FORT MYERS, Fla. — Will Middlebrooks. Aptly named. Always in the middle of things. Sometimes through no fault of his own.
When Bobby Valentine first went off the rails in the train wreck of 2012, it started with a remark blurted to Middlebrooks. Something along the lines of, “Nice inning, Will,’’ after the kid had a bad time of it at third base. Middlebrooks never complained, but it became a Fenway firestorm.