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Bobby V.: Nothing wrong with Red Sox

April, 12, 2012
A 1-5 start hasn’t sent new Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine into panic mode.

“I don’t see anything wrong with this team,” Valentine said on his weekly spot on The Michael Kay Show on ESPN New York 1050. “I think a lot of things are going to go right real soon.”

Boston hosts Tampa Bay in its home opener at 2:05 p.m. on Friday. Valentine didn’t sense any anger from fans about the slow start when he walked around his new city Thursday.

“I sensed a lot of caring for sure, people are into it, and I heard a lot more words of support than anything else. They could be a little frustrated, no doubt about that, I am,” Valentine said. “As a friend of mine who deals with football said this morning, this is like the fourth minute of opening day of an NFL season. What’s the panic all about?”

Detroit swept Boston to start the season and the Red Sox just lost two of three to Toronto. The bullpen has failed early this season, especially Alfredo Aceves and Mark Melancon. The former Yankees have blown two of the first three save opportunities and have 27.00 and 36.00 ERAs, respectively. Valentine believes the pair has the fortitude to handle the closer role while closer Andrew Bailey is sidelined with a thumb injury.

While the natural reaction would be to move new starter Daniel Bard back to the bullpen, where he starred in the past, that’s not Boston's plan at the moment.

“We’d be foolish if we haven’t had that conversation about (moving him back to the bullpen),” Valentine said. “At this time where our situation is set up, he’s going to stay right where he is and we might adjust things as they go on, but I don’t see any reason to do it right now.”

When the Red Sox host the Yankees on April 20 and honor the 100th year of Fenway Park, former manager Terry Francona, who was fired after last season’s meltdown, will not be present. Valentine said the former manager will be “truly missed” if he’s not in attendance.

“I think Terry is as much a part of Red Sox history and Red Sox Nation as anyone,” he said.

Valentine’s weekly appearance on ESPN New York 1050 has created a stir, and the Red Sox manager seemed puzzled as to why there would be outcry from both Yankees and Red Sox fans about his appearances on a rival town’s radio station.

“I guess they think there aren’t people that care about the Red Sox or care about baseball who listen to your station, they think there are only people that bleed that navy blue Yankees or whatever it is, or the orange and blue Mets,” Valentine said. “I happen to know there’s a lot of people that listen in the New York metropolitan area that give a damn about the Red Sox and I’m glad that I have the chance to be with you every week.”

You can listen to the full interview here.

Video: Francona interviews Girardi

February, 29, 2012

ESPN's own Terry Francona, formerly the manager of the Red Sox, talks with Joe Girardi.

Updated: A-Rod on 1050 with Kay today ..

February, 29, 2012
Al B. Al is scheduled for between 3:30-4 p.m. and I'm sure we will put the podcast on the blog if you miss it.

In the meantime, enjoy this video of Terry Francona talking about the Yankees and their chances in the AL East.

Yankees bemused by Bobby

February, 29, 2012

Derek Jeter said he was "indifferent'' to comments made by Bobby Valentine regarding the famous "flip'' play.

Alex Rodriguez chuckled when told he had gotten beaten up, in Valentine's view, by Jason Varitek. He "hadn't heard about it,'' and then recited an obviously prepared statement that passed the buck to Reggie Jackson (don't ask).

Plus, there was the surrealistic sight of Terry Francona being interviewed in the Yankees clubhouse on the man who replaced him in what was so far the most bizarre morning of a pretty quiet spring.

Full story on all the shenanigans coming soon on the website.

Joe on Francona: 'Tito has done a great job'

September, 30, 2011
Shortly before the Red Sox announced the firing of Terry Francona, Joe Girardi was asked if the reports out of Boston reminded him of the tenuous nature of managing a big-league team.

"These jobs are precious, there's no doubt about it," Girardi said before Game 1 of the ALDS. "There's expectations. A lot of times they're extremely high expectations when you're in certain towns. We understand that when we take the job."

The Red Sox fired Francona after he managed the club through one of the worst September collapses in baseball history. Boston held a nine-game lead in the Wild Card race on Sept. 4. They let it slip away by going 7-20 in September. Francona had won two World Series with the Red Sox, including one that ended Boston's 86-year title drought.

That success likely prompted Girardi to note the high expectations of working in "certain towns."

"High expectations are better than no expectations," Girardi said. "You enjoy it and you enjoy your time when you're there. Tito has done a great job there. I'm not sure what's going to happen, but I know he's done a great job."

Video: Is Yanks-Red Sox still a great rivalry?

August, 5, 2011



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