Toucher & Hardy

Toucher & Hardy

Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reported Thursday that Triston Casas’ pregame routines agitated certain Red Sox veterans last season.

On Friday’s Toucher & Rich program, Cotillo recaps his recent conversation with the young Sox slugger.

Parts of conversation abbreviated for clarity.

  • NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 24: Triston Casas #36 of the Boston Red Sox reacts to the loss to the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on September 24, 2022 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The New York Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox 7-5. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 24: Triston Casas #36 of the Boston Red Sox reacts to the loss to the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on September 24, 2022 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The New York Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox 7-5. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

  • Chris Cotillo: As I wrote yesterday, I talked to Triston Casas earlier in the week and heard some whispers about how his routine rubbed some teammates the wrong way.  

    Last year, the team was a veteran group, and people as they often do in baseball, don’t want to hear from a rookie or see a rookie. Players on the Red Sox were not thrilled about him napping in the clubhouse or that they had to step over him taking a nap. And that he was sunbathing in the outfield. A lot of people voiced their displeasure with that.  

  • Chris Cotillo: As he admitted, there were some clashes in the dugout and in the clubhouse about what he was doing with his routine. And he said, ‘Hey, I’m not going to completely get rid of this routine. It’s what made me successful in the minors—this is what gets me in a good spot before the game.’ Some other players said, ‘Alright, you’ve got to figure out a better way to do this.’ He didn’t go into detail about how do things differently, but he said he started to make some changes.  

    It’s an interesting peek behind the curtain of baseball culture that veterans have certain expectations for rookies. Maybe it’s antiquated, maybe it actually helps the clubhouse, or maybe it hurts the clubhouse. That wasn’t the point of the story though. The point was that it happened. 

  • Chris Cotillo: Obviously, there’s been talk about clubhouse leadership with the Red Sox this off-season. With Casas, it was interesting to hear him open up about this. It’s also interesting that a guy with a regiment like his is willing to change things up. 

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