BALTIMORE — Dustin Pedroia, who was named along with Adrian Gonzalez as the players most vocal in ripping Bobby Valentine at a meeting called by Sox owners on July 26 to discuss the state of the team, was upset with the manner in which he was portrayed in a Yahoo! Sports story.
“I really haven’t read it all. It’s tough. We had a meeting — I’ll be honest with everybody — we had a meeting in New York and the coaches had a meeting, Bobby had a meeting, we all had a meeting, and when I spoke I said we all need to get better — that includes owners, Bobby, coaches, and especially the players.
“I had one problem with Bobby all year and I went in and talked to him like a man and he talked to me like a man. And we’ve been great. We’ve had a great relationship. That’s all I can really say about it. I’ll go out there and play for him any day of the week. I’m playing for all my teammates and it’s unfortunate that all this stuff comes out. I know we lost last year and we made huge signings and all kinds of stuff, but we’re trying to play the game the right way and have an organization that does things the right way and play winning baseball.
“It’s tough when all this stuff comes out that everyone’s trying to get the manager fired. It’s not the case, man. I don’t know, I’ve never met the guy who wrote the story.”
Asked if it was an easy solution to fire the manager, he said, “I don’t think Bobby should be fired. Listen, we haven’t played well. That’s the bottom line. I’m not going to blame anything on Bobby. I don’t think anybody else is. It’s on the players. Last year wasn’t on Tito. I know he took it hard, we all did. But it’s on the players, man.”
Sox owners apparently didn’t think that anything the players said was bad enough for them to replace Valentine. About a week later, John Henry threw his support toward Valentine in a statement to the media.