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Bobby Valentine takes jabs at Yanks

Updated: February 29, 2012, 11:10 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- New Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine got the 2012 rivalry with the Yankees going early Tuesday.

He took a little shot at captain Derek Jeter and then took a poke at another Yankee when asked to assess Jason Varitek, the catcher who will retire Thursday.

"From afar, he was everything you want a guy who wears a 'C' to be," Valentine said of the longtime Red Sox captain. "He was a man's man, he was a big hitter when needed, he was the leader of the pitching ...

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