While it was another disappointing weekend for the Patriots, it was just another lost weekend for the Sox, as Bobby V's boys dropped two of three to the Orioles at America's Most Beloved and Plaque-laden Ballpark.
Boston's now 18 games back in the wildcard and 20 games back in the division with only eight games left to play. So chances are, they're probably going to miss the playoffs for a third straight season. But as you know, there's much more than a playoff berth on the line over this next week and a half. These Sox are chasing history! So let's give a quick update on their mission to avoid becoming the worst Red Sox team in 47 years.
Heading into tonight's game with the Rays, Boston is 69-85 on the season. The number they have to beat is the 1992 Red Sox loss total of 73. So as you can see, the Sox have a real chance to pull this off.
They'll have to go 4-4 over their last eight games (TB, TB, @BAL x3 and @NYY x3) to avoid becoming the worst Sox team since 1966. They'll have to go 5-3 to avoid being one of the two worst. In other words, they'll pretty much half to play their best baseball of the second half.
To be honest, I'm not sure if they care. I'm not sure if they even realize that the Race to Inferiority has kicked into high gear. But I've said it once and I'll say it a million times (or maybe this will be the last time): I hope they fall short. It's only fitting that these guys finish with a record as historically horrendous as their reputation.
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Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis.
Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time.
The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.
Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball.
Major league manager. Inventor of the wrap sandwich. Champion ballroom dancer. And…
US ambassador to Japan?
Bobby Valentine is on the short list for that position in President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a WEEI.com report.
The former Red Sox manager (fired after a 69-93 season and last-place finish in 2012), and ex-New York Mets and Texas Rangers, skipper, also managed the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan’s Pacific League for six seasons.
When asked by the New York Daily News if he's being considered for the post, Valentine responded: "I haven't been contacted by anyone on Trump's team."
Would he be interested?
"I don't like to deal in hypotheticals," Valentine told the Daily News.
Valentine, 66, has known the President-elect and Trump's brother Bob since the 1980s, is close to others on Trump’s transition team and has had preliminary discussions about the ambassador position, sources told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford.
Valentine, currently the athletic director of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., is also friendly with current Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who, like Valentine, attended the University of Southern California.