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.
‘You’ve got to grind to shine’ – Joe McDonald looks at the impact of Jonny Gomes on this club, as he still seeks his first championship.
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I see headlines like this in the local news sites:
Patriots coach Bill Belichick takes blame for push call
Bill Belichick: ‘We’re wrong’ in understanding of new field goal rule
Bill Belichick shoulders responsibility for game-turning field goal penalty
Belichick takes blame for penalty and loss to Jets
Bill Belichick puts blame on himself
Belichick on penalty: ‘Obviously, we are wrong’
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.
5 thoughts on “Bobby V? Really?”
Felger and Mazz took the biggest victory lap every yesterday, playing the “obviously, we were wrong…” cut over and over again. Reason #1 why I don’t listen to them.
If you don’t listen to them then how would you know they played it over and over again? Seems like F&M have figured out the Howard Stern theory of radio.
To illustrate Bruce’s point on Bobby V, below is a link to a Globe search of “Bobby V” for April 1, 2012, when the Globe released its 2012 season preview section. You need access to paid archives to read stories, but it includes separate stories on:
Bobby V’s father-in-law, his managerial approach, being the “new guy in town,” his past managerial experience, how he could be helped by his time in TV booth, a comparison to previous Red Sox “celebrity managers,” a Shank column, a story about him “being in his element,” a story how he has “a hand in everything,” how he will manage the bullpen, and that he invented the wrap sandwich. Oh, and a pic with John McEnroe. It would be one thing if some or all of these were covered in a longer profile piece, but there are at least 13 stories on Bobby V. in the team season preview.
There weren’t many new players on the roster, true, but the Red Sox made selling Bobby V. their entire marketing strategy that spring and the Globe was more than happy to fall in line.
Cafardo’s next article: Bobby Valentine has also claimed that, if only he were alive in 1914, he could have prevented the assassination of Ferdinand, because he knew that it would spark the events leading to World War I.
Cafardo claims Bobby V would not have agreed to the sale of Babe Ruth.
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