Jackie Bradley Jr. on D&C: 'Time will tell' how Red Sox youth will play

February 24, 2014 - 4:57 am
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Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts and center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. joined Dennis & Callahan on Monday morning from spring training in Fort Myers, Fla., to discuss their positions on the team. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page. One of the concerns for the Red Sox going into the season is the youth in the team'€™s lineup. "As two young guys that don't have the same amount of time like the veterans up in the big leagues, there'€™s definitely some concern," Bogaerts said. "But we haven'€™t gotten a chance yet to go out there and show what we have." Bradley added: "Time will tell. Everyone'€™s going to have their doubts until you show them that you can play, and then all the doubts are erased." While Bogaerts is focused on practicing at short during spring training, former Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew remains on the market and could come back to Boston. "It depends on what the organization wants and what they feel is what'€™s best for the team," Bogaerts said of if the team called Drew. "I'€™m working at shortstop only, and that'€™s the position I knew coming up as a youngster and also in the minor leagues as a Red Sox player. I played third base in the World Series, I did pretty good. This is good to be able to focus on one position, focusing on shortstop -- not going back and forth, short and third. So I'€™m looking forward to playing shortstop." Unlike Bogaerts, Bradley is guaranteed competition in the outfield with the team's acquisition of Grady Sizemore. "We'€™re both teammates," Bradley said. "We'€™re focused on the same goal, and that'€™s trying to win the World Series. "Competition is what drives us and that'€™s what the sport'€™s based off of, and that'€™s what we thrive off of. We both are for sure going to put our best foot forward." Following are more highlights from the interview. For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at weei.com/redsox. Bradley on if winning the World Series took pressure off: "I think it'€™s all relatively speaking. You want to put pressure on yourself. Just go into it thinking that you'€™re going up there to help as a team compete and get back to where they were last year and of course all eyes are going to be watching because you won a World Series and everybody'€™s going to be expecting you to go back to that World Series team. If you don'€™t, it'€™s considered a failure. That'€™s why we continue to work every single day to try to get better." Bogaerts on playing with high expectations: "If you'€™re flying under the radar, you'€™ll do good. You'€™ll definitely be on the radar at some point at some time. So that'€™s basically who I was. Nobody ever really knew who I was once I signed, and now, basically, I'€™m one of the most known prospects in baseball. I feel no pressure at all, I just go out there and have fun. Once I have fun, I enjoy the game. I play the game the right way."
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