Red Sox pitcher Daniel Bard joined the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning, one day after officially being named as the team's No. 5 starter.
Bard received the news Sunday morning that he had earned a spot in the rotation, and he said the feeling was "a little bit of relief. I tried not to worry about it too much these last couple of weeks, just try to focus on what I can control and going out there and trying to compete every five days, showing them that I'm capable of going deep in games. The rest of it was in their hands."
Last week, former Red Sox pitcher and current ESPN analyst Curt Schilling appeared on WEEI and criticized Bobby Valentine, saying that some Sox players had told him that they weren't happy with the new manager's style.
"I don't know who Schill talked to," Bard said. "I'm not saying he didn't talk to anyone, but it wasn't me is all I know. I didn't speak to him. But no, I haven't gotten that overall vibe. I think guys are just excited about the season. There's maybe a few quirks in spring training, how we did things, but nothing is all that different.
"Bobby, I think he enjoys talking to the media, and that's fine. I don't think there's anything wrong with that. He might say something funny, something weird here and there. But as far as baseball goes, think it's going to stay pretty normal."
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