What was Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine thinking when he was on WEEI Radio? Valentine, who has made the Red Sox into the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, had some choice words for Glenn Ordway, the host of WEEI’s Big Show.
Ordway, who has been a fixture in the Boston sports media for many years, asked Valentine if he had checked out for the season. How did Valentine respond? Well it certainly was not laidback.
Red Sox manager Valentine responded to Ordway, “What an embarrassing thing to say.” Then he said pointedly, “If I were there right now, I’d punch you right in the mouth.” After that added, “Ha. How’s that sound? Is that like I checked out? What an embarrassing thing.”
It was a strange freak out from Valentine who is now managing one of the worst teams in MLB. The Red Sox are, to say the least, are an embarrassment. Valentine, true to his manner, could not stop talking.
To Ordway, the Red Sox skipper said, “Why would somebody even — that’s stuff that a comic strip person would write. 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?”
The thing is Ordway did not “say” that he had “checked out.” He simply asked a question. It was a question that many of us wanted answered.
Valentine was also asked if after all was said and done that he would like to come back for another season in Boston and how he liked the season as a whole.
“This is what I chose to do,” Valentine noted. “I think it’s been miserable, but it’s also been part of my life’s journey. You learn from misery.”
Well, Mr. Valentine, Red Sox fans certainly know something about misery. They had had decades of it until the 21st century came around. Then they saw a whole lot of success. Now you have taken them to new lows. Yes, Bobby, Red Sox fans have learned from misery this year and you’ve had a lot to do with that learning experience.
Valentine also got angry when he was asked about a report that he had arrived at the Oakland Coliseum late around 4 p.m. for a 7:10 p.m Saturday night game.
Valentine bristled, “I shouldn’t have to explain that. That pisses me off. Whoever wrote that knew what happened. They knew that my son was coming to see me for the first time in this lousy season and that I got to see him on the road, and that his flight was late, and that I was waiting at the airport in San Francisco for his flight to come in, and that I sent the lineup in and reported to my coaches that I was going to be a little late.” He then added, “Four o’clock, like that’s so late for a 7:15 game. Joe Maddon gets there everyday at 4 o’clock, just for the record.”
Right now anything that Valentine does will be under the microscope and anything that might be controversial will be blown up. Boston is now 63 and 75 and 14.5 games out of first and 14 out of the Wild Card.