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Dustin Pedroia doesn’t think Bobby V. should be fired

Aug 15, 2012, 8:52 AM EDT

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Dustin Pedroia told Rob Bradford of WEEI that he doesn’t think Bobby Valentine should be fired:

“I don’t think Bobby should be fired,” he said. “Listen, we haven’t played well. I mean, that’s the bottom line. I’m not going to blame anything on Bobby, and I don’t think anyone else is. It’s on the players. Last year wasn’t on Tito [Francona]. I know he took it hard. We all did. I mean, jeez. It’s on the players.”

Obviously this clashes a bit with Jeff Passan’s report that Pedroia, along with Adrian Gonzalez, led the “Fire Bobby V” charge last month.  Of course you wouldn’t expect Pedroia or any of the players to admit that publicly.

But he is right: the losing is on the players. Say what you want about Valentine, but he’s not the one failing to pitch worth a tinker’s damn most nights.

Still: there is not anything necessarily inconsistent with the on-the-field performance being the fault of the players and the in-the-clubhouse strife being so intolerable that the players want the manager gone. Even great teams can hate one another. Just ask the late 70s Yankees.  As such, Pedroia alluding to the team’s performance is something of a red herring.

  1. pisano - Aug 15, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    Yeah, and I’ve got a bridge in Brooklyn that’s for sale.

    • Jeremiah Graves - Aug 15, 2012 at 1:18 PM

      For realsies? I’ve got a friend who is looking for a bridge. This is quite fortuitous!

      • pisano - Aug 15, 2012 at 2:24 PM

        Jeremiah Graves……Give me his email address.

  2. pellypell - Aug 15, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    Love the kid, but has a “when confronted in person, he backs down” feel to it. Know what happens if Dustin goes public with his disapproval of Bobby? A ishstorm of epic proportions.

  3. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 15, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    bobby v should be up for a raise and a 5 year deal

  4. randygnyc - Aug 15, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    Pedroia just lied to our faces. He most certainly attempted to get Valentine fired. And they went about it like young high school girls still uncertain how to apply their tampons. His public denials are worth as much as his leadership skills. (if you’d like to see his results, look to las September or all of 2012)

  5. spellingcops - Aug 15, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    What a little weasel. If you said it (which I feel he did), then just freaking own it.

    • kiwicricket - Aug 15, 2012 at 10:17 AM

      I was reading the post and subconsciously scrunching up my face and fist, trying to think of the right word to describe this.
      Little weasel. Exactly.

  6. willclarkgameface - Aug 15, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    Yep. I have been riding the “Pedroia is the only likeable dude in the Boston clubhouse” train for the better part of the last 11 months, but this is just pathetic and makes it official: there are absolutely NO likeable people down there.

    Maybe Cody Ross based on what he said a couple weeks ago regarding how the team looks with the eye test as opposed to the “on paper” test.

    So I’ll take Cody Ross I guess, but he’s just a season rental. He won’t be back.

    The Red Sox are cry baby pussies and need to get some balls, play hard, and not give a shit about who manages. Deal bastards.

  7. tomtravis76 - Aug 15, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    So glad the chowder heads have Bobby V, he tried to take a shortcut to a WS by taking the Sox job. You look at a guy like Buck and he has taken an anwful franchise for just about all of the past 20 years into a team that now looks attractive to free agents because they are built to win with his old school style of baseball philosophy.

  8. muir6 - Aug 15, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    This is gonna eventually lead to Pedroia s departure. This has been a disaster from the beginning. The ownership is to blame they formed this culture of paranoia and discontent. You can’t hire a manager and not be all in with his philosophy you can’t fire someone and then try to destroy his reputation. If I was a sox player I wouldn’t trust anyone

    • pisano - Aug 15, 2012 at 12:03 PM

      muir6… one can only hope that the Sox smell a rat in Pedroia. I don’t wish him on the Cardinals because they are a class organization, but they seem to like runt SS’s.

      • pisano - Aug 15, 2012 at 12:05 PM

        Correction, meant second baseman. Had him confused with someone else.

    • sabatimus - Aug 15, 2012 at 1:53 PM

      And the “paranoia and discontent” in Boston ownership is a cycle–it happens eventually regardless of ownership, with players being run out of town (Carlton Fisk, for one). It all starts at the top. Just look at the garbage Lucchino has said and that utter joke of a letter to season ticket holders.

  9. spoiledbratswhosuck - Aug 15, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    SPOILED BRATS who drink way too much beer. Full of themselves.
    Too bad Billy Martin or Frank Robinson are not around. They would have carved these kids a new A hole.

    Players need to play and shut the f$%K up.

    Most had daddy as a coach growing up and can not stand ACCOUNTABILITY, FAILURE or told THEY 5UCK.

    If I were Bobby Valentine I would show up with a box of diapers and Desitin for the diaper rash they all have.

    • Glenn - Aug 15, 2012 at 11:49 AM

      Was there anyone in baseball who drank more beer and was more full of themselves than Billy Martin?

      • sabatimus - Aug 15, 2012 at 1:48 PM

        Only one: George Steinbrenner.

  10. chadjones27 - Aug 15, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Did any of us expect Pedroia to actually admit it? They supposedly had a closed door meeting and wanted Bobby V fired and of course Pedroia isn’t going to admit it to the media. It’s something that should have stayed behind closed doors. Denying it is all they can do to keep the “ishstorm” (as a previsous commentor called it) from happening so they can go back to playing baseball.

  11. kiwicricket - Aug 15, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    “‘Kill the pig! Cut his throat! Kill the pig! Bash him in!'”
    – William Golding, Lord of the Flies

  12. mannyicey - Aug 15, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Got it! So after reading this post, I’m with Bobby V.

  13. mickeylolich1968 - Aug 15, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    It seems that smallish infielders who play with a “max effort ” style tend to have short careers. Perhaps Mr. Pedrioa should pay attention to playing baseball.

    • sabatimus - Aug 15, 2012 at 1:47 PM

      He DOES pay attention to playing baseball. Or haven’t you noticed?

  14. sabatimus - Aug 15, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    I think Pedroia surely lied about this. But it totally wouldn’t be the first time an athlete lied to the media. Tom Brady or Bill Belichick, anyone? That said, Pedroia might really not want Bobby fired, and instead wants Lucchino fired…but obviously he’s not going to say that.

  15. vikesfansteve - Aug 15, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Dustin that’s not how we do things around here Pedroia. Runt, short man’s complex. Running to the boss behind his managers back to whine and complain and attempt to get him fired. Quit on Francona last year too. Boston letting the players dictate to the management & owners how they should play. Every one of them a Dwight Howard. Right down to denying they complained to get the coach fired. Next they are all going to demand trades.

    • pisano - Aug 15, 2012 at 6:41 PM

      The inmates are running the asylum in Boston.

  16. deshackle - Aug 15, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    Put on a fresh panty liner Pedroia and play baseball.

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