Bobby Valentine is burning bridges, David Ortiz edition
- Former Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine is on a whirlwind tour, telling anyone who will listen just how awful his team was. However, his most recent attack, on slugger David Ortiz, may leave a sour taste in the mouths of Bostonians this morning.
- In an interview with NBC's Bob Costas, Valentine said that "Big Papi" was dismayed at an August trade that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto to the Los Angeles Dodgers, realizing that the deal would mean the end of the Red Sox playoff run.
"[Ortiz] realized that this trade meant that we're not going to run this race and we're not even going to finish the race properly and he decided not to play anymore. I think at that time it was all downhill from there," Valentine said, reports the Lowell Sun.
- In April, Valentine slammed Kevin Youkilis, saying the Red Sox third baseman wasn't "into the game as he has been in the past." Youkilis was later dealt to the Chicago White Sox.
- Valentine was fired earlier this month.
Speaking of loud-mouthed managers, Ozzie Guillen is looking for a job
- To the surprise of nobody, Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen was fired from his job late Wednesday. The Marlins finished in last place, despite the big free-agent signings of Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Health Bell (recently traded). Guillen also threw one of his players, Health Bell, under the bus saying that he "doesn't respect [Bell] as a person."
- That was only the second-most jaw-dropping thing Guillen, who managed the White Sox to a World Series title in 2005, said. In April, he was suspended for saying he "respected" and "loved" Cuban leader Fidel Castro for not being killed in over 50 years. That drew the ire of the heavily-Cuban Miami community.
Here's more proof that the NBA All-Star Game is a defense-free zone
- The Associated Press is reporting that, in this year's All-Star Game, ballots will not include the center position.
- "The change makes sense with fewer teams relying on a traditional center anymore. Tim Duncan has long played as the Spurs' center even though he's listed as a forward on the Western Conference ballot, and the Miami Heat won the championship last season with forward Chris Bosh playing as their center."
- Last year's game featured Andrew Bynum and Dwight Howard playing center. The final score was 152-149.