By Jimmy Toscano
All together now . . . "awwwwww".
Poor Adam Jones. Those bully Red Sox keep picking on him and the Orioles, and well, he's had just about enough!
"Sick and tired of . . . just sick and tired of it," Jones told reporters after the Orioles' 4-0 loss Wednesday night. They're a very good team, of course they're a very good team. But they can lose, they can be beaten."
He then decided it would be better if he just stopped talking.
It seems to be the same story every year with the Orioles. They come out strong only to fade fast, and then the Red Sox, Yankees, and Rays snap out of it and start beating up on them.
That's what happened this season, when the Sox lost the first two games against the O's and then proceeded to win eight of the next nine.
The O's didn't lose to the Sox on May 17 though -- that game was postponed.
It'll be made up the next time the two teams meet, on Sept. 19, when the O's start to play seven of their final 10 games against the Sox.
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.