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Bobby Valentine has never been shy about talking to the press. In fact, he oftentimes used the press to send messages to his team in the past.
However, in mid-April, Valentine may have crossed a line.
Just two weeks into his first season as the Boston Red Sox manager, Valentine, took a moment on local television to criticize third baseman Kevin Youkilis.
“I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Valentine told WHDH TV. "But [on Saturday] it seemed, you know, he's seeing the ball well, got those two walks, his on-base percentage up higher than his batting average, which is always a good thing, and he'll move on from there."
It was obviously the first sentence that was the most damning.
Valentine was sharply criticized for his comment, most notably by second baseman Dustin Pedroia.
"I really don't know what Bobby is trying to do," Pedroia said. "That's not the way we go about our stuff around here. He'll figure that out. The whole team is behind Youk. We have each other's backs here."
Youk was gone just two months later to the Chicago White Sox, but Valentine fed even more fuel to the fire with comments after Youkilis' departure.
"I think the comment I made early, he (Youkilis) made a big issue out of, and I don't think he ever wanted to get over it," Valentine said.