Thursday, December 5, 2013
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Center fielder Mike Trout, left, and shortstop Erick Aybar laugh as they celebrate a victory for the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park. Trout, with 139 hits, has the most for a rookie through 100 games since Tony Oliva had 144 in 1964.
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"I'll be there to turn up the volume or turn it down, or do whatever I think might be able to help them be as good as they can possibly be."
Boston had hopes for this year under Valentine. Surely these Red Sox were going to come out full throttle, making up for last September's collapse.
Instead, Boston needs a September miracle. The Red Sox entered Tuesday's game in sixth place in the wild-card race, with Seattle a half-game behind them.
When the Mariners are breathing down your neck, it's time to reassess and make changes.
Maybe that's what the Red Sox are doing by dismissing McClure. Maybe its a sign that the front office will back Valentine.
Maybe the communication will improve now that the manager has a pitching coach who will talk to him.
More improvements are obviously needed. Better pitching would help.
While 2012 looks like Year 3 without a postseason game in Boston, there are still positives to note.
On Tuesday, the Red Sox celebrated the life of Johnny Pesky with a pregame ceremony. All the Boston players wore Pesky's No. 6.
And on radio station WEEI, and on NESN, the annual Jimmy Fund radio-telethon is taking place. Instead of hearing fans and talking heads scream about this team, we hear stories of courage and hope (just as we do with the Maine Children's Cancer Program).
So we have a reminder that there are facets to Red Sox baseball that can be applauded.
But for the performance on the field, in the dugout and in the general manager's office, please hold your applause.
Staff Writer Kevin Thomas can be reached at 791-6411 or: firstname.lastname@example.org