Hours after Bobby Valentine responded to reports about him showing up late to the ballpark last week by noting Joe Maddon routinely does the same thing, the Tampa manager posted a tongue-in-cheek response on Twitter. He later added that he was "amused" by Valentine's comments.
Valentine was late to the clubhouse after picking up his son from the airport in Oakland, and he took issue with the fact that it was reported.
"When I walked into the clubhouse with my son, the press was already in the clubhouse," he said on The Big Show. "You would think that one of these incompetent people would say, or ask a question, ‘Hey, why is it 4 o’clock…’ — and, you know, 4 o’clock, like that’s so late for a 7:15 game. Joe Maddon gets there every day at 4 o’clock, just for the record — when I walked in and someone is going to write that, wouldn’t you think that they’d say, ‘Hey — why is it that you just got to the ballpark? You’re usually here at 2. Why are you here today at 4?’ "
Maddon tweeted the following  on Wednesday afternoon:
"Apologies to the writers for being late to today's pregame session. My pedicure appointment ran a little late."
In his pregame press media availability Wednesday, Maddon showed up and told reporters, "Sorry I'm late. I just got here."
“I’m very flattered by the whole thing," he told reporters . "I think it’s very amusing, that’s all. Seriously, that’s all. I’m amused by the moment, and it’s flattering someone would include me in that conversation.”
Maddon and Valentine have had issues with one another this season, with Maddon saying the Sox' coaches were "cowardly"  and "weak" for having pitchers throw at players after a game in May.
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