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Illustration for article titled Joe Maddon Had The Perfect Response To Bobby Valentine For Dragging Him Into His Radio Tirade

During his rant on WEEI yesterday, Red Sox punching bag manager Bobby Valentine brought Joe Maddon's name into his excuse for showing up later than usual before a game in Oakland (which he said was due to his son's flight being delayed).


From the Tampa Bay Times:

"Four o'clock. That's so late for a 7:05 game," Valentine said on WEEI. "Joe Maddon gets there every day at 4 o'clock, just for the record."


"To get there the same time as another manager in my division gets there every day, just about," Valentine said, then, continuing, when asked: "Joe Maddon. That's when he shows up every day. Not a day, every day, okay?"

Valentine said he based his information on Maddon from a Sports Illustrated story on Maddon, but no such info shows up in database searches.


The Tampa Bay Times said Maddon typically arrives for home games at 2:45 and for away games around 3, but Maddon took Valentine's comments in stride. As he walked out for an interview with reporters yesterday, Maddon said, "Sorry I'm late, I just got here." He later said he was "amused" and "slightly flattered" by Valentine's remarks. And then Maddon took to Twitter to take a jab of his own:

You win, Joe Maddon.

Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine pulls Tampa Bay Rays' Joe Maddon into his latest dispute [Tampa Bay Times]

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