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David Ross on the Sox off-season and Alex Rodriguez

Jan 23, 2014|

Red Sox catcher David Ross joined the show to check in on his off-season. He told the guys that Alex Rodriguez should stop blaming others and look in the mirror

Transcript - will not be 100% accurate

Welcome back doesn't Callahan 6177797937. Count the days on Johnny Miller to tell us how many days until pitchers and catchers report I got it right here rock how many days to the -- well -- do it again apparatus just you know. -- 77 days to earlier reports out -- know that's not true that a plus a month. Right comic I mean that's the next -- as you -- cut -- Red Sox catcher Jorge is on the AT&T. Hotline good morning Devin how -- -- more I don't know how many days to pitchers and catchers report. They were right at. Three weeks right there is some of the month that's about right what do you what you're doing it already has the party gone on long enough -- right. Every day -- this where it would ensure off season not first experience with this. You know get home and and early November. That your you you're kind of -- -- I don't feel like I've done and now we are still good so. I haven't been able to do my normal routine I use started January 1 and I did but I felt good that they have been progressing really well and elect him in shape you know I thought I might be behind the eight ball with with play longer but really we got to have refine our skill part extra -- will play at -- -- level. An extra -- so. With somebody told me that that mindset and caddies my mind a little bit because. I haven't started indicate that felt good throwing arm feels good working out that strong so. Just get ready get thought actually in either not -- at those guys on that do and that's about radiate back did hear some of the light practice and in the locker. David based on you know you -- the shortened offseason what. What is more valuable to you. Win that downtime takes place is that the mental break away from the game because obviously you're involved with every pitch when you play game the physical break with which -- is more valuable to you. A great question I'll take. I think. For me so mentally drained at the end you know that stress you put on yourself when you're in that situation. And plane and a and a playoff atmosphere like that collectors and every pitch does matter right and get get the same lineup out different ways. -- it was a challenge so. I would mentally exhausted. And then it was a little bit of a whirlwind of the media attention afterward that you go through so finally I got home I just. Wanted some downtime it just to shut up mentally and they Q your right epic that bodies are recoup on its -- We kind of you know you can -- You keep working out throughout the -- and even in the playoffs which we're still in the weight room once or twice a week at least you know I am and so I think -- -- it around and I think mentally it's probably one of the things that I was ready to take a break. Or have you shaved yet. I do it. Out of just about to say the middle break up that comes with only shape that he get recognized this but going to the grocery store and they go to the mall. It was it was a lot easier what I shape to take a mental break -- I let it. -- would have recognized and having to answer questions until stories about went out about it in Tallahassee where I live. I'm guessing. You seem to get along whatever wants I'm just gonna guess that you get along OK with -- AJ Pierzynski. As an opponent. I do you see your relationship unfolding as you. Report to camp together. He expects to play a lot he has historically played a lot but I think he's he's older than you is and he's an old guy man. Houses are guys gonna divide up the game. Oh where I -- I'm 41 Elkhart. I don't know how that's gonna work I had really heard yet but -- played so many different scenarios are kinda. An all star studded Brian McCann and Atlanta where -- you know all the talk about forty games they a year. You know I don't know how -- got to play out of that of fourteen did you know AJ I don't know that much. He's got a reputation of being a tough guy that to get along wit as far as. Opponents go but I actually thought some guys that played witty. And say some really good thing about it and how he's a gamer and they've got remark about he's not gonna get you know little being here and take a take a fifteen day DL Stanford being in you want to win is a great competitor I know that he's won a championship so he's one. His numbers speak for himself so it was negative like -- -- -- -- got to build a relationship with somebody I don't really know and that's usually you know -- in the path and been a problem miso. I'm looking forward to it. I think you really complements. Our team really well on paper the archery. In a pretty outspoken OP decent steroids talk to get a couple weeks ago. In made about I'm wondering with the story earlier this week that some guys in the union won the kick Iraq out of the players union is a member of that group were you among them you agree with that would you want Iraq out of the union right now. But it's up when you know I. I haven't been in the meetings this year with Vienna alarmed a lot of seat and had a -- kind of -- but every time so I thought you need to go to meetings. Our union meeting to I don't know what state and talking about how at all and get. Until abreast of that but I definitely I definitely am a strong you know proponent of stricter penalties you know I I definitely. Not happy with what -- rod got and how he's. You know a bit like he's kinda instead of looking at the mayor he's. If guys like point -- figured everybody else you know and and that's not how I work at not you know I'm the first -- say hey you know what I've -- stopper. You know when I would not make an error I'd -- -- have a bad game I'll be the first one to tell you I stuck it -- so I just like alike got a hold themselves accountable. Our ability is is a huge thing for me so. I'm not really you know big and about Allen Payne didn't. You know I don't know him personally I think and on his personality but definitely the weight coming off for me is just you know -- that the game. Their spring training is going to be a use to the questions about Jeter whether A-Rod shows up in his relegated to the minor league camp. That aside how much do you think David that the Yankees have improved themselves with the additional McCann and -- yesterday. I think they've really improved themselves at saint. You know he got Al -- that you you guys over and look at look at a player -- there is a dynamic player at the top ally that they already had some good pieces. You know you -- -- Barry and in a lot it will get about Beltran -- -- economic -- on the -- that guy -- they really really good player probably. For -- the toughest Al in and the Cardinals lineup was. What Carlos Beltran trance and they added him to bet that potent lineup you know they didn't ask the question mark with Jeter. Be back will really I think they'll they'll do well that park is short porch in right he's a good teammate won my better friends and it's not -- You know. Still unproven and obviously done well over there but. He stood out for yourself over here you guys that effort can't do it -- different Japanese pitcher to everybody that comes over is different some guys get a lot of high. And they're not very good some guys didn't know why they're really good so where did that no wait see and how that plays out but. In the mix -- we're going to be in the mix hopefully him. You know it's going to be on robbery you don't report -- and that's what's great about an American League east it is the best of the best. I think the Orioles got better I think they're going to be good. You know Tampa Bay has always young and feisty and you know it just alive in Toronto I think we'll have a better year they did last year to be obsolete. You know David better than anyone the value of experience you were a 26. Before you got your shot what do you think when you hear. Jackie Bradley Zander Boca will -- all gonna start Aldana. Play every day -- does it make you a little nervous that you might not have the experience of may be over in Russian some guys. It to these big roles particularly coming off a World Series championship. Or you OK with that. Well I hate I definitely -- -- -- every year no matter you know that that at that then you know every year it's a different. You know question mark are you Q all of -- eighteen yard. Are you OK you're in your prime years so you should have a good year. Baseball is so unique in the way of every year's different every you know week you Jets want to go down there so many expectations two years ago. And then not last year and it's a totally different outcome. So I you know there's no question mark with young guys but it young guys play well they -- the using our spark in Atlanta. This -- and from experience how I can impact Jason Heyward. Really impact -- outcome and supposed to be you know the real deal you really impact our lap I made a lot better. Craig Kimbrel some of those guys that you dealt -- question mark about this post you really good he just got a lot to play out. He now works the great thing I like about. And it and and John as they always keep did find a way to get and Nate in and likely just he just saw the move would Grady I think it straight. You know depth experience they brought and and it makes things really easy it is that you know OK they're they're they've got a they've got a plan B and that solid property other players that you know. If somebody goes down just like last year -- -- now we got good solid experienced that to back. We're talking with the Red Sox catcher David Ross David John Ferrell came to you on February 18 and said David. How many games in a perfect world do you wanna catch this year your answer would be. -- great I don't know. I honestly that it didn't hit it and that goes -- -- would -- exile Vietnamese wanna be out -- stinking it up for that he. You know I don't know I I like it played itself out every year I've had really good success. Some years up at that -- and you know I don't wanna be out there about Ottawa beat. I wanna be that agreement came down -- a -- -- -- you know upon contributing. And and getting good at bat to do my job I've played that I want to be in -- I'm not. And I you know. I want somebody else I really genuinely want to win at the end of the day and I'm happy. Where my role whatever it is as long as we're winning that's all I really care. This is an inside catching questions something you experience last year talk about the process and were circling back to AJ Pierzynski. Of learning a staff and how that process unfolds when. It that we got to go win it catchers at the time we get to know what I got that your every year's different just like with hitters swing. Every year's different pitcher in the same thing you know last year Jon Lester backdoor cutter came into play a lot more later on in the year for me you know I didn't know. It's sports team with better -- -- -- doubt that he -- changeup was really developing. Yell sudden started the last speaker and midway through the year just it's always a constant learning process. -- All of as a pitcher how -- hitters are adjusting because they're getting out and report to. That's the greatest thing about spring trading injured get in the feel of what I'd like to do with the baseball and what their out pitch is what they get a head -- What can -- rarely go when I really need a big strike. What Michael want to quit you know John. John Lackey it -- -- majority fastball but you know what that back -- I know you get that breaking ball over pretty much any. Anytime he wants that's -- that -- you're gonna have to learn to get confident that. They would Jon Lester I know. He's got a -- in -- -- -- to establish that or seamer and and that part of a playoff that I think he got away from that -- in the year forward he struggled. Just little things like that arrived at trying to he can throw that split good slider. My -- around the plate. Anytime in the cal I know he can get -- -- of that little thing like that the did you brought to me awhile to get to know last year because. A little bit of a wildcard he was with not knowing how -- -- -- -- and that comes with experience. So you know I don't know I answered your question about 88 but I have to. You know that's all he's got to do -- be back there and the more you catch the more you you know open and are great but -- -- in the game experience to really knock on our what they like to compete with. Need a short bench of this when -- our policy so not sure right now and we're just begin to clock coaching how is he so effective when he doesn't seem. To be overpowering. -- -- The second what I mean you got -- guys that throw 97 to get lit up over the ballpark it's somehow some guy with ninety. It's strike everybody out like it any perception any. He got pinpoint control of pitches it's amazing. Out we get out of here with this question -- spent three plus months since the World Series what is your view from 35000 feet looking back at last year's season what are people in Tallahassee Florida and Bainbridge Georgia. Asking you and what do you tell them when they asked about that experience. I I just got it they're really hadn't thought and I I really popular he has a really. It's the coolest thing is is I read an article this morning that Johnny has the same thing people come up here. And they say thank you and it's really it's really hard to that say you're welcome that as an opportune IQ I do want to you know but he. -- just so much bigger and after the team as a player in that organization -- -- We -- a walked in this city and that it was bigger than not. And that's what I that's taken from it just so cool to win a World Series one. But to win and the action that help the city appreciate that where they came from last year and with the tragedy here the year it just makes it's -- much more of a great. Accomplishment. Or poor me and that it means so much to so many people. Any chance you're gonna be it's a Red Sox blocks off the Saturday. No sir a -- -- it actually copy of your autograph signing. And and New Hampshire on Saturday night I don't know exactly where but I will be up in. Your area Saturday and Sunday. But tickets to go until this weekend for the Red Sox. Yet they do all right all out and we need we need we need our support. Yet they would try to try to repeat -- that's the Barrett thing cannot be repeated right you gotta come up with some other. Catcher some other not gimmick that's negative word it appears again Kenya. Now no off lately and it appeared he had an -- going to be -- you know that's. That Jonny Gomes department if that didn't and TD in our guys that are pretty you'll and I just I -- follow suit. David Russell's -- at least out of Fort Myers. Thought you guys -- out there roster Dennis and Callahan on the AT&T hotline AT&T -- like AT&T covers more than 99% of all Americans AT&T re think possible.

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