Jerry Remy is as close to the Red Sox as anyone who's not taking the field or filling out a lineup card every day, so he knows a thing or two about what's going on with the club.
So it should speak volumes that a report on Tuesday that the Sox had gone to ownership in an attempt to get Bobby Valentine fired took Remy completely by surprise.
The NESN analyst made a call to Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia after the Red Sox' 7-1 loss to the Orioles on Tuesday in Baltimore to try and get to the bottom of things. He discussed the details of that call on WEEI's Dennis and Callahan on Wednesday morning.
"This was a roundtable meeting that they had with ownership," Remy said Pedroia told him. "Ownership met that weekend with the manager, the coaches and the players. And they all, the meetings were all on how we could make these things better the rest of the way.
"Were there players that aired grievances? Yes, but it wasn't a march upstairs to get the manager fired."
Remy was then asked why Valentine wasn't present at the meeting.
"That, I have no idea," he said. "It was supposedly set up by ownership and they met with everybody separately. They met with the coaches separately, they met with Valentine separately, and they met with the players separately."
Remy also touched on the Red Sox clubhouse and its apparently dysfunctional ways.
"This group to me has played hard. They like each other. They've had issues with their manager, there's no question about that. Can you still win when you have that? Yes. They've underperformed. They've underachieved. They've had a number of injuries, which we hate to point to, but it's a fact. Right now this club is not good enough to go on and and be in the playoffs. When you have two starting pitchers in [Jon] Lester and [Josh] Beckett, who have a total of I don't know how many wins, you're not going to extend a winning streak that way. You're not going to go on a run. That's just the facts."
Hear the entire interview in the video above.
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