Oh yeah, the Yankees are in trouble

Suffice it to say, Youkilis wasn’t impressed:

“That’s not what I see. I go out every day and play as hard as I can. I take every ground ball in the morning, take every at-bat like it’s my last. I don’t think my game has changed at all … I’m more confused than anything, because I think everyone knows I go out and play the game as hard as I can.”

And that’s nothing compared to what Dustin Pedroia had to say about the matter:

”I don’t really understand what Bobby’s trying to do. But that’s really not the way we go about our stuff here. I’m sure he’ll figure that out soon.  We’ve got Youk’s back. He’s played his [butt] off for us for a long time …”

Asked if he thought Valentine’s comments could have been meant as a motivational tool, Pedroia didn’t sound impressed.

“Maybe in Japan or something,” he said, referring to Valentine’s stint as a manager there. “Over here in the U.S., we’re on a three-game winning streak, we want to feel good and keep it rolling. We feel we have a good team and we’ve just got to get each other’s backs and play together. Because if you don’t do that, I don’t care what sport you’re playing, you’re not going to win.”

I know I shouldn’t say this, but frankly the Red Sox feel like an afterthought of sorts in the American League East right now. Not that they’re not a good team, but what can you say about them, relative to the other contenders? The Yankees are deep and balanced on paper, the Rays have a stacked pitching staff, the Blue Jays had a promising young team and seem to be constantly adding more, and Boston is the Bobby Valentine show. Winning might make everything alright, but what happens when things aren’t going well? The Red Sox aren’t the Rays or the Blue Jays, they’ve got a collection of veteran talent on the team who have postseason experience and World Series rings. Valentine was out of MLB for a decade after the Mets canned him. Is Valentine going to get those guys to buy into his schtick? Are they going to respond well to him calling out popular members of the clubhouse publicly?

At this point, I wouldn’t be the slightest bit shocked if the Most Intelligent Man in Baseball isn’t once again without an MLB job before the end of the season.

(H/T to Craig for all the links)

About Brien Jackson

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

3 thoughts on “Oh yeah, the Yankees are in trouble

  1. Wow – read that earlier. Somehow, right now I'm GLAD that Valentine is the new Boston manager. Calling out Youk? He should be worth -5 to 10 games by the end of the season.

    As much as many folks "like" Joe, I don't remember him questioning Jeter's work ethic or attitude last spring.

  2. I can only imagine its the "everyone hate the manager so they don't have time to hate each other" ala Miracle.

    Different topic, with Phelps off to a great start and Pettitte comeback making progress, does Garcia need to start throwing some gems (or at least quality starts) to keep his job?

    I know it is very, very, very early but I wonder if Pettitte's come back fails and Pineda's return is delayed if Phelps could/should be the 5th starter. I also wonder if they'd send down Phelps to keep Garcia on the roster… (I won't even get into the Hughes angle that his here…)

  3. Bobby Valentine is a douche bag of epic proportions. I like to pretend he's really not the Red Sox manager.