How do you make your way into the hearts of Red Sox fans, take shots at the Yankees.
Asked today for his thoughts on retiring catcher Jason Varitek, Valentine offered the usual kudos, calling the longtime Red Sox captain a “man’s man” and “everything you want in a guy who wore a ‘C’ ” and “the leader of the pitching staff.” Then he paused, likely for effect, and said, “And he beat up Alex,” referring, of course, to Varitek’s famous facewash of A-Rod during the 2004 season.
What does he think about Derek Jeter's famous 2001 ALDS cut-off/throw out of Jeremy Giambi at the plate.
“We’ll never practice that,” Valentine said. “I think (Jeter) was out of position. I think the ball gets (Giambi) out if (Jeter) doesn’t touch it, personally. That was amazing that he was there. I bet it’s more amazing that he said he practiced it. I don’t believe it.”
Get used to this Red Sox fans, he is full of this. Valentine loves to make these type of comments and it gets under the skin of a lot of people. The good thing is, Yankee fans hate him already, so the fire is already burning.