Feb 25, 2014|
Cecchini sat down with John, Gerry and Kirk to discuss his progress on his path to the majors.
Transcript - will not be 100% accurate
Welcome back Dennis and Callahan broadcasting live from Red Sox spring training Fort Myers, Florida of course a couple of days ago Larry Lucchino BC -- president of the Boston Red Sox at two chairs to my right and the last question I asked him in the interview was Larry. Just for some fun to do. Give us about somebody that we may not know right now. But certainly before the end of the season will be household name he didn't hesitate not even for a second he said Garrett could -- -- and he joins us here at the broadcasts like good morning -- nice to -- chip that morning -- be here what do you think about what the CEO and president said about your progress through the system so far. I mean it's it's great Ecstasy coming from a guy like -- the keynotes very humbling and you know that it's good to give you confidence going into camp like at the way he thinks of you and it's it's it's pretty cool. What we've heard the same thing from other people apparently you're having a pretty good camp this your first spring training camp in a big league camp I know it's early -- -- -- going how do you think you're doing and how's it different about the camps you've had not with the big league level. First of all the differences is better food but I feel it's go to watered but no -- serious note it's been great you know just trying to work hard learn from the experience is that these veterans have I mean they've won World Series multiple World Series and in other experiences that I haven't had you know so I'm just trying to learn from them they've been in the big leagues I'm just -- So called prospects so. To struggle -- from B a sponge just -- and everything -- now you are you're OBP is off the charts we all know you on the field for 43. In the minors and a walk rate of almost 70%. Which is amazing. -- born that way or did someone teach you that kind of patients typically I think at a young -- both my parents or coaches that you know -- -- watch Major League games they would tell me you know watch these hitters you know the -- be in the moment with them like Tony Gwynn left -- hitter -- our. You know had a -- with -- now we tried to me like when they were facing great pitchers like that I would try to have that bat with them so at a young age I was taught them. You know pitcher pitch. Put your best swing often try to drive to left center right center and in the Red Sox kind of when I got here -- change me about it is to keep their approach and just. Kind of put icing on the -- On the cake with the mentality that does it ever become a problem where you too passive you lose your aggressiveness I don't I don't think I'll never too passive I think you know if and oh count you know. The pitcher might throw a strike but it's not the strike that out when he hit it might be right on the outside corner right on the inside court you know and so on certain counts are not looking for I'm looking for one. Middle of the plate. Your mom was your high school batting coach -- yeah you still talk to her now -- about. Is development goes forty something we talked to her you know during this process you say we wish you look at your battles you want yes they -- not -- in this right now at doing that right not necessary not doing this right but it will -- taker -- -- -- in. In red now talk to her but not talk to every day about my hitting and how it goes in not only that the coaches to put the try to talk to my parents every single day about that. Is the evaluation as you have more room for improvement on the glove side that you do on the bad side on a scale of one to ten and under Agassi go to mitigated symbol of five that how would you rate the two hours how closely are together. I think I know it's cliche when I say this but I need to work on all of -- I really not that the best hitter right now not the best defender obviously -- just. That's what that's why I'm here this is -- on this my first big league camp on trying to work it. You know every single part of my game to be consistent -- leader -- that your first camp 123 in April do you have a date that target dates a wanna be in the big leagues on that day. Now I don't I was at that age I wish now I wish I could say that and I wish I could make decisions but. Like I said I've just tried to to learn from these guys in in. I'll get my chance in the big leagues in it at all and I'll be consistent and help the team was do you get along good to get along well with will middle -- so far because. A lot of people think your breathing down his neck yeah I get along we'll -- means a great player great person. Really try to pick his brain on what he's learned because he's been there done that you know I've I've only played at double -- so. He knows with the dude knows his routine in. And like I said I'm just trying to learn from his experience is deceased he's been there. You've said you've improved a lot in the two weeks that you've been here at this camp improved in what ways and how public that thing accelerate so quickly. How I don't know man at this I guess some people say things don't click but I really truly. Think that you know I think that so when when you have something that someone says in a different way. You're like -- -- they'll libel -- Europe and I think some switched up with me on defense. Mean I know it's just fun go but we're not the game but I mean it's just my feet are moving a lot better and I'm on a more consistent in the -- though it's not a game but I'm just a lot more consistent. I assume you grow up grew up picturing yourself as a shortstop since then you've had two full season where you played third base talk about that transition to do always think of yourself -- that -- shortstop and then didn't then did you have to adjust when. You moved to third. Yeah I knew in high school as a senior high school and -- in the NB -- shortstop but at the next level -- was -- -- to fit my my frame was. This is a little bit bigger than usual I mean there is exceptions have like -- -- in this. And the guys at cal Ripken's but I mean I knew I was gonna get moved. From shortstop so I just I just. Was ready for that in pro ball and distribute it you -- it was a my natural -- -- what's easier and harder about both positions. Com I think that's for -- yet yet have a little bit more range. Which you have more time and -- she lives that have as much range which you have a lot less time it's more reaction so you hit it -- that. Is there a -- you model yourself after big league hitter right now you look and say I -- do with this guy does from the approach the whole thing Tony going. I love watching Tony I know he's done against Joe Mauer now. The most clogs them into my way -- third baseman Jeff unbelievable. Those guys that that the best they took what I would when I would watch them take it back to I would think you know they're trying to make this pitchers in a nightmare. They're trying to make him say man I just face one of the toughest hitters and when I got there. That's what I'm trying to do on trying to make that pitcher. You know I'm -- nightmare you know I don't he doesn't want to face me in just. Really it when it. Would you talk to your friends at home Louisiana guys. These last two weeks do you. He like kids saying David Ortiz is right across the clubhouse -- I talk to Dustin Pedroia today or do you. Not allow yourself to be that kind of. Yeah I try not to allow myself because I mean. It's part -- because you watch these guys. Just perform at the highest level at the highest stage when you were younger I was six straight sedentary watching these guys when World Series. But at the same time -- like and I belong here -- you know I'm young right but I belong here but then at the same time -- in the backyard you like. -- gotta be a sponge you know these guys that have experience that I don't. Get discouraged in the -- I mean I know that the mentally it's tough for the physically in the minors with the bus rides in the opens you know no crowd there and do you ever sit there when -- in in in the in the single or double days and can't do this much longer I gotta I gotta get to the big leagues this is not a lot of fun. I'm not a lie to you imitate truth that it's tough at times the bus rides that the bad the -- no fans but at the same time you gotta put things in perspective where. You know they're starving kids in this world that that are trying to put food on the plate -- -- game for eleven and. That's the kind of thing that I try to keep in keep in mind that I'm hit the baseball and don't have baseball for eleven minutes. It's truly -- and you're OK with Applebee's -- I'm OK with -- only a few times so you know -- but like I said I'll get my chance to -- at the big -- and -- stay -- the -- You spent a half a season at double -- Portland -- assumed it worked Tinsley were which with rich get indicating go get that point. -- would get that had to say to you very mature young man he's able to handle the ball middle away it would have a ball middle in. Handle the ball upheld the ball down he's got a very simple swing he gets ready on time and doesn't over swing so where's all the usually. Always have things to work on that's -- tumbling that he says that from such a good player like rich and but. Always have something to work on that's something that be more consistent at in my swing or something beat markets is at defensively base running. It's it's a wonderful thing they say that because it gives you confidence though because a guy that's had experiences like that gives you confidence but he got the same time he got to keep working at home. See not everybody from Louisiana -- the future detective. Right is that this is a regular good looking clean cut -- from an easy -- you watched detective and I don't know if you heard about though -- that a Louisiana in the bayou doesn't look like one of these knowing Eric I knew about you guys. If she could say that kind of live in the swamp area but I don't -- gators to score you just eat crawfish yeah outlook crawfish but where it. It went -- seasons right now some expert Terry socket -- it would go when you went to Portland -- those big crawfish that lobster there and test it's the same. A bit better they -- better Hoya -- -- broadcasters it's a pain the pain you know you got your fingers you know. Up your real -- the whole thing that goals -- that might be for -- dynasty. Like what -- what your hometown Louisiana Lake Charles -- us early in the suffered little feats in a book you know. You know that's now may intelligent guy you're if you're in high school and you say. I'm gonna go to LSU or the big league or major based professional baseball. The Red Sox giving them more than a million bucks you'd take it -- -- family and friends disappointed that you're not going to be a tiger. I think I think it's half and half I think my family was happy for me but the -- I was she'd won you know. It is good is that right situation for me in and right now I know I've made the right decision that you blow all the money already -- them -- -- drive. I -- Mercedes well. This series I gotta you gotta take. I was Smart -- yeah I used mercy as he's -- I don't see the gold watch are gonna go watch the other -- -- the same tack on that Jonny Gomes goes to Kentucky yeah they lost -- I had no -- not -- that -- that that's exception not the rule on his mother is hitting coach you think you would allow enough time into that he'd get a point. Look at that we go to -- he's he's brought a central casting that if we're gonna miss this kid five years is a big star -- guys in his final blog go out as a coach it talked about. People a laugh at any for every day the wind and it won't even talk to us anymore. Yes Gary did you get a nice summation and I stimulation and have checked in the future right take shot key young team need this but they saw Richie just -- GG GGG you know about the original -- to -- -- She's -- -- -- -- I heard about it but I don't you talk about your Carl Miller. Good debates there are three good let me all right six was seven sevenths 7937. We'll get rid of Sega but we're friends. At NASA and budgeted Jonas on the -- -- 93 point seven. Every single -- agree with that and Callahan it's a dozen golf balls and by the way those the World Series logo golf balls and did you Nuggets were great friends at bonefish grill we'll be right back for the final -- Dennis and --