Hill: I look forward to being part of the Red Sox next year


Hill: I look forward to being part of the Red Sox next year

Danny Picard sat down with free agent lefty reliever RichHill on his podcast Im Just Sayin this morning. Hill, who's arbitration eligible this offseason, said he believes the team will tender him a contract and he'll be back in Boston in 2013.

Yeah, I feel I do," Hill said. "You know, I had some goodconversations with Ben Cherington in September and I look forward to beingpart of the Red Sox next year.

Hill also had some interesting things to say about last yearsteam and the direction the Red Sox must take next year. 

Youre only asgood as your last outing, so, you know thats something I think that gets lostsometimes with professional sports and guys sometimes thinking that theyvedone enough, thinking they can rest on their numbers and rest on what theyveaccomplished in the game.

Here are a few of the other highlights from Picard's interview with Hill.

On moving on as a team and manager Bobby Valentine: Youvegot to put everything in the past behind you and look at where you are todayand move forward as difficult as sometimes that is. Youve got to say This iswhere we are today and it doesnt matter how we got here. The only thing thatdoes matter is where were going. And thats moving forward.

On last season: Its over with. And the great thing is thattheres a new season coming up next year and we have to look towards that.

Last year was a lost season. It was a season that didntwork out. We have a great manager in John Farrell coming in. This team willrally around John, and the coaches, and each other and perform to the best ofour abilities and thats the bottom line.

Were clubhouse issues with the manager blown out ofproportion with regards to on-field results? Yeah, absolutely. Bottom line as a team we didnt play well. Noone else is going to go out there and do it for us . . . You dont sit there and point fingers. Ultimately the goalfor next year is to come together and have that unity.

Show up on time. Work hard. Two of the easiest things youcan do . . . thats what were looking at.

Can John Farrell -- one man -- come in and change everything? "You can't put it all on one person, it's a team . . . It's our responsibility, as players, to hold each other accountable. That means, you don't ask 'why.' It's because you were told to do it, and you move on. That's the bottom line. And that's a team."

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

BOSTON -- With three crushing losses in a row at a time when results are really all that matters, the Boston Bruins are reeling at the wrong time during the regular season. The B’s tried their best to win a game 0-0 with strong defense against a sleepy Chicago Blackhawks bunch on Friday night, but ultimately coughed up a Marian Hossa goal in the final minutes for a 1-0 regulation loss at TD Garden.

The defeat continued a swirl downward for the Black and Gold over the last week, and was a second straight shutout loss on home ice for the first time in almost 15 years. The losing stretch has also kicked up the chatter that Claude Julien is in trouble as head coach of the Bruins, and the hockey club’s underperformance up and down the lineup is ultimately going to cost the NHL’s longest tenured bench boss his job.

The Ottawa Senators have passed the Bruins in the Atlantic Division, and it’s only a matter of time before the Toronto Maple Leafs move by them as well with both Toronto and Ottawa holding six games in hand on Boston. Combine all of this with the B’s having missed the playoffs in each of the previous two seasons leading into this one, and it shouldn’t be at all surprising that Julien is squarely on the coaching hot seat.

The B’s bench boss was asked about his job security after the Chicago loss, and clearly didn’t appreciate the tough, but appropriate question.

“Well, I’m not into shock-journalism,” said Julien in a prideful tone. “So I’ll stay away from that question if you don’t mind.”

The Bruins posted their Saturday schedule shortly after Julien and the B’s players had addressed the media following the loss, and sure enough the embattled coach is scheduled to address the media post-practice as part of the regular practice day routine. So it doesn’t seem that a move with Julien is imminent this weekend despite another loss, but both the coach and the players know something is going to happen to shake things up with this team if they continue to struggle.

“Right now it’s a results based situation, so if you’re going to keep losing games then probably something’s going to happen,” said Torey Krug. “But right now we’re just pretty down emotionally after this game, so I don’t want to look at the big picture. I just [want to] focus on what’s going on in this room, and hopefully we can come back with a good effort the next game.”

A good effort might help Julien’s standing with the Bruins in the short term, but it’s impossible to imagine the B’s bench boss making it through the rest of the Bruins regular season given all of things working against him right now.