Valentine engages in testy interview with WEEI

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Valentine engages in testy interview with WEEI

The strange summer of Bobby Valentine continued Wednesday, as he engaged in a contentious interview with Glenn Ordway and Michael Holley on WEEI's The Big Show in which he said he'd like to punch Ordway in the mouth and questioned the integrity of Red Sox beat writers who reported that he was late to a game last weekend in Oakland.

"What an embarrassing thing to say," Valentine responded when Ordway asked if the manager had "checked out" on the Red Sox. "You know, if I was there, I'd punch you right in the mouth. Ha, ha! How's that sound? Is that like I checked out? What an embarrassing thing. Why would somebody even, that's stuff that a comic-strip person would write. If someone's here, watching me go out at 2 o'clock in the afternoon working with the young players, bringing in the right relief pitchers to get a win, putting on a hit-and-run when it's necessary, talking to the guys after the game in the food room . . . How could someone in real life say that?"

Valentine then exploded when Ordway brought up his late arrival at a game last week.

"I shouldn't have to explain that. That pisses me off," he said emotionally. "Because whoever wrote that knew what happened. They knew that my son was coming to see me for the first time in this lousy season that I got to see him on the road, and that his flight was late, and that I was waiting at the airport in San Francisco for his flight to come in . . . and I sent the lineup in and reported to my coaches that Iwas going to be a little late. And for someone to say that I was late is an absolute disgrace to their integrity if they have any . . ."When I walked into the clubhouse with my son, the press was already in the clubhouse. You would think that one of these incompetent people would say, or ask a question, 'Hey, why is it 4 o'clock?'
"And, you know, 4 o'clock, I mean, that's so late for a 7:15 game," he added sarcastically. "Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon gets there every day at 4 o'clock, just for the record."Later in the interview, Valentine admitted the season has "been miserable, but it's also been part of my life's journey. You learn from misery."

Quotes, notes and stars: Pomeranz 'made one pitch that hurt' Red Sox

Quotes, notes and stars: Pomeranz 'made one pitch that hurt' Red Sox

BOSTON - Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 4-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers:

QUOTES:

"He pitched as we had anticipated at the time of the trade.'' - John Farrell on Drew Pomeranz.

"I had a good curveball and I was locating my fastball a lot better. I was in a lot better counts all night, but I made one pitch that hurt us.'' - Pomeranz on his outing.

"He was able to limit the damage against a very good offensive team. He pitched well enough to win. I just wish we could have put more runs on the board for him.'' - Jackie Bradley Jr. on Pomeranz.

 

NOTES:

* Until Monday night, the Red Sox had won their last six series openers.

* Drew Pomeranz has allowed four or fewer hits in 12 of his 18 starts this season.

* Eleven of Travis Shaw's last 15 hits have been for extra bases.

* Jackie Bradley Jr. had his 25th multi-hit game.

* Sandy Leon is hitting .500 (11-for-22) with runners in scoring position.

* The Red Sox are 21-21 in games decided by two or fewer runs.

* Dustin Pedroia (walk, single) has reached base in 28 straight games.

* Xander Bogaerts has 133 hits through 97 games. Since 1940, only Wade Boggs (134 in 1983; 135 in 1987) and Adrian Gonzalez (135 in 2011) had more.

STARS:

1) Justin Verlander

Verlander has enjoyed a bounce-back season of sorts this year, and the Red Sox got to see it up close Monday night as Verlander limited them a single run over six innings.

2) Jose Iglesias

The former Red Sox shortstop haunted his old team with a two-run homer in the sixth to put the Tigers ahead to stay.

3) Drew Pomeranz

The lefty absorbed the loss, but pitched well enough to win, giving up two runs in six innings while striking out seven.