We’ve heard the rumblings all year in regards to Bobby Valentine losing control of the team. This comes to nobody’s surprise, as Valentine has already thrown players such as Kevin Youkilis under the bus. Finally, the Boston Red Sox players had enough. During a heated July meeting with ownership, they blasted their manager Bobby Valentine.
Via Yahoo Sports:
Boston Red Sox players blasted manager Bobby Valentine to owners John Henry and Larry Lucchino during a heated meeting called after a text message was sent by a group of frustrated players to the team and ownership in late July, three sources familiar with the meeting told Yahoo! Sports.
The owners called the meeting for Boston’s off-day in New York on July 27 after first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, texting on behalf of himself and some teammates, aired their dissatisfaction with Valentine for embarrassing starting pitcher Jon Lester by leaving him in to allow 11 runs during a July 22 start. It was the latest incident in a season’s worth of bad relations bubbling between Red Sox players and Valentine.
Dustin Pedroia, who is a known Terry Francona supporter, has refuted reports of his hatred for Bobby Valentine, although not many believe him. Pedroia and fellow Red Sox star Adrian Gonzalez were among the most vocal during the heated meeting, signaling to everyone pretty much what they already knew; they have a very high dislike for their first-year manager.
Gonzalez and Dustin Pedroia were among the most vocal in the meeting, in which some players stated flatly they no longer wanted to play for Valentine, the sources said. The tenor of the 2 p.m. meeting at The Palace hotel in New York turned ugly almost immediately, according to the sources, whom Yahoo! Sports granted anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about internal matters.
Although many Red Sox players attended the meeting, ownership still supports Bobby Valentine. General manager Ben Cherington, has already told reporters he is the manager and they are not considering anybody else. Cherington also confirmed the meeting to Yahoo.
“The intent of the meeting was to provide a forum for people to express whatever frustration needed to be expressed at a time during the season when things were not going exactly the way we wanted to on the field in hopes that we could put whatever issues were there aside and focus on playing games the rest of the season. That was the intent of the meeting. That was the focus of ownership. It was a productive meeting.
“Since then, we have not gone on the run we were supposed to.”