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Butch Stearns on Sports Sunday -- Steve Buckley Calls in from NY to Talk Mookie Betts and the Red Sox 6-29-14

Jun 29, 2014|

Buck is in New York on this Sports Sunday but calls in to talk to Butch about the Betts call up and what it means for his future and the future of the team. He discusses all the young talent the Red Sox are showcasing, how they can improve the team, Ortiz complaining about their schedule and his thoughts on if they still have a chance at the playoffs.

Transcript - will not be 100% accurate

How much John did the slowing of Shane Victorino is rehab have to do with this decision I think there was a lot has to do with this Irish greens slope back to flare up on him. Again we had a brick column off the rehab assignment so with -- returned to us were probably not look at smoky here in New York and we have thought and planned. Does everything was was moving in that direction that she would be back in the lineup this weekend unfortunately he has had a setback. Red Sox manager John Farrell talking -- -- beady eyes Dave O'Brien and admitting that chain victory know setback. Which by the way has him. Not doing any baseball activities and his rehab on hold. Right now as he got a shot is back. On did have a lot to do victory knows. Blip here with. -- -- being here wouldn't keep that's giving some outfield this is sports Sunday on WEEI I'm -- turns in studio. And I've done many weekend shows here by myself put on Sunday mornings little different. Well our chairman Steve Buckley alongside so let's try to correct that now after one segments to Barclays in New York joining us on the phone morning -- Appropriate I don't like info sport funding our defense that's way too generic. I think which in market as he met spark -- the magic. By often call it -- and -- to defer to your experience during a national. You know all kinds of things so whatever you want you know I know what you do when you wanna put me first because the first name always gets fired first. But that's history here. I'm not recovering as I can kuechenberg yes. So lots to talk about -- here in New York you you among would a lot of people met and talked and we'll keep -- of good article herald today that calling it desperate decision headline. Says that on. Two point that you bring up in your article I think arranged and you start off by saying that. On July Alexander Bogart's debut and Jackie Bradley's debut Jackie Bradley being opening day in Yankee Stadium last year and Bogart's coming up. -- like on a team that was 21 games over 500. That's has come into a whole different situation here right. ER I mean I mean army is pressure any time you're in the big leagues for the first Artest are getting around that. Why and and you can it was a lot of pressure. Arden Jackie Bradley junior opening up an -- at -- -- even though it's not about it was built but you know what I mean opening day that he's seeing CC sabathia. It's certainly pressure there is pressure on the ball that's coming up with the team. Our check their one game in first place lyrically he's so you could make the claim about the heat -- -- -- -- pennant race. But he's still good part in the twelve -- -- -- opening day uniforms -- home -- -- I -- everyone's gonna have the best seat -- you now that is. And then with all -- -- last year is the excitement of a surprising scene mounting a challenge for a playoff spot while. This particular team. Eat eat pizza you know like boat swimming toward the Titanic sinking. And it's. It's it's it's. A difficult situation right now nobody's hitting. Is there -- -- -- it is in some complaining by -- about schedules and you know -- gentleman's story he sort of went to the other night and it means that the -- right. New kid and it's so new enshrined and it's exciting and it's the biggest save despite. After coming there and suck and what memories and aware all the stuff that we want to talk about. Yet it's a very very serious situation as he he needs to help the team at best and mark that put. It's called whatever they want that definitely added pressure on him. You mention when numbers gonna -- and I don't think people of toddlers know where number fifty. -- -- in part about that is you know he's made six moves. There was a lengthy interview on did down on the farm signal and Alex spear who sat down -- -- Wednesday. He's made six moves from single a Greenville now out of the major leagues in less than a year he's worn number two number seven. Number sixteen and now. He's wearing number fifty. Here and all the numbers he's worked previously -- up in your -- to point out to fifteen which is pretty cool that is I don't. Yeah he know he's won a much different uniforms and and -- again a lot of times when when -- when your rookie. Company basically. We are whipping and you and then over periods side. -- -- that first year in the big leagues and you're right in spring training you you can treatment decree number. Ellsbury -- are. I remember. Meaning they'll car rumble what number he wore -- -- always yeah aren't. What do they haven't seen it would never eat once from -- West Hartford grateful all the way you'll be all and all that. And it was they -- is that fits him while he left like any jump on it got that number in any apple farm. Probably one of the few guys I think that at a high number -- 57 when it was. And and instead are very -- that's -- -- be my Major League numbers so there is a lot of jockeying. And it's always -- city year. Every every kids get a story about a particular uniform you know he wants -- we have a number. And I suspect that -- -- is -- at all. I think here he's kind of a Wheaties now referee Eric -- inside to think you get battled lower numbers next year. Since two and often -- can you talk just a quick question your opinion. -- equal ever see anybody we're 21 and a Red Sox uniform again. Arm I would ever doubted. I don't advocate retired because his accuracy -- on the but. My understanding is that it is not retire. But that. It's old in me I figured that was termed it as it is in active right now. Little known fact it has been offered a one player since argue on the left our city turned out giving it you know that one. Yes I do it was the pitcher Greg. What was his name from the from the twins right. You're you're you're -- Craig not Colbern. No arm -- you know I do know it because I know who hands out the numbers and I was told probably by some of the same people that you. War I can't member's name -- it is great 10 Greg's swing though yes because these are. That's where in there and he's pitching well with the Indians are -- -- pitcher Padilla pitched universities are. Which regards to Iraq it is -- -- -- hero was one. While there was also that the Beckett rumors but Beckett knew better you know Texas guy 21 yeah. Like you know -- nine. You know it's it's interesting because if you if this has nothing to requirements for the people waved back to a 46 Q and it was consensus. -- or anyone have been in the sixties when ray Culp came other side he wanted to Wear number 21 in our pitching intact. He wanted to Wear number 21 and articulate. And he wore number 21. So you've really got to a different threats there involving pitchers are wearing number 21. Sounds like a full segment for another sports Sunday so -- -- -- -- -- but respectable give -- in them. -- just played a cut from my John Farrell from yesterday which I've carnage -- and I was catching up last night when I got home. From one of the latest never ending graduation parties and checked on the Red Sox to 21 win an all out and we get that up with a cutter -- distinguished -- read it last night. John Farrell talking about five guys and basically four positions in Texas saying this five positions and positions or third base shortstop. Outfield. And second base he mentioned and the players you mentioned were old Bradley bets to rule. And Bogart's obviously second base would be when Pedroia needs -- rest. We talk about two outfield positions he's talking about those five guys drew is the name that stands out what he's making it sound like. Or at least publicly or maybe it's a message to his team. And you addresses in your call when bench Arrington says -- all gonna play -- This isn't Little League but five guys for four positions they really right now going to go with the hot hand -- and alternated different starting lineup every day. Why not I mean desperate I'm desperate measures. In that interim -- -- our -- gave resonate because they experienced contracts that none of that means any point we are right now because. Let let you know I -- I mean I've got to start winning some games to get back in contention and nobody wants to see -- I don't -- either -- and my family -- so it is parties journalists but. The fact of the matter is that that Austin. I'm a citizen of this area -- -- quite frankly more one place to be in our perspective and. This is your -- and city -- It's right. At the -- -- and hit in in the spirit of having it based auto watched. Second half the season ends and they wanna get back into this thing they've got a rollout lineup that can win a game at that moment without fear. Vote of rough points better represented -- people's. So and -- win win win bench during and everybody will play everybody will play in the short term to the degree that. If you're going another route like who can play where we are not but I. Mueller nurses what -- all things stroke and Daniel -- watch here. If if if a guy -- playing time and performs. -- set up like our -- play every inning of every game sense I think it would stated. And not just the kids they liked what he can do it. You know he makes might make -- are at some point but until that day happens for a Colts so locked in the lineup. And opportunities and they are for other guys. That being one of the latest one. To claim playing time and to make -- and be part of what could -- away some of it. So how -- balance this Spock part of a balance that and you've been around baseball ops people for a long time. And everybody wants to win win World Series and the Red Sox credit they won three in ten years and mostly bed. Are a lot of homegrown talent we all know the probable on the blisters did did the drawers on our elders. But right now. They've got a month to decide or less whether they're buyers or sellers in this season. They're giving a lot of kids the shot. So on one -- if there's a silver lining for the baseball ops people they get to try to win. Or try to win because they've been so bad or like you said infuse some life into this team while. Getting. The young players some Major League experience or exposure. To do that so. How how to balance. That is is it's this simple answer that well he can't be any worse than they've been so far so why not give the kids a chance. Well the -- the world and -- changed considerably in recent years and in particular this year for two reasons. Number one -- added wild card means that a whole lot of teams. Are in a pennant race tape player -- rather. That witnessed in previous season. So so that bring hope to certain teams and its top of the routines to be that you put a dollar. Because -- here three or in an article by half but in mid July we start our players. It's telling expand you know our -- and go to the policies and that's gonna hurt -- product. And number two has he discussed. So many times recently. This being a year period and they carry in Major League Baseball. With it from the start in position your target -- running away with the and they warrant the world so I could sit back and Blue Jays are running away with -- now the Orioles yankees and knocking the door and you know and on and on and on. The heat -- inning every team can get hot like Angel is back -- so would run out like twenty are forty whatever it was as they did. And and suddenly there in the -- in the World Series. And are sent over and over is is bad it is what Arctic resources that -- such -- is. If -- ever it's and that's a big -- and rolled her eyes. I would like their chances in the postseason if they got they got you bounced back. But that'll policies and Lester are pitching the way they do things could happen. Sosa you would like their chances because of their pitching and they're defending champs I mean they've been there before. Yeah I mean that that's that's an exciting and all by I mean. Who are I would -- more on the went through western Lackey. Then their -- inexperienced. Is that just you know pitching will open policy and I like it chances. And again I mean. I I rape someone just to get an apartment or moment. And hear me talking about the postseason because it is what we ended a longshot. It's the longest long shots are not considering there are so many teams ahead of -- I'm simply saying that in that particular season. -- note team seems to be shining and what coaching is is seen fear. Anything can happen and if this can't get our. Someone else was back and that's something you just never now and it it could be excited. I'm not entirely optimistic but it's worth watching. Other seven games -- simple numbers there's seven games out of first now that the the big game yesterday. In the American League east and their six games out of that final wild card with the Angels and Mariners. Holding a top spot so what are you -- what are you looks. From -- -- I mean I know it's one game it's a snap of the kids making his Major League debut. I imagine in right field right so original stuff. Occasional start right field probably bat seventh eighth or ninth. Yes so he's going to be the bottom of the lineup I mean I I'd be happy with him doing what he's done for a year now just getting on base a couple of times right. Oh yeah I mean it is if I yes. Com. -- how are written out here and his agent. Battling just that's all it's so reroute how small smaller than Pedroia. Are. Well. The great media here are. The kids this is very army or more over our. But I look at it is a personal thing for me right now I want you are okay so there are three guys that I tower over on the Boston sports scene or did. There was drew idea. There are a lot of people read -- figured if Brad Marchand. And then there was Wes Welker so in my going to be able to look down from -- -- Are you. Have a 583 quarters. Arm and I go toe to toe with a -- Pay its its exciting for a lot like. Your chances against him and aide to Martin street brought to -- Because you -- I'm a lover not a fighter but where are you guys you've -- -- in that side is you bet you that experience also you know I mean -- -- -- Well but I've also got which used to -- forgot park used in UConn I've got cash today. Sorry go out last night's game Lester -- to knock. I mean let's just jump ahead my first thought about doubt wise. All so if the Yankees -- convinced -- spent some funny unless they're both thought they might be now that the. Yeah yeah actually I wish I -- -- kind of like we did it but. When Lester mold into that area and close -- Yankee Stadium which pitcher is what players talk -- game and we'll hear they sent out. So you -- blocker and as you're standing there and their crowd moved around Lester. Eighteen many. Yelled out in what was. Says you know I that you make it 85 million now and it -- You know and joke being that -- with the respect our city and in and left a lot more than that and it is. It's a it that's actually not something -- brought up last night that you make an excellent point if I was so focused on. There's specific pitching performance at the Buick -- by the way. But yeah I mean it's if you can project to knock -- having a policy by the wayside now. And Lester dropping into that rotation -- sudden. You guys. So not a western doctor. On the Yankees that you agencies and that's something that's quite daunting. What did you think of his first time he sought to knock in person. It Y and Z he's very good victory he he's very stable and very into man. They -- there with a breakthrough at talk I email horrible pitch to Napoli. Argued and with with the what the splitter there any doubt Napoli on my. When he throws -- straight that's all. Sort of middle I'll. That. Was -- into a good pitch in that you know at some won't quiet stuff but. Given what Napoli was struggling with the other pitch. They have that it's a room service or any jump starting an opposite field and I don't know if you rhetoric heard this and I didn't see I was writing. Yeah we are talking about a Napoli supposedly said was stupid pinch. Yeah. Well -- boys being boys -- highly point that. Any inexperienced regionally pitcher and those guys that are around a long time and know what to do stuff like. Well four election gardening looking at that pitching match up last night my first impressions of him aka. Our numbers 116 pitches thrown Lester won 1986. Strikes. For Tanaka is a guy that nibbles a little bit but also comes that you when he wants he does there's not a lot of this isn't Dice-K here. With a 116 pitches in six innings. I'm not anything better I mean these the its second consecutive Red Sox yankees game. We played in under two hours and fifteen minutes. And you never never seen efforts and it certainly NC was right in the this is 22 horses went out there. Throw the ball -- the ball back and forward it and and and boom boom boom boom you look up it's not a pocket like so many amazing. And we're not gonna happen tonight but I just covered back to back up to our -- in many respects -- games in the bronze. While you're doing -- it's usually two games in one. So bucket for it to go away prediction what are you writing about mark do you head back tomorrow morning and it's the Cubs at Fenway tomorrow what are you writing about from this game. Tonight if you had to project. I don't know I mean if it's funny it's sometimes it's like when they called a -- that's. I I knew. I take the subway out -- -- arm to arm and I knew on the number four train. I knew I was going to write him that's all you expect but that was -- in -- Today our. He because it's the end of the series I'll probably where are we call off -- inning which means a quicker game over sponsoring our order in. So our it'll probably be from moderates are in rap. And I'm guessing if you bet anything at all he'd repeat it's it's it's a war. McConnell would be. As a rookie that's here has the riots in the I'll. -- over doing -- and -- straight game they are here go -- Unreal that expectation and so forth so using last night's game you probably were written on Napoli had you heard specially heard about when he -- after the pitch. That would have been something like that. Yeah yeah I would act if it. Yet that's the point it's ignored them -- that's a rival that's probably what we're focused on our charge semi so brilliant rookie. You know covered that it Inkster and it is that a post insides are Jon Lester. So I could make the argument Bach and you know me I'm always looking for that 500 parade down -- downstream but I can make the argument that coming off of a ten game road trip. Coming into a ten game homestand leading up to the -- fourteen more games till the all star break. That this game which could make them four and six on the trip as opposed to three and seven. I -- -- in -- it's a 162 I understand this is a big -- tonight. I mean you ignore the numbers say that. I -- think it. -- -- -- -- -- seven -- six they're coming home this is a long road trip. You maybe per game in which a lot of whining about travel schedule because there -- you know the nineteen trials. Most of most. Right honest. You know these -- are not you retire after what those. And play at night because she regularly and motivate tribe is the financial -- at -- with -- contract and so on and so. I also have a day off in between the west and East Coast trip to doubt it. It's a pretty bitter greens apparently quite a million dollars ears because they play games on television where they get all kinds of revenue and apartments and -- -- what's at play here. Army and in in people who don't go to any games will go to night games which is why 8% of the games -- night and 90%. So but you know we know there are they just got to come back all of it -- and win -- games. Gave him the all star break war -- game itself which means going picking up a couple of games to lead and then anything can happen I think anything -- -- safe travels buck enjoy tonight or region The Herald tomorrow are you back here next Sunday there. -- impact if they -- Sunday's he. He that you don't -- Hofstra in Minneapolis so I don't fly out Sunday night so. I think we're at Fenway -- -- -- February Nixon but probably a little short I've buck. Good talking with Steve Buckley from Boston Herald in New York or break back but more on sports Sunday or -- in buck. On W.

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