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Valentine getting comfortable managing on the fly

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Valentine getting comfortable managing on the fly

BOSTON Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said hes doing a better job of handling contingencies and the proverbial curveballs now than he was at the beginning of the season.

With left-hander Rich Hill joining the team over the weekend, Aaron Cook a possibility for this week, Andrew Miller on the disabled list, and Mark Melancon a possibility for a recall at some point, Valentine is paying closer attention to potential roster moves.

Im reading reports every day and I have made it to plan D, he said. A, B, C and D, the plans, the what-ifs. You try to have what-ifs. To tell you the truth, I didn't have a what-if at the beginning of the season. Im kicking myself for it.

Its different. Its challenging. Interesting. It is what it is.

The outfield and the bullpen, I didn't have a major plan for not having Jacoby Ellsbury. My fault. I should have. And two-deep in the bullpen. the two guys we traded for during the wintertime Andrew Bailey and Melancon, you figure one of them pitching the ninth inning come April 13.

Instead, he had to adjust on the fly.

Absolutely! Thats what were doing, he said. Absolutely. Thats what Im doing. I think you have to have plans. Im kicking myself a little. I think I didn't have a great plan. But its coming together now.On the fly the plan seems to be working.

Tanguay: David Price altercation worse than Red Sox 'chicken and beer' incident

Tanguay: David Price altercation worse than Red Sox 'chicken and beer' incident

Lou Merloni joins to discuss a source telling him Pedroia applauded Price for his altercation with Eckersley and Tanguay says this has been worse than the chicken and beer incident.

Tanguay: I officially hate the Red Sox

Tanguay: I officially hate the Red Sox


I hope the Red Sox lose every game the rest of season, except when Chris Sale pitches, and have no shot at the post season.

I hate them, I hate them, I hate them. What a bunch of babies!

Are they a professional sports organization or a pre-school? Right now they seem to be the latter, which makes them the highest valued pre-school, at 2.7 billion, in the history of pre-K academia.

When I read my friend Rob Bradford’s report that a source told him Dustin Pedroia was not near David Price when the crybaby lefty went after Dennis Eckersley on the team plane, I said, “ENOUGH!”

I yelled with the same tone I scream at my kids when they are fighting over something stupid.

I believe Rob Bradford, always have and always will. I also believe what Fred Toucher had to say on CSN this morning when he was told Dusty Two Sacks (Fred’s term) was one of the Price-ettes when they verbally mugged Eck. 

This is what happens with my kids. One says the other did it, then the other says the other did it. Well, you get the idea. Then I simply declare, “You’re all guilty.” I don’t care who hit whom when or took whatever from whom, just like I don’t care if Pedroia was cheering on the abuse of Eck or not. 

THEY ARE ALL GUILTY.

John Henry should be ashamed of the way his team has behaved. These grown men have all been acting like petulant children. I have seen plenty of immaturity over the years with the four local teams, but nothing like this.

One person, who is with the team on a regular basis, told me there is nothing to like about the players on this team. The inmates are running the asylum and playing the role of McMurphy is David Price. 

What a gutless, immature, little child. Is it any surprise that he wets his pants in the playoffs? Give him some Pampers for the postseason. Maybe that will help. 

Price claims to stand up for his teammates, which is bull. This guy is all about himself. His so-called sticking up for his mates has resulted in a media firestorm and finger-pointing in the clubhouse.

“Pedroia you were there.”

“No way, I wasn’t there.”

You know what Boston Red Sox? I wish you weren’t here at all.