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John Farrell: Grady Sizemore has exceeded our initial expectations

Apr 2, 2014|

Dale, Michael and Greg Dickerson talk to the Sox skipper about the team's White House visit, the loss in game one and some second-guessable decisions, plus the surprise that is Grady Sizemore.

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The risk of getting clobbered on -- to let me just make sure you understand my point. It's that I know hockey players ranked Bruins players drink exit out the night before game. They just don't you get a little love and we got to be back every way you can make I've got to talk to the manager of the Boston Red Sox John Ferrell has brought to you by our ballot insurance. Town -- tire. And Mohegan Sun. I John Carroll joins us on the AT&T hotline John it's dale and Michael and Greg how are -- -- -- -- regulations sung yet another season underway and a trip to the White House yesterday didn't Walter Reed must been quite a day for your guys. Well it is it was it was very unique hours' sleep part of the tradition of coming off the Euro it was to spend the day they're in and the chance to visit with that with the president which is unique in its -- right -- Ellis is great partners to take part in -- Pretty powerful -- -- Walter -- Did you guys know the Celtics were going to be there was that just one of those coincidences. You know what it was more -- I first heard about it when we were at Walter Reed and an -- -- -- from the way they're -- open. There's some others in our party that we're aware that they change their vote it was good to see coach Stevens and the guys came -- partner. -- what was one of the things that stood out to you about the visit to Walter Reed on. You don't like it never felt that when you. When he talks with the guys have been you know that -- sacrifice. What they have and then -- injuries they sustained. It's they're -- their attitude. And and that's positive activity of not only warming to overcome their challenge the and that they -- but wanted to get back in and help the guys that they've they've fought alongside with and that's the thing that. Really stand out there they'll resolve that wanted to get back in and fight. -- to the president at all. We you know -- personal. Not person it was a local five that we -- we present at the article -- that was signed by everyone on our team. So it was a it was a small group and I can't start the conversation in what was amazing is the first thing you brought out at the McGill copper contract and and that is you know that the level of which was signed but you know just very relaxed seemingly everyday guy that is in -- what's going on our sport. And of course the fact that he mispronounce Mike -- name means -- gonna get killed in the clubhouse for the next few months. Well -- -- too little ribbing right after a you know obviously maybe an honest mistake but that still to be up there and then. In that moment when you're standing behind him and he's addressed in the crowd and talking about what we. Experience last year it was pretty neat -- -- get to baseball the second with a cup a couple more White House things that we've been talking about here. One what did you think of the -- self they would David Ortiz and did you know that this this organic moment was sponsored by Samsung. At the time I didn't know I mean I'm -- You know no one can get closer to the president and when it was -- a couple of cammarata political all of it was always a moment with David Ortiz could seemingly pull off. What I read about this morning at it was maybe a little bit brought along by it by Samsung. Debuted at number target would retreat at all. Anyway if it was still pretty opportune time. Did you get right on the phone to your agent asking for a dual stress on a well -- the same thing. No video a little put his sort of social did -- -- -- It's now the latest that didn't that didn't take away from a pretty special -- Well I mean whether you're oblivious or not you -- bombed it perfectly. You're are -- and -- electorate. Out directly right are. -- in -- -- and dejected. That was one of the items conversation. And have a problem with that knowing. I'll quote Jonny Gomes is in what he's about but. There are some who thought it was little good. Little too look at me for Jonny Gomes or those who -- our purist. About how the flag should be represented. Had a little bit of a problem what did you think you have any kind of a reluctance or hasn't NC when Jonny Gomes said I wanna Wear this -- to the White House and wanna present to the president. You know what Michael I don't think it all was about Johnny in some might view is that because there was originally. Some thought that. Every player where in and we even got what two point of talking to those like how how they might perceive that what it was thought out. I know people with higher up in our organization. I would the Red Sox felt like it was appropriate and we got support or we shut it down completely. And then there was. Conversation back and forth between those quick outs and those are in our organization. That sort you know what this would be I think somewhat symbolic -- all the things that we went through last year and anxious to make that connection as well as giving you. And President Obama so. I appreciate some of the fox and others might. But we walked -- -- some areas and finally settled on nice gesture that. The other part about this and and -- Maloney who was down two in the opening day game for us. He said that folks at the White House and and even in Red Sox ownership wanted him to where they they said no way the thing. Yeah exactly and I think that's -- it's incredible journey and on the they're both sides to back -- yes we can this be a good idea. -- -- talk about the game game one you had a couple of situations. I saw your quote after the game you -- Iraq and second guess. Something happened late in the game number one what wouldn't view it as a perfect second -- situation. Yeah. Yeah -- had -- John Kerry is 61 more like -- we're only go. Now the eighth -- you had out mats on the mound for them. I had AJ Pierzynski at the plate Jonny Gomes vs lefties that's what he does but Google says getting into the game what was the logic behind. It is present these are starting catcher and you know if this was -- three months down the line and we seem to -- reportedly keep in mind. If you present it nearly 300 career hitter. So the information that goes into that the report that I'm trying to build what our everyday catcher are starting catcher. There's going to be moments -- -- -- -- you want a player. The opportunity or. To try to excel -- that's a long I made earlier this isn't somebody touched you don't try to -- just get established so. In that moment. Again if it was it was his. Opportunity is driving a base for Greta -- I know four dollars and that's what we because that's what we do is that there's going to be certain points that are earmarked and yet we have many many opportunities that. For one reason or -- we couldn't cash in on. So I'd love the way we work which form about what we did against Tillman and our overall approach. We created many opportunities to score more and more on. I'm guessing your head -- quite a bit of faith in Jackie Bradley joiner in that final at bat. Take me through that at bat what you were looking for autumn. Well we're obviously you know in one -- situation in the eight inning and with Mike Napoli -- based. If anticipating this spot coming back around the lineup we would have had multiple people on in the remainder of the eighth inning and a ninth inning. Which might lead you to believe that we're gonna score -- -- We got called strictly blonde and yet here comes Mike Napoli situation Kirk is at bat coming up a string of four left handers in a row left handers are. Twice the success against Procter and right -- that's not -- the proper they're not -- in in Mike Napoli who saw what I felt like. The controlled situation. In the event of a line drive base hit Jacqui -- has got a much better score because dispute. And that's -- -- let the print from the eight. In our urgent after the game talking about Bradley he seems surprised by strike three jumped up a little bit then walked away. You're very blunt and what are your interviews that hey that was strike that was strike three. And we were saying -- the day after we usually don't hear John Ferrell come out like that and just say hey. The player I don't know why it was essentially -- jumping up and down like that that's strike three what would not what did you read a percent at that way. Because it right after the game I want to look at the video and I was at the problems Drexel so it -- Is that wasn't too soon. You don't come back -- Bradley and and dispute with. You set or the reaction he capital play that was to answer questions candidly. And even the ball up. As the ball strike -- -- reviewed it. Even after the game and after the video deterrent. Have you been surprised and and are you surprised that Grady Sizemore was ready to start the regular season for yet. What else can in the spring training with the thought that you know let's say the whole cancer it's -- she would radiator where he's at physically and and fundamental his short game is concerned. He exceeded our expectations there's there was no question about that. But to see. The wage is currently at the plate laws it's discrete moment counseling it's a direct swing pass. So for him to have two years nest. And then come and -- are back in -- so the -- that it was pretty remarkable and I don't know that we eat at the data we signed him I don't know that we anticipate them being our starting center fielder it was a possibility for probably aren't that. It regular election we anticipated -- needs to be otherwise and it's one heck of a story and you know what he is burst out of brings a big way on opening day. I plan on going through this with him and using a -- and sometimes obviously guys who come off to injury there handled with care. You do the same thing with Grady Sizemore or do you just warm up their. Much every game. What are approached the supreme leader to take a look at the season and we don't know what the total number of games played will be. We're in lockstep -- our medical staff then and what they're. The information they're getting with hands -- and are -- and another's hands on the gradient copies responding to games played. So we have a progression in place with a number of games a week double gradually built. We do see him being an everyday player at some point system. Order gonna gradually built to that point so. A huge factor and left and right -- starters factory traveled by king day game I schedule with it's -- that -- crop up so. You work on a total number in a week in New Orleans selectively -- despite great -- down date but so far European you know what we've got a chance -- -- -- Reap a little bit of the war sort of respect and aren't -- a great job of going out and getting a player that we got a chance to rehab and then rebuilt. You you mentioned that eventually down the road do you envision that he'll be an everyday player. At that same point down the road we do you envision him being at the top of your batting order. Well we're actually seeing you know the one thing they're there where he shipped in the middle order right now it's one last at -- possibly per game so that. Partly factoring in the physical demands sitting in the leadoff spot but you know. I I can envision him being on in the leadoff spot at some point but does that mean every game. We -- we have an open mind here you can open mind and just how great he reacts as well as -- Daniel or or change the real want to get back to us. How we. Mixed in accidently lost part fault or. -- O'Grady obviously with his injuries. There has been something lost physically for him. Maybe if she she can't run as fast as he used to or maybe doesn't recover as quickly as he used to help out his instincts hand eye coordination. Would you say he -- -- percent of what he was the same as what he was when he was in his prime what what what would you start. Well it. I would say just that the hand eye coordination there and that the Ricci is getting the ball -- -- always -- and coaches at the plate I would say -- Very close or not the -- medal was free entry. Other running speed and explosiveness might be a little bit less because of registered and I treat a -- yes. But I can tell you that he's trying to -- instinctual. I he's not favoring anything as a relation his routes in the outfield or or bridge from first base and -- first third. He's running strong I can't say they expect the full speed but yet at 31 years old. I don't know that he would be forced it to their compared to a twenty to 23 year old despite father time little -- an injury so -- he's gonna took place there. I know he's getting conference by the date. Edit and that bodes well for. And we've talked about and you're starting tonight John Lackey. -- progressing. Like you would have hoped during spring training what did you like pitchers so model Lackey this spring. Well -- -- I think for all of our pitchers that pitched throughout the final agreement last year you know they come back and very good shape. They're all prints that are entertain progression didn't show. Really put too much physical. Restraint or physical and local from the war last year in the John his last start was his most powerful most Chris. And you like to see that building towards the first start of the regular and I think we saw that Lester -- -- sort looked -- -- well. I actually committed to tonight I think Natalie shape -- and building at the right time. I know you'd like to have your your starting pitchers -- deep in every game whether it's April or September. But is there are also some concern about making sure that you get everybody involved in your bullpen. At least somewhat early on in the season just to get him back into a rhythm again. Well I don't know what that too much that means that they aren't my teacher and I early but. You want your guys you know at least get that first outing on their belt. You know Jon Lester was so good the other day and they at a very solid sentiment to work. But we fully expect on an actual five days what will probably get most of -- -- guys in the bullpen. Don't want to circle back to Grady for a second before he made the team. I was thinking but Jackie Bradley has to be on the roster somehow because he can. Provide insurance for Sizemore -- -- he can also provide insurance -- right field Victor Reno was banged up at the time and now I was on the disabled list. Hobby obviously that wasn't the plan victory and went on the DL that's where Bradley's here. Who is the back up in center field when Grady Sizemore template. Both going to be Victorino. -- HMO right now or -- was here. Yeah Jackie's got here so this victory and who's a backup for victory went right. More than blogs have been and probably even numbered in right last year and as it back out there -- -- so we've got some versatility with the roster. Obviously my carpet eagle eagle after a legal and what -- tonight against him financial sector success against in the past. So are our versatility. Of our roster really helps out the -- That you wouldn't look -- being here and chain victory know. LC. Yeah we've we've got to be careful Michael because word got a platoon situation in last. And it's very difficult -- to have to platoon situations are being speaker create space somewhere else so. Right now we who frankly we've got a good number of players and you can still in the system and what you organizations shall. -- -- or back to last year's one of the main your successor the depth of our roster and are being tested. -- One down a 161 to go good luck tonight we'll talk to next week. Our thanks John okay that's Red Sox manager John Ferrell brought to buy our belly insurance town fair tire. And Mohegan -- Idea I thought he had some pretty interesting answers he was not criticizing Jackie Bradley junior he was trying to answer question honestly. Now I know that's kind of not where we golden generally speaking with coaches slash managers in this town see bill Belichick's seek close Julian. I don't know I don't know about Brad I don't know enough about Brad Stevens -- now. That it does anyone. I don't I don't I noted that there's has -- been. Would you question would anybody question Brad Stevens on -- things strategically this year most of the people even those who don't wanna admit it. Most of wanna lose. To that -- so they're like oh a mix of bad substitution. The grant you really put -- out of timeouts -- a certain that the New Orleans game. Where it was like five seconds left and yet no timeouts left and they should have filed bush. There should've followed and they didn't dot. Thanks very hey I mean there was no hammer things going on as you were talking about the next day enroll phone -- drop. I should correct what -- got lost deficit that I should correct one thing is about Claude Julian he he actually is fairly forthright. Except when it comes to things like Belichick when it comes to injuries. Not talk and he's not giving enough and he's at upper body lower body we don't know you know to be back when he's back -- -- -- they just don't play that game. And now he will be fairly forthright about things gained situationally. And by the way will be critical of his own players at times. But boy there are some things he just play in the game. And bill and Bill Belichick and played game on any of our party -- -- really asking me that question right now. What was it prayer quarters there are apparently -- a question I know we got to get. But -- when it flash does that mean Michael that's a bad thing right. When it's on it's very pretty and and looks very clear statement Demetriou red lights green light yellow -- wider try to very nice but when it's flashing their probably saying bad things about 6177797937. With telephone number the AT&T text line. 37937. Texas' -- no. If you make it that far this job requires for you to interview Bill Belichick. Yes I do all that TriBeCa that are requires for meeting interview Bill Belichick and I'm really looking forward to --

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