It’s 15 minutes into Bobby Valentine’s first official workout as the Boston Red Sox’s manager, and I’m already exhausted.
Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington walks toward me, snaps his fingers and says, “Got to pick it up!”
I’m not a player, of course. I’m not a writer trying to simulate a player. I’m just a writer following Valentine’s every move, and Bobby V. is kicking my rear.
At age 61, he is relishing his first major-league spring training since 2002, walking rapidly from field to field, talking to players in English, Spanish and Japanese, watching, listening, exhorting, cajoling, moving, always moving.
“For a guy his age to still do all that is pretty cool,” Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis says. “I’ve seen a lot of young guys (that energetic). But a man of his age, no.”
As Cherington puts it, “He’s trying to get as much out of every minute on the field as he can.”