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12/01/2011 - 8:14pm
Valentine: 'I would have taken one [year]'

Speaking after his introductory press conference at Fenway Park, new Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine admitted that he would have settled for even less than deal -- two years with two team options -- than he settled on with the team.

"I think my response was about 20 minutes, and there was no counter offer," Valentine said. "I was very comfortable. Let it be known I would have taken one [year]."

Valentine said he received an email from Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington while the 61-year-old was in Japan, at 8:37 a.m. Tuesday morning (Eastern Standard Time). It was at that point, Valentine explained, that he actually started believing securing the job would be a possibility.

"I wouldn't let myself believe it until Ben sent me an email saying, 'I'm going to send you an email,'" Valentine said. "And I said, 'It's real.'"

Asked about the duration of his contract, and how it signals a "win...

12/01/2011 - 6:30pm
Cherington: Valentine was my hire
By: DJ Bean

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said at manager Bobby Valentine's introductory press conference that Valentine was his choice, and not just that of ownership or anybody else working above him. 

When the Red Sox did not offer candidate Dale Sveum the job after he interviewed with the team for a second time, rumors swirled that Cherington did get to ultimately make the decision. 

"It's just not true," Cherington said of whether president Larry Lucchino or somebody in ownership made the decision. "We went through a very thorough process. We talked to a lot of candidates, we did a lot of research on a lot of candidates. At the end of the process, I made a recommendation to ownership, I believe it was sometime on Monday, that we offer the position to Bobby, and we did sometime Monday or Tuesday morning, then he accepted it. 

"That's the truth," he added. "It was a collaborative process....

12/01/2011 - 6:29pm
Celtics preseason schedule set

With NBA players returning for real next Friday, there will only be about two weeks of training camp before the regular season is scheduled to tip-off on Christmas Day with the Celtics playing the Knicks. The NBA is expected to announce its full schedule next week, but the Celtics announced their two preseason games will be played on Sunday, Dec. 18 at Toronto at 1 p.m. and on Wednesday, Dec. 21 at TD Garden against the Raptors at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for the preseason game, as well as regular season games will go on sale in the week of Dec. 12.

For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.


12/01/2011 - 6:19pm
Valentine: 'I'm a regular human being'
By: DJ Bean

New Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said at his introductory press conference Thursday that he doesn't feel he'll need to manage his personality any differently in Boston. 

Valentine said he looks forward to having "tough conversations" with the players when necessary, but said he doesn't know whether he'd consider himself "polarizing," a label that's been commonly applied to the 62-year-old. 

"I have a lot of adjectives [that have been said] about me," Valentine said. "I can't describe them all and I won't even defend them all. Reputation vs. character. I think people who know me, and take the time to get to know me, understand that I have some qualities in my character that are OK. I am not the genius that I've heard people refer to me as. I am not the polarizing guys that people refer to me as. I'm not the monster that breathes fire that some people have referred to me as. 

"I'm a guy...

12/01/2011 - 4:27pm
Francona: Cardinals asked about drug use
By: DJ Bean

Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona joined Glenn Ordway and Michael Holley Thursday on The Big Show to discuss the Red Sox and his future. 

Francona interviewed to become the Cardinals' manager after the World Series before St. Louis hired Mike Matheny. Francona said he was "genuinely excited" to potentially manage the Cardinals, but that his rumored drug use was brought up in the interview. A Boston Globe story that ran following Francona's exit suggested the manager's performance "may have been affected by his use of pain medication."

"The fact that I had to defend myself really hurt me," Francona said of the rumor and the fact that he had to address it with the Cardinals.

Francona added that he was surprised to see the rumor even pop up in the Boston Globe story after speaking with Bob Hohler, the author of the story, the night before it ran.

"When I hung up with Bob, I was under the...

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