BOSTON -- As the Red Sox returned to Fenway following a 1-8 road trip, manager Bobby Valentine did his best to tune out all the negativity that has surrounded him of late.
Amid a week in which his job security has been debated in various news outlets, Valentine is simply trying to help his team achieve something positive in the final 24 games.
"As much as some people question when I say I don't read [negative articles] and I don't listen to it, I don't," Valentine said. "So it's easy to block it out, because I'm not there. I hear about it once in a while, but whatever. If you're 30 games in first place and you start reading and listening to everyone say how great you are, it's just as distracting as the opposite, which is the case right now."
Valentine's immediate goal is for the Red Sox to start the homestand on a good note.
"Well, I'm hoping they got the lousy taste out of all those losses out of their mouth on the off-day," he said. "I think they're looking forward to playing in front of our home crowd here. Everyone seems to be healthy, that's good news."
The Fenway crowd has had varying reactions to Valentine. He was booed vociferously in April, but during the last homestand, he got a rousing ovation while being ejected from a game.
It remains to be seen how the fans will view him in light of recent things he has said, not to mention the way the team has played.
"It's their game," he said. "Whatever they deem it to be. Hopefully we play well and it will be a good day for everyone."