John Valentin Says Red Sox Nation Has Grown Into ‘Powerful Force,’ Mo Vaughn Praises Team’s Ownership for Building Winner


Former Red Sox Mo Vaughn and John Valentin were at Fenway on Wednesday night as part of the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon. While there, they decided to pay NESN's Tom Caron and Peter Gammons a visit and weigh in on a number of topics.

In addition to praising the work of the Jimmy Fund and sharing their experiences with the charity over the years, Vaughn and Valentin also discussed the culture that surrounds the Red Sox and Fenway Park today and how it differs from their playing days.

Valentin discussed how powerful Red Sox Nation has become and said that he thinks the teams that him and Vaughn played on in the mid '90s didn't quite have the pitching depth that recent Sox teams have had. While he admits that he wished it was one of the teams he played on that broke the team's World Series drought, he's proud of what the organization has accomplished.

Vaughn echoed Valentin's sentiments, adding that a weight was lifted off his shoulders when the Sox finally won it all in 2004.

To hear more from Vaughn and Valentin, check out the video above from Red Sox First Pitch.

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