I think the last thing most Red Sox fans want to think about right now is Bobby Valentine.
But the Globe makes him their featured story this morning, much like they went all-in on him during 2012 Spring Training and into the regular season. Leading the charge of course, is Nick Cafardo, who seems to be taking the opportunity to insert himself into the narrative, which is a bit odd from this view.
Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino and yours truly still hear it for recommending Valentine after Terry Francona presided over the awful September 2011 collapse, when it was clear the Red Sox needed more of a disciplinarian in the manager’s office so the boys wouldn’t get away with chicken and beer during the game.
So they hold equal responsibility for the move? (Which is now Example A of How Not To Replace A Manager)
I like this, too.
“I’m rooting them on. The  guys left on that team that I managed were all good guys. I enjoyed all of them, so why wouldn’t I root for them?”
The  is inserted in there by Nick to show that Bobby V only managed half of this year’s team. It’s a whole new team! Subtle guy that he is, he brings it back up a few paragraphs later:
The only players Valentine managed who are on the 2013 Red Sox are Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, Felix Doubront, Franklin Morales, Junichi Tazawa, Craig Breslow, Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Daniel Nava, Will Middlebrooks, and Jacoby Ellsbury.
OK OK. We get it. Only half the team.
“Priceless” describes Valentine’s confidence that he could’ve turned things around with another season.
“I’d like to think that if I came back for my second year that, given the changes and improvements, I would have been able to do the same thing,”
One year of Bobby Valentine was more than enough, thank you.
Some real stories from today:
The World Series, A-Z – Matt Martinelli in The Improper Bostonian previews the World Series.
Hunt for Mr. October: Ortiz vs. Beltran – Scott Lauber has a look at two of the best postseason hitters of this generation, who will meet up in this series.
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I see headlines like this in the local news sites:
Then I wonder why I hear people on BOTH sports radio stations this morning spouting off about how Belichick never admits when he’s wrong, that he thinks he’s smarter than everyone else, and doesn’t take responsibility for losses and bad decisions/coaching.
It’s a lie that’s repeated perhaps more than any other around here.