We caught up with Red Sox starter Daniel Bard -- fresh off his fourth victory of the season -- Thursday at the Hard Rock Cafe in Boston, where Bard and teammates Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Darnell McDonald and other members of the Red Sox staff were on hand promoting the new music album: "Fenway Park Greatest Hits" to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ballpark and to benefit the Red Sox Foundation.
"Today, already before the first CD is sold, we're already aware of $20,000 to the Red Sox Foundation by virtue of this CD," Dr. Charles Steinberg from the Red Sox front office said during the event.
Bard, Saltalamacchia, and McDonald are part of several current and former Red Sox who appear in a variety of roles alongside professional musicians on the album. Bard plays acoustic guitar on the song "Let the Good Times Roll," made famous by the Boston band The Cars. Saltalamacchia plays guitar on the Aerosmith hit "Dream On." And McDonald sings backup vocals on the Fenway favorite "Sweet Caroline."
Bard spoke about the ongoing process of transitioning from a reliever to a starter this season.
"It's definitely a process, and I guess we're about nine starts into that process, plus spring training, so I'm learning something new every time out," Bard said. "It's kind of just learning that every start's a new battle and definitely learning new things about yourself, so I'm just trying right now to find that consistent delivery and mentally, I'm good. As long as I can scratch out a win like I did yesterday, or help the team win, but not really feel like I had my good stuff, I'll take it."
We'll have more video Q&A with Saltalamacchia talking about the Red Sox turnaround from today's event in The Buzz shortly.
The main contributors to The Buzz are:
- Steve Silva, Boston.com senior sports producer
- Gary Dzen, Boston.com senior sports producer
- Zuri Berry, Boston.com sports producer