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Bobby Valentine is going to the Dominican Republic to recruit David Ortiz (and play golf)

Dec 2, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz reacts after flying out against the Tampa Bay Rays during the eighth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

Bobby Valentine is on the move.

One day after being announced as the Red Sox’s new manager Valentine is headed to the Dominican Republic to participate in David Ortiz‘s charity golf tournament, according to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe.

Oh, and while there Valentine will try to talk Ortiz into re-signing with the Red Sox. Boston offered Ortiz arbitration and he has until Wednesday to accept or decline.

Ortiz has made it very clear that he’d like to remain with the Red Sox, but has also said he wants a three-year deal and  … well, that just isn’t going to happen at age 36. He was paid $12.5 million in the final season of a five-year, $64.5 million deal, hitting .309 with 29 homers and a .953 OPS that’s his highest since 2007.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 2, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Bobby can pull it off. Look at that smile.

    Am I the only one who thinks Bobby sounds a lot like Al Michaels, by the way?

  2. yournuts - Dec 2, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    David deserves a 3 year deal.

    • bozosforall - Dec 2, 2011 at 3:54 PM

      Yeah, Red Sux…give him a ton of money. LMAO

  3. bozosforall - Dec 2, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    Mostly to stock up on the boli that won Francona two WS titles.

  4. Kyle - Dec 2, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    I wish I could play golf, in nice weather.

  5. Old Gator - Dec 2, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    I hope Bobby takes some time to go upcountry and collect a couple of rhinoceros iguanas to be bullpen mascots. The Beanbags could do with a little of their attitude.

  6. deathmonkey41 - Dec 2, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    Suggestion to Bobby Valentine- stay away from milkshakes while you’re in the DR…unless you want to hit 54 HRs next season.

    • bozosforall - Dec 2, 2011 at 6:21 PM

      Fraudtiz has been sucking those down all offseason.

      • skeleteeth - Dec 2, 2011 at 7:40 PM

        Roger Clemens, Andy Petitte, Gary Sheffield, Alex Rodriguez, Kevin Brown, and Jason Giambi drink YOUR milkshake….

      • bozosforall - Dec 2, 2011 at 7:48 PM

        Right after Tom House and his progeny drink up THEIRS

      • deathmonkey41 - Dec 3, 2011 at 12:55 PM

        Too bad Frauditz and Man-Roid didn’t have the guts to come out and admit to it like A-Rod did- but that’s what happens when you assemble a roster and don’t care about integrity.

  7. skeleteeth - Dec 3, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    Ohh man, you didn’t just mention use A-Rod as an example of someone with integrity did you?

    BTW, all the guys I mentioned were accused of using PEDs. Manny, well duh, we know what happened there and I’m disappointed but Ortiz IIRC, was only on that list for a “banned” substance, not specifically a PED. Maybe I’m being obtuse but why haven’t we seen the type of public indictment of character with Ortiz as we have with all of the Yankees I mentioned? And please, do yourself a favor and not bring up the Mitchell factor. The Yankees are not victims.

    • deathmonkey41 - Dec 3, 2011 at 8:07 PM

      Yeah, I guess the jump to 52 HRs was not due to PEDs. If A-Rod has no integrity, but admitted to cheating, then what does make Fraudtiz and Miss Female Hormones Man-Roid?

      • skeleteeth - Dec 3, 2011 at 9:26 PM

        20, 31, 41, 47, 54. HR totals from his last year in MN to highest total with Boston. Seems like a logical progression for someone coming from one of the least hitter friendly parks ever for lefties to Fenway, on top of batting near one of the greatest right-handed hitters of all time, regardless of whether or not said hitter lost his way (which ironically only seems to be of concern during his time in Boston although he had high seasonal HR and RBI totals in Cleveland).

        I also didn’t realize steroids made you clutch. Maybe that was the dope…

      • deathmonkey41 - Dec 4, 2011 at 12:04 PM

        Yeah, I guess it was just a coincidence that the steroid investigation started around the time he hit 54 and he dropped to 35 the next season. That was probably just part of the “natural progression” too.

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