FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Mark Melancon told WEEI.com Wednesday that he wasn't upset with recent post-game comments made by Bobby Valentine, and clarified why the manager may have made them.
Following the reliever's one-inning, three-run stint Monday, Valentine said when asked about Melancon's performance, "Melancon, I thought he backed up the bases pretty well. He had that down." The manager then went on to critique specific examples of what might led to the pitcher's rough outing.
"As I came off the field I said, 'Hey Skip, I got my running in today. I backed up every base about three times.' He got that from me. I didn't take any offense to that," Melancon said. "To be quite honest, I'm harder on myself than anybody else here.
"Even if something was ever said poorly about me, I'm not really worried about that. I'm worried about what I do on the field. Hopefully all they can say is good things. But that incident, I think that was taken out of context a little bit. He was saying it more of a joking way. On paper, like text or Twitter or any other literature, it can be taken out of context."
Valentine has been scrutinized throughout spring training for pointed comments he has made when talking about players, taking a much different tone than the usually protective Terry Francona did during his tenure with the Red Sox.
"Bobby is very upbeat. He's a positive guy. He wants to win as much as any of us do, so I don't think he's going to say anything negative to put the team in harms way," Melancon said.
"My feelings don't get hurt too easily. But with this incident, it was totally taken out of context. I think Bobby was joking. I've been very impressed with Bobby and how he's gone about things. I appreciate he has our back. He can say something, but he doesn't have any negatives toward us, and vice versa."
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