Hey Middlebrooks: "Nice inning:"
One criticism of Valentine has been that he's too harsh with younger players. Valentine told WEEI ownership came to him after hearing of a comment he made to rookie third baseman Will Middlebrooks. In Valentine's words: "[Middlebrooks] came into the dugout, he made a couple of errors, and I said, 'Nice inning, kid.' I had thought I had established a relationship with him where I could say something like that and he would try to smile or relax a little. Maybe he grimaced, I don't know, but somebody overheard it and decided that it was a very dreadful thing for a manager to say to a young player, and decided to repeat it a few times, this dreadful thing."