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Bobby Valentine on D&C: Players show too much frustration with umpires

08.08.12 at 11:15 am ET
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Bobby Valentine

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine appeared on Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday morning, saying the players often show their frustration over missed calls but have trouble moving on. To listen to the full interview visit the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

“Yeah. I think it’s just part of, you know, the combativeness of this culture that we have here and it seems that sometimes there is a prevailing attitude that affects us adversely,” Valentine said.

Felix Doubront, as well as Jon Lester, are a couple players who display emotion over missed calls. Valentine said he has been repetitively telling players to move on.

“It’s not like you just tell someone,” Valentine said. “You say it as many times as possible and you try to make it a part of the program. It’s a difficult task.”

While that may be difficult for the Red Sox, 4.5 games behind in the wild card chase, Valentine said he has not faced opposition from ownership.

“Once again, nothing mean was said to Will [Middlebrooks] and I’ve been with this ownership now for five or six months,” Valentine said. “They’ve been nothing but supportive and I have reached out to them at times and said, ‘Hey, if there’s anything you see here that I’m doing here, anyway that I can be better for what we’re all trying to accomplish, please let me know.’ “

In addition to the front office, Valentine said he has the full support of clubhouse leaders David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia.

“I don’t think anybody went up the back stairs,” Valentine said. “This is all drama stuff. I think guys got together and some of the owners when talking to the guys probably said, ‘Hey have there been any situations that have been something other than you expected,’ and someone might have said something and might have gotten back to me. I don’t think anybody was running up back stairs.”

Drama or no drama, Valentine said he think the Red Sox can reach 89 wins by pulling off a 34-17 end-of-season run to make the playoffs.

“I don’t think that’s so optimistic I think it’s realistic if we stay healthy and right now we have some concerns in the bullpen and if that stabilizes,” Valentine said. “I think there are big runs ahead.”

Despite losing the Rangers on Tuesday night, Valentine said he didn’t see anything wrong with Jon Lester on the mound.

“He gave up a couple singles and walked a guy,” Valentine said. “I didn’t think there was anything different at all. If that’s’ a game where we’re scoring a lot of runs and he gave up a couple, he pitched an excellent game. Because we gave up a couple and he didn’t score, we’re going to make it seem like he did something drastically wrong. Jon pitched incredibly well last night.”

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