GM: 'Very satisfied' with Bobby V.

April, 22, 2012
BOSTON -- Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington expressed support for manager Bobby Valentine in the aftermath of Saturday afternoon's horrific 15-9 loss to the Yankees, one in which the Yankees scored 15 unanswered runs after falling behind, 9-0, in the first three innings.

“Very satisfied,’’ Cherington said when asked to assess Valentine's performance so far this season. “He makes the lineup out, makes decisions during the game. The players will always influence wins and losses more than anybody else, and that’s no different here.

“He’s doing the best he can with the roster he has. It’ll get better. He knows that and I know that, and along the way if changes need to be made on the roster, that’s my responsibility.’’

The door to Valentine’s office remained closed long after the game ended. Inside with the manager were Cherington, CEO Larry Lucchino and majority owner John Henry.

Why were the owners there?

“As they’ve done in the past, they came down after a tough loss,’’ Cherington said.”It was an opportunity to talk and remind each other we’re all in this together. We also talked about different options to get better, but that will stay behind closed doors. It was a chance to catch up for good, productive conversation, and more than anything be in the room and talk about sticking through this together.’’

Gordon Edes

ESPN Staff Writer



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