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Dustin Pedroia didn’t want to talk about player meetings or photo ops with Bobby Valentine prior to Tuesday night’s game against the Orioles.
After the Red Sox had their brains beaten in by the O’s by a 7-1 score, though, Pedroia was willing to finally open up a little bit about a Yahoo! Sports report that the second baseman and Adrian Gonzalez were trying to get Valentine fired during a late July meeting with Sox management and ownership.Pedroia told CSNNE.com that “I just want to play baseball, man” when asked about it prior to the game. Afterwards, he denied he was trying to get Valentine fired.
“I don’t want Bobby to get fired,” said Pedroia. “We haven’t played well . . . that’s the bottom line. I’m not blaming Bobby and I don’t think anybody does. It’s on the players."Last year wasn’t on Tito [Francona]. I know he took it hard. We all did. But, geez, this is on the players.”
I don't know who to believe about this story, and I am starting to not give a shit about it. This season has been full of drama and has lacked good baseball and I have just lost all interest in the remaining 6 weeks of the season. All of this bitching and moaning about how the players don't like Bobby and Bobby not being able to keep his damn mouth shut about anything is so damn annoying. Makes for good reality TV on the Soap Opera network.
This team, players and manager, should shut the hell up about everything and just play baseball as they are paid to do. Leave all the "I don't like our manager, I don't want to play for him" bullshit to the little league players.
Whether it happened or not, this team has lost a lot of interest from fans and lost a lot of fans.
Related: Globe: Pedroia upset with Yahoo! story | Pedroia clears air after Orioles beat Red Sox 7-1 | ESPN Boston: Pedroia: 'I don't think Bobby should be fired' | Herald: Dustin Pedroia: I'm not pushing out Bobby V
The rest of the links:
Herald: Josh Beckett undone by big inning | Josh Beckett's not alone in losing | Ryan Lavarnway on stage as Kelly Shoppach departs | Bobby Valentine continues to talk himself into trouble | Sounds like a twist of fate | Globe: Yard Birds | Tough tickets? Sometimes sold-out games aren't so | CSNNE: Beckett's struggles continue in another disheatening performance | Bailey makes Red Sox debut; other notes | Wakeup call: Theo's quiet (though Zolak isn't) on Red Sox | Ortiz mourns the loss of 'Mr. Johnny' | ESPN Boston: Timing off as Sox squander chances | Schilling: Bobby V 'toothless from day one'