“The new Red Sox manager loves nothing more than folks hanging on his every word, and he basked in the media attention for a half hour on Wednesday. Reporters got what they wanted as well, a quote as juicy as the $56 cowboy rib-eye in the hotel’s twenty-seventh floor restaurant.
“Asked, ‘Can you talk about the rivalry with the Yankees?’ Valentine replied, ‘No. I hate the Yankees. I don’t want to waste this valuable time talking about the Yankees. This is too valuable. I told Joe Girardi I used to love them. But now I hate them.’
“He was grinning ear to ear the entire time, but it was clear he’s throwing down the gauntlet: Boston’s three-century long inferiority complex when it comes to New York has no place in his clubhouse.”
Random Notes: I (Evander) am still watching (and re-watching!) Empire of Cricket, now to episode 5. For all baseball kooks, the BBC Empire is (to the stage I’ve reached) somewhat like a cross between the Burns baseball documentaries and Ian McEwan’s Atonement or Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited, sometimes with The Sex Pistols thrown in. In short, the program is riveting. You’ll get it.