Lavarnway: Good hitter, even better house guest

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Lavarnway: Good hitter, even better house guest

By Jessica Camerato
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On Tuesday night rookie catcher Ryan Lavarnway powered the Boston Red Sox to a crucial 8-7 win over the Baltimore Orioles with two homeruns and four RBIs.

But before he was driving an entire team to victory, Lavarnway played a role in one of his teammates success this season.

Lavarnway didnt know Josh Reddick very well when he was called up to the Pawtucket Red Sox from the Portland Sea Dogs in June.

When he asked around the clubhouse about taking a trip back up to Portland to retrieve the rest of his belongings following a day game, Reddick said he was already planning on driving up to Maine that night and agreed to give Lavarnway a ride.

That afternoon Lavarnway batted 2-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored; Reddick hit 1-for-3 with a double as well.

As Lavarnway looked to get settled into his new surroundings in Pawtucket, Reddick offered he could stay at his place until he found a spot to live. Both players were pursuing the next steps in their careers -- Lavarnway was getting adjusted to Triple-A baseball and Reddick was fighting to make it back to the Boston Red Sox.

A few days later, Lavarnway and Reddick each hit a pair of homeruns and drove in four runs apiece in an 8-3 win over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

Erring on the side of superstition, Reddick extended his hospitality.

We both hit two homers in the same game, Lavarnway recalled. He was like, Alright, you cant move out now.'

I think he got called up here (to the Red Sox) a couple days later and was hitting .300.

Lavarnway ended up living at Reddicks place in Pawtucket (and taking cared of his dog) while Reddick spent the rest of the season in Boston. A few months later, Lavarnway joined him on the Red Sox, where he played an integral role in Tuesdays must-win game.

In this game where theres only 25 spots on the roster, even if you dont play the same position, as much as were teammates in the minor leagues, everyones kind of competing with each other, said Lavarnway. The fact that we hadnt really met before and he was being so nice to me, you dont really expect that.

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Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

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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. 

 

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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 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.