Bobby V's proclamation

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Bobby V's proclamation

"I am so proud of this group of guys. I know it's an overstated line, but those men played 20 days of hard baseball, hard travel, hard competition . . . We play like this the rest of the season, we're going to win the championship."

OK, so let me be the 1,500th person to freak out over Bobby Valentines postgame comments.

Just hold on a second. I have to get into character:

Ahem . . .

What?! Is he serious?! Theyre at .500 and hes talking about a championship?! Please . . . more like a . . . not-last-place-anymore . . . -ship! Am I right? What a joke. What a LOSER! What a . . . "

OK. I really don't care.

Honestly, how is anyone affected by what he said here?

Is Bobby Valentine a ridiculous person? Yes.

Did he say something ridiculous? Yes.

But why does it matter?

Does it affect his relationship with the players? I can almost guarantee that there isn't a player in that clubhouse who would have even heard about that interview and still probably haven't if it wasn't blown out of proportion. (Except for David Ortiz, who DVRs every episode of Extra Innings to make sure everyone's being nice).

Do you even think he meant it? Do you really think that Bobby V. believes that the Red Sox with an outfield of Daniel Nava, Marlon Byrd and Linsanity 2 can win a championship? I don't know. I guess there's maybe some little demented chance that he does.

Or maybe he's actually just proud of his team. Maybe he looks into that clubhouse and sees a group of guys however unlikable as they may come across who just finished the best stretch of their season. Who played 20 days in a row in four different cities. Who have lost every outfielder in the organization to injury. Who have still managed to win 10 of 13 games and finally once again get back to .500. And maybe he just wanted to say something nice.

And it was a poor choice of words

In a throwaway line . . .

During a one-on-one interview on the team's propaganda news channel . . .

After a mid-May, Wednesday afternoon game . . .

In Baltimore.

All together now: "WHO CARES?!"

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

Cardinals pull away late for 7-2 victory over Red Sox

Cardinals pull away late for 7-2 victory over Red Sox

The Cardinals broke open a close game with four runs in the last two innings against Red Sox relief prospect Chandler Shepherd and went on to a 7-2 exhibition victory over Boston yesterday at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers.

Red Sox-Cardinals box score

The loss dropped the Sox to 1-3 for the exhibition season.

Boston had jumped on top, 1-0, on an RBI single by Mitch Moreland in the bottom of the first, but St. Louis countered with two runs in the second and one in the third, all against starter Brian Johnson. It remained 3-1 until the Cards touched Shepherd for two runs in the eighth and two in the ninth. The Red Sox added their final run in the bottom of the ninth when catcher Jordan Procyshen, who spent last season at Single-A Salem, hit a sacrifice fly.

Moreland, Xander Bogaerts and Chris Young each had two hits for the Red Sox. who also got scoreless relief from Teddy Stankiewicz, Noe Ramirez, Robby Scott, Kyle Martin and Brandon Workman. It was Bogaerts' last game before leaving to compete for The Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic.

The Sox host the Yankees on Tuesday at 1:05 p.m.

Dustin Pedroia taking cues from Tom Brady to extend his career

Dustin Pedroia taking cues from Tom Brady to extend his career

Dustin Pedroia is no stranger to injuries. That's a big reason why he's no longer a stranger to the sometimes peculiar practices of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

In an interview on WEEI's "Bradfo Show," Pedroia told Rob Bradford that he's been taking cues from the five-time Super Bowl-winning QB to help extend his playing career and make his body healthier and more durable.

“I understand what he does and know what he does. I think it’s awesome,” Pedroia told Bradford. “There’s a reason why he’s successful at his age (39), and he looks better now than he did when he first came to the league. You have to be smarter as you get older and learn different styles -- the way to train and the way you take care of your body to be able to perform and stay on the field. It doesn’t matter what sport you’re playing. He’s definitely got that figured out.”

Pedroia, of course, played the entire 2013 World Series-winning season with a torn ligament in his thumb. He's battled through various other lower body and hand injuries over the past few seasons, as well. But in 2016, he had his best season in recent memory, posting his highest OPS since 2011, as WEEI notes.

Part of that is with his own take on the Brady approach -- which focuses more on pliability and resistance training than extensive, heavy weight lifting -- and a healthier overall lifestyle, something Brady is notoriously infamous for having.

"There’s tons of ways to take care of your body. It’s not just get in the weight room and throw weights around,” Pedroia explained. “As you get older, the human body can’t take the pounding if you’re going in there and power lifting. When you’re younger, you can handle some of that. But as you get older, you got to be smarter. Sometimes less is more -- whether that’s weight or reps or whatever. You’ve just got to be smart. And eating wise, that’s a big part of recovery. If you put the right foods in your body, you’ll heal faster if you’re injured or recover faster. It’s like a car, man. Put bad gas in, bro. It’s not going to be the same as good gas.”

He hopes the approach can, at the very least, keep him moving for quite some time.

“I plan on living until I’m 100," he said. "So we’re not even halfway home."