Following his introductory press conference at Fenway Park, new Red Sox outfielder Mike Cameron visited with the Dale & Holley show for a brief interview. Cameron recalled playing for Terry Francona and alongside NBA star Michael Jordan in the minors, saying of Francona, "It's a beauty and a blessing to have a guy like that."
Cameron, who has almost exclusively played center field in his long career, also discussed coming to a team that has a young center fielder in Jacoby Ellsbury. "I know how sensitive it is, when people start to come in, when you play a premier position like he has," Cameron said. "That was one of my things to be sensitive toward that, because I know what's it's like to experience that, to have that snatched away from under you. That was my first thing to do was to make sure and check and see if he was cool about me coming here in a position of where we were."
Cameron added that he has had an appreciation for Ellsbury even before coming to Boston. "I like the way he plays center field. He's very aggressive, and he has a natural gift of being able to run," Cameron said.
Cameron said he's excited about moving to a place where he has a legitimate shot at a World Series title in an environment that makes it more enjoyable. "Coming here, I know I have a very good chance of winning a lot of ballgames," he said. "That was one of the reasons why I made the concession to do whatever it takes to come and play in a place like this where there's so much buzz and excitement starting from Day 1."