Bobby Valentine smiled his big, wide smile, surrounded by media, talking about the Red Sox and the Yankees.
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''The intensity will be interesting. Looking forward to it? Who knows?'' he said.
Valentine stood in the third base dugout at Steinbrenner Field before his Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 1-0 Tuesday night in the first of two meaningless spring training meetings that serve as an appetizer for the 18 bitter, tense and often lengthy games during the regular season.
Left hand in his pants pocket, right hand twirling sunglasses, he spoke of succeeding Terry Francona after Boston's September collapse, of managing against the Yankees during his days with the Mets, of watching the teams meet during his time as a television analyst.
''It will be more than I expect and probably some of what I felt from the outside,'' he said. ''I've been in both Joe Girardi's office and Tito's office during the rivalry. I've see...