Mar 20, 2014|
We check in with Grady Sizemore of the Sox. Grady helps us gauge his comeback, tells us how he's feeling, and how he thinks he'll fit in with the Red Sox this season.
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It's his one on high fly well he did away senator Sizemore back on the track to the wall leads the catch and a slamming into the fence just to the right of the 379 mark when a fine play. Drive to left center -- back those Sizemore the day. To pitch K hops up and fired an -- cutoff man. -- ball is not very I was slicing away probably Grady Sizemore was having an absolutely sensational -- you know. Went hard to his right. To go full -- I'd rather hit the ground and I came straight up and fired a strike there are rare in the -- -- spot. You heard both Dan O'Brien and joke a stately on talking about highlight defensive plays by our next guest. Guy who is making a name for himself as if he did to had to do that all over again. Up playing spring training baseball for the Boston Red Sox Grady Sizemore joins us now on the AT&T hotline -- dale Michael and Chris how are -- Under it or not I'm my guess is. If you had any expectations for how spring training was gonna go when you when you came into this whole thing. It's gone as well as you could've expected maybe even a little better. Yet if you know -- really know what to expect so there there are fixed to where I you know I just wanted to come and have a good time. Patrick can help in the back in shape and and -- -- -- do that. Great let's go back awhile what led to use signing with the with the Red Sox are no a couple of years ago. Indians and Red Sox were in conversations with you when you decided to sign with Cleveland how about this year not Deco. You know it. Ultimately you can't there's just thought it was the best -- -- To succeed now they great just can't -- how to program for me and I give me everything out of me now again LT would get back on the field there on the field and you know there's a couple of low there and I just you know I felt really confident that comment here and have -- and get back into the game. But we were talking about -- -- about ten minutes ago 1015 minutes ago before he came on and I was just theorizing. Hey when they signed him. Maybe they said let's see how you do in the early stages as -- stages of spring training was there ever any conversation about. What you gonna do at the start of the regular season or is it hey we're a week and a half away from that point now. Maybe we need to have a discussion about what the strategy is going to be to get through an entire season. Yet there is no real discussion you know be on spring training I think you know myself included I don't think -- you -- -- -- really I'll. Yeah close calls. You know from a physical and quite well from now he'll you know on the field so you know those are. You know I think we all -- questions wasn't. Artists as well when you've been gone for so long you know -- -- -- I don't know what else there is so there was really is no. Problem it is feel bad. As well. -- could see the results of -- you played played very well during spring training but. Physically has your body responded as expected better than expected worse than expected over the last month. -- -- Even Hal -- it was a thrill to already have them. Then -- much better but you know -- to be Ellis. Continue to. That are set up -- always about it. It you know a great he would Rick's gonna put your I don't know if you can Harris are not gonna put your whole like right now on super can establish a better connection. I wanna contain have a conversation with them. A lot of things when I get to it as I've malls and other than every other sore but yeah but the cellphone that cellphones -- shaky right now maybe area he's going through war. Maybe we can get -- -- landline and continue games would you like to see grease on how many is realistic for him a -- OK that's great question. That's a great question realistic. Say. 125130. If that's realistic 125 let's see if this connections any batters tactic -- years and about an operating. -- -- that I always narrative we can hear ideology on an -- good and -- just managed just that's a great question -- radio I'm just curious what a realistic number of games for you Grady assuming you are. Playing everyday and you're in that that position what's a realistic number of games you could see yourself playing this year. You know I don't think I'm not gonna put it humanize and I don't hold my expectation because I think I I believe that you know keeping him at all BOB. An everyday player you know I think you have to also be Smart consider. I'm Thomas missed. And what has gone through from the surgeries. So you know I think it's an -- or you reevaluate you know every week every month and I continue to try to. You know up the volume up below which just be Smart you -- interact. -- I couldn't quite hear the answer to my last question for about how your body has responded. Physically after this first month as you expected better than expected worse than expected. You know better expect it I didn't I didn't look at coming here and be able to. Approaches this fast and put to the dark so early in -- have to compete in the country -- -- the more you know the amount set records I was discard if you're confident you're -- Everything minute it is out there and stay out there and help. I felt it every day coming man like that it's. Just push push. First of all -- -- intensity every day and not worry about. Any setbacks there to a certain -- injuries into -- -- Both your manager John Ferrell and Torre look fellow while wanna hear coaches was in the Cleveland organization when you were there they got to see how you work. Up close and personal. At one point he's played 382 straight days as straight games and and then when you got hurt he kept getting hurt didn't have something to do anything to do with your style of play to -- -- You know it's hard to answer those questions. I think. It's probably what happened regardless of Marseille player I think it was more just. You know kind of a freak thing that is how my body was put together my make up and then you know when you have those injuries -- of it's got a perfect storm you know -- -- not so easy and comfortable these kind of injuries and it was one of those things we just didn't really have a good idea of not only how to treat it -- understated harper cut up and coming back and that's because it's so great about it kind of identify -- so little -- that kind of you know sort of alert and how to get there and and continue to work and push without having -- There are a lot of times inside his baseball Grady a lot of sports where. -- guys will say hey when I was a young player I thought this would last forever I thought it was easy to make the playoffs easy to get to the World Series Super Bowl whatever sport we're talking about. For you do you think about 2007 march -- says you're one of the greatest players of your generation. That a couple of years later. The injuries start to happen to you okay can you describe to us. What your mentality was before the injuries. And and what you've learned now that you've gone through so much. Well you know I don't think the mentality changed you know I've always. Whipping him a certain way and approach -- -- and never took anything -- And I still and way I think you know I try to be part you know going through you've gone through and alarms for -- unity. You know pull back in certain areas. No regular preamble work out there in a changeup is a little bit depending on how you trying. You know as far as baseball -- not a change it's not to approach it the same way and I just. To try to do more cautious -- you sponsor and maybe you know back off a little bit here there and for the spartans well that's where my mentality that. It's not gonna change. I was ever a low moment we thought OK it's not gonna happen for me in my career is over. We have did you ever go through anything like that. You know I try not to think about it but you know -- When I was going through everything it was one of those things where it is simply a matter no matter what I did -- -- -- -- hurt so. You know I hope out there and -- There are probably my body and make the decision for me because I just couldn't get out. -- it's only been a month but you know your body up to -- -- anybody. Is it all the way back. You know I I think I -- a good place but I doubt they'll do improvements. And I think everyone would agree -- that is you know part of the organization coaches and medical staff say that -- You know the game that he made. That the best I've felt you know last call for fighters. And that's that the future. That's from I think the progress we'll continue to grow. And I think you know or get out there more led morals but we're on the strong girl gets. And ticketing game last week they had -- four point two from home to first is that about as fast as you are is that is that. Where you were before. You are could try to never really. -- -- -- time the first her. Anything like that. You know his I -- -- move well of course there's a little bit against and they go to war. Of course he had some quickness and explosiveness but I could improve on so you know it's that that if -- kind of -- not a big deal I think. As a -- my game and threw it well and he's has locked them out their client and get better and producer I think obviously it's our. I mentioned your experience with both John Ferrell and -- of fellow in the Cleveland organization did that play into your decision as well. Yeah a little bit you know way it made a lot easier to -- come into the team or you're the manager and the coaches act. Communicate with them and sort of put ourselves you know he's been through some answers you can also long to come and try to make the team. Which you don't wanna. Our record itself further. And other bloggers and you know -- assistant deserves earned his numbers are off here to push here and have a communication and that's a couple of -- -- -- -- I did you go outside of -- of outside of your sport. To talk to people after you had. Mike Rose a micro fracture surgery on both knees to talk to anybody who had gone through it for inspiration. And it was or somebody who. Who you went through and help get you through this thing. Not Perillo you know actually now a lot of different medical opinions. You have as far as like players I really didn't like there's anyone had gone through a particular situation you know the -- was my practice that a lot of things to so early with me when I Turkey I like Europe you know alone -- the darkness on how to find your way out. You know principality all the real supportive and -- -- -- and -- that has -- or -- all. You know -- one of those things -- and I do like to get -- that had to find a right program right game plan. You're joining a team that's the defending World Series champions are coming into a clubhouse where. You know some guys that maybe not some other guys we've heard a lot about the atmosphere in that clubhouse what have you found it to -- Are on you know are you go to work are well there -- -- and they do the right way you know a couple of every -- -- been. Exciting and I -- in -- -- -- to get back to back up and you know until the guys surprises but you know what he's got an -- to tell there haven't talked. Incredible season last year great turnout and to be part of it now it's not an effort that are -- What's your maintenance like after a game because I'm kind of picturing you with like 37 ice bags on various parts of your body. Yeah I set out in the -- Every day that's on top pick it -- -- You know it's -- you know I mean I don't mind going through your early treatment and treatment. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Would you tell the 25 year old version of Grady Sizemore anything right now. And don't don't host the Rangers -- -- with the Soviet -- itself started and fight through. Actors and I think doubt the one thing I did learn is you know when you're injured. You know there's -- don't -- -- cardinal battled through it interpreted as a hero and and go about their play he just don't have it it's only gonna create more problems. -- with your comeback now Grady is -- center field that said is that the only position that year. Comfortable playing were interested in playing for the Red Sox. You know I think it's probably going to be a little this -- last or there a little bit since -- both sides let more senator you know I'm trying to get proper global positions. Subtle in -- to -- it is a critical. And some guys say in the as far as a lineup is concerned. Can bat lead off that's -- he badly 67 at that's okay too how about you. Yeah it didn't matter who says despondency. It is his autograph or not I wanna go out there and -- that put me it is about me. And he got the idea have they given you any indication of when they're gonna. Start to finalize this roster and give you an idea where you're gonna -- Nine I haven't. From here and outdated -- you know I think and I think it's semi the other so -- and you know I look on the field -- about it also out so. I decide just -- listed as day him and held on down. -- would it mean more to you to be a starting center field this year then maybe when you first start your career -- your first starting job. Just because of all the things you've gone through all of these last four years. You know I think all appreciate a lot more in as a young kid you're just kind of happy to be there an extra added it. You don't know what you know you don't really know what what does have to be out there now the -- -- golf and so on him. At the game particularly if you have a much better appreciation. All the little things that you're going to this this game that real. Assists before being out there and get back and play baseball again. Play your plan tonight against the Yankees. Well good luck to me it's been fun watching you play in the spring so far we wish you the best of luck is as you continue on here. Great -- that is a Grady Sizemore Red Sox center fielder. Who I think he's got a pretty level head about him concerning this whole thing and where he's Batman. Where he hopes to get to I think he's he's probably down playing. Probably down I'm injury he did say he. It's it's gone better physically -- -- expected to go on to Griese who moves the line and a good place. That is -- are you all the way back and look you'll be great. If Grady Sizemore to play 125 games a dimension but. If you are banking on that you're insane they're totally insane to think he's gonna be capable of doing that may be a miracle happens at four years after. All these devastating injuries micro fracture surgery that's. Is it -- all on both knees this is like some remarks bottom our stuff for there right this is legitimate stopped disorder that is I think. How realistically capped the season so you can get eighty games out of him. That's OK so -- eighty games out of Grady Sizemore -- sort of back to mr. Bradley junior. If you're counting on him for -- game. I have eighty games. With Shane Victorino. In center field. And Daniel Nava who are you today and not a right who are also saying by the way that they're working Daniel -- in some games in center field architect -- next week or -- about that I don't like that at all. Again we're talking about spot duty I'll give you guys I think that's spot duty for possession that you got to be able to play every Ottawa senator Daniel -- spot duty at second racing that -- I think we're circled around the same argument I'm making the same argument and I are you saying like. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Just play him out there I don't know if they're so plants if there are stating I guess I'm at and everybody to platoon him with Jackie Bradley give Jackie half the games. At that position until one of them distinguish themselves one on the other. It where where today we're in a a Twitter situation for announcer which is semantics when -- -- your situation Grady Sizemore. Is does that make sense for Jackie Bradley just to who rot away on the bench in Boston now doesn't but he wouldn't do that anyway. So we think Grady Sizemore playing every day complaint. Every day it's going to be a party I got to be a mix Nancy actually ended up where it is where we disagree on this one Michael I think that if Grady Sizemore. Makes this team he's the starting -- center fielder. It's because they've come to the determination. That he say five days out of seven kind of guy yeah I would group because they did they are not on the Rocco Baldelli situation again. With a guy who you know he can play today but he can't go tomorrow so we stick him out there that it Wednesday but he's got to sit Thursday and Friday. They're not couldn't do that I'd. And and it has my brother from my AT&T -- mother right here says how -- you know victory -- -- -- -- Think you're putting in LA I -- stop that stop that anybody argument. Victor Reno was banged up last year Victor Reno is banged up right now in spring training. So you've got two guys in your outfield. -- your theoretical starting outfield. Grady Sizemore Shane Victorino. Who you have your high on for injury reasons. That's even more reason to bring in the versatile defensively Jackie Bradley junior who can play center -- do the jobs and in center field. -- I can do the job and right. I know we can play defensively. I'd probably be in Italy now right now. And I I don't I can't afford a hole in my in my batting order and bring it but ring him up later that if that's the case of what these guys breaks down and is a need for Jackie Bradley find. But as long as these players are healthy put them on the field let them play till they break and let Jackie get the at bats need to -- -- -- -- -- -- at right. Can't hit it last year. And has it all spring treat us it was such such certainty already have a player do not not like I'm saying yeah it'll never kept saying he can't yet he's not gonna get better sitting on the bench to get better. Going -- Triplett that's techsters says great just what we need another fragile princess in center field waiting to break down. Well go through life latent finding that perfect guy's gonna give it 162 -- I'm not sure that -- 6177797937. -- telephone number eighteen -- tech's minus 37937. You guys want talk about. I'm Grady Sizemore and Jackie Bradley junior that means we do to Sports Radio WEEI.