While last week we did hear a few comparisons to Rex Ryan, for the most part, the Boston media’s reaction to the Bobby Valentine experience has been fawning.
They’re dazzled by his bunt drills in spring training. They love that he’s making David Ortiz play some first base. They love the alcohol in the clubhouse ban, and they love that every time they speak to him, he’s going to fill up their audio recorder with quotes.
In some ways, sure, I can see that his style is what this team needs after so many years of routine under Terry Francona. I get that. I get that new things are always going to be the center of attention, and I get that Valentine making himself the center of attention might be a good thing for a franchise under so much scrutiny for what happened last September.
However, the “Bobby Valentine is doing things HIS way” articles are getting a bit stale at this point.
Today the Boston Globe has a front page story from Peter Abraham on the topic: Red Sox whirlwind. It’s a well-done, informative article on how Valentine is running the camp. It’s also at least the second column in three days on the same premise. Dan Shaughnessy filed It couldn’t be more different on Saturday. Last Thursday we had a full column from Nick Cafardo wondering Why aren’t these fans in Valentine’s camp? Just yesterday, Cafardo wrote This would set him apart referring to how Valentine’s preference not to use a set lineup would make him different.
This is just the Globe/Boston.com. Most of these columns somewhere contain the inference of, if not outright statement of “You gotta love this guy!“
If he brings the Red Sox back to the playoffs, then perhaps he’ll be worthy of the praise that is being thrown at him two weeks into spring training. Judging him on his great quotes, energy and camp routine seems a bit premature.
Coverage from elsewhere this morning:
Vicente Padilla full of intrigue – Michael Silverman says that the Sox pitcher is a leading candidate for The Most Interesting Man in the World.
Mike Aviles welcomes change in plans – Gordon Edes has the former Royal eager to show he can be the starting shortstop.
Jose Iglesias tale: It’s Sox glove story – Ron Borges has Valentine talking about the abilities of the phenom shortstop.
Buchholz goes two scoreless innings in Sox spring debut – Sean McAdam has the Sox starter feeling good in his first outing.
Rask out 4-6 weeks with strain, Bruins sign Marty Turco – Joe Haggerty has the Bruins losing their backup goaltender and signing another.
On Kevin Garnett, playing center – Paul Flannery looks at the tradeoffs for the Celtics in having KG play center.
Don’t let Rondo become another team’s DJ – Chad Finn thinks Rajon Rondo has a lot in common with Dennis Johnson.
Celts react to evidence – Steve Bulpett with a look at the decisions facing Danny Ainge – including the possibility of a trip to the lottery this year.
Tag on Wes Welker, for now – Karen Guregian looks at the Patriots placing the franchise tag on Welker, and where things go from here.
Gregg Williams must pay for bounties – Gerry Callahan says that what the Saints did was much worse than spygate.