Time for Papi and crew to hit the golf course

CAP CANA, Dominican Republic — The David Ortiz Children’s Fund will hold its annual golf outing today at the Punta Espada course. It’s a 10 a.m. shotgun start.

It could be a little chaotic as 20 groups are playing and some will have five or six players. Big Papi doesn’t actually play. He’s mostly a social director today.

Jim Rice is a good bet to post the best score among the celebrities. He hits the ball about as far as you might expect and then some.

My guess is internet access could be a little sketchy at the course. But at some point today we’ll try and post an update or two and let you know what’s going on.

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Bobby Valentine is not playing today. He is headed back home and then will be in Dallas for the Winter Meetings. So he’ll have gone from the Japan to Connecticut to Boston to the Dominican Republic to Connecticut and then to Dallas in the span of the week. That’s a lot of time zones.

It was fun to spend a little time with Valentine last night at the pairings party. He seems tremendously appreciative of the position he is in now.

Meanwhile, Valentine is still the Director of Public Safety in his hometown of Stamford, Conn. So part of his duties on Sunday, believe it or not, will be watching out for Yankees GM Brian Cashman.

Cashman will rappel down the side of a building in downtown Stamford as part of a fundraiser. It’s a stunt he survived last season and he has since joked that he wants Valentine to join him.

“My firemen will be there will the mats, just in case something happens, even though there’s a lot of Boston fans who think we should go without the mats,” Valentine said last night, laughing. “But I’m still that safety director until we get a new one, so I’ll be watching out for his safety.”

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