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Grady Sizemore: If progress continues as it has, I can see myself as an every day player once again.

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 -- 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 failed back those Sizemore the guy. To -- K hops -- and fire didn't pick not top man. -- ball is not very I was slicing away probably Grady Sizemore was having an absolutely sensational -- you know. -- hard to his right. A couple of -- I'd rather hit the ground I came straight up and fired a strike there are rare in the kind of spot. You heard both Dave 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 you. 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 may be even a little better. Yet if you know -- really know what to expect so there there are -- court you know I just wanted to come and have a good time. -- can -- in -- back in shape and and the -- would 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 -- Deco. You know it. Ultimately you can't there's just thought it was the best photos and -- has to to succeed now they great just -- how to program for me and I give me everything -- need to now get help if we get back on the field there on the field and there's a couple -- there and I just you know I felt really confident that comment here has 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 this 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 he you know myself included I don't think they -- or I -- really. You know from a physical and quite -- from now he'll you know on the field 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's so there was really is no. Problem is they feel bad. This well. -- could see the results of -- you played played very well during spring training but. Physically -- your body responded as expected better than expected worse than expected over the last month. -- -- Even how hard three accomplices to alcohol rehab and then you know much. You know this could be held. Continue to. There and that authorities about it. It you know a great he would Rick's gonna put your I don't know if you can -- -- -- not gonna put your whole like right now on super can establish a better connection. I wanna contain have a conversation with them. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Maybe we can get a model landline and continue games would you like to see grease on -- is realistic for you ought to ask okay that's great question. That's a great question realistic. Say. 125130. That's realistic 125 let's see if this connections any -- tactic -- years and about an operating. I -- oh there it is we can hear ideology on an adult -- -- managed just that's a great question asked radio I'm just curious what a realistic number of games for you Grady assuming you are. Playing everyday and -- -- in that deposition 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 an idol next vacation quicker I think I I believe that you know via the apple BO movies. An everyday player you know I think you have to also be -- consider. I'm Thomas missed. And what has gone through from the surgeries. So you know I think it's an -- or reevaluate you know every week every month and 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 than expected I didn't I didn't for -- coming here and be able to. Approaches this fast and put to the -- so early in ought have to compete in the country handled more you know the -- set a record joblessness are getting your confidence your enemies. Everything I need it out there is there out there and -- And I felt it everyday common man like that it's. Just push push. The volume -- intensity every day and not worry about. Setbacks there to a certain injuries -- -- -- Both your manager John Ferrell and Torre look fellow while -- -- coaches was in the Cleveland organization when you were there they got to see how you work. Up close and personal. At one point -- 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 afraid -- is how my body was put together my make up and then you know when you have those injuries -- -- it's got a perfect storm you know excellent so easy and comfortable these kind of injuries and it was one of those things we just literally have a good idea of not only how to treat it but how to stated comfort but that's coming back and that's because it's so great about it kind of identify -- knows so little signals that kind of you know sort of alert and how to get there and and continue to work and -- without having -- There are a lot of times inside his baseball Grady a lot of sports where. We're 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 -- World Series Super Bowl whatever sport we're talking about. For do you think about 2007 march apparel says you're one of the greatest players of your generation. That a couple of years later. The injuries start to happen to you OK can you describe -- 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 mentality changed you know I've always. But it became a certain way in approach preferred -- -- never took -- in the -- And I -- and -- I think you know I try to be art 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 -- You know as far as baseball goes -- and changes -- not to approach the same way. Just. To turn Google cautious -- you sponsor and maybe you know back off a little bit here there and the department well that's -- my mentality that. Not gonna change. I was ever -- low moment we thought okay 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 it now -- When I was going through everything it was one of those things where it is -- no matter no matter what I did I didn't hurt so. You know I hope I never advocates. There aren't aren't let my body image is important. Because I just couldn't help. -- it's only -- a month but you know your body jobs he been anybody. Is it all the way back. You know I I think and a good place but I doubt they'll do little improvement. And I think everyone would agree or bad -- you know partisan organization coaches and medical staff say that they're. 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 the more -- morals but -- on the strong girl gets. -- game last week they had -- four point two from home -- first is that about as fast as you are is that is that. Where you were before. You are could try to never really. At first I'm the first her. Anything like that. It's I -- -- move well of course there's a little bit again -- go to war. Of course he had some quickness in the book in this but I could improve on so you know it's that that is that condescension not a big deal I think. As a -- my game that improved our. -- has -- them out their client and get better and producer -- obviously -- -- I mentioned your experience with both John Ferrell and torrent 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 cut coming gluten or you've -- manager and coaches act. Communicate with them and sort of put ourselves you know you've 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 and assistant director -- his numbers are out here to -- here and have a communication and that's a couple of projects and -- I did you go outside of -- of outside of your sport. To talk to people after you had. Micros 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. Mountain -- you know I saw a lot of different medical opinions. You have -- like players I really didn't like there's anyone had gone -- a particular situation you know the it was my practice that a lot of thanks to so early with me when I turkeys -- elect Europe you know alone in the dark on how to find your way out. You know apprentice finale all the real supporters and human -- and an -- that the -- or -- all. -- it almost anywhere. And I do like to get -- that had to find a right program and a rescue 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 me. -- you know are you go to work are well there are slightly and they do the right way you know a couple of every day it's been. Exciting and to -- you get back get back. You know until the guys is that you know what he's -- an -- -- -- there haven't talked. Credible treatment -- last year great turnout and to be part of an analysis not an effort that are such as. 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 up technical. Every day that's on top it the you know it's -- you know I mean I don't mind going to get there early treatment glitches -- Not likely to -- you know. Would you tell the 25 year old version of Grady Sizemore anything right now. And don't don't host the Rangers -- chocolate especially the -- And fight through. Actors and -- -- doubt the one thing -- I did -- -- you know when you're injured. You know there's no noted that don't 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. And with your comeback now Grady is it center field that said is that the only position that year. Comfortable playing -- interest in applying for the Red Sox. You know I think it's probably going to be a little this -- last or they're a little bit and bring him both sides -- more senator you know I'm trying to get a couple of -- positions. Subtle and wherever they -- it is a critical. And some guys say in the as far as a lineup is concerned. -- bat lead off that's -- he badly 670 that's OK too how about you. Yeah it didn't matter who says despondency. It is -- -- and -- I wanna go out there and we're that's what is 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 elevenths. From here and outdated -- you know I think and I think it's semi the other so -- You know I look on the field you know about it also out so. And I decide -- -- listed -- -- him and held on down. -- it would mean more to you to be a starting center field this year and maybe when you first start your career got your first starting job. Just because of all the things you've gone through over these last four years. -- you know I think all appreciate it a lot more in as a young kid you're just kind of happy to be there and excited. They don't know what you don't really know what's what does have to be out there now the game of golf for so long and I think in particular community have 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 Olympic Games. Play your plan tonight against the Yankees. Well good luck to -- 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. -- maturity that is at Grady Sizemore Red Sox center fielder. Who I think he's got a pretty level head about him concerning this whole thing and -- Staten. Where he hopes to get to I think he's he's probably down playing. Probably down century he did say he. It's it's gone better physically and even expected to go on a grizzly -- 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 you'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. This at all on both knees this is like some mart's bottom our -- 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 he's eighty games out of Grady Sizemore -- sort of back to mr. Bradley junior. If you're counting on him 480 game. I have eighty games. Which Shane Victorino. In center field. And Daniel Nava who are you sitting in dollars right who are also saying by the way that they're working Daniel not -- some games in center field -- next week or -- about that I don't like that at all. Again we're talking about spot duty I'll give I think that's spot duty for possession that you got to be able to play every Ottawa senator Daniel -- spot -- -- second -- that -- -- -- -- around the same argument I'm making the same argument and -- are you saying like. They gonna play Grady Sizemore to -- bricks. Just play -- out there gala for itself 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 -- on the other. It where where today we're at me -- Twitter situation or not there which is semantics what do Twitter situation Grady Sizemore. Is does that make sense for Jackie Bradley just to who rot away from 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 I -- be a mix Nancy actually ended -- -- -- 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's a five -- out of seven kind of guy yeah I would group because -- 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 pick -- up 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 text mother right here says how -- you know victory in all the -- Think you're -- in LA I. Don't 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. -- -- or theoretical starting outfield. Grady -- 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. -- can do the job and right. I know we can play defensively. I'd probably be in -- 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 fine. But as long as these players are healthy put them on the field let them play till they break and let -- get the bats need to Pataki because if -- -- right. Can't hit it last year. And has it all spring -- -- it was such such certainty already have a player and do not not like I'm saying it'll never -- -- say he can't yet he's not gonna get better sitting on the bench to get better. Going as Triplett that's -- 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 a 162 -- I'm not true that would exist 6177797937. -- telephone number eighteen tee -- minus 37937. You guys want talk about. I'm Grady Sizemore and Jackie Bradley junior that means we do to Sports Radio WE yeah.

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