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Bobby Valentine: “I hate the Yankees”

Dec 7, 2011, 4:31 PM EDT

Here’s something you never would have heard from Bobby Valentine in his previous job, as a supposedly objective analyst on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight (via Tim Britton of the Providence Journal):


Valentine is obviously just trying to have a little fun now that he’s at the center of baseball’s most talked about rivalry, but he was known for being a hot head during his time with the Mets and that part of his personality clearly hasn’t fully disappeared. It should be a fun new era of Yanks-Sawx.

  1. cintiphil - Dec 7, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    I don’t think people are this stupid. This is for local Boston media consumption. But it may be just what they want in bean town.

    • baseballisboring - Dec 7, 2011 at 4:54 PM

      I think everybody knows it was kinda tongue in cheek. Still…I like it.

      • bigharold - Dec 7, 2011 at 6:30 PM

        Valentine only thinks he hates the Yankees.

        In a couple of years he REALLY hate the Yankees.

  2. djpostl - Dec 7, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    That’s alright. Yankee fans hate him back. Always have. Really enjoyed 2000 because of that fact as well =0

    • lardin - Dec 7, 2011 at 5:14 PM

      Yankees fans dont hate him back, we just dont care. This goes for every other time a Red Sox Fan, Player, Coach, or Manager says something like this. Yankees fans just dont really care.

      • daisycutter1 - Dec 7, 2011 at 5:37 PM

        Don’t forget Red Sox ownership. It’s just embarrassing when they whine about payroll or whatever was in John Henry’s tweets a little while back.

        Come to think of it, no wonder Lucchino hired Valentine.

  3. randygnyc - Dec 7, 2011 at 4:40 PM

    As a Yankees fan, it’s no secret BV, along with Joe buck, smoltz and Mcgarver.

    Stay classy. Take a lesson from cashman, who was very complimentary on your hire.

  4. canowack - Dec 7, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    Hells yeah…love it! Starting up already…this guy is gonna be good. Two years, a world series, and an extension coming…

    • phukyouk - Dec 7, 2011 at 4:55 PM

      For girardi? sure.. why not

      • canowack - Dec 7, 2011 at 9:17 PM

        Girardi is a goner soon…

  5. whatthehellisansky - Dec 7, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    …says the man in the glasses and fake mustache.

    • bigharold - Dec 7, 2011 at 6:35 PM

      A GM in a gorilla suit, … manager in Groucho Marks disguise, … anybody else see a pattern developing here?

  6. uyf1950 - Dec 7, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    Bobby V’s just trying to be relevant again after to many years in baseball Siberia (AKA: Japan).

  7. bigtganks - Dec 7, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    Especially since he admittedly grew up as a yankees fan…

    On the flip side, what do you expect him to really say?! “I admire their organization”

  8. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 7, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    I say things in similar context as silly jokes all the time. Besides, it’s nice to have a little rivalry that ESPN isn’t fully making up as they go along.

  9. yankeesgameday - Dec 7, 2011 at 5:00 PM

    If the Sox already had an inferiority complex to the Yanks they shouldn’t have hired the guy who has done nothing but play second fiddle to them for the last fifteen years.

    The sox proved they were a joke last year, now they hired a joke to be their manager. Whatever respect I had for them is pretty much gone.

    It’s back to being a one way rivalry Boston to New York because they’re so far on our rear view I can’t find a reason to take them seriously.

    Enjoy third place for the next few years.

    Lol @ Boston hired Valentine.

    • baseballisboring - Dec 7, 2011 at 5:10 PM

      Umadbro? Chill, it’s just baseball.

      • bozosforall - Dec 7, 2011 at 5:24 PM

        Except when the Red Sox have the upper hand…which is exceeding rare.

        Funny how Red Sox fans come out of the woodwork when they have a temporary advantage but slink away during the vast majority of the time when the Yankees own them.

      • baseballisboring - Dec 7, 2011 at 5:25 PM

        It’s funny when you talk, cause you say dumb things.

      • bozosforall - Dec 7, 2011 at 5:27 PM

        Even funnier that you idiots can’t admit to the truth…which is that the Red Sox organization will NEVER compare to the Yankees.

      • baseballisboring - Dec 7, 2011 at 5:54 PM

        eh…that was actually more of a general statement, I kinda agree with what you’re saying in your first post. But I’m not offended because I’m not one of those fans.

      • bozosforall - Dec 7, 2011 at 6:04 PM

        Good to know, bib

    • bozosforall - Dec 7, 2011 at 5:26 PM

      The Boston fans have had an inferiority complex for nearly 100 years. The Yankees are the premier MLB organization and the Red Sox are second fiddle, second-rate and also-rans by comparison…and will always be such.

      You are correct…Boston is a joke.

      • lardin - Dec 7, 2011 at 5:28 PM

        You could make an argument they are the premier franchise in sports, not just MLB.

      • bozosforall - Dec 7, 2011 at 5:50 PM

        True…but I didn’t want to be too hyperbolic.

        They are the premier franchise in American sport though.

      • randygnyc - Dec 7, 2011 at 5:57 PM

        The yankees franchise and all their assets are EASILY the most successful AND valuable sports organization in the world. If I’m wrong, I’d like to be corrected. 27 championships and a valuation at or around 2 BILLION.

      • bozosforall - Dec 7, 2011 at 6:11 PM

        After doing a bit of research, the Manchester United ranks as the most valuable franchise and the New Zealand All Blacks as (arguably) the most successful in the world.

  10. PanchoHerreraFanClub - Dec 7, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    Boston hiring Bobby V was an early Christmas present to all Yankee fans.

  11. cur68 - Dec 7, 2011 at 6:03 PM

    Whenever this stuff comes up all I hear in my head is: “John, John, this is not a rivalry, just like fire does not have a ‘rivalry’ with kindling, the lawnmower does not have a ‘rivalry’ with grass.”

    • Kevin S. - Dec 7, 2011 at 8:04 PM


  12. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 7, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    Prima donna manager + prima donna players + prima donna ownership = some good theater in bean town.Those Boston beat writer should all take a 50% pay cut right now, because this crap will just be TOO easy…

  13. damnyankee13 - Dec 7, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    Red Sox are still a soap opera, more so with Valentine. He’s a 500 manager, thats it. At least Francona won yall 2 WS. The only 2 yall won in @ 100 years. and the next ice age will be here before yall win another if you keep going on this route. Good Luck.

  14. yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Dec 7, 2011 at 7:58 PM

    He just said the same thing about 10 times in an interview on YES, should be fun this year. Boston has no idea who they just hired (IMO a good move)

    Its just Bobby being Bobby man.

  15. canowack - Dec 7, 2011 at 9:19 PM

    I don’t understand all the hatred toward Bobby V. The guy has an outstanding baseball mind and loves to rile up those around him. What else would you want for a baseball manager…unless I guess if he isn’t on your team…


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