Pedro Martinez is back. As is Jason Varitek. Those two members of the Red Sox are helping the team as "assistants", and look to remain parts of the organization for a while.
Martinez said he wants to stick around for a long time.
David Ortiz isn't retiring this season or next, but when he does finally decide to hang them up, can he see himself sticking around like so many Red Sox greats have?
"Probably. Probably," Ortiz said. "I mean, I can count myself as a Red Sox for life, you know what I'm saying? I'm always down with helping out and getting the Red Sox better."
But Ortiz will hope to get the Red Sox better at the plate for the next two seasons. Jessica Moran asks him if he feels he'll be able to stay healthy for those two seasons.
"What can I tell you, I keep on working hard," Ortiz said. "I know what it takes for myself to be ready. We are pretty much on the same page. They're not trying to push me or do anything crazy ... But like I said, experience plays a big role in guys like myself. I know what it takes to be ready and to do what I've been doing for years here. If I'm healthy and I'm out there plauying, I know that I'm going to end up putting up numbers. So time is the matter right now.
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.