I don't know; you tell me:
"I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason. But on Saturday it seemed, you know, he's seeing the ball well, got those two walks, got his on-base percentage up higher than his batting average, which is always a good thing, and he'll move on from there."
That's Bobby Valentine on his third baseman, Kevin Youkilis, during an appearance he made Sunday night on Channel 7's Sports Xtra.
Not "as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been", Bobby? Really? I have no doubt you believe it, and I have no reason to think it's not true. You're there, and you know Youk a whole lot better than me (even if, having only been with him for a couple of months, you may not know him much at all).
But why -- why in the world -- would you say something like that publicly?
Is it supposed to motivate Youkilis? Shake him up? Make him play better? That would seem to be the goal, right? How, exactly, does a public statement like that do such a thing? Especially since it would seem to do nothing more than call attention to his engagement to Tom Brady's sister, something he clearly wants out of the public eye.
Hey, maybe it'll work. Maybe this sort of thing is what the Sox need after eight years under a manager who did his one-on-one work behind closed doors. Certainly you'll never go wrong with (most of) the fan base by calling out -- even in the mildest of ways -- underachieving players.
I guess the main message here is, there's a new sheriff in town. And every day, in every way, we're reminded just how different he is than the old one.
Three weeks into the season, health has dominated the conversation with the Red Sox. And it’s much more than just the flu.
A scheduled off-day Monday brought something resembling an update for three players worth roughly $63 million in salary.
Dustin Pedroia, Orioles peacemaker, was examined at Massachusetts General Hospital and remains day-to-day because of left ankle and left knee soreness. He did not undergo an MRI, with his condition apparently good enough that the team felt it was unnecessary -- even though the message delivered on Sunday by manager John Farrell was that the Sox wanted to rule everything out.
Pedroia hasn’t played since he was spiked by Manny Machado on Friday in Baltimore.
Pablo Sandoval, at some point Monday, was slated to have an MRI after spraining his right knee Sunday. A further evaluation is to come Tuesday, so his status remains unclear.
David Price, meanwhile, threw a 45-pitch bullpen at Fenway Park on his long journey back from a left elbow strain. There were simulated inning breaks and, naturally, what’s next is still to be seen. Facing hitters shouldn’t be too far away, Farrell has suggested.
The Patriots have themselves another "big back" option for 2017.
The Bills announced that they have opted not to match the restricted free agent offer sheet that New England made to Mike Gillislee last week. That means the 5-foot-11, 219-pounder is now a member of the Patriots. Buffalo had until 4 p.m. on Monday to match.
Gillislee was reportedly extended an offer sheet by the Patriots that is worth $6.4 million and $4 million in the first year. The Bills had the cap space to match the offer, but with LeSean McCoy already atop their depth chart, the price tag may have been too rich for them to choose to hold onto the 26-year-old.
Because Gillislee was given the original-round tender by the Bills, the Patriots will send Buffalo a fifth-round pick as compensation. That gives Bill Belichick and Nick Caserio six picks in this weekend's draft: two thirds, a fourth, a fifth, a sixth and a seventh.
Gillislee joins Rex Burkhead, Dion Lewis, James White, Brandon Bolden and DJ Foster on the running back depth chart in New England.