Friedman: Bobby V one of the brightest
Rays executive VP Andrew Friedman had high praise for incoming Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine:
"I've got a lot of respect for Bobby. I've actually gotten to know him some over the years and he is as bright of a baseball mind as I've encountered. It's been on a somewhat limited basis, and I'm anxious to watch him on a more regular basis. We've got a lot of respect for him. It certainly will be full of excitement in the first few games, with just the newness factor of it and how long he's been away from the major league baseball side of things. It will be interesting to get a feel for his style and how that will affect the Red Sox."