If Bobby Valentine is, indeed, shooting to the top of the Red Sox' list of managerial candidates, the team is -- according to Damon Amendolara -- ignoring a fairly significant piece of history:
Valentine once presided over the exact same time of collapse that the Red Sox endured two months ago. Except his team was allegedly smoking dope, and not drinking beer and eating chicken, in the clubhouse.
"You do realize that the RedSox 11 happened one other time: It was the Mets on 02, and that was withBobby Valentine," said the 98.5 The Sports Hub host on 'Sports Sunday'. "They had a huge payrollwith a bunch of veterans that were supposed to win the division, and theyfinished in last place, collapsed, with a ton of soap-opera drama.
"And it wasweed smoking, not chicken and beer, in the 02 Mets clubhouse."
For that reason, D.A. is not on the Bobby V. bandwagon.
"Its a joke! How can weignore this? The exact collapse that happened to the Red Sox in 11 happenedunder his watch nine years ago! . . .
"If theyre looking forsomeone to clean up that clubhouse, hes the wrong guy."
The day after clinching the A.L. East title despite a loss, the Red Sox send out a semi-makeshift lineup Thursday night as they look to avoid a three-game sweep by the Yankees in the Bronx.
Reserve third baseman Aaron Hill is leading off, Dustin Pedroia gets the night off, Deven Marrero starts at second base, and David Ortiz is, somewhat surprisingly, back in there at DH against left-hander C.C. Sabbathia (8-12, 4.02 ERA).
Left-hander Henry Owens (0-1, 7.79) gets the start for the Red Sox in place of Drew Pomeranz, who is bothered by tightness in his left forearm and will work out of the bullpen, if at all, for the final four games of the regular season.
Aaron Hill 3B
Andrew Benintendi LF
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Chris Young RF
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Ryan Hanigan C
Travis Shaw 1B
Deven Marrero 2B
Henry Owens LHP
Brett Gardner LF
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Gary Sanchez DH
Starlin Castro 2B
Didi Gregorius SS
Chase Headley 3B
Brian McCann C
Aaron Hicks RF
Tyler Austin 1B
C.C. Sabathia LHP
One of the biggest gifts David Ortiz could get this weekend as he plays his final regular-season games is a well-traveled area right outside Fenway Park.
Massachusetts lawmakers have taken steps to name the Brookline Avenue bridge that spans the Mass Pike between Newbury and Lansdowne streets near the ballpark the “David Ortiz (‘Big Papi’) Bridge.
The House Ways and Means committee included the proposal as part of a spending bill that the full House could vote on as soon as Thursday and, if approved, send on to the Senate.
“David Ortiz’s accomplishments and heroics on and off the baseball field have made him a living legend, and his heartfelt contributions to the communities here and in his native Dominican Republic have made him an icon,” said Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker. “As a lifelong Red Sox fan, I am thrilled to be able to help our Commonwealth create a lasting ‘Thank You’ to Big Papi through the renaming of this bridge.”
The proposal calls for a “suitable marker” to be placed on the bridge bearing the new name.
“I’m so excited to be part of this process of giving David Ortiz, one of the greatest Red Sox of all time, his proper due by naming a bridge in his honor,” House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo said. “David has not only been an extraordinary baseball player, he has been an exemplary and inspirational member of our community, most notably after the Boston Marathon bombings. As a fan, I will miss his stride up to the plate followed by a clutch hit and the ballpark exploding into applause.”