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Kevin Millar, MLB Network: Baseball Players are mentally tougher than football players. 6-13-14

Jun 13, 2014|

Former Red Sox First Baseman Kevin Millar weighs in on the Football vs. Baseball debate, discusses the Red Sox continued struggles at the plate, and the John Lackey contract situation.

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Christian Fauria -- Maloney and -- immense. There have been large segment of the show or I've just got to hang in hang out on the other side of the blast would Joey is Lou and Christian have gone back and forth about the debate between football toughness and baseball toughness. It's Christians assertion that I'm not mental toughness. Yeah not resident physical arguably white towel the physical again it yet. -- know you may declare but you were upset it was standard Bogart's for taking a day off yesterday yes. Not even him taking a day off having -- mental help us stay on him. The manager sat him down and you're not happy about Packers now want to play through I want to play his way out of results won't have to play 163. And have a policy -- -- -- 62 games yes. Why not. Suh attempts RS to say about this today it was bring on Kevin right now has promise former Boston Red Sox favorite. Now with the intentional talk show on the Major League Baseball network. Kevin how Loria. Boy this is a great great discussion right thing right now Christian real quick. Yeah it came up and August are. Ron Amadon common a lot harboring him they're gonna go like on one little it's a week. From our problem let's turn it guaranteed money and oh my god -- area pizza. All grind it out sixteen games broke count on your anger flows. In game as well wants that we are not Sunday. At 1 o'clock. You could -- out on the might be borne out. It's about -- and 62 game. Marathon. Every single day coast to coast city -- city you're out there on the field. And there such thing as a met told they got -- -- clear your mind of the slider that they are that fail fail fail you know -- art -- the year. You -- 350. Times. I think spot 150 plus doesn't -- fifty negative sometime in that now they all. Yeah I just I I don't buy it that's I guess Ron Amadon has a different way of looking at it you know I see it as you guys I see you guys and just baseball. Players in general. At the ball you don't I get the volume there's a lot of games. But if you're gonna be at the bat and you have a hard time dealing with a situation. Like it stresses you out so much that you need a mental health day. Then you need to kind of look at and see what the real problem is isn't it is the fact that he had a 160 games. It is maybe you can't take it. Well so that's -- statement what is. You're like when you're two for thirty -- great -- -- -- for birdie -- Michael and Al all David Ortiz. Eric Jeter frequently for thirty. It's been manager's job it's the player don't go in the opposite right during it by the like oh I am how they outplayed about it. It's -- and her job in all you know what. I'm -- I got it. -- you're you're you're on the back and relax come here at 6 o'clock. We're not a lot hang out I don't what you think and -- think all that means it doesn't mean that they were Eagles and Raiders are all part of the great -- I thought they adapt they might might rank low right you can't tell you know you're not a team that bag games you dropped passes -- Yeah end DL or not given me a -- there's know -- Saturday's mentally regroup. You say they -- Beckley WV above all the time I got more it's you have more time to make up for your mistakes whereas in other sports you don't have as many opportunities so you. Your chances your -- ropes copper 345 times as much as the -- grow but it's not just -- tell Kevin what you said about the oblique injury for Stephen Drew a look at my thing is that if if you're not. Dead if you're not on crutches. Bet and if you can take the pain that you need to go out there play. That's sick I don't I'm not gonna change mice in my stance. On that period giving it your job -- what a battle bleak duty your swing to explain the Krista what a battle week due to your swing. That's the ball all all the -- you know what cricket bat extra player now you wanna go to backside is a spot. Other players talk like you got quarterback center -- linebackers or up by a player as well. I got back to pick between an injury but when you're under pressure and you you at bat with your. You got all the also which is -- electorate galactic -- I don't probably I have made all by -- -- Hot dogs. And I had a ball ever hit like and I get in shape for -- all day long. Back on now. That -- -- it looks good or shirt off but they got a -- Now when you have an injury yet expand them look like a man and a lot air in my heart and our. And I don't -- -- if you're injured finger while you're out front. Closer that's dismissed did that discussion is I don't we don't know what his injury is I don't know how bad it is some -- I can't judge him for whether he's playing or not. Based on the fact that I don't know what it is. And the thing is I don't know his pain tolerance is some got a -- pain tolerance some guys are willing to say screw it and play -- even at that hurts them in the future. That's just the way it is my thing I ever -- -- -- So if if if but if this discussion start with Bogart's in the back to like I think here here's a young -- 21 years old guys -- -- -- -- I would like to see him work his way out of it. Especially now it's 65 games you know a lot of -- more opportunities. Let me see if he has the ability to is to work himself out of because the next time he gets into a slump. Maybe I know I don't need to sit -- -- -- no listen give one more chance given two more chances and he can work his way out of it. Call track record right we are -- so he needs to build one in a young guy needs to build a track record. And by sitting him already feel like they're not allowing him to build up the track record. And buying what he's willing -- doing. -- got -- actually -- short got five foot four different players so like correct. I'm not hustling that's correct out and -- -- -- -- you -- right you thought about it I. -- -- Your job is to play. And baseball are part of baseball right so that if you don't get any thought because you're coming up I coached it it got -- want to get mayberry off. And wondered -- won't get -- back. You up -- talk about baseball. You have to bring up. Say no prob why would have a day off. OK but my thing would Bogart's is that it was too early I wanna see him play his way out of it we don't actually he's off to a guy that's break you give a day off to a great player our second unit and -- -- -- It bring you the other thing it to Kevin Tuesday. And on the way to -- that some sort of injuries in the game baseball's more the big picture look you know me if you. You tweak your cap you tweak your mammy eagle on the next day you get treatment that night you feel pretty good the next day maybe tweak it again -- the next night you played through it. And eventually that turns into an issue. In other wrist and play a game no matter how physical it is. Let's take 346 days to get that muscle ready that is how injuries gonna happen in baseball will also -- more -- Pre injury a guy sits tonight because they get something going on the treatment all day we get better player to three days. The bottom line is that we both played. Copy of the guys respect it gain beat you know the game -- well. I'm really well we all got through our Ralph adamant. We all read a little insecure times -- ball so that's the thing here that -- now we sit on you look at our microphones and we make a elaborate why are we here. I. Understand. That track. -- injury. I don't know -- not a called block Goodell I don't Pedro content -- -- out on that and itself offers you you got creative and think oh. So I I felt normal player you're preparing our. At -- ballpark I think he is awful nobody here would it all -- -- out -- quietly out of it's good that upon your perspective that's a big league -- a -- time as a manager -- about -- When I got problems that's okay you're an undertaker isn't quite right let's have a good bat him back on track or else might he might make that happen -- off. -- -- it is here on ninth reserve WBI Kevin baseball wise as a relates to drew being out what is the smartest thing for the Red Sox to do now is it taking Bogart's after meant well that. And putting him back to -- and I -- I think there are like have Pereira plays short and then keep Bogart's at third and -- in the outfield. What's the smartest thing for Boston to do. -- have to find out how old Marxist mentally or NC you could play third base or shortstop what do you set out but now I'm back. They've got it figured out I mean I think they're all awkward -- -- at that they are very identity of the -- a really back at like you know your shortstop -- -- don't have. Outfielder this is out you know or -- Colts and -- get to keep given you know he goes with her error that left me. I don't know what we're -- I know early what the Red Sox aren't right now I don't think they all want to -- the world champs last year we know that. But commissioner -- but not let them and they went -- -- -- I'm I'm wearing black eye popping out really -- only threat. Now we got back but at and the ball back into play better write papers out like that whoever wherever wherever whenever wherever. They got look at and it got to play better and you. God damn we talk -- the superstars radio talker so much about the the French role players that we're not looking at the joy yeah Ortiz and Napoli. Enough not -- I'll look at it now with -- but the other day. I would rather have one through nine grinding it out. Then three full of great hitters -- holes all over the all over the order when you look at lineups what are some of the best lineups you have seen would you rather have. One look at immediately you're gonna talk about luck advocate outfielder -- are all star right -- -- back grind it out. The teams that got annual Bernard and Pedroia has been on because there's absolutely. You know all these yards in losses. You come together victories that brought it out I think the big void this year and that's not let them decked out here. When you go without Elster. Attribute all else very I'm -- a ball. Accurate player right he's not a superstar but he he's the star he still. If he -- it 300 it's and the homers. And I expect I think we have a prospect that they'd be just try to avoid. Trying to figure out. Who barely got areas. And -- acting breaker you know when you're at about Jerry. It popped that a lot of pressure trying to get there in front nine that the want a sale that we all under. But that's a huge gap and they haven't been able to grind want -- and I like you use it. Dynamo are -- this here on 937 to be I DeVon your name came up a little bit earlier in the conversation before he even joined us about John Lackey. And his situation. And the did you 01 point almost go to Japan or sign a deal it's remind me what went on there with you. It's why I agreed in principle to go to Japan at the 2002 season and they're not basically Red Sox quite. And I had a player go overseas -- been down people below or you're. As a -- claimed on waivers. Before -- to -- Japan. And that -- correct but probably a one day -- -- and white pants so I never actually went. Over the fans are bitter greens weren't all on to your theoretical fans never happened and thank goodness now getting a chance to play a little lowly -- -- -- Well that's a good point political everybody in -- they -- you. -- look back -- in Milwaukee can't go back there and -- exit at the moment it's. It didn't ever tell you about his Mickey Callaway situation. We have Mickey Callaway the only time -- Maloney. Largest amount ever charged the mound giving here did you ever tell that story that I am curious and Alex. When he told Zhu's story that he changed it and he didn't throw that on October. No I've heard -- Mickey Callaway. Buzz and he now and I dollars and -- show up and down Michael Coleman and the home run. In front of me and -- drilled me. Al wasn't happy but -- just gets it down any -- comic -- don't get the box next level and extent -- real league and and it charged the mound now the pitching coach for the Cleveland Indians and you get Terry Francona upon which -- -- as a bit Jets repeatedly. But we just had a Monday and got a goal but -- the scene again that was nice memory for both of us. Are you are charged around right there it's much friendly with everybody. Now ops Garrett Clemens when he threw it they don't come every actually you know did you ever you'd probably want that's sort of potential on Everett's -- It actually -- someone ever hit -- and -- -- -- -- to like anyone to a lot you know. It's been a bit but I'm back sort of pitched. Oh all try to go try to homer right added an old jump step in the box that it's semi accurate regret cycle without a lot. The purpose you know because -- that. Right there what can it get away Trot Nixon over the next exit and it's somewhere around there like I'm the American yeah. Really publish -- short amount. But you're not Robert looked scared. I. -- -- -- Lastly you know where I was going to -- the as a unit to deal like he has replayed for 500000. On the back and would you what would you try to do to get out of that situation -- would you be satisfied playing for what you -- for given the circumstances -- just suck it up -- deal -- -- -- what would you do there. Aren't they hate you know I've that your restructure that situation on our guys a candidate got work so well I don't think Lackey. I had any doing any representation of that I will do what the Red Sox but I'm expecting great. He always bring great at the outstretched when he you know I had some arm rich you and how happy are your -- could stick -- -- but. Well not elect John Lackey you what I'm undersized -- you want fox -- sponsor that's your restructure. Kevin thanks a bunch for joining us really appreciate your time and yet thanks to China stickers to straight look at I don't know work but -- -- ballplayer we -- -- -- give him a lot from intentional talk on the MLB network he's brought you by ERS restoration specialist and Brennan's smoke shop.

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