Papi for Two

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Papi for Two

There was a time not so long ago when late-October really meant something to Red Sox fans. It was the season for comebacks and trophies and the most important games in franchise history. From time to time, it also triggered levels of pain and devastation that would last throughout the winter, but win or lose, it was always memorable.

Anyway, that was then. These days, the Sox haven't sniffed late-October since George W. Bush's last year in office. Forget memorable baseball, it's now the season for leaking gossip and freaking out about the Pats.

But even if they aren't on the field, the Sox are looking to make this October count. First, by turning the page with a new manager. And now, by bringing back a major piece to the puzzle. According the Gordon Edes, the Sox are currently finalizing the terms of a two-year deal with David Ortiz. The money hasn't been announced, but Edes speculates that Ortiz will get about 25M. More importantly, however, THE YEARS!

After two seasons of constant subtle and not-so-subtle bitching about disrespect and a lack of security, Ortiz has finally broken through. He can finally be happy. And as long as he's healthy, that happiness should help make the clubhouse a better and more productive place to be.

Of course, I never thought this would happen. Over the last few months, I've written a couple posts where I suggested that the Sox wouldn't give Ortiz more than one year. I just didn't think they'd need to. And the truth is, they probably still don't. I highly doubt there's another team out there ready to break the bank on a multi-year deal for Ortiz. So why did the Sox do it?

Maybe they realized that they need Ortiz in the line-up, but that with all baggage and drama, another one-year deal would do more harm than good? Maybe they just think he deserves it and will perform at a top level for the next two years? Maybe John Henry had a little too much wine on the yacht this morning, and just felt like being nice.

Whatever the reason, the end result is two more years of David Ortiz.

Hopefully healthy, and definitely a lot happier.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

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 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.