So, there was another melee today at Patriots training camp. In fact, there were two. Man, its like Fight Club over there these days. I keep waiting for Bill Belichick to cancel practice so the team can stay in and make soap.
Actually, Belichick pretends that he doesnt like the in-fighting. Just today, he made the whole team AND coaching staff (thank God Charlie Weis isn't still around) run three laps as punishment. But deep down, you know he loves this kind of intensity. He loves how personal everyone is taking Training Camp. Sure, he doesnt want to see anyone get injured, but hed rather have a few fights than no fights at all.
Speaking of which, I wonder if that kind of approach could work for the Red Sox?
I mean, at this point they've tried everything else. Tomorrow afternoon, why doesn't everyone get to the park early and just beat the hell out of each other? Have an old school Anchorman-style brawl. Sort out all the BS. Settle all the scores.
And at the end, everyone hugs and goes back to playing baseball.
Why not, right?
Either that, or the Sox could just step up, take three very winnable games from a miserable Minnesota Twins team and let winning cure what ails them. But that would be way too easy.
Fight Club it is.
Everyone have a good weekend.
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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.