A Players Perspective: The Red Sox Catching Situation
Curt Schilling and Lou Merloni were co-hosts on the Big Show on Thursday. The two former Red Sox players discussed the Red Sox catching situation.
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Here are a couple points from the audio segment:
– Schilling: “The big thing for me is that Jason (Varitek) is here. If he is not catching everyday, he still has an impact and I think that gets lost in the shuffle…his interaction with Victor..his interaction with the pitching staff.”
– Schilling: “One of the reasons that this organization (the Red Sox) has an advantage in mind, over a lot of clubs when you get to the postseason, is the network of scouting and the depth of scouting that this club does. The information that is available to me as a pitcher and a player going into a series…they go above and beyond in a lot of different ways to present you with information and data that you can use going ahead. Jon (Lester) and Josh (Beckett) have both, to their own extent, have gotten to be guys that use data”
– Schilling: “Jason (Varitek) is and always has been a team first guy. I think if he acted in a way that was contradictory to that, I would be one of the more shocked people on the planet.”
– Merloni: “I can tell you that (Jason) Varitek has had a shoulder for about a month and a half and the neck for about month. This has been bothering him now for the last month and he has been playing because deep down he realizes, just like last year, my offense will struggle, but I can still bring things to the team defensively when I catch these big guns.”