Well it was classic Bobby Valentine in the worst way. The Boston Red Sox manager was doing his weekly call-in gig on WEEI radio and wigged out when Big Show host Glen Ordway asked if reports were true that he had checked out for the season. (Consider that many Red Sox fans still remember when one season pitcher Pedro Matinez basically said he had checked out for the season.)
Personally, I feel that Valentine should have said that he had checked out. At least then there would be an excuse for the dismal road trip and the horrible second half the team has had. But not only did Valentine say he had not checked out, he said some things that would get most people in the real world fired.
Valentine Goes Overboard
Valentine answered Ordway’s question by saying, “What an embarrassing thing to say.” Then he added, “If I were there right now, I’d punch you right in the mouth.” After that Valentine said, “Ha. How’s that sound? Is that like I checked out? What an embarrassing thing.”
Then Valentine added more fuel to the fire. The Red Sox manager said, “Why would somebody even — that’s stuff that a comic strip person would write.” He went on, “If someone’s here, watching me go out at 2 o’clock in the afternoon, watching me put in the right relief pitchers to get a win, putting on a hit-and-run when it was necessary, talking to the guys after the game in the food room — how could someone in real life say that?”
Is It Something He Said?
The interesting thing is that Ordway never accused Valentine of checking out. He asked the Red Sox manager a question and it was a question that many have been asking.
Ordway also asked Valentine how he felt about the season as an entity.
As far as the season is concerned, Valentine answered, “This is what I chose to do,” Then he added, “I think it’s been miserable, but it’s also been part of my life’s journey. You learn from misery.”
Well if you learn from misery then Red Sox fans have had a lot of lessons this season. Way too many lessons. There’s a history of misery for Boston fans that was interrupted by the first decade of the new century when manager Tito Francona led the club to two World Series championships. The club had always been competitive with Francona at the helm. Wouldn’t you just love to have Tito back?