Francona a bandwagon Bruins fan


Francona a bandwagon Bruins fan

By Maureen Mullen Follow @maureenamullen

BOSTON Manager Terry Francona decidedly not a hockey fan showed up for his afternoon session with the media wearing a Marc Savard Bruins jersey over his Red Sox uniform.

This is what you would call genuine front-running, Francona said.

Francona, though, has not been converted to a hockey fan during the Bruins' championship run, their first in 39 years.

I can't follow the puck and if I did I dont know where its going, he said.

Still, with two championships of his own, he appreciates what the Stanley Cup means to the city.

I do think its pretty incredible, he said. Ive been here eight years now and we have great fans. I hope the fans realize this doesnt happen all the time everywhere. Its pretty incredible, all four sports.

I just think its cool they won. Im really excited they won. Thats cool.

Its safe to say, though, that Francona, who left a message to congratulate Bs coach Claude Julien, never wore a Flyers jersey during his tenure managing the Phillies.

Negative, he said. I always rooted for anybody that was playing against them. Make sure you write that before we go there.

The Red Sox travel to Philadelphia for three games beginning June 28.

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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.