-- Valentine tells a story about how 2 1/2 months earlier, he'd said to Will Middlebrooks, "Nice inning, kid
," after an inning in which Middlebrooks misplayed a couple of balls. Valentine related that that was shared with ownership by someone else on the team and Valentine had to explain to ownership that he offered reassurance to Middlebrooks after the game. A short time later, Middlebrooks broke his wrist and was lost for the season.
RANK THE WORST SOX MOMENTS OF 2012