Lou Merloni's first impression from Ft. Myers
Wed, 13 Feb 2013|
Lou Merloni joisn Sports Tonight to give his first impressions of the Red Sox from Ft. Myers.
But for now let's go back down to spring training Fort Myers -- Maloney and not quite simply a low. Let's ask let's get it out there you had the guys watching everything that was going on as a former player. First impressions who made a good impression on you today in spring training. While it suit your boy next John Lackey I'm not just went up a lot of opinion a lot of opinion about this guy and I understand where it comes from you watching you watching unbiased eyes and I -- he looks good physically but watching on the mound. -- it was effortless and I was really impressed by the way through the baseball it looked like there was much effort to wind to get the ball is coming out of his hand. You know I didn't insult he was catching him I thought every single ball he threw was down at the knees and but we count on one hand anything to -- through above that -- I was pretty impressive. I was itching -- -- -- weight loss to translate that amount. That's how you look good another guy we will middle Brooks you know I think I forget fed the impact that he can possibly have been talking and he's the before the year two you admit that the pitchers did make some adjustments on him as the year went on red and staying away this they're busting him in hard challenging him in -- -- sliders away so. Him coming into his sophomore year was that it was going to be a book on him but still. Very pressing you forget how big and strong this kid isn't he wants take batting practice. Yeah that's great news about middle Brooks as far as Lackey goes I'll believe it when I see it. But I'm not surprised at her place at first listen John Lackey -- used in the same sentence there Alou are let's move on. The guys that you weren't that impressed with them were at that high on. Who did you not what did you not like that you saw here in the first day down spring training. I have Deion has shown exactly loving what I see when I look at Felix -- brought you know here's a guy at this sort of slowed down here early in camp you -- throw. Aside today they offices shut that down the trying to be careful with them and you know this guts and conditioning problems in the passing a taste -- a few years back he came out. And didn't really do much the offseason and missed the entire season was motivated spent entirely the year in the big leagues last year and you just hope that he and did the work this off season. That I didn't just sit there and think I've got a lot I'm I'm. I'm in this rotation because right now. It looks like he's at a few pounds and and you know we'll see how listing tour is as open as a missed too much time before you get Felix too -- don't. That's not a good sign when he faded badly last year in the second half of the year I Jonny Gomes thought today as well he's been on teams that won. Division titles in three of the last five years and he talked a lot about. Chemistry that's a good thing I guess but what do you feel about the chicken -- Greg kind of theory is it chemistry that brings the wins or is it winds that brings the chemistry to good chemistry for baseball team. I mean I you've seen you've seen teams you know with good chemistry in -- have a bunch of great guys but if you. If you're out there and in its not win ball games end of may you -- wins I mean these guys are gonna have fun that's just the way it is. Not a back to what Tito was in a book at some of the concerns that'll 2011 team. Yeah we were winning but I didn't feel like these guys cared about one another that's what chemistry is to me that we had that no three announced that at -- -- the final four. You didn't wanna let your teammates down you know he he wanted to -- the cared so much about them that was your turn to do something. He wanted to win for the team and I think that's something that maybe that 2000 levity as good as -- -- for five months did not have failed when you win and if you want personality I think you have the chemistry you winning ball games it makes it much easier team to love. We'll see other's chemistry goes but it's all about w.s back you know.