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Bobby Valentine slams Curt Schilling, but he probably shouldn’t have

Apr 4, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

Boston Red Sox manager Valentine watches pitchers work out at the Red Sox new Major League Baseball spring training facility in Fort Myers

Curt Schilling went off a couple of weeks ago about how Bobby Valentine wasn’t the right fit for the Red Sox. That caused Josh Beckett to slam Schilling. And now Bobby V. himself has taken to WEEI radio and has taken a shot at Schilling:

“I never saw them, I heard about them and I basically think it’s irrelevant,” Valentine said. “Because it’s something about something he’s knows nothing about, obviously. He never played for me, he’s never been in uniform for me and he hasn’t been in the clubhouse during the spring. … Don’t make stuff up.”

Valentine then added that he thought Schilling was trying to stick up for Terry Francona because “he’s Tito’s guy.”

Two thoughts:  First, it’s a lot of fun to see people stick it to Curt Schilling.  Second: this is one of those instances, however, where if Valentine says nothing or mouths empty cliches, it all dies.  By saying something interesting, however, it ensures the “I didn’t make anything up” response from Schilling or some other kind of perpetuation of this non-story.

So, yes, you said your peace, Bobby, but you might not be doing a good job to defuse controversy. And the whole reason you have this job is because there was too much controversy floating around.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Apr 4, 2012 at 6:05 PM


    • bigharold - Apr 4, 2012 at 9:54 PM

      As I’ve stated before; while Valentine has thr to remain silent he doesn’t have the ability.

      Man, .. this is going to be a fun season.

  2. thinman61 - Apr 4, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    Bobby V is constitutionally incapable of saying nothing or mouthing empty cliches.

    • twbbg - Apr 4, 2012 at 6:12 PM

      As is Curt Schilling.

  3. baseballisboring - Apr 4, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    Yeah, he was pretty forward with his comments…but obviously he’s 100% right. Just cause you played for the Red Sox once doesn’t mean you have your finger to the pulse of the team. Just keep making video games and STFU.

  4. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 4, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    I’m not sure what the organizational goals are for this team, but by hiring Valentine they showed that ‘defusing controversy’ was not high on the priority list.

    • thinman61 - Apr 5, 2012 at 7:02 AM

      I suspect the organizational goal in hiring Bobby V was to have him suck up all the controversy and take it with him when he inevitably gets fired.

  5. phillyphever - Apr 4, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    I got a feeling Bobby V’s time in Boston is not gonna be long and it’s not gonna end pretty.

    • marshmallowsnake - Apr 4, 2012 at 7:38 PM

      Two years… and after those two years, I believe John Farrell is free, right?

    • paperlions - Apr 4, 2012 at 8:18 PM

      It depends….if they play well, Bobby’s continual stream of stupid comments won’t matter and will be celebrated (if anything)….if they struggle and he doesn’t shut up, the Boston media (and soon after the fans) will be relentless in their criticism of him.

    • Jack Marshall - Apr 4, 2012 at 8:22 PM

      It usually doesn’t end pretty—for anyone. Torre? Francona? Weaver? The gentle send-offs like LaRussa are the exception.

      My guess, in contrast, is that Sox fans will love Valentine’s edges and intensity, just as they loved Dick Williams. He’s a sharper on-game tactician than Francona, and Boston fans like proactive managing.He has a much better team than the traumatized Boston media is giving him credit for (it’s better that the 2011 team that was supposed to win it all), so Valentine’s chances of exceeding expectations are good. Betting against Valentine on the field is a little like betting against Schilling was…biased and stupid.

    • bigharold - Apr 4, 2012 at 9:56 PM

      “… is not gonna be long and it’s not gonna end pretty.”

      Curt?? Is that you?

  6. marshmallowsnake - Apr 4, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Body slam? I doubt it…Schilling is a cow now.

  7. jimbo1949 - Apr 4, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    So, yes, you said your peace, Bobby
    I think you meant piece, cause Valentine & peace are incompatible.

  8. dawglb - Apr 4, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    Let’s put both Bloody-sock Boy and Big Mouth Valentine on a little dingy in the middle of the Atlantic…… See who gets tired of talking first. PS: sharks love blood

  9. ndrocks2 - Apr 4, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    Most important thing for Valentine is NEVER miss a moment to run your mouth. Give it a rest, it is Schilling a great pitcher who loves to do the same. Long season and it hasn’t started yet but already real tired of your act. Sort of proving Schilling to be correct by the way…

  10. pisano - Apr 4, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    These two should get along famously, their both big mouthed ego maniacs.

    • mlblogspauly - Apr 4, 2012 at 11:04 PM

      agree wholeheartedly

  11. pisano - Apr 4, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    correction… they’re, not their.

  12. randygnyc - Apr 4, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    I love this hiring, as well as how things are shaping up, overall, for the red sox.

  13. 1historian - Apr 5, 2012 at 7:24 AM

    Open letter to Bobby & Curt:

    Get a room

  14. avietar - Apr 5, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    “Valentine then added that he thought Schilling was trying to stick up for Terry Francona because “he’s Tito’s guy.”

    You mean, like, Francona’s boyfriend (the sort common in prison)?

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