Notes: More at stake this time for Gonzalez

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Notes: More at stake this time for Gonzalez

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
PHOENIX -- Most years, when Adrian Gonzalez made the All-Star team as a member of the San Diego Padres, the notion that the league winning the All-Star Game would earn home field advantage in the World Series was mostly moot.

The Padres, until 2010 anyway, were never really in contention and the idea of home field advantage in the World Series was pretty abstract.

Now, representing the Red Sox -- who carried the second-best record in the game into the break - Gonzalez feels there's more at stake.

"You definitely feel you're more invested in it if (your team) is in the race, said Gonzalez. "The importance of winning is definitely greater. You just know that if you win, at the end of the day, you've got a chance. It's not how you play the game, it's how you feel afterward.

"Someone in this locker room is going to be playing in the World Series, said Jacoby Ellsbury. "We want to have that advantage on our side, definitely.

Joe Torre, who's in charge of disciplinary rulings for Major League Baseball, said Tuesday that he will announce any further disciplinary measures stemming from the incident between the Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles on Thursday.

Red Sox DH David Ortiz charged the mound after he objected to reliever Kevin Gregg pitching him inside on a number of occasions. Ortiz swung and missed at Gregg as benches cleared.

It's expected that both Gregg and Ortiz -- both of whom were ejected -- will be hit with suspensions.

"It's a tough situation, said Ortiz. "Like I said before, I'm not good at facing situations like that. We'll see. I know there's going to be discipline going on with myself, but like I say, things got out of hand and I don't feel like I was the one who started it.

Ortiz said he hadn't spoken to anyone with MLB about the incident.

"They go through all the video,'' he said. "There's not too much that you have to say. It was a situation that got out of hand and we'll see how it goes.

Ortiz was unsure whether he would automatically appeal any punishment.

"It all depends, he said. "We'll see. You can't do anything until you see what's on the table.

Sean McAdam can be reached at smcadam@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sean on Twitter at http:twitter.comsean_mcadam.

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 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.