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David Ortiz had Bobby V’s back

May 29, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

Bobby Valentine Reuters Reuters

One of the more notable early season memes/impressions/whatever has been this idea that Bobby Valentine is not particularly well-liked in the Boston Red Sox clubhouse. Some of it was based on some legitimate comments or events, a lot of it was based on our assumptions of what Valentine is like and how he may or may not mesh with a veteran team.

But there is a suggestion that if there was ever anything to the notion of Valentine angst, it’s changing. In the course of Joe McDonald’s story of the Red Sox’ turnaround (news flash: people feel better when they’re winning) we hear that David Ortiz called that now-famous team meeting specifically because Bobby V. was gettin’ beat up:

“I was feeling really bad about Bobby the way things were going and it was because I can see the frustration on his face … I saw his frustrations and I felt like [expletive],” added Ortiz.

Boston drama can be and quite often is overstated. But I don’t think that, in light of the departure of the well-loved Terry Francona, this sort of thing is insignificant.

(thanks to big leagues for the heads up)

  1. heyblueyoustink - May 29, 2012 at 8:40 AM

    This story can’t possibly be true. ESPN told me everyone hates everyone in the Boston clubhouse. It’s unpossible.

    • bigleagues - May 29, 2012 at 9:56 AM

      #dadaesque !!!

      • dondada10 - May 29, 2012 at 3:12 PM


    • chumthumper - May 29, 2012 at 11:50 AM

      Agree. If ESPN said it, it has to be true. No way will they let any bias or $ relationship or their best interest get in the way of what they report and do.

    • pensfan603 - May 29, 2012 at 12:16 PM

      there is a big diffrence between what espn says and what is true

  2. psousa1 - May 29, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Bobby V. is a good manager. The bullpen was bad for the first 3 weeks. Now it has been outstanding. They run, not always stealing bases but hit and run and stay out of double plays. He moves runners over. He has the balls to let Adrian Gonzalez play RF. Last year they sat Ortiz for almost all of their games in NL parks and in the end that was a big part of them losing the division. His entire outfield has been career journey/utility players. He does a good job. The Boston media wanted and still wants to jump on him when they can. They saw the sarcastic and sometimes snotty guy from Texas and NYM. This is not the same manager (in my opinion). I don’t think you’ll see any fake moustaches anymore. He seems kind of mellow in his interviews and gives direct answers to direct questions (unlike Francona, who is still the greatest manager they have ever had but who would say, after they got their ass kicked by 10 runs, “Boy, they really competed out there”) which the Boston media will run with any of his direct answers and contort them to fit their argument. He’s a good manager.

  3. dirtyharry1971 - May 29, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    so whats this mean? All their issues are resolved and its clear sailing from here? Last time i checked they are in last place and 1 game above .500. I think they should hold off getting fitted for 2012 WS rings.

    • hockeyflow33 - May 29, 2012 at 11:50 AM

      It never says anything of the sort. It’s hard to argue that there hasn’t been tremendous turn-around as of late.

    • pensfan603 - May 29, 2012 at 1:03 PM

      bobby v said they will win it. But he was talking about if they played the way they played when they went 10-3. i think they will play better and may make the playoffs.

  4. tekasam - May 29, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Where the he__ did you get this crap…..Francona was “much loved” and “the greatest manager they ever had” ?? First of all, MLB doesn’t agree with you. There were three managers hired this off-season. Terri was not one of them !! He did not even get a 2nd interview, anywhere. Secondly, the one good thing he could do……… backfiring on him. He’s a bore and I doubt if ESPN rehires him next year. That’s good, then I can ignore the “mute” button on my TV.

    • ray1950 - May 30, 2012 at 8:35 AM

      For starters, its Terry, not Terri. He’s not managing this year, partly due to the character assassination by the Boston front office. Then there’s the asinine suggestion that ESPN won’t rehire him. Francona is getting well-deserved raves from most people. In the future, try getting a clue.

  5. ch0psuey - May 29, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Boston = Tween Drama Queens

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