Schilling on Sox fall: 'More on Theo than Tito'

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Schilling on Sox fall: 'More on Theo than Tito'

On WEEI this morning, former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling discussed the monumental fall of the Red Sox this season and said the blame is "100 percent on the players."

He also defended manager Terry Francona, placing more fault on general manager Theo Epstein.

"I think more of it's on Theo than on Tito, anyway," said Shilling."The guy managing this team is the only guy that could keep them together. With another manager in this position right now, you'd have some in-fighting, big-time infighting going on, given what they're going through."

Schilling believes if the Red Sox to win both games in Baltimore they can use this stretch as motivation for the playoffs.

"They roll into the playoffs and say 'Okay, wait a minute. We just went through it. There's nothing we can go through that's worse than what we did.' "

Schilling also noted the season is not totally in the Red Sox' hands any more, not with the way the Rays are playing.

"Make no mistake about it . . . If you watch the way Tampa is playing, they're in the playoffs right now. Every pitch, every out, every move, every ball is October ball right now."

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.