Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine gathered the group, asked for their attention, and spoke eloquently about personal values.
Be responsible for your actions, he said. Give respect to others, particularly those older and younger, and you will get it back in return. Embrace the opportunities that come your way and you can build the kind of life you want.
It sounded like the kind of talk Red Sox players should hear in spring training, given their September collapse and the revelations that followed. But Valentine was speaking yesterday to a group of grade-school kids at the West End House Boys and Girls Club in Allston.
After his brief presentation, which drew loud cheers, Valentine handed out gift bags and sneakers courtesy of New Balance.
“That was fun,’’ said Valentine, who considers community service an important aspect of his job. “Hopefully, it’s a good memory for them. Giving is a fun thing.’’
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