Saltalamacchia's clarification

August, 31, 2011
8/31/11
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Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia raised a few eyebrows last night with the way he characterized Francisco Cervelli's celebratory clap at home plate.

“The game is changing,” Saltalamacchia said. “Younger guys are coming in, [Rangers shortstop] Elvis Andrus and [Blue Jays shortstop Yunel] Escobar, a lot of Latin players and that’s the way they play the game. It’s OK to an extent, but if you go further than that, than that’s when you’ve got to kind of step back.”

A few minutes later in the clubhouse, Saltalamacchia attempted to clarify what he meant.

“Let me clarify: I wasn’t trying to say ‘Latin players’ or any of that stuff. I meant he’s an emotional guy," Saltalamacchia said. "The younger guys who are coming up now are real emotional players. They’re young players coming up, wanting to make a name, wanting to stick around and the game has changed a little bit from when the older guys were coming up, veterans were a key in their development. So basically I was just saying that he’s a real emotional guy. I have no issues with him doing what he does because that’s the player he is."

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