Adam Berry here, once again pinch-hitting for Bryan Hoch in Tampa, Fla.
Of all the days for Terry Francona could have shown up at Yankees camp, Wednesday certainly seemed to be the most fitting.
Most of the talk in the clubhouse here was, of course, centered around a few of new Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine’s comments about Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez, that famous flip play in 2001 and that bench-clearing brawl in 2004. So it was almost a little too fitting that the former Boston skipper was in the house in his new role as an ESPN analyst, taking time to share his thoughts with reporters.
Before we get into all the comments from Tampa, however, consider this from Fort Myers: Valentine told MLB.com colleague Ian Browne he wasn’t trying to malign Jeter because, “I love Jeter.”
Moving on, here’s Rodriguez’s brief statement when asked what he thought…
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