Since being named the new Red Sox manager about a week ago, Bobby Valentine has already reached out to several players on the current roster, including starting catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Salty was in town today to celebrate the launch of the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park on Thursday morning.
Saltalamacchia was complementary of former manager Terry Francona, but he is excited for the opportunity to work under a manager like Bobby Valentine.
"I had a great time with Tito. He treated me great," Saltalamacchia said. "Talking with Bobby, I feel like he's all in. He's the type of manager who is really going to take the pressure off of us so we can go play. He may be a little unorthodox, but at the same time that's going to help us because the pressure will be off of us and we'll be able to go out there and play. Just talking to him on the phone, he's been great with me." (via ESPN Boston)
In addition to Saltalamacchia, Michael Bowden, Ryan Lavarnway, Darnell McDonald and hitting coach Dave Magadan, were in attendance today at Fenway Park for the celebration.