The Red Sox lost a frustrating game yesterday, highlighted by a questionable strike zone, a mid-conversion Daniel Bard looking great but clearly tiring, and the manager crossing swords with the team's two most beloved players. So today the Herald leads not with a game report, but a rush to be the first paper in town to declare that Bobby Valentine is losing the clubhouse.
There's nothing new here. Sandwiched between inflammatory lede and kicker, and under a curiously underselling headline, is a rehash of the Valentine-Youkilis-Pedroia loveless triangle, with lots of ominous nods toward all-out locker room insubordination that may or may not take place at some unspecified future date. (The writer is John Tomase, who earned the undying enmity of Boston fans by reporting, erroneously and on the verge of the first Patriots-Giants Super Bowl, that a tape of Spygate existed. Neither he nor Valentine will instinctually receive the benefit of the readers' collective doubt.)