After the week that was, in which [Bobby Valentine] had to (1) apologize for disparaging Kevin Youkilis, (2) banish one of his GM's prize offseason acquisitions, Mark Melancon, to the minors and (3) proceeded to screw up two games against the Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers by going against the basic tenets of Managing 101, wethinks Bobby V is already wondering what he's gotten himself into by returning to the managerial wars with the Red Sox.Why did none of the Red Sox writers have this story? They seemed to have no clue about the clubhouse issues that plagued the team last year; did they collectively miss the boat on this story, as well? If this incident happened as Madden reports, it certainly gives Curt Schilling's statement of clubhouse rancor against Valentine more credibility.
And this doesn't include the near player revolt he had on his hands the very first week of spring training when, the Daily News has learned, he got all over shortstop Mike Aviles in what sources described as "a very ugly scene" during infield drills. After a group of Red Sox players confronted him with outrage, Valentine had to apologize to Aviles.
Since then, Valentine has outwardly praised Aviles ...
There is fast-growing clubhouse resentment toward Valentine, who's been too much of a culture shock for Red Sox players accustomed to easy-going Terry Francona, and all signs point to a long 100th season at old Fenway. The question is: Will it be a much shorter one for Bobby V?
That group of players had to include some (or most?) of the guys we would think of as the "leaders" on the team. Which means an important segment of the team has been pissed at Valentine since his first days in camp - and everything he has done since then has likely only deepened that dislike and distrust. No wonder Dustin Pedroia uncharacteristically popped off at Valentine's ill-timed and poorly-worded comments about Kevin Youkilis.
The Globe reports that Lars Anderson has been called up from Pawtucket (.255/.358/.400 in 15 games), replacing Jason Repko (disabled list).
The Red Sox will skip Daniel Bard's turn in the rotation (he would have pitched Sunday night). Valentine said Bard could be used out of the bullpen before his next scheduled start on Friday in Chicago. ... This could be the first step in moving Bard back to the bullpen and adding Aaron Cook to the rotation. According to Cook's contract, if he is not on the Red Sox roster by May 1, he can become a free agent.
And Happy 53rd Birthday, Terry Francona!