The melodrama in Boston is getting more entertaining by the day. The arrogant, pampered Red Sox are in a deep pout because Valentine first took away their clubhouse booze and now dares to criticize one of the veterans (Youkilis). Predictably, the infantile Pedroia whines "that may be the way it's done in Japan, but not here."
Yesterday, everybody supposedly kissed and made up so Valentine puts Youkilis back into the lineup who then proceeds to strike out 4 times in an 18-3 rout by Texas. If Valentine had any guts, he'd send Youkilis to Pawtucket but he won't. Instead, he'll probably let booze back into the clubhouse to cure what really "ales" the Sox.
Watching the Red Sox total collapse is by itself worth the price of the MLB Extra Innings package. My prediction of the playoffs for the O's is looking more brilliant every day.