Jerry Remy on D&C: Jackie Bradley Jr. ‘didn’t seem in awe of everything’
|04.03.13 at 9:45 am ET|
NESN Red Sox analyst Jerry Remy made his weekly appearance with Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday from New York, where the Red Sox are preparing to face the Yankees twice more in the season-opening series.
The Sox won the opener, 8-2, showing a nice blend of timely hitting and hustle on the basepaths to go along with solid pitching from starter Jon Lester and the bullpen.
“It all started in spring training,” Remy said. “We talked about that, how everything in spring training went nice and calm and cool, and they worked on a lot of things. We saw a lot of those things in the first game, the hustle, going first to third, second to home. All the things that were worked on. And it was nice to see a lot of those things come to forefront in Game 1.
“You’re right, it’s only the first game, they haven’t lost one yet. But the fact is that’s the type of play that you’re going to see from this group. It’s a good group that hustles, that wants to play. They don’t seem concerned about all the outside attention. They just focus on what they’ve got to do.
“It was nice to see them get a win in the first game. Everybody gets nervous for Opening Day, everybody at that ballpark is nervous. It’s always good to get that first win under your belt. Now we can kind of get in the flow of the season a little bit after having an off day yesterday and playing multiple games in a row. It was fun to watch. They played a very nice game.”
One of the big stories from Opening Day was the performance of Jackie Bradley Jr., who drew three walks, picked up an RBI and made a run-saving catch in left field.
“You can imagine what this kid was going through on Opening Day,” Remy said. “Here’s a kid out of Double-A baseball, found out he made the club on the way up here to New York — even though I’m sure he had an inkling he was going to be on it, but not for sure. Goes into Yankee Stadium to play in his first game in the big leagues and is facing CC Sabathia.
“There’s a lot of pressure on this kid right out of the chute, and he had a tremendous game in the first game that he played. But let’s not push. He’s a rookie, he’s coming out of Double-A baseball. Let’s let him grow. Let’s see what he can do. Before we get too excited, which a lot of people have, let’s see more.”
Added Remy: “For Game 1, it was awfully impressive to see a kid that composed in that setting. … He’s very quiet, he’s very calm, he’s very self-assured. That’s a good sign for a young player. He just didn’t seem in awe of everything.”
Remy said he was impressed with the play of shortstop Jose Iglesias, although he does not expect him to be around long.
“I think they’re going to give [the starting job] to Drew and see how he goes,” Remy said. “But what Iglesias has done during spring training and what he did on Monday, he showed people that he’s a better offensive player than he was a year ago.”
While there is optimism in Boston, there is concern in New York about the injury-plagued Yankees.
“They’re not a very good team right now,” Remy said. “They can’t win without [Derek] Jeter and [Mark] Teixeira and [Curtis] Granderson and those guys. When you looked at the lineup on Opening Day, it was almost like a game of them coming down from Tampa to play in Fort Myers in a spring training game, that’s what their lineup looked like. It would be good to bury them early before those other guys are able to come back.”
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