At work we listen to pretty much exclusively WEEI. Sometimes a little B101 or HJY, but they play the same 21 songs and it gets to be annoying. In a van where you're stuck with regular old FM radio and no aux the options aren't great, especially with WBRU gone (RIPIP). I love Kirk and Callahan, fucking HATE Dale and Keefe (worst media personalities at WEEI) and can tolerate the OMF boys. They actually talk sports unlike the morning show, but I am not a Big O fan. He's a fossil, he talks over people and manipulates their words, like you'll hear in my clip.
The topic of discussion was Jackie Bradley, Jr and his recent struggles at the plate. I was listening in a parking lot and just couldn't take the besmirching of JBJ. I had to call in. I was shocked I got through on the first attempt. Btw since I called in to defend Jackie he's hitting a blazzing .231 (3-13) with a double, HR and 2 RBI. Talk about making the hits count. Classic power hitter numbers. His RBI double in the first of the game of the Mariners series was a hit that he needed desperately.
Obviously you want more out of him at the dish, Jackie has been a major disappointment this season offensively. He looks over matched, has a huge hole in his swing, and once you've got two strikes on him you might as well give him a K in your scorecard because it's imminent.
However, Jackie Bradley Jr. is also without question the most impressive defensive CF I've ever seen.
This is still probably the best defensive play I've seen live.
If he could just be like a .240 hitter this wouldn't be an issue. My biggest issue with him offensively is that he can't sacrifice. When you struggle like he does you gotta be able to lay one down.
I still think he can add value with the runs he saves defensively. Great arm too. Shocked he only has 2 assists so far this season. He's definitely struggled this year, as he's only hitting .184 which is abysmal but there are about 100 games left to turn it around, and the Red Sox lead the majors in wins so things seem to be ok. I'll say it again I don't really care what he's hitting if he's playing CF like that.
I was making the argument that with this lineup you can live with Jackie hitting 9th if everybody else is carrying their weight. Until this last road trip my son Baby Beluga aka Rafael Devers was struggling mightily at the plate, and he is a liability in the field, but you don't hear a lot people trying to ship him out of town. Catcher is another position this team has gotten very little from offensively.
Unlike when I shared this on my f book I have the clip to start pretty much when I come on.
Yes it's DOZ, Lou.
It's actually the 3rd time I've ever been on the air before. Once Dale and it might have been Salk at the time were talking about Boston fandom and I bashed the people who are Boston sports fans but then also like the Yankees/ Giants. You know, your people with no sense of loyalty or direction? How someone can be a Yankees and Patriots fan is beyond me? The other time was talking about Cam Newton and how the Panthers then (racist) owner didn't want him to have long hair, and I talked about how guys like Clay Matthews, and Troy Polamalu made that their trademark.
I wish I could've done a lot better. My point of getting rid of Jackie would mean you need to play JD Martinez everyday in the outfield wasn't really heard. You can hear me talk about losing their 2nd best hitter (Martinez) to injury when he would inevitably get hurt playing the field everyday as he's been as fragile as wet toilet paper throughout his career.
I was wicked fucking nervous before I went on the air, I didn't wanna sound like an idiot, which I don't think I did since they let me go on for nearly three minutes. I used Doz as my call in name for a variety of reasons. 1. to grow my #brand. I wanna call in to sports talk shows more to use it as an outlet to try to expose my takes, and knowledge. I say it constantly but ik I have what it takes to make it in this business, it's just about getting the opportunity.
2. I was at work and didn't wanna use my government name and get in trouble for waiting on hold for 20 minutes to call a sports talk show when I was supposed to be working.
2 reasons aka a variety of reasons.
I wish I had used my time on hold to plan my thoughts better, but I was pretty nervous and also had to pee wicked bad so my head wasn't in the right spot. I did end up pissing behind a dumpster, but still had to worry about being seen. Plus I had no idea when I wad coming up. The producer asked me if I was still there about half way through the waiting but they don't like tell you "okay you're 3 callers away" or anything like that. I also was on speaker when I was on hold but took myself off speaker once I was on the air cause I know the fucks up their broadcast. It kinda sucked for me though because I couldn't hear too well which led to me being talked over and not really being on the same page at any point. Still not a bad call overall I think. No bias there obviously.
Even though the Big O twisted my words and cut me off constantly it was fucking awesome and exilerating to get onto the radio. I kinda butchered my jab at Waino and Yadi in the 2013 World Series but the point I think is extremely valid. Stephen Drew fucking SUCKED at the plate in the 2013 postseason, however due to his great range and defensively abilities at shortstop they kept him in the game, I can vividly remember a play he made in game 6 of the ALCS (cause I was there NBD) against Miguel Cabrera who at the time was still the best hitter in baseball that ended an inning where it looked the Tigers were about to add to their score. Drew was an automatic out at the plate pretty much that postseason, but his defense made a huge difference and helped them win games. I believe JBJ can do the same in Boston. In the bottom half of the same inning Shane Victorino hit a grand slam that ultimately clinched the pennant for the Red Sox.
The one game they pinch hit for Drew that post season and left him off the field defensively this happened. Pedroia's unreal stop to cut down the man at home is one of the great forgotten defensive plays from his career. Salty and Middlebrooks blew this game although it kinda worked out.
The point remains. Obviously you want JBJ to give you more offensively. His WAR is currently 0.0 because of how bad he is at the plate. It's making a top defensive CF considered a replacement player basically. I still think Jackie can turn it around, he needs to stop being so stubborn and more receptive to coaching but I don't think he's a lost cause and since he's not eligible to be a free agent until 2021 I still want him in Boston for the foreseeable future.