Jul 25, 2014|
Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to discuss David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia's struggles, and Jon Lester's contract.
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As promised joining us right now -- 37 WEEI your home for the Red Sox it's Kevin Milan are former Red Sox champion -- brought to us today by a RS restoration specialist and -- and smoke shop Kevin. Thanks much for joining us -- innate football day largely but obviously a lot of baseball to make San. Lou and our talking a little bit earlier on about the premise that some people have a don't wanna get your opinion on this right away the premise that some people have that. David Ortiz. Faked his back injury because he doesn't wanna go up against David Price what do you think when -- that. It's funny that it's. -- -- Are funny. Now cloud right now -- -- -- you know with -- highlight but that's that's you know. Mean it is in his make up let's get this straight game -- -- they Ortiz. That's not his make up this guy is not gonna break entered because he -- somebody you've been a bad man in that batter's -- from day one. When he joined Red Sox -- three was stepping up taste but that's funny at this Q you know put our -- it you know I. Well but but believe me price wise probably just as happy in Tampa -- Yeah yeah I'm with the on does that mean there's no way he would ever do it and it's politics with discussion of all the hype maybe go into the game right because that. I think -- -- price would do anything -- either one of these teams when -- it sucks now but especially typically they're playing in the can afford. Anything to happening tonight David Price. Yeah -- I mean let's get some straight David Ortiz and David Price have been a great ambassador for the game late in the year right I think he -- I think we all this happened. A couple months ago was wild you know you don't rarely see stars. Laughter. So. I think there were an. Miami happen they're all professionals. There's no more tough guys stopped. Lot of emotions and last time you know it would go deep in the playoffs also quite a couple times we get all that that's okay. But -- -- happening late but it staff I've thought about media why he hits it. You get the ball well at all followed it up c'mon guys yeah if you don't ever been around David you know. Saying that like. And so there's this there's this -- article the Boston Herald and mascot lover does a great job of using the analogy. Other movie trading place here to see the move trading places which are multiple times. Yeah primarily and of trading places the movie where. The Randolph but more -- sit there they're yelling at their broker to sell sell sell complete that batted -- about. You know -- Jews futures. I mean we are we at that point now with with with the Red Sox is is John Henry Tom -- A -- is jelly at -- Terry did just now that also well. Did you know what -- really intrigued to see what really goes on behind the scenes I've never been behind the scenes that -- -- front office but I think you're at a point now and I and a half games that up. -- By any means can make your run out thirty and five but I don't know there this -- cable bill -- so I think they're basically. You know he he can sellout that I -- There's no team gonna come out saying hey we're gotten where were raised in the red group are the the red flag. You know. Towards the end of July you're never gonna see their but I think they're writing on the wall. They had a great run -- -- they'd be shocked the world last year answer and a policy Super Bowl champions it's the World Series champions and it was a great run well right now -- things just haven't come together. They've had a lot of injuries they've had a lot -- production. -- from different players they tried the Sizemore situation now he's in Philly. They've tried a lot of different moving parts but it -- that day actually yeah you get back to -- -- important figure out what's gonna make our team better and able to repeat. Come 2015. I think that's what's going on. Here's another movie analogy who's playing the role of Kevin Bacon at the end of animal house yelling all is well as a relays to Jon Lester his contract negotiations. Boy I don't know you know whatever but wanting to know one thing we can't take aways tortured and an actual horse this Red Sox -- many years. You know I think we get spoiled. You know promote like in that New York Yankees premiere tomorrow where trot out the ball that Jon Lester Bennett or -- basic matchup -- every single place. Since he's been a part of Red Sox situation is we're not what some titles. What -- and I think that you know every single contract negotiation when it doesn't work out never and funny -- but anyway. And be at the end of the day the Red Sox replica America we want -- -- last year -- this X amount dollars but. The bottom line electorate it's his butt off itself if the price -- gone up and that's why you sign early expansion. Because if a player goes out there and produce the way that Jon Lester past. And he's it's like what David Price is the right call I am hoping that I would have felt as if it's -- he's been on a more he's property lefties in the big league all. And this is what goes on so I don't know you know I about the contract negotiation I -- the cigarette -- and Jon Lester you know that -- mercker -- You'll get Miller where you're at as far as you know when you -- -- -- play the kids right bringing kids up. -- polio or break it up that's fine if he's ready to play in the big leagues and I think that there's a big difference sometimes. How do you feel that team is out of it you call it up was not ready then take his lumps does that make him better in the future. Or does that maybe make him adjust to big league level maybe a year or two longer -- maybe should have you spent enough time in the minors. Where you make a great point he's right appointment he's got no problem you can bat but I can't stand there were gonna go ahead and get to see you at the big league level. And let them you know let him learn how to play at this level you gotta be great play and show the fans pay a high dollar for tickets. They play -- -- a high dollar comment C a productive team on them out Graham field. And I think you can't take away perhaps Jonny Gomes are veterans. -- Nelson earlier and guys like that. And -- think we're gonna start rebuilding other situation or not really what Ryan Howard. You know and you know we got -- and hours and -- -- sixty million dollars and he's been benched. You know three -- certainly -- -- all star break at the end -- -- produce at this level. So maybe young accurate completely up a problem with that little no -- because -- forgot this felt as -- we were all young. We were trying to get our feet wet but on the flip side you're not great when they please don't take away at bat some veteran guys -- year which answer at least. At least give them some at bats put some numbers up in the wallet their career you beat him you're not worked out well. That makes sense there what do you think really or all of Dustin Pedroia I mean or worth thinking that he's hurt I mean the production has been just been I guess nonexistent. So we're thinking that he's heard you think there's it's it's it's an injury issue that he just doesn't wanna come clean and discuss our -- More him just got to needing to get his timing back and just finding his rhythm again. Now I don't think we can make an excuse for Dustin Pedroia it's basically all year Amir have all year that this week in and everybody got -- -- at least start. We can't always look and -- as an injury. Yeah it's an as a crutch and I thought that Pedroia that it went back like -- look at it that does not stop this year it that -- peel or come up and -- collected. But I haven't seen -- it that I don't want thing you do your career. But it -- now all the underground. The average is down and that's that happens like it is now I get all that but it's also OK you have an -- you're in in in baseball basic level. Through the cup yanked its tough games spent -- but that's not. Haven't got -- You know in early on they lost a lot of close games and it's it's just never never -- going out there hasn't been a lot but there's great -- we have it's not -- -- You don't think there's an injury at all Kevin has couldn't it be both. Couldn't be struggling and also trying to fight through some them I'm not saying he's on the verge of surgery and say what -- you know 7580%. At best. You have to ask him -- no idea I'm -- around the clock Dustin Pedroia in there about the -- I'm just looking at straight up -- -- could show what you guys I'm looking at production now only if he's played everyday that means -- -- like I don't know what 758%. Guys. You take to feel that paid a greater role I think -- -- -- and met met at least they're where it takes the field on Sundays is 7580%. Know about the like. They had just came out mommy or I have no injuries -- no aches and pain everybody as a if you're in a lot guilty apply how they would use -- to say hey that's been hurt for -- asset and what they have taken a lot but so they have been out. You look at with a lot of expectations at -- a -- -- we -- not Tolbert and -- guilty of myself coming year what I thought like we can get out of him but. Does the reality is that he is a 21 year old kid and has been a struggle he had a nice three week stretch I think it may. Is that the biggest thing the Sox need to figure out Santa -- here at the rest of the year in and what does it take to get it to that next level. Yeah I I think you'll hear was that he went through a lot of stuff well they -- handled the situation at shortstop. Yeah I think the greatest young Vietnamese Blanchard or -- -- consider it a whole lot of Niagara beat it would like -- at one -- eight. We see some low averages out there in the big leagues that guys play. -- upon by young 21 year old -- it's carried himself like a professional I think we we we we get so Koppen numbers and we soak up but his work habits Brian Butterfield. It got to work hard they -- out he carried himself like a professional always proven that Stephen Drew situation happened and I hit in the Pittsburgh that we are same uniform. So it's almost like -- You know since that point on the hill you know in a position changes you know laughing all your mind check them out laughing -- -- So the pressures of of the big league level production and as a young kid. That we go America Regina lineup card it's a big boy world like it but I think it seems that went on. -- -- shortstop situation was a little bit on also form. Kevin thanks a lot -- -- as we appreciated skip and a mix in some baseball there or here Patriot training camp thanks for doing it with us. Pick out Robert Garrett is good looking young man Olympic club option. It is our double album the -- -- like -- did Clemens and an implant that's not been real nobody knows that. That's credible are for the Major League Baseball network an intentional talked joining us here on 937 Debbie another reason why I love baseball. You're you're allowed to have an off year -- sock Red Sox -- year -- -- -- Like Brady. Let's throw it go you still these are better the good looking guys the guys a little a little swagger that you have off years it was gonna come out to the spring training that they break spring training come back up to boss is casino Dustin Pedroia is getting better every and a year and how about -- we were -- -- -- a movie -- -- that's got nothing. From -- boy blue blood that's three overall would be a little lights that little bit rough -- guy guys stole my two team is opera the top so they kudos to you flew in passing. I believe that it does have to pass.