Sean McAdam thinks a year away from Boston may help John Lackey as much mentally as physically.
"Apart from having to get the elbow repaired and get back to full health, this guy seemed . . . on a number of occasions . . . like he was an athlete in personal crisis," McAdam told Jessica Moran Tuesday on SportsNet Central after news broke of Lackey needing Tommy John surgery, which will sideline him for the 2012 season. "Remember the postgame tirade in Toronto at the end of May where he said, 'Everything in my life stinks right now'; we had the meltdown at Yankee Stadium in September when they were clearly some issues . . . off the field in his personal life; he's dealing with a lot.
"It's been a tough adjustment for him here. People were wondering, 'How would he . . . transition to Boston?' The answer, after two years: Not very well. Combative with the media, the target of fans, and not performing on the mound.
"Maybe some time away is not the worst thing for John Lackey."
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.