David is here!
When does the beard come off?
I don't know exactly. Maybe Dec. 1. It's No Shave November, so it may be early December. I want to show some of my buddies back home. I think my wife and kids are over it.
Hi David, congrats to you and your teammates. Great to see teams go from last to first- really points out to me how little separates players at the top levels - did it ever feel to you during the season and when that the Sox were a team of destiny ? thanks
My first realization of being a really good team was when we went to New York late in the season to play the Yankees. We took 3 of 4 and the one we did lose was on a wild pitch. It was 12-11 games. They'd come back and we kept coming. I knew right then that we have a pretty good team here.
David, Walk us pitch by pitch through your big double, what were you looking for, what were you thinking? Just trying to get some good wood?
I wanted to see how they were going to pitch me so I took the first pitch. They gave me a slider. Then up and in for a ball. Then I fouled off a slider. Then it was a battle. I was looking for something out over the plate. He had something away and the breaking ball got back in on him. I was just trying to battle and I got some good wood on it.
Craziest thing that's happened to you since you guys won the World Series? (that you can tell us)
I'm like a rock star at my kids' elementary school. All of the kids stayed up late to watch the game. I have 90 year old ladies trying to come up to me and touch my beard. So much attention. It's not something that normally happens to a backup catcher. It's fun.
Have you seen the video of your boy Mike Napoli walking around Boston shirtless? What did you think? Have you talked to him about it?
Yeah, I saw it. I laughed. I love Nap. That's his personality. I told him all year what a great base tan he has and he loves showing it. I have two kids and a wife I had to get back to, but he's living it up for all of us.
Boston was coming off a terrible season last year, so when did you guys start to feel that the memories of last year were completely gone?
Not being here last year, it was never a thought in my mind. I'm a day to day guy, working hard on a daily basis. If you look too far back or forward, this game will swallow you whole. We came prepared every day and that's why we won. No one got too far ahead of himself.
Hi David, how many more seasons do you feel you have left in you?
Great question. I don't know. I know that I love this game. I'm only going to play as long as I can be successful. When you start, you want to get 10 years in, be financially secure and win a World Series. I have knocked those off my bucket list. I love playing in Boston.
What do you think this series win meant to the city of Boston especially with what we have been through this year?
Truly, that's what made it so special. We feel like we won it for hte city. It's above us, as players and an organization, it's a BOSTON title. To give it to the city that went through so much and flipped us on the TV to put smiles on their faces. I feel like I'm part Bostonian now.
Was this some of the most fun you've had as a baseball player? As a fan, just watching you guys play was fun, couldn't imagine being a part of it.
Yes. Yes. On a daily basis, it was fun to come to work and compete with the guys. It's a great group of guys. Winning is great, but I'll cherish the relationships that I built with this team for the rest of my life. Love these guys.
Hey David. I am very happy for you about the world series win. Thanks for your service here in Atlanta. Got one question for you. How different is it in Boston than Atlanta?
It's a pretty big difference. The organizations are run differently. Great players in Atlanta. Some of my best friends play for the Braves. Some of the best talent of any team is in Atlanta. The city itself is so passionate in Boston. I have never been around so much passion as in Boston. I have a big connection with them because of all that happened this year. But I did love my time in Atlanta. We had some good teams.
So how's it coming on convincing Brian McCann to come to Boston?
I have been in touch with Brian. Just because we're friends. We haven't talked about contract stuff. We have group text messages going on with the guys we played with this year. I'm trying to enjoy the offseason. It's almost time to start working out again. There's not much break there. It's time to focus on 2014. This game doesn't wait for anybody.
Is Xander as cool a customer as he appears to be? What will we be saying about him in 10 years?
Yes. He is as cool. Him and Jason Heyward are two of the most humble, nice and talented rookies I've ever been around. He'll be around for a long time. He's a great person and player. For him to produce, shows him what kind of mentality he'll have.
How many high fives did Koji give out throughout the season (approximately)
Oh man...countless. I don't even know. It has to be in the thousands. He high-fived everybody. What a great energy he brings. Great teammate and fun guy to be around.
David where do you make your home in the offseason? How many guys live in the Boston area year round?
I live in Tallahassee, Fla. I will probably see the guys in an event or two that we have. I probably won't see many of them until spring training. One of my favorite things to do in the offseason is taking my kids to school and picking them up. I'll lift weights. I may hit the golf course once in a while. Family time. We're going to see Free Bird, the cartoon movie. That will be a highlight. My daughter is excited.
Who is your favorite pitcher to catch, current and all time? What do you guys really talk about on the mound?
Favorite all-time? I have to go with my buddy Tim Hudson. We went to college together. We went to the CWS together. I played with him in Atlanta. I love his mentality. I love how he competes. On the mound, it's usually to give him a break, if it's been a long inning. "Hey, you've had a couple of tough at bats. Let's regroup and focus." Or if I see they're frustrated, I'll go out to get their mind back on making that pitch. Some guys get distracted and it's my job to get them back in.
What types of things do you do to stay loose and conditioned in the offseason?
Working out. I'll do some spin classes. I try to mix it up. I'll go do some TRX stuff one day. Go to the gym. Do some yoga. Lift weights. Sprints on the treadmill. I have to mix it up. I get really bored. I don't like running. When I start, I begin to think of when I can finish.
What is John Farrell's best asset as a manager for this team? Also, do you ever see yourself becoming a coach/manager in the future?
John Farrell does a great job of staying calm when things are at their craziest. He doesn't change who he is or what he does to the situation. As soon as you start changing, the players will think you're panicking. He's real methodical and reasoning. As long as you have a plan, the players won't question you.
I've also feel like I've been so blessed to be in the game a long time and learned a lot, I feel like I need to pass the information on. Either coaching or on TV or radio. I love the game, being around the guys. I feel like I have so much to give back to the game that the game has given me.
Thanks for all of the questions. Go Sox!