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Red Sox report: Jackie Bradley Jr. gets it

February 13, 2018 - 10:00 am

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Tuesday was the calm before the storm (or at least strong wind gust).

Pitchers weren't on the JetBlue Field as has been the case over the past week or so, instead going through physicals before their first official day of workouts Wednesday. A significant group of position players did take to Field 1, with new arrivals Mitch Moreland and Mookie Betts joining the group.

Among those who have turned in regular attendance at Fenway South is Jackie Bradley Jr.

The outfielder joined the Bradfo Sho podcast to explain his mindset coming into the 2018 season, including how he has learned to manage the chaos that encompassed the Red Sox' clubhouse in 2017. (To listen to the entire podcast, click here.)

"I just have a great understanding of perspective," he said. "I'm human. I'm not perfect. Nobody is. So just knowing you're going to make mistakes on the field, off the field. As long as you're accountable for it obviously there are going to be consequences or repercussions from it. But at the end of the day as long as you're working toward getting better, rectifying the situation, in due time it's going to go away. You continue being who you are, being the person, playing the game hard, winning ballgames. People forget."

Bradley Jr. also broached the trade rumors that surfaced in the offseason, and his perspective when it comes to such things.

"My parents are all over it," he said. "Best friends calling. What do you want me to tell you? Well, what do you know? I know what you know. They never believe me. All I can do is focus on what I control and enjoy my offseason. I'm not going to let anything mess with my offseason and enjoy my time, continue to work and whatever happens, happens. I knew what I signed up for. That's what I'll have to do deal with."


 

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