Red Sox GM Ben Cherington suggested that he is "very satisfied" with the performance of manager Bobby Valentine, and suggested that the 4-10 start of the Red Sox' season more directly reflects on the players on the roster and Cherington's own role in assembling that talent.
"He makes the lineup out and he makes decisions during the game as to who's coming in," said Cherington. "The players will always, 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, and he knows that and I know that and along the way if changes need to be made on the roster that's my responsibility."
After the game, Cherington and Valentine were joined in the manager's office by principal owner John Henry and CEO/president Larry Lucchino. The purpose, Cherington said, was to underscore the shared nature of the situation facing the team.
"As [owners have] done in the past, they've come down after a tough loss and just an opportunity just to talk and remind each other that we're in this together. And during the course of the conversation sure there's other things that are talked about and different options that we might have to get better. And obviously those will stay behind closed doors," said Cherington. "But it was a good chance to just catch up and a good productive conversation and more than anything just sort of be in the room and talk about sticking through this together and getting better together."
For his part, Valentine suggested that he does not particularly enjoy the fact that he has become a target for fan ire -- something that occurred on Saturday when he was booed lustily during his late-innings pitching changes -- but the first-year manager also suggested that it was part of a challenge that he was willing to embrace.
"I’ve been booed in a couple of countries, a few different stadiums. I don’t want to be booed. I want the good decisions. Just didn’t work out," said Valentine. "This is all a challenge. ... This is my job. If they said it was only going to be for the good days, I probably wouldn’t have come. Challenges are great."
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