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8.1.12 Tony Massarotti on 98.5 The Sports Hub: "So let me ask you the obvious question, if you had your choice, where do you put Boston on your list of destinations?"
Derek Lowe: "Probably No. 1, just because my feelings towards the organization, being part of a very special time there. That organization, that team is never out of it, they will find a way to get back into it. So I would say there, just because you're familiar with, not everybody -- I know there's been a huge turnover -- but you kind of miss that passion. That's the No. 1 thing I've always missed, and I've been away for eight years, is the passion of the city and how much every game means to not only the players but the fans but again a lot has to happen for that to happen."
On why he would want to come back here, where things aren't that great, and when he knows better than anyone that Boston's passion can turn negative
D-Lowe: "Because I think you're at the point where A. You want to win, and again, you got to understand, I don't necessarily control this whole thing when you're talking about why would you want to go back here, because we came back to this year and again, once you get in that arena again, and you've been outside of it, you want to be part of that again, that atmosphere, and call me crazy, and say it did happen, there would be doubters galore, like 'why is this guy here, he pitched like this, and blah, blah, blah' and there's still a lot of good years ahead, you just have to get your feet back on the ground."
On why his performance would be better here than it's been in Cleveland
D-Lowe: "Because the stuff is still there. And if I didn't have those first two [good] months, I would sit here and say 'you know what, you're probably correct.' I just know myself and I know what mechanical changes I tried to make into where it snowballed into where I am today. I'd be honest with myself. If I couldn't pitch anymore at this level effectively, I would say, 'hey, pass' but you have to go back to work, and going back to Chris [Correnti] for this next seven days, we tried to figure a lot of stuff out over the phone, and it didn't work, and just finally, truly stick with one thing and not try to panic when you have a bad game and try to go through the whole search and rescue process like I do... there are definitely people who are going to say why, but I 100 percent believe in myself, if I didn't, I would stop playing."