrated you know after a home run or just the way guys talk about one another. So I think that they've been able to identify this group and they appreciated in return I think our guys have sensed. That there's different energy protecting the freedoms have come in here with the guys tomorrow for trade this is wouldn't a new experience for them this year. But -- to feel that energy in the ballpark in somewhat whether it's through the the marathon tragedy and things that have. You know transpired after that and that the link. That has forged even greater between our guys in our clubhouse. This city. This region that has really grown to really become something extremely genuine. Heartfelt. And that's something that motivates us as well how are you different from the guy that you weren't Toronto. Well hopefully have learned a lot along the way if I haven't and I've probably failed myself so who later came away from a World Series when I'm imagining that you did well. You know what this is this will always be about the players and and you know what I'm fortunate to come back to a organization that. We we are in lockstep. From what our owners John Tom and Larry have supported and in his decision making and the people that he's the player she's gone out in acquired. And they've been in full support of knowledge of players that were. Targetted but how we've gone about putting this together and and that has been great so there's that Lincoln is that you -- the top to bottom from that standpoint and it's played out. With the guys we have an uniform and how to go about playing the game so. Know that -- maybe that's one difference and and maybe that that is certainly made my job a heck -- a lot easier. At the same time this is still about those guys go between the lines and will always be so. You know there was a question yesterday have you been able to reflect back on this last year an honest answer is no happened because you're entrenched in what you do. Maybe a month from now that we kind of think back of while it was a pretty busy thirteen months. And were over here live and written and thankfully -- and with the guys in our uniform. Well speaking of the guys who were between the lines you're starting pitcher tonight John Lackey. Goes against Michael -- pretty good matchup. I remember and maybe -- listen to radio station too much and need to get alike but our return regular -- did an interview you did -- -- With Kirk men hand and rob Bradford in the offseason and you were taking calls from people so one of callers that John. Who's impressed you the most or who can we look for a big season from where you gotta be surprised who we gonna be surprised. I'd use it without even hesitating she said John Lackey. And I think it was in February so even earlier what did you see from John Lackey or what kind of conversations that you -- with John Lackey that made you so convinced. That he was going to be a guy who could be relied on the -- Michael. Having been pitcher and one that had Tommy John surgery myself an understanding. What John Lackey had compete you know had to deal with -- contend with. The two years prior to that ultimate surgery it's hard enough to compete against a -- sixty feet away from him batter's box when you have to compete against her body at the same time. That that that can really drain you -- where it wears you down that's obvious. And I think once he had that fixed the part of the protocol for rehab is pretty straightforward but then after seeing him in December seeing how he reshaped his body. And kind of there there's a feeling him out in the baseball world the Tommy John is you know it's going to be successful he'll come back from. But when I saw the way he was the only ball the time and the way you reshaped his body is like I walked away like that and this guy is clearly on a mission. In it was gonna have to start with how he performed on the mound -- and we're all well aware of maybe some of the perception that's been out there in last you know the three years prior this year. With John. But it would have to start with a consistent pitching on the mound and he's done that and I think more than anything you know hit his turnaround reflects his team's turnaround and and they're in lockstep and maybe it's the baseball gods that he's on the mound here tonight. Well it does seem to fit so perfectly you mentioned you mentioned it throughout the season the way he reshaped his body lost some weight. Do you think that it was the physical action of losing weighed in and getting into better shape and helped to pitch better or the mental commitment to doing that that helped him focus and maybe there's no way to determine which is -- well and I don't think there's any week can separate the two. But I will say this with the reshaping of his body that he went through. -- it in allowed his body control to be much more consistent which ultimately translates into a consistent release point strikes Marcus and you look at the walk totals they they've been reduced. So they're all linked together and I think he. There's a lot there was a lot of motivation for Johnson to rewrite its own story -- culmination of the two that's where we sit here tonight. He said rewrite his own story that's. Externally internally even 2011. I think a lot of people wanted to hear some story about how John Lackey was a bad teammate didn't happen 2012 we didn't pitch. But he was still with the team -- answer to -- this guy with the team. But his teammates always raved about why why do you think his teammates like testament to what would make some sexy a good team. Well because one he cares about them as much as he doesn't self. In at the same time he doesn't play out for any other reason than. Holding one another accountable and -- his teammates he's he and the way he goes about his work his suit. To justify it in their -- not. A public perception or not the way it might be portrayed through the media he doesn't get distracted by that he cares only about with the guys and -- clubhouse think of him how he goes about his work. And they know he's real he's genuine he doesn't divisional false miss about him to say one thing publicly and another thing internal. He's the same -- And I think the I know that they gain a lot of respect for that over the time regardless of what's put in play and out between the lines and results have been had. John -- -- -- -- -- few hours away from game six tonight you brought up game three how difficult is that for you. Well there was a couple of missed opportunities on my part pain and Nick Collison after the game. And yet at the same time. You know there was there was talk you watch that -- brought up earlier than it did. Or or when you know and go outages you know what did you hit pinch hit for Stephen Drew it to. You know our all and on line and I think the one thing I would I would as I mentioned and acknowledged was that the missed almost which part. But at the same time. You know that this is where the internal information and the decisions that stem from that. Probably differ from a lot of people that might be listening to right now is an okay by sending -- work -- to the plate we needed more than one inning work out of him. I wish I could have guaranteed that David Ross and Mike Napoli would have gotten a base -- drive the ball. You know Rosenthal goes to -- miles an hour. And yet thinking that because we -- a couple times earlier that the availability and the bench was down in Napoli Ross. And felt like if we got through that ninth inning knowing in my mind felt like we need to get three innings combined at work when the new car. Rosenfels or going to be a game felt like we would have really. Gained momentum and then in the big games backed us down but they're going to their second or relievers on the bullpen. Unfortunately we get a different play at third base -- and that game. And -- haven't can -- not only regroup but answer a lot of questions well. Speaking of questions and I promise I'm not gonna say this -- America -- its word again for game three but sometimes -- -- -- and afraid sometimes it's like -- justice for example what they start with an oh. So you know what we're talking about. That that the obstruction. All the whole job it. Budget now nobody go visit things that you wouldn't believe don't you are believed to be guilty you don't have to answer phone calls on it for the game nobody issue the report that game after game three we talked about it. Okay after game four. Hours before game five people were talking about it so I said I was looking forward but okay instructions security threat out there. Line. Are you convinced that they got it right and if you are convinced they got to rate Q is the rule. Is the rule right in would you adjust and -- anyway. The first part of question emphatically they got the call right they they made the call based on the letter of the law sort of speak. Now there's two forms of obstruction of Taipei there's type B the play that night it was -- be the ball and already gone past the play it was out in left field. Where to me that where the rule could probably stance from review. The umpires have no ability forward judgment inside type B instruction it's either black or white it's it's yes for now. Well when will little Brooks is playing his chest. And Allen Craig church government she's trying to advance on play I don't think -- little boxes. Intently. Trying to obstruct and or or get away. And and I think at that you know -- nobody wants to address that it's a World Series game it's a game ending play. But I think that's where some judgment has to be filtered into this has to be some room. Built inside of at least the type B portion of the obstruction rule. That there's got to be some ability for the umpire to determine what their intent or not and use his judgment call that's for I think at least be reviewed. While your team certainly has been able to put it behind you go what you win the next couple games after that David Ortiz during that time has been otherworldly we had a we had -- Jonny Gomes all of us the other day keeps calling Cooperstown and ponds pond at the nicknames are fast and furious -- well but. If you are in the other dog -- would you be pitching to him right now. You -- here's the thing that they've got very oppression. And you know they they all are gonna pitch to their strengths. Adam Wainwright probably Cy Young candidate and in the National League and they're gonna pitch to their strengths and and if that means you're gonna look to attack via. David and try to avoid putting him on base then you know what. He can't argue with that strategy. David's got the best of and so far. You know the one thing about it if if that's if you choose not to do that in this ballpark we have seen on our -- when you add extra base runners. It can be in a restaurant say at least. So -- that's why you know. With the -- and felt like we need to lengthen it a little bit behind David in the event that they do choose to do something like that so you know. What -- what their game plan is on they're trying to get out and they've got very good stuff to attack him with so we'll see how tonight transport. My last question for you involves clay -- -- You guys -- a huge game for your down 21 come -- tie the series. How difficult was it to get to -- Clay Buchholz on the mound what led to that and was there any doubt that he would go. 48 hours after his start prior. He start to turn the corner and feel like you know what this is. Gain some momentum like yeah things were were starting to become more positive. There was never -- doubt after that fortieth -- that you know which the odd time to do some things and in and get him to the mound. I think what was most impressive about clay is that he went out pitched. He pitched. If he knew we didn't have his most powerful stuff. But yet it didn't take away from the rhythm the rhythm in the what he established on the mound. -- you know what if if the ball doesn't jump up over. Jacoby is glove on the ground ball from on the base at the corner. You know we keep that guy at first base Beltran hits a ball where we typically over shift. You know look at before shutout innings and possibly continuing on but we had chances you know. Tack on a run with carp in the pinch -- role but. Know he's capable today and tomorrow too so I mean Bob Hope that yes yes and you know there's been -- centering around and and attached to his. You know fortitude as will be on the mound target. When when you're dealing with something physically you you have to be careful but there's nobody that wants to be on the amount be on the mound more than Clay Buchholz to. He talked to him about the pitching element of it. I mean you hear hear his former pitching coach's manager -- won the Davis -- David Ross and how much conversation was there about hey you're not gonna have your normal velocity here's how you get through orders to just know how did you know I mean he's so you know he has such a rare ability to manipulate the baseball and I think. Once he warmed up and talk with him after what you warmed up in the bullpen prior to game four. You know he he knew that he had enough stuff to at least establish a fastball some variety -- and the ability that sink it caught it and you know changeup all Latin. He could find his way to navigate through that game and every inning he commanding and we check with him just a -- they -- and things like. I'm good he goes I have been trying to throw the ball hard yet -- you know 8889 which was enough. And it got through it in good shape we'll let you go to get ready you mentioned the guys who were in your lineup do you have a batting order force that we cannot put it up there early. -- he wouldn't stay within the same three guys we went -- dividend so -- Ellsbury Pedroia Ortiz Napoli Gomes Victor Reno on the sixth hole. -- seven drew -- Ross. That's where we are. That's the girl that's the group -- take the field tonight for game six at Fenway Park John Farrell thank you so much for doing this and not just today but throughout this entire season always brought you -- they'll insurance town fair -- Anderson windows backlash here WB yeah.

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