Valentine not discouraged by home record


Valentine not discouraged by home record

BOSTON With Fridays 13-inning loss to the Orioles, the Red Sox fell to 11-14 overall, and 4-8 at home. Their record at home, though, does not reflect the quality of play, manager Bobby Valentine said.

We have played well at home, Valentine said. We just havent won the games that we could have won. I thought yesterday was a good game. We had a couple of leads, came back, pitched well in the bullpen for lots of innings. Thats a pretty good game. Just didnt get the bloop or ground ball that eluded their infieldersWell win plenty of games at home.

Several of those losses have been to teams that were projected as wins, including losing two of three to the As, who have the worst offense in the league, and Fridays series opener to the Os, the perennial cellar dwellers of the American League East.

Valentine, though, is not frustrated by the lack of home wins.

You have to look at the little victories when you play well. I mean, what are you going to do? Discount things that went well and say, Oh, well, we lost and all the good things dont count? A lot of good things happened and guys got to not lose sight of that. Just keep doing the good things and try to keep the other guys from doing something good during the game.

He is not taking the absences of Carl Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Kevin Youkilis from the lineup as an excuse.

I think everyone plays without being at full strength and we have to be tough and do what we can do, he said. Itd be nice to see some of those guys. Theyll be here before its over. Its good to see other guys in the lineup. The guys we have now are busting their butt, doing a heck of a job.

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 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’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.