Bobby Valentine got a vote of confidence from team management recently. Now, he's got one from the players or at least the leader of the Red Sox players, second baseman Dustin Pedroia.
Pedroia was reacting to a report by Yahoo Sports that players had gone to Red Sox ownership last month and ripped their manager, with their frustration having boiled over when Valentine left pitcher Jon Lester in a game to be pounded for 11 runs by the Rangers.
I dont think Bobby should be fired, Pedroia said Tuesday night after the Red Soxs 7-1 loss to the Orioles, as reported by the Boston Herald. Listen, we havent played well. Thats the bottom line. Im not going to blame anything on Bobby. Its on the players. Last year wasnt on Tito ex-manager Terry Francona. I know he took it hard. We all did. Its on the players, man.
Yes, Pedroia confirmed there was a meeting with the owners, but when I spoke, I said we all need to be better. That includes owners, Bobby, coaches and especially the players.
And Pedroia said he and Valentine have no rift. There was a disagreement earlier in the season, Pedroia said, but they handled it.
I went into the office and talked to him like a man, Pedroia said. And he talked to me like a man. Weve been great. Weve had a great relationship. Thats all I could really say about it. Ill go out there and play for him every day of the week.
Its tough when all this stuff comes out that everyones trying to get the manager fired. Thats not the case, man.