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Former Red Sox pitcher, Tim Wakefield, joins MFB, 8-4-14

Aug 4, 2014|

Tim Wakefield had a few things to say about the state of the Red Sox including his disappointment in the Lester trade. He also pointed out that Clay Buchholz is veteran now and needs to step up as a leader with the losses of Lester and John Lackey. Wake also thinks Lester deserves to get the money he wants.

Transcript - will not be 100% accurate

Former Red Sox pitcher -- of the kind of to join -- before -- tees -- today we decided -- couple weeks ago and from what I understand you did pretty well right and you're trying to replicate that today at your own tournament if not -- while you try to do the right thing Goldwyn -- turn them -- played good enough to invite your your guests back again right right yes those that gentlemanly -- yes exactly so -- -- conversation on the course today largely about what's gone -- with -- Red Sox -- later you try -- -- I got -- -- not -- probably will agree that that's -- It is what it is that. To raise a lot of money for -- choice and I'm proud to be the honorary chairman of this organization and -- five parcels of -- giving back to him it's something new dad to their fundraising and and to help bettering the lives of children and masters. On million always involve raising money do great things around and it quite cruelty Johnny -- -- -- -- got it yet. Johnny Damon flew it I don't think he might have landed but he's sleeping right after -- here three -- eight hours. But but I appreciate it off later this year I saw -- would be you know -- -- common accurately rights you know the crew. We it's amazing yourself. -- out -- nine -- back back -- but it's awesome that we we we were able to get thirty Boston's sports celebrities here and that's the one account wanted to do you know you play in these events yet the celebrity events but I wanted that the -- when we have excellent oriented. Where you like I played back to make you think about -- this. One pass and got that didn't get to read to the bottom of the barrel outside cola field but the but it's nice that I wanted to have like a legend says that were in Boston when I have a bunch of sports legends that are common and raise money it's it's them com. I'm pleased that a lot of guys responded. 011 of the big topics that surely this as a PGA of run support -- -- -- offensive elves the beautiful thing but it is that she also realize the importance of needing it. -- -- -- -- -- -- I'm still I'm still little shocked right now I don't exactly league east by the whole thing back he's even gone what was your take when you see Lackey lead when you see -- I was disappointed that it came to this point I don't think it needed them to be the -- -- talk about a week before this all happened they were buyers they really -- and all the sudden. I don't know what happened. And at that they'd be in sales and that's and I still can't put my finger on what happened except for the you know the lack of run support Urlacher runs scored but if you look at their statistics. You know they were third in the league are getting on base whether it be -- walker hit but they just couldn't get that one. Where -- yeah meet every week to drive in Iran and so. It shocked me that this meant to this many trades happen with them you know 34 day period him peavy -- to brought out Lester Lackey. We got you know -- our ace of the staff right now so and that's that's not a bad thing he's pitching bad right now but I think it's all mechanical thing so. I'm excited. I was disappointed that the point. But I'm excited the hottest teams going to be looking offensively going in 2015 so I think the big key if they need to -- about a soft. It collectors yet to lose -- you are those gathering. Lester has not come back I do. I wrote it so that's where the theory is starting right here -- It's that the public has been very optimistic throughout the season I don't look at him last that we've met with few. You were pretty optimistic we we mr. Sibley actually fire that's how well. And how good they play -- that one bit bit late but my points so the optimism is gone while I obviously the operative. I think so for -- Syria but I'm optimistic on I I think they did the right thing by not. Going get all these. Prospects. Because -- got to put a competitive running this this Boston you got to put a competitive team on the field year after year. They won three out of three of the last ten World Series championships so you can't. This can't be this is not a city that have a rebuilding. Phase for two or three years so I think that yeah exactly so I think that the that. The have been checked in and the front office staff is much is that it was disappointing to see some guys go. I think that the right thing getting the right pieces to move forward to -- The first Red Sox foundation tournament here hosted by Tim Wakefield is the chairman at the Belmont country club that's where we are broadcasting it's at 2 o'clock sits on the encouraged him before -- that you thought it was a mechanical thing with -- -- what he's seen. I just think -- these fallen off to the left side too much is the way his misses are open -- -- -- writing down and away from varieties yank him balls left and right. You know it's one of those things that I went through I struggled -- to that. You know I mean they're blue you probably struggle to hitting you know what you're doing wrong but you just can't fix it quick enough and it's gonna. You know but it might disagree with me but I I think I just don't like your stuff and he's got potential lineup everybody keeps harping on -- -- -- three -- I still think he's got to sleep -- -- that it off. -- -- even David Ross says he's got the best stuff I don't watch at least notify pitched -- in detail many ways when there were executing right isn't it thirty years old I noticed that that's. They -- big fans say you know he hasn't been healthy terrible. -- put it all together yet -- year. You waiting for it if he's gonna lead it's like. Kenny Kenny lead without knowing himself how to get it done. I think he can I think this is this is there a big learning year for him I really do especially now that Lester lockyer on I mean you're gonna need a veteran guy. Not Stan and that he is a veteran technically you know he's given you know four he's been here for a long time to think about it but. I think now the time word I think he's comfortable with himself that he needs to step up and be -- leader in his pitching staff -- Because of the guys that were here and all law and order here so it's time for him that released a buffet and sort lead. Because they can't ask a little too much for him -- -- I feel like you know some guys. You know they're just -- can be that guy yeah I -- and it does apply here because you usually it's mechanical and it was as mechanical and the last time it was mechanical -- at a little. It's called a mental health DL okay when he went kind of found himself as being a lowly pixels mechanical problem that he came backe is pitching great right. So so when can we start saying maybe it's a little bit more mental than anybody everybody wants to admit it. I mean there is a mental side of it come on I mean. Obviously when you do when you go through a struggle to go through a slump whether it's hitting pitching -- playing golf for whatever. -- you talking about you know postpartum -- -- as the big story with Tiger Woods. You know. I think I heard the theory is that he's not really hurt that he. What we're playing good enough and it was gonna make the Ryder Cup came up now of course there's a lot of metal sliders. There's a lot of mental. Approaches are at -- that there is a mental sides of the game. When you found yourself and in a mental thing like that I know everybody's different but. It's there it's -- a general rule of thumb with pitchers like OK to kind of get them back on track. Other than just mechanics as it is that it is eating the same breakfast every morning is that meet with its men out there when it. When I talk about the mental side of a part -- confidence now we are all caught when things are going good your confidence is riding high when things start ago a -- You have two or three or four bad starts in a -- and what that -- -- -- also on something clicks for mechanically. Now -- your confidence back where you can attest that this when your your -- -- single yelling is brought about and always needs as one start where he goes six or seven innings gives up three or less runs. And he's figured it out but he's not walk and you know 45 guys or not. Going a full count their hitters that's not the clay that were used to watching -- and it wasn't that way last year earlier this year it was really really good so. That that theory that I am you know in the belief that I have is that it's something mechanical that's cost them not the regular. So on one thing with him in general they've worked on with that speeding up the game -- -- -- -- -- comfortable throughout the -- and -- -- -- -- -- That's got to help him and yet I've never heard of -- hey we gotta we speed this guy up it's always -- and a good rhythm it's slow him down you know slows it down so I'll. Almost looks like electrical it. It's painful -- sometimes when he's not pitching well he he he slows it down a lot and I'm. That's one thing I pride myself whether it's gonna -- its wallet it's that it was gonna happen fast you know because I wanted you guys behind me that was what was. Taught to be as a young -- you know work fast train speed and you're kind of pitcher one point I was it is all my gosh it was terrible likened the first baseman in the pictures taken Amanda and I must think quite a purpose assisted his it's his way. Of slowing the game down but it's almost to a to a snail's crawl sometimes that it it coaster defense. -- to enforce it by -- and this might be impossible for you do and ask you to do a good luck. If you could divorce yourself from being a knuckleballer for a moment how you look at the theory that the Red Sox seem to have about not whine don't lockup pitchers long term in their thirties -- was going on here with Lester projects situation. Is that a wise mentality or should they expand the philosophy that yes maybe you can't get good quality outings from a -- that deepen their career I -- -- different case because right knuckleballer but. I think their business theory I think is a somewhat correct but yeah I think you also have to take each individual case. By case by -- and it's not he can't have a blanket policy on how to treat 31 year old pitcher. That is probably the best originally right now yet I think you have to take -- individual guy and and treat that specifically. Based on that and the right at Leicester one of those guys that. Has proven that you know last two or three years not necessarily post season wise but he's been a leader. Of this pitching staff he likes to -- in Boston he can't pitch in Boston under the pressures that. Come with being a Boston red sock and I just think that this this -- this this particular case. On these be looked at deeper. Tim Wakefield is the chairman for the first annual Red Sox foundation golf tournament here at Oakmont country club that's where we are and the Red Sox foundation benefiting. Red -- scholars RBI youth baseball and softball programs and Franciscan hospital. As well Tim thanks much for -- -- and obviously there. Our guys hop on that is Tim Wakefield former Boston Red Sox pitcher and now with the Red Sox foundation of course analyst on --

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