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CSNNE Red Sox Insider, Sean McAdam was in Kansas City last week for the All-Star game and he filled Gresh & Zo in on why he hates the airport out West before moving on to Red Sox issues.
Jon Lester continues to struggle through this season and fans wonder if he’ll be able to turn things around at all.
“The other night he sounded like a guy at the end of his rope and he said, ‘I don’t know, I’ve done everything I can. I just got to go out and hope the results are different.’ When you hear that, when you hear a guy that says, I’ve tried everything, I’ve looked at video, we’ve compared my delivery to a couple years ago, we’ve worked on adjusting things, we’ve thrown bullpens on the side, we’ve looked at pitch selection and I still can’t get to what I need to do. That’s when you start to worry.”
Zo brought up how this issue with Lester is kind of like what’s going on with Daniel Bard down in Pawtucket. McAdam though is quick to point out that the results for Lester haven’t got that bad.
“Bard’s completely lost it, throwing balls to the backstop, he’s drilling guys, he’s walking half the guys and hitting the other half or giving up hits. Lester’s performance has not been that bad.”
They go on to discuss expectations playing in Boston. In an interview with ESPNBoston’s Gordon Edes Lester said, “You come up here and you say, ‘I’m a part of the Red Sox organization, the Red Sox. It’s a tough place to play, but it’s all about baseball, so let’s go out and play and see what happens.’ Then a couple of years later you have expectations. You have people that rely on you to do the same thing every year that you did the year before.
The guys ask, have you ever heard a player from the Yankees complain that there are expectations?