Welcome to Bobby Valentine Day!


Welcome to Bobby Valentine Day!

Today is the Red Sox first day off since April 22. Its also their last day off until May 24.

Add it all up, thats 31 days with only one day off. And with all that's jam-packed in between, you'd figure that everyone involved the players, coaches, hell even the owners would use that day to get away from the madness.

You know, hang around the house. Watch some TV. Do disgusting things with ice cream.

And this afternoon, I bet a bunch of the guys are doing exactly that.

But, believe or not, Bobby Valentine is not one of those guys.

How could he be?

It's Bobby Valentine Day on Cape Cod!

First of all, let me say that I don't care that Valentine spent the day celebrating himself on the Cape. This isn't about questioning his commitment, or criticizing his personality.

I just think it's hilarious.

If you didn't watch, at least check out the scene at the 40-second mark, as Valentine walks through the outfield that he patrolled as a 17-year-old Cape League "phenom."

At one point, he's struck by this memory of the time he was on first base, and the pitcher broke into an epileptic seizure on the mound. He starts to paint this real dramatic picture, and you're not sure where it's going until obviously, young Bobby Valentine saves the day by sprinting to a near by house (hurdling a fence in the process) and calling for help.

I smell another Bobby V Day!

Anyway, from the looks of it, Valentine had himself quite the afternoon. He participated in a press conference (that was shown LIVE on local cable access), he received a proclamation from the town of Yarmouth, hung with a bunch of middle schoolers and talked about taffy. Whatever. It's a lot more fun than the day I had.

But it's also Bobby V being very Bobby V.

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David Ortiz has new interpretation of 'spring training'

David Ortiz has new interpretation of 'spring training'

Big Papi's "spring training" involves a beach chair -- not a baseball bat.

The former Boston Red Sox slugger made it clear on Instagram that he has no interest in returning to Jet Blue Park to begin training for the 2017 MLB season.

He announced in Nov. 2015 he would be retiring after the 2016 season, and he appears completely content with that decision despite speculation of his return to MLB. Ortiz posted a video on Sunday of himself in a beach chair reclined and relaxed.

"What's up [Instagram]. Oh, so good be retired. At the beach with the familia, the ladies. Big Papi in the bulding. This is my spring training. How 'bout dat? Enjoy. See you when I see you. Peace," he said, and then chuckled.

Ortiz's video came a few days after Hanley Ramirez said that if Ortiz made a return to baseball, he would be doing it, in part, for Ramirez, because they miss each other.

WBZ's Dan Roche then tweeted out Ramirez's comment on Thursday, and Big Papi waited no time to respond. Within 16 minutes, Ortiz had responded to reiterate he would not be returning to the Sox.

Jackie Bradley Jr. explains why he wouldn't skip White House visit

Jackie Bradley Jr. explains why he wouldn't skip White House visit

Jackie Bradley Jr. will likely have a spotless attendance record for White House trips.

The Boston Red Sox outfielder began discussing those championship trips to meet the president after Red Sox chairman Tom Werner referenced the New England Patriots' Super Bowl win at a team get-together on Friday morning.

“If my team is going, yes, I’m going,” Bradley Jr. told WEEI.com's Rob Bradford, adding later, “I don’t like politics, not even a little bit.”

The Patriots so far have six players who have openly stated they will not attend New England's White House trip to meet President Donald Trump. Team leaders like Dont'a Hightower and Devin McCourty are among those unwilling to attend.

For Bradley, the White House trip is not about making a political statement.

“The reason why we’re going there is because we did something together as a team. The White House is cool,” he said. “I’m with my team."

The 26-year-old outfielder has twice attended the championship trip to the nation's capital. In college, he went with the South Carolina Gamecocks after they won the College World Series. He later attended with the Red Sox in 2013. Bradley Jr. said he enjoyed attending the White House to meet Barack Obama, but added he wasn't concerned with which president was hosting the event.

He said: “How many people can say they’ve been to the White House? That alone. There is a lot history there, and I’m a big fan of architecture. I think the whole thing is unique.”