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Bobby Valentine is irked at Joe Girardi

Mar 23, 2012, 7:45 AM EDT

Bobby Valentine

Just so you know, I have created a “Bobby Valentine is irked at ____” template for the year. Figure it will save time.  Anyway, here is what he’s irked at now:

What could possibly be controversial about a 4-4 tie in spring training? Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine found something, objecting to New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi’s decision to tell the umpires his team did not want to play extra innings. Valentine, meanwhile, had instructed reliever Clayton Mortensen to warm up for the 10th.

Valentine said “I didn’t think that was very courteous.” He also disputed Girardi’s claim that he didn’t have any pitchers left, saying “they had plenty of pitching,” and speculating that they just had a long bus ride ahead of them and didn’t want to stay late.

Valentine said that usually the umps will talk about or the manager in Girardi’s position will come over and talk to the guy in Valentine’s, but here he did not.

Eh, OK. if the particular rules of etiquette weren’t followed here, fine, I suppose I can see someone getting mildly upset. I think the far greater travesty, however, is that we’re still playing spring training games and are OK with ties and stuff.

It’s been 80 degrees all week where I am. I want real baseball and beer, not fake baseball and tempests in teapots.

  1. nolanwiffle - Mar 23, 2012 at 8:15 AM

    Irked BY…….


    Internet Grammar Police

    • stlouis1baseball - Mar 23, 2012 at 3:18 PM

      Hahaha! You got it Nolan. I will add one more.
      Irked BY…..


      People who are so anal they are compelled to ALWAYS post a revised comment anytime they misspell a word and/or use a word in the wrong context.

  2. aceshigh11 - Mar 23, 2012 at 8:17 AM

    It’s just Bobby bein’ Bobby.

    Shit. I think I’m going to be saying that WAY too much this year.

  3. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 23, 2012 at 8:18 AM

    Valentine said “I didn’t think that was very courteous.

    I blame the youngins have a term for this, so here goes.

    Cry more Bobby V

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 23, 2012 at 8:28 AM

      Damnit, believe

      edit function!

    • massivedick - Mar 23, 2012 at 9:01 AM

      bobby v needs to pick his battles. eventually people will tune tune his scrawny a$$ out.

  4. Jonny 5 - Mar 23, 2012 at 8:34 AM

    I say they fight until one of them is seriously maimed, right on the diamond. THAT would be entertainment.

  5. djdvd - Mar 23, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    Its like the red sox really hired a manager that accurately reflects their fan base.

    Missing Terry yet? I know I am.

    • cur68 - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:13 AM


  6. legacybroken - Mar 23, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    If Bobby’s already going off half cocked over a spring training game, I cant wait too see him in the heat of a mid august division race. The collapse last year might have been just the start of entertaining and very satisfying fall from grace for the Red Sux

    • dcfan4life - Mar 23, 2012 at 12:59 PM

      Or maybe he is doing what a Red Sox manager is suppose to do, hate the Yankees. You can respect them, but your suppose to hate them. I love it and home they get irked by eachother all season.

  7. autmorsautlibertas - Mar 23, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    What a wuss.

  8. yankeesfanlen - Mar 23, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    Joe’s supply of tea and crumpets for Bobby was embarrassingly exhausted.

  9. hooks024 - Mar 23, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    Sounds like he’s still bitter about being second fiddle to the yankees, first with the mets and now with the red sux.

  10. Old Gator - Mar 23, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Kinda makes you wonder again what reallly went down with Chiba Lotte, don’t it?

    • bigharold - Mar 23, 2012 at 11:44 AM

      No wonder. A little of bobby V goes a looonnng way!

  11. ptfu - Mar 23, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Hey, it’s a race between Bobby Valentine and Terry Collins to get irked at the most people this season. Anyone have odds?

    I still can’t believe that Ozzie Guillen is arguably only the third-craziest active manager.

  12. deathmonkey41 - Mar 23, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Someone get that man a tissue!

  13. Max Power - Mar 23, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    They should have talked to Valentine, but in the third week of spring training a long bus ride home is a sufficient reason to stop the game after 9 innings.

  14. uyf1950 - Mar 23, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    If Valentine was so upset that Mortensen warmed up and did get a chance to play may be he should have thought about putting him in the game a little sooner then when his team was batting in the bottom of the 9th inning down a run. It’s not like Cook or Ohlendorf pitched lights out for the first 7 innings. For years the Red Sox had “Manny being Manny” now they have “Bobby being Bobby”.

    Bobby needs to stop with all the whining and start acting like a big league manager. This isn’t 1999, he can stop wearing that fake mustache, nobodies buying his act anymore.

  15. jjschiller - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Another appropriate template might be “Bobby Valentine, Crazy, Now Says _____ “

  16. uyf1950 - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Bobby would be wise if he remembered this line from the movie: A League Of Their Won

    • uyf1950 - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:30 AM

      edit function: “A League Of Their Own”.

  17. homelanddefense - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Im a Red Sox fan, and Im already sick of Bobby V

  18. poprox13 - Mar 23, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    It would be cool if Girardi quit on games during the season.

  19. racksie - Mar 23, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Gee, Bobby Valentine is whining about something? And he’s already overworking his pitcher’s. That’s a revelation. Get used to it “Red Sox Nation”

  20. stackers1 - Mar 23, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Looks like old Bobby will be making a fool of himself at least once a week for the rest of the year. They fire a guy like Tito & hire this jack-wagon. What a joke.

  21. randygnyc - Mar 23, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    ST rules say either manager can call the game after nine innings or any full inning thereafter. Joe didn’t owe Bobby any courtesy.

    • stlouis1baseball - Mar 23, 2012 at 3:19 PM

      Why no YANKEE FAN…no he didn’t.

  22. damnyankee13 - Mar 25, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    If Booby V is crying like a lil Beetch now, just wait till we beat the snot outta the redsux during the year.
    cant wait

  23. damnyankee13 - Mar 25, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    new soap opera,,,,
    Bobby does Boston

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