BOSTON -- If the near-silence in the Red Sox clubhouse didn't give away how crushing Saturday's 15-9 loss to the Yankees was, the scene that unfolded in manager Bobby Valentine's office certainly did.
While it isn't uncommon for general manager Ben Cherington to converse with Valentine after a win or loss, it isn't very frequent that owner John Henry and team president/CEO Larry Lucchino also join in for an extended closed-door meeting.
The defeat, in which the Red Sox held a 9-0 lead after five innings, was Boston's fifth in a row. The Sox fell to 4-10 on the season.
Add in last September's 7-20 collapse, not to mention an outfield decimated by injuries and a bullpen that is performing the worst of any team in the Majors, and the postgame huddle among the brass was probably necessary.
"Tough loss," said Cherington. "And as they've done in the past, they've come down after a tough loss and just an opportunity just to talk and remind each other that we're in this together. And during the course of the conversation, sure, there's other things that are talked about and different options that we might have to get better. And obviously, those will stay behind closed doors.
"But it was a good chance to just catch up and a good, productive conversation [to] more than anything just sort of be in the room and talk about sticking through this together and getting better together."
While fans have clearly made Valentine a scapegoat for the Red Sox's early-season struggles -- he has been booed numerous times in the last few days on his way to the mound -- the club's ownership and front office remain behind their manager.
"Very satisfied," Cherington said when asked about Valentine's performance. "He makes the lineup out and he makes decisions during the game, as to who's coming in. The players will always influence wins and losses more than anybody else, and that's no different here. He's doing the best he can with the roster he has. It'll get better -- he knows that and I know that, and along the way, if changes need to be made on the roster, that's my responsibility."