Jarrod Saltalamacchia's analysis of what went on at home plate after Francisco Cervelli's fourth-inning home run raised some eyebrows among reporters in the Red Sox clubhouse.
"It's just the Latin players," Saltalamacchia said about Cervelli's passionate clap as he touched home. "That's the way they play the game. It's OK to an extent. If you go a little further than that, that's when you need to step back."
Saltalamacchia later retracted the statement and indicated that he intended to say that younger players are sometimes brought up with a different code than some of the veterans in the league.
As Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam noted, Saltalamacchia might catch some scrutiny for his comments, which could be perceived as racial stereotyping.
It'll be interesting to see if any of Saltalamacchia's Latin teammates respond to their catcher's comments. The Red Sox employ two of the most popular Latin players in the league in David Ortiz and Adrian Gonzalez, and they could do a lot to diffuse the situation if Saltalamacchia's comments are criticized.
Cervelli, 25, is of Italian descent but grew up in Venezuela.
Never say never?
While Red Sox officials said at the team's annual Winter Weekend at Foxwoods on Saturday that they'd be traveling to the Dominican Republic to talk to David Ortiz about a role with the team, Pedro Martinez told WEEI he sees Big Papi returning to his old role - designated hitter - this season.
CSN's Trenni Kusnierek and WEEI's John Tomase talked to Martinez on their show Saturday at Foxwoods and Martinez said his old teammate would be making a comeback despite the long, emotional farewell tour last season.
For the full interview with Martinez, click here.
Red Sox executives Tom Werner, Sam Kennedy and Dave Dombrowski made no mention of Ortiz returning as a player when talking about their Dominican trip. Ortiz has repeatedly said he is going to stay retired.
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- While there’s a deal of anticipation going into Spring training with the four Killer B’s, David Price and Pablo Sandoval’s shot at redemption and Rick Porcello looking to be something similar to his 2016 self, there’s one name that trumps them all.
The lankly lefty received an ovation from fans at the Friday night Town Hall, kicking off Red Sox Winter Weekend. With his consistent success, there’s reason to be excited.
But there’s also reason for apprehension given the way Sale’s departure from Chicago was depicted. But he’s made sure to clear the air.
“I wouldn’t say . . . ya know . . . I loved my time in Chicago,” Sale said when asked if it was time to leave the Windy City. “My best baseball memories are there [and] will be there forever. I love the city; I love the people in the organization.
“It was time for both sides to do something different, I guess. I talked to (White Sox Senior V.P.) Rick on the phone, I talked to (White Sox pitching coach Don) Coop (Cooper). We’re all cool, it’s fine. We understand where both of us are, it happens in baseball, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Chicago.”
He didn’t seem irritated discussing the issue, and certainly wasn’t timid -- we all know that’s not in his DNA.
He genuinely seems excited to deal with the large sum of Sox fans and to call a new place home -- in a city his wife’s fond of no less.
But ultimately, he’s focused on winning, nothing else.
“Every time I’m out there it’s gonna be all I got,” Sale said. "Every time, no matter what. Can promise you that.”