BALTIMORE -- Red Sox owner John Henry said Wednesday that the meeting the owners had with players in New York to discuss the state of the team was his idea, and contrary to a report on Yahoo! Sports, nobody suggested a managerial change.
"No one in that meeting at any time took the position that Bobby should be or needed to be replaced," Henry wrote in a wide-ranging e-mail to Red Sox beat reporters on Wednesday.
The meeting in New York took place on July 26, an off-day prior to a Red Sox-Yankees series. There were 17 players at the meeting that also included team president/CEO Larry Lucchino and chairman Tom Werner. Henry had separate meetings with Valentine and the coaching staff. The Yahoo! report originally stated that the meeting was called after Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez had sent a text message to someone from ownership voicing dissatisfaction that Valentine had allowed Jon Lester to pitch long enough to allow 11 earned runs in a July 22 start.
"The source is inaccurate," Gonzalez said. "He says that I was animated and one of the most vocal guys in the meeting, and that's false. If somebody's going to try to be an unnamed source, they better be right with what they say, because this is putting our integrity and everyone about us out there, and that's just unfair.
"[Valentine] knows exactly what happened. He knows the truth," Gonzalez said. "This happened a month ago and so that's all been cleared. Somebody decides to write about it. It's already old."
The Red Sox have underachieved all season, taking a 57-60 record into Wednesday night's game against the Orioles.
"I understand that when the team isn't playing up to our standards that issues are going to be sensationalized," Henry said. "But what is important for Red Sox fans to know is that ownership, players and all staff -- especially Bobby Valentine -- are determined to turn around what has thus far been an unacceptable, failed season. We are all on the same page in that regard and will not waver