When he was asked about showing up late for a game -- at 4 p.m. ET for a 7:15 p.m. game, specifically -- against the Athletics, Valentine said it was due to a delayed flight and traffic jam before taking a jab at Rays manager Joe Maddon.
"Joe Maddon gets there every day at 4 o'clock, just for the record," Valentine said during his call. "When I walked in and someone is going to write that, wouldn't you think that they'd say, 'Hey, why is it that you just got to the ballpark? You're usually here at 2. Why are you here today at 4?' And I could have introduced them to my son and explained to them about the flight that was delayed because of the fog."
Maddon heard about the remarks and was all smiles before Wednesday's series finale against the Yankees.
"I'm very flattered by the whole thing; it's very amusing," Maddon joked. "I'm amused by the moment, and it's flattering that somebody would include me in that conversation."
But it still begs the question: Just when does Maddon arrive at the ballpark?
"It just varies -- it varies on the day," an entertained Maddon said. "I'm here in plenty of time."
Valentine will have his next chance to see exactly when Maddon shows up to Tropicana Field when the Red Sox visit the Rays for a four-game series beginning on Sept. 17.