By Sean McAdam
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NEW YORK -- Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein wouldn't react to comments made Thursday by Yankee GM Brian Cashman,who indicated that he had feigned interest in free agent Carl Crawfordin an effort to drive up the player's asking price with Boston.
"I'm not going to address any of that,'' said Epstein. "Our focus isright here on the field. A lot of things happened over the winter andthings were said about what happened over the winter. The Yankeesweren't really a factor for us anyway, but we're going to keep thefocus on the field.''
Of Crawford's disappointing season, Esptein said: "It's hard to explainwhy. Obviously, if you could pinpoint why it happened, someone would'vedone something to address it by now.
"But I'll say this: Crawford has never stopped working his tail off.He's never stepped fighting. And he's shown accountability, takenresponsibility for the year's he had.
"That's a great sign and a great indication that he's going to bounce back from this.''
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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.
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 WEEI.com 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 WEEI.com’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.