Report: Mother claims Valentine-backed team owes money


Report: Mother claims Valentine-backed team owes money

Like Bobby Valentine doesn't have enough on his mind as it is. Now it looks like a youth "All-American" baseball team he supported owes families money.

According to the New York Post, a Texas mother says she has been trying for six months to get a refund from the All-American Athletic Foundation in Stamford, Conn.

Tryouts were held last fall for the Valentine-backed team that would have traveled the country this summer, but the foundation went quiet soon after.

From the NY Post:
Valentine told The Post in March he would make good on the 475 tryout fees. He left the foundation last fall when he became the Boston Red Sox manager.

But Valentine said Friday that refunds were up to Greenwich, Conn., developer Joseph Beninati, who started the foundation in 2009.

My name was on the line and I said I would step in, but its his responsibility, Valentine said.

The Post got no comment from Beninati.

David Ortiz 'guest edits' this week's Sports Illustrated


David Ortiz 'guest edits' this week's Sports Illustrated

This week’s Sports Illustrated has been guest-edited by Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, who is also featured on the New England regional cover with the headline “Designated Editor: Before He Retires Big Papi Takes Over SI.”

The cover shot is Ortiz stepping out of the dugout at Fenway Park, surrounded by his teammates and fans. In the issue, SI's Tim Verducci has an in-depth, candid Q&A with Ortiz on a range of topics in which Big Papi doesn’t shy away from questions about PEDs, his proudest accomplishments and biggest disappointments. 

This is the first time in the magazine's 62-year history that an athlete has guest-edited an issue. Ortiz was able to select the stories, including one on his friend, new Celtics free agent acquisition Al Horford, which explores the brotherhood of Dominican athletes beyond their major league dominance. Ortiz asked SI to look into what’s going on at Patriots headquarters, where his favorite NFL team is off to a 3–0 start. He called for an opus on Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez, whose life was tragically cut short last weekend, and who will have a lasting impact on those he touched. Finally, Seth Meyers, host of NBC's Late Night, and writer Michael Schur pay their respects to Ortiz.