BOSTON -- The Red Sox returned home from a wild West Coast road trip that wasn't very successful, but was hugely entertaining from an off-field perspective.
And the person in that spotlight was manager Bobby Valentine.
Prior to Friday's game at at Fenway park against the Blue Jays, Valentine was asked about blocking out the noise surrounding his name and his future in recent weeks. And he said he doesn't pay any attention.
"As much as some people question when I say I don't read it or that I don't listen to it, I don't," said Valentine. "So it's easy to block it out. I'm not there. Though, I hear about it once in a while. Whatever.
"If you're 30 games ahead in first place, and you start reading and listening to everyone say how great you are. It's just as distracting as the opposite, which is the case right now."