Derek Talks About Lowe Blows on Way Out of Boston
"So if they make it ugly, and kind of drag your name through the mud, people will say ďwell now I see why theyíre not bringing him back.Ē But if they leave on good terms, people will be wondering why they didnít bring this guy back. So thereís a lot of politicking going involved. And I think a lot of it has to do with the media." -- Former Sox Pitcher Derek Lowe
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12.14: Exclusive full transcript of Derek Lowe with Arnie Spanier on Sporting News Radio's The Arnie Spanier Show discussing his departure from the Red Sox along with the Red Sox not re-signing Pedro Martinez.
Derek Lowe (on Pedro): Iím shocked in a way. Over the
last couple of weeks there was lot of talk in Boston about being able to afford
both Carl Pavano and Pedro. Having gotten none of them was kind of a shock. It
was kind of disappointing. Started last spring training, opportunity to get
something done last year, and it didnít. Maybe the outside world is shocked but
me seeing what heís gone through isnít really that big of a shock.
This goes back to last year for a lot of us. Everyone knew we
were going to be free-agents after the year, they tried sparingly last spring
training to get us done. And I think a lot of us werenít happy with the way the
progress went. This isnít just something that didnít get done in three weeks,
itís gone on for over a year.
If you look at it from a financial standpoint, it really wasnít
the money because theyíre ultimately going to give that much money to other
people. I think it was a decision of who they really wanted to come back. And
Pedro and myself, and Nomar as you can see werenít in the plans, and so itís a
great organization, theyíre going to keep getting quality guys to go there. But
Iíve said all along, when you find a group a guys that works, it kind of makes
sense to try and stick with it.
Donít Red Sox fans deserve better coming off first World
Series in 86 years?
Yeah, again, looking at it from a playersí standpoint, itís
shocking to see what theyíre doing. Theyíre not bringing back Orlando Cabrera
who helped out to get Renteria which I believe is kinda the same person.
They went out and got a 42-year old Dave Wells and gave him what
looks like itís going to be $9 million a year. And you have a Curt Schilling who
did so much for us last year, he said today it looks like heís not going to be
ready for Opening Day and then you have a 38- year-old Tim Wakefield, then
Arroyo, so, again they definitely have a plan and and I think time will tell how
theyíre going to do.
What if they call you up in an hour and say Ďwe really need
to have you back,í you sound like that really isnít an option.
No, it really isnít an option. You could kinda see how things
were going to unfold with me, over the last two weeks of the season, with them
kinds telling me I wasnít even going to be on the roster as a starting pitcher,
that tells me where you believe you are in their eyes, which is fine. As a team
we pulled together and won a World Series. But obviously they havenít
prioritized me as even one of the top 10 guys they want to bring back.
You werenít even asked back to the Red Sox holiday party, Was
this a slap in the face?
Yeah (it was a slap in the face) it was disappointing, but you
know what? I saw it happen with Mo Vaughn. I saw it happen with Nomar. Youíre
seeing it happen with Pedro. And myself. Unfortunately when you leave the Red
Sox, unfortunately has to be ugly. And I donít think it really needs to be that
way, I mean itís a business I completely understand if they donít want to bring
you back. They had a get together down in Ft. Myers when I live, and not to be
invited was disappointing.
Why the disrespect?
They came out publicly and said they invited me but it was after
an article came out and said they didnít invite me. 30 minutes later they called
and said they invited you. To me thatís not really an invite, itís a reaction to
an article. They had three weeks if they really wanted you to come. You move on.
I enjoyed my time there, and to win a World Series, but to break up the team
that won, itís shocking.
Why did it have to be ugly?
Youíre in such a high media market, and they are so conscious of
what people say because people in the New England area have such strong
opinions, good and bad. So if they make it ugly, and kind of drag your name
through the mud, people will say "well now I see why theyíre not bringing him
back.Ē But if they leave on good terms, people will be wondering why they
didnít bring this guy back. So thereís a lot of politicking going involved. And
I think a lot of it has to do with the media.
Are we going to see negative stuff about Pedro Martinez now
that he signed with the New York Mets?
Yeah, I read an article today, and thatís exactly what they
said. Itís so unfortunate that it has to be like that, but itís exactly what you
said. They did it with Nomar. They did it with Mo Vaughn before. I know it was a
different regime. They did it with me. And they said ďwell now itís gonna to
look like theyíre going to start bringing up bad things about Pedro,Ē and sure
enough they are, saying heís a selfish player, he broke the rules, which really
doesnít need to be brought up. This guy did so many things for them. He brought
them a World Series, youíre kinda doing the guy disjustice (sic) by dragging his
name through the mud.
Whatís the part that hurts the most?
The big thing is the friendships we had on our team, I think
that was the main reason why we were able to come back from being down 3-0. We
enjoyed playing with one another. We had a bunch of talented guys. And to know
that that group of guys really could have stayed together, but management broke
us up, thatís the most disappointing thing.
Youíve got interest from the Tigers, the Cardinals, and you
wonít accept arbitration with the Red Sox.
As you can seeÖ it would actually be funny if I did (accept
arbitration) to see the look on their faces. But no, it doesnít look like thatís
going to be a route.
Where do I go? A lot of pitchers are signed to a lot of places
they would definitely like to go. There are definitely places I feel I would
like to go. Time will tell. Itís my first time through this process. Itís a slow
process. Wherever I end up, you hope to start off fresh and bring a World
You donít necessarily want to go back and burn them. For me
personally and from a team standpoint, Just pitching the way I was able to do in
the post-season, bringing a championship to the city. There is probably going to
come a day when Iíll be pitching against the Red Sox, and you look forward to
"Pedro was a Little Testy."
-- Chris "Mad Dog" Russo after WFAN interview with the Disingenuous Diva
Questions About Bum Shoulder and Deferential Treatment Set Pedro Off
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Pedro on Mike and the Mad Dog: "I didn't feel that the Red Sox should have waited until the last moment to try to get Pedro Martinez like a leftover... I thought they should have shown more respect, to wait until the last moment, the last minute, the last second, wasn't the right thing to do, I had already given my word to Omar... It didn't bother me, the attention Schilling got, I actually don't like so much attention and it seems like he does... When I got to Boston in 1998, Boston had finished dead last (did not), dead last, before I arrived here, dead last... I have no idea, I have no idea (if Mets offered the most money), my agent has all the details... physically I can throw still the same way, and pitch the same way, I just had an off year... I don't pay attention to those things (high ERA, HRs up, etc.), I don't know, maybe I am getting older and not so good anymore?... without a doubt (I'm wearing down)... we have to think positive if we want to win, we can't start thinking negative right from the get-go. If you guys are going to wish me well, please do it... who said I had separate rules? You're coming from speculation you have been hearing from a lot of people. I have a different regimine of working, no one wants to ask about that. People want to know "how come you got lit up by the Yankees?"... you guys don't look at how we work, I had to recover in 2001. I work a little longer than the average pitcher, people want to deal in controversy and create ratings... They let me go? I left. I didn't ask them to guarantee any more years... if they had offered the third year a week ago, I'd be signed with the Red Sox right now. Are you hurt by the way the Red Sox acted? A little bit, yeah... I would like to stay healthy, with God's help... I will miss the players, my ex-teammates, my fans, the stadium and the tradition you carry around there. The fans respect me a lot."