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Peter Gammons on D&C: Red Sox players ‘actually really care about the people’ of Boston

04.22.13 at 10:08 am ET

Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons appeared on Dennis & Callahan on Monday morning to talk about the Red Sox‘ resurgence and the team’s reaction to the Boston Marathon tragedy. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

“I was absolutely blown away by how much the players understood what the week meant to the city and how taken they were by it,” Gammons said. “I was actually in the dugout from about an hour before on through the pregame ceremony [Saturday]. I was kidding [Daniel] Nava about the sunglasses he was wearing. [He said] ‘I’m not taking the sunglasses off, because everybody will see me crying.’ Guys wanted to walk up and introduce themselves to [Boston Police commissioner] Ed Davis. It was really impressive.

“I was actually doing [MSNBC’s] ‘Morning Joe’ today, and they were saying that [David] Ortiz in some ways has become a national hero, because people just love to hear that passion. It’s not just another athlete nodding his head like Adrian Gonzalez. It’s a guy that really gets it. This is our city. This is who we are.

“This city has history going all the way back to the Revolutionary War. It’s always been a very passionate area. And it’s really great, after the last couple of years of disconnection with the players, that the players actually really care about the people. They’re talking about the [Martin] Richards family. I was amazed. For Jon Lester to tweet after he won in Cleveland the names of the three victims, and about how he was thinking about them when he pitched — we haven’t had that around here for a long time.”

Touching on the team’s early success, Gammons said he thinks it is sustainable.

“I think it is, because I don’t think anybody in the division is going to win 90 games,” Gammons said. “The most encouraging thing is the pitching. Let’s face it, they have not hit very much. They’ve got some hitting issues that they’ve got to work out, with [Stephen] Drew and [Will] Middlebrooks and [Jonny] Gomes and [Jarrod] Saltalamacchia, etc. But to have [Clay] Buchholz and Lester go back to where we thought they were three years ago, elite starting pitcher status, with the depth that they have — and I do think [Allen] Webster is going to be really good the second half of the season — as they get the bullpen straightened out — if they do — I think the pitching is good enough to keep them there and start to get guys to hit.”

The Yankees begin the day in second place behind the Sox, but Gammons isn’t convinced that New York can keep up the pace.

“It’s almost humorous that the Yankees have done so much with the Vernon Wells and [Travis] Hafners and all the guys that Brian Cashman‘s picked up,” Gammons said. “But when you’ve got three or four starting pitchers past the age of 35, that may be very hard to sustain in July and August.”

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