Now with A's, Reddick makes return to Fenway


Now with A's, Reddick makes return to Fenway

BOSTON -- Josh Reddick stood in front of his locker at Fenway Park on Monday afternoon. But there was something missing.

His coveted WWE championship belt was nowhere to be found.

"I've got the wrestling belt over my locker in Oakland," said Reddick. "We took the transition with us. I couldn't leave that puppy behind."

Reddick makes his return to Fenway for the first time since being traded in the offseason for the now-injured reliever Andrew Bailey.

He starts in right field and hits third, in between Coco Crisp and Yoenis Cespedes. Reddick has appeared in 22 of Oakland's previous 23 games to begin the season, and while he enjoyed playing in Boston, he also enjoys being an everyday outfielder.

"It's been fun," said Reddick before Monday's game. I'm still kind of getting used to the everyday starting thing. It's a little different, but I'm loving it. This is what I've been growing up and wanting to do my whole life. So I'm just enjoying the ride as long as I can."

Reddick is hitting .267 with three home runs and six RBI in 90 at-bats, while leading the team in runs scored with 11, entering the series against his old team.

Before the game, Reddick reflected on his time in Boston, and said that the transition to being an everyday player has been a lot easier, thanks to the help of a few former Red Sox teammates.

"I've learned to adapt a lot better," said Reddick. "Last year was a big step for me, being in that other clubhouse with guys like Adrian Gonzalez, David Ortiz, and Dustin Pedroia. They taught me how to do it every day, and they've been doing it for years. How to mentally prepare and physically prepare, and just go out there and leaving it all out on the field. That's one thing I've taken pride in, is leaving it all out on the field, but learning how to adapt and make changes is a big step for me."

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

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. 


Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

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 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’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.