On Sunday, new Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine seemed to call out Boston veteran Kevin Youkilis and question his commitment to the team. “I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason,” Valentine said. Today, before the Red Sox’s annual Patriot Day game, the manager said that he has sincerely apologized to his third basemen but wasn’t sure that Youkilis accepted the apology.
I’m going to sound a bit like Seth Meyers right now, but REALLY????!!!!!! Bobby Valentine????!!! REALLY????!!!! You just called out of one of the leaders of your team that has been there since 2004. So yes, Bobby, Kevin Youkilis, has two World Series rings to your one Japan Series title with the Chiba Lotte Mariners. I don’t know what that Japan Series win would compare to in the US, but I’m pretty confident either the 2004 or 2007 Red Sox would win a seven-game series against the Mariners. In addition, the Youk has been to three All-star games, has placed in the top 10 in MVP voting twice, and is a recipient of a Gold Glove. Despite being a Yankees fan, I totally respect Kevin Youkilis as a player- he is one of the most well-rounded players in the entire league and has undoubtedly earned the respect of his fellow teammates and players. The audacity that Bobby Valentine has to call out one of his star players in the first three weeks of the season really grinds my gears. If Youkilis was having a horrible slump in the middle of May and hasn’t really got going, then I can see Valentine calling Kevin into his office and talking privately, then possibly talking to the media about certain adjustments he can make. It may be just me, but I hate it when coaches or managers whose job it is to support and defend their players, publicly criticize their players. I believe it’s the manager’s responsibility to keep their players (even the stars) on track and do damage control when necessary, not create unnecessary drama, especially 9 games into a 162-game season.
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