Apr 3, 2014|
We start our weekly visits with Red Sox radio broadcaster Dave O'Brien. We check in OB about the opening trip to Baltimore, Ortiz's selfish selfie and John Lackey.
Transcript - will not be 100% accurate
Every week. I think at this exact same time we're gonna get a chance talks in baseball. With the incomparable voice of the Boston Red Sox are buddy Dave O'Brien's on the line hello David. Stale or if my man dale and holly back together into who's gonna happen I -- you could go home again. And fellow Christian as well and -- it's going to be a right number of all the time but that it has a great ranked. You know what's gonna happen tell me that you -- some inside information what did you know and when did you know. Does have that -- just visit Michael a long long time and realize when grave mistakes are made there's always an opportunity to reverse course. If the right people -- appeared to steer this year and I think I think that's kind of what happened and in this situation I'm delighted that personally delighted you know -- Five million that you guys didn't and the love your show. He original format is gonna change marchers are going to be the same show that you did before and are there. Other pressures and brought to bear to change it and some lawyer -- to do. I don't think there's any pressures brought to bear others and to do what we didn't do it well let's all. Great great ground I'm delighted because it very happy if you guys. -- think that I at some point today and have to tell us what Vince Scully thinks about the return of the deal. So I just -- -- -- -- prepared to advance notice you know it's opened a something to be thinking about. A little I would play a little like I can tell you the it's it's great to be back in baseball again early into the season -- that your. How many people are paying attention Bevilacqua it was a great night for -- all around majors all the a walk -- -- some crazy things happening early on but. They brought -- the -- for me is just the Red Sox are are ready to hunt for bear again the way the pitching years. Obviously started out and you don't think that's gonna take a backseat if you brought post tonight but. Mean here you get three guys are gonna relying on the war are obviously ready to try and win another championship -- in and -- happen. Surely but I think that they're at such as good chances and he but he can make your selection. I'm curious what you think about the guy who pitched last night one and looked very good again I'm Michael and I were saying last hour. I can't think -- Boston athlete my lifetime. Who's done more to resurrect his image in the marketplace than John Lackey start. Yeah the flip that because the last on the on Billy was walking off the mound in game six. And tipping his cap to the crowd you are wondering is he going to do that. You know it didn't do it at the end in the you know not that I like it -- Williams but. You know there was a lot of vitriol that a lot of anger a bunch on them a lot of our attitude and is -- more sour than anybody thought. Two years ago but you know keep it become full circle back to the pitcher we all thought the Red Sox were -- Is pretty remarkable and it starts with the physical body and it's it's started with him realizing. I'm not shape you know I am overweight I can keep batted in this and should be competitiveness and getting paid to be better than this. And I think John Lackey has always held himself. In his ability to be very very high regard in inaudible we've shown that in his initial days with the Red Sox that. He believes he is 8 PM fine pitcher John Lackey thank -- to number one. He really does and I and the rest and just hadn't seen that really. Until you know parts of last season and then then you get a good look at them last night he saw what he did against Verlander in the ALCS you realize. You know he might be as good as he thinks he has at the end of the day that's great news for the Sox. -- you saw him before he got to Boston. You think about John Lackey with the Angels. He was their ace it was never had a dominant -- shut him down guy but again I would. Some post season experience and some big post season victories including over the Red Sox. Do you think he's the same guy now. That he was in in Los Angeles. I think he's pretty close I think it is and and he's also look very different guy like and the guys who live in. It's a uniform two years ago. Outside of baseball as well as whole person like this and I went through very typical divorce and there are a lot of nasty things that took place in his personal life that he doesn't want to talk about the plate or simply private and deserved to get point four. And I think he's he's really undergone a metamorphosis personally to a much more peaceful place and that's not an easy thing to do in Boston. In front of Fenway Park and I agree to me it's an amazing story. We're not talking about twenty game winner we're not talking about Pedro and his prime here. The we are talking about extremely. Reliable number two. In -- very very good rotation and I think he's at peace with that now. When he goes out the pitches he believes is number one believe he should win an assembly should block anybody. He expects community for nine -- we normally get to -- it -- out after six or after seven innings. -- expect that to happen which you want that but all the good things that the Red Sox thought they were sitting in Lackey. Seem to be buried under the elbow competitive of bad stuff and actually and a lot of that was his own attitude. He's clean that up and you don't see him glaring teammates. Anymore certainly not nearly as much. I feel still glared umpires. And he'll still go off but I think we want to -- this can last night. Fairly early game after trying to give up home run a couple of idiots. Liked his response let a final final fine and he -- three times. And that was the end of that -- DC so that he gets some of that. But I think it's early interest in those -- works to -- -- that as a competitor. Eight days so you don't a couple days down the season Red Sox have two games down wanna I wanna obviously. -- after the first has been a lot of it over reaction knee jerk reactions -- analysis by national media this nationally in baseball. Can you tell me what the biggest over reaction was so far or is so far and if you can deep bunker based on what you've seen personally. -- probably David Ortiz considerable that I mean you know from who cares if the integrity of the deal with him on the ticket pictured the president United -- I -- -- -- Applaud him for his industrious innocent and I opened -- -- big -- could be in the all on the line it. You know the little things that really struck me about this season is just a whole controversy free if it -- and for the most part that mean. I Grady Sizemore was a big story can. Would agree he could hold whether he could still swing for power. Those were answered it's not actually in the spring and be on opening day hits a ball you know the people are wondering. Will he be able to be only -- all right again I don't know if you will. I don't know bodies hold up well even -- goes it. That the real refreshing thing about what would seem so far between this spring training and in the initial days of the season that. There hat and a lot of controversy that with the Red Sox -- -- -- they're they're being -- winning a world championship. And bringing. Almost the same -- back. And you know that was true I was a kid growing up watching the Red Sox and it's it's nice to know it is now and I'm sure won't be this you know clear sailing for the entire season and positive about that Everett -- But I I look forward to the stories and how they count -- but right now everything is is very -- -- that commitment. I had a Buck Showalter era and -- -- night he said that are really really good baseball team but the one thing they do it and just about -- music. It's a tremendous -- out and let particularly the long -- it again. OBI gotta disagree with you on the Ortiz thing I've felt like at the time it was organic it was fun. It was a nice moment but when I found out that there was a deal involved with Samsung. I -- it for me it was it just didn't it didn't feel right to me and I wonder I wonder if the White House. One of the White House thinks that a great idea that there was a there was this plan in place this lucrative plan in place for David Ortiz to take a picture with the president. Yeah at least he had that the opportunity and -- And it doesn't bother me as much as it bothers you look likely that there was something in place there. As David said -- for the game yesterday and the assembled media that. How do you even though you can get that opportunity in -- do that in that -- With the president you don't know like. I sought Dennis Leary on a late -- actual arrest -- apparently -- invited he candlelight outs. And he had a chance to take itself he -- President Obama we couldn't get out of the pocket a little wobble to shake it that's -- went. All the came out of the -- was important you know that that we came out there you go in the totally -- and he'll never get that chance again maybe so but maybe a little lucky. We -- talked yesterday with John Farrell about this and he admitted that you know -- eventually Grady Sizemore they hope will be an everyday player and and I have a feeling when that date comes. -- place in the batting order will probably move up Jonny Gomes will bat lead off tonight the the first time in a game since August 26 of 2007. I'm sure that's not necessarily what they'd like to see the plan game in game out. Well I think that that look to see to Kobe Ellsbury leading off. Or or so a reasonable facsimile but obviously that Mecca that it happened and and I think Pedroia believe -- on them and a bunch of other guys believe are obligated shot didn't go all that well the first couple games it's. I would not. Like to see revolving door I'd like to see permanent seat at the top -- the batting order to. They don't have. Other than greedy maybe a few years ago or back when he was really all -- crushing -- with the Indians they don't have that prototype leadoff. And it. You know in the batting order to Oakland getting on pace. And that's that everybody's point of view with the possible exception I think they -- present who you know it's gonna swing early and often and at at just about everything you needed him but it it. You know he he's not in that line and everybody else pretty much in this in this planet that. I don't think there's that much emphasis on the lead off spot with this lineup I just all I don't think it's that important on Farrell. Ideally if -- got a guy who can steal fifty bases and it's 300. Like they -- the last several years he would be that I would question. You know Kobe if you look at all the pre season publications and and listen to people like -- on the radios a lot of love and American League east. In the American League overall for Tampa. And that I saw a lot of people picked Tampa winning AL east. Do you think the rays are the number one and the number one competition for the for the Red Sox in the AL. Or forty look at somebody else's as a real threat. It is debate Michael I don't know why anybody wouldn't put the pitching staff and you know and when they made the decision that it -- trade it would price over the winter that they were gonna bring impact -- And he was gonna continue to beat -- race I think that probably. In lock up the division as far as I was concerned that it meet them there at our competition. A lot of and an -- they met the guy and a lot of a lot of criticism. Ian in these parts of Manhattan and that maybe. He's not the easiest that he desperately could be and he has all the east. -- -- One thing it's a good break on his part of the personality it's not everybody's the -- But I think he's brilliant I think that organization has done a better job than anybody in baseball. Remain competitive for the last. More like six years. On a budget and and you're not supposed to be able to do it done against Albert competition they've done -- because the American League east that. Know that they're hopeless disarray it sucks. -- -- -- Tip my cap to might think you know -- on -- in the face and those guys. It doing Smart things like you know locking up archer from a longterm contract -- he's another right and are you secure the you know to take over -- spot in rotation so. As they do the right way I think they play hard -- debate committees and they love to compete against the Red Sox need to -- him pitch on short. -- -- -- -- About Robertson could go and he's. I mean he's not not not serve is worth the money that Seattle Mariners paid -- but right now is playing pretty good spot for eleven with two intentional walks. Obvious Seattle -- they scare people right now I know it's early but it seems like they have a lot of good pieces maybe some people maybe didn't see actually -- -- know went there. I think and I think that hole is long term correction to what you can do is it is in -- other free it has become there. I read a piece this week in Sports Illustrated it's you know he's going to be a bargain over the life of that contract. That long term 24 million dollars a year he's actually going to be. -- a guy who's going to be bargain I'm sure they came look at exactly and it brought in Corey Hart. About it Logan Morrison. I like the pitching a little bit obviously Felix -- the start there. You who has been pretty tough but there is a lot of known names -- that ball and the one on and on that he's still the principal and like move the incident. And they convinced -- -- that he could still hit a lot of home runs in Seattle that remains to be seen. I still think it's a big ball -- he killed Adrian Beltre a lot of other guys are deployed there. But on alienate they is that people -- at least they're trying to Q -- -- -- base. And it's a good thing that basically -- they were winning. A back when they had bone and acclimate -- Ichiro. That was a really fun city to visit and and I think they can -- acted -- and it's a great ballpark and it's beautiful setting it's gorgeous ballpark. I think the -- or the way -- -- that the only way they can understand the money the spending a lot of money or they will spend a lot of money. And I think they can become our again in the next couple years but it's gonna take a lot more money they need to cap dollars to and know that ownership. It I can't wait talk baseball at every week thanks for taking the time enjoy the game tonight. Look forward and take our day if that is a Dave O'Brien Red Sox voice here on Sports Radio you see money -- in TV as well. Because that one tiny tidbit of information into the discussion Michael you proper. Because I'm with you one on the whole self the things that -- -- There's a guy named Stephen Wagner he's an executive producer from WBZ TV channel four -- weeded out a few minutes ago. Interest in the Red Sox ring ceremony at Fenway Park tomorrow is presented by Samsung. But I'm gonna believe that there was no connection right that there was no commercial. Tie -- or anything. That was missing from the polls -- -- was real maybe. This -- rights games. But if dress shoes Wear -- Like Les Miles an old -- -- -- Honesty there are also reports on CBS news couple places that I've read. It's that have stated that the White House isn't very happy talk activity that that and I mention this to you yesterday before we knew they were upset I I said you know they don't generally like I did the president of the United States. In a commercial products and Allen and in effect that's what they did here. They're not very happy I know David Ortiz in the nick apart -- that I wrote seem pretty Blase about the whole thing. I have to admit. When I find out that the Red Sox ring ceremony tomorrow is being presented by Samsung. Bells and whistles start to go often might have a little bit wearing the Red Sox knew about it through the the Red Sox know about it. A bad judgment on their part you just really bad judgment they knew going in that they -- he's gonna do this. And they Jose has Samsung montella. -- managed right right. I'm sure the players and but the management near Oakmont and thinking. It's it was apparently Johnny Gomes who did the Cha Ching that you're in the background Morey just wants to while I was that was the one you really heard and supposedly. That's you know inside teams slang for dot audit yelling you got the picture that sort of thing. But let's be honest when when we listen to yesterday in and we heard what we now know to be Jonny Gomes in the background on chi -- did we think hugest cashed him. -- I was borderline it's I mean it wasn't necessarily mocking in this situation by. Is bringing attention to labels. -- picture yeah. -- effort that you when he -- to myself yeah. It's Big Papi -- he sponsored -- steps are needed and period of I don't have protectors that's right Damascus on Tuesday now there's plenty of stuff to talk about it and we looked and we don't talk about it and just generated -- -- -- as far as I know I got Jack Edwards coming up -- in baseball for whatever you -- talk about but. Don't don't. Let's not pretend that because it is a busy news day or a medium -- whatever it is you can't bring this is to me it's a problem. The props go where to go there and enjoy the moment why you creating you you have now created a story. A commercials story out of a visit to the White House -- anybody think that if we would beat you with somebody else beat on if the Yankees have done this sort. It if the Cardinals have done it would be all over a -- I'll say this. If if it was as organic is David Ortiz wants us to believe. And Samsung piling on the back of it putting out the release the day after really put David Ortiz and basketball -- -- -- to do it now it's like that it if that were true. And it was his organic is David wants you to believe that what Samsung did -- wasn't target. I also don't believe that's what happened but. Just science yes it's not the only thing we're talking about it happened to be one of the things that we discussed during the course and I don't write it write it off our backs. What you are program director here maybe maybe that's. When when number's up front 6177797937. -- telephone number the AT&T text line. Is 37937. You heard Michael say that. Our friend Jack Edwards will join us that will be at about 430 -- so we've got. Red Sox tickets for opening day that will give away somewhere around 530 or thereabouts on. And that ballpark it will will also teaching together it's dale and Holley and for the but the -- who said wait -- minute. Is this dale and -- thing permanent yes -- I've found up three years ago nothing -- but it's as permanent as we think it can be.