Valentine thinks the end result could be the team coming together.
“I think we’re in it together, personally, and I think we’re going to get hot,’’ Valentine said.
According to a team source, among the things discussed in the July 26 meeting were Valentine leaving Jon Lester in a July 22 game to give up 11 runs, and a sarcastic comment Valentine made to rookie Will Middlebrooks after two misplays in an inning. Regarding the July 22 game, Valentine said he had apprised Lester that the lefty would have to pitch because the bullpen was thin, and that Lester agreed.
There was also a team meeting in May, according to a team source, in which Valentine called out both Pedroia and Gonzalez in front of the entire group. Valentine had made comments about Kevin Youkilis, to which Pedroia responded, “It’s not the way we do things around here,” and according to the team source, Valentine told Pedroia at the May meeting, “Maybe we need to do things differently around here.”
Since then, according to both Pedroia and Valentine, they have gotten along very well.
Before Tuesday’s game, in fact, Valentine came over to Pedroia in the dugout, put his hand around his neck, and kissed him.
“It’s an Italian thing,” Valentine said. “This kid is one of the greatest people I’ve ever managed. He’s a warrior. He gives you everything he has every day.
“I feel so bad that his name has to be dragged into a story like that, and I know what Dustin said at the meeting. In no way was he blaming me for the season. He put the blame on everyone equally but mostly on the players. You don’t want to see his name used like that because he’s the ultimate professional and we have a great relationship.”
Pedroia and Gonzalez have denied that they ganged up on Valentine in the meeting, and that they wanted him out as manager. Pedroia said Tuesday that “nobody wants Bobby to be fired” and Gonzalez told WEEI.com that Valentine “knows exactly what happened. He knows the truth. This happened a month ago, and so that’s all been cleared. Somebody decides to write about it. It’s already old.”
Gonzalez also told the website that communication between the players and the manager has been improving, but former Sox catcher Kelly Shoppach, who was traded to the Mets, was quoted in the New York Daily News as saying, “There is a disconnect in communication between the players and upper management.”
Nick Cafardo can be reached at Cafardo@Globe .com or Twitter @nickcafardo