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Bobby Valentine to give his first sitdown interview tonight on NBC Sports Network

Oct 23, 2012, 5:20 PM EDT

UPDATE: Here’s a clip of Valentine’s interview with Costas, which includes the former Red Sox manager saying he thought David Ortiz “decided not to play anymore” once they were out of the race:

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There’s no baseball game tonight, but if you’re into car wrecks and/or post mortems, Bobby Valentine is going to be sitting down for an interview with Bob Costas this evening. It’s on Costas Tonight, which airs at 10PM on the NBC Network.

This will be Valentine’s first sit-down interview since being canned following his and the Red Sox’ last place finish. A pretty notable one-and-done, I’d say.  Biggest reason to watch, I’d say: to see if you can tell whether the Sox made him sign some sort of non-disparagement agreement.  If he goes all vague-Bobby, they probably did. Under normal circumstances, however, you know he’d be full of passive-aggressive slams of management and some of his players.

Also on the show will be Michelle Beadle, who will be talking about social media topics and Jeremy Roenick who will discuss the NHL lockout.

Be there, babies.

  1. JustMeMike - Oct 23, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    If Valentine did sign a I-promise-to-not-throw-the-team-under-the-bus agreement – why would Costas interview hi?. What would Valentine say that would interest anyone except Valentine himself?

    Of course Valentine might be angling for the Toronto vacancy – which in all likelihood should go to sandy Alomar Jr. – so that ight be a reason for him to tamp down his vitriolic.

  2. pisano - Oct 23, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Bobby, save it, you don’t want to screw up your chances to manage a little league team, do ya?

  3. thebadguyswon - Oct 23, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Sons of Anarchy vs more Bobby Valentine.

    Advantage Sons.

    • protius - Oct 23, 2012 at 4:54 PM

      Great comparison.

      A guy with gray hair who acts like a Orangutan Vs. A guy with gray hair who looks like a Orangutan.

  4. crispybasil - Oct 23, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Can’t find the link (how convenient), but I remember reading that Lucchino personally wrote the non-disparagement clause in Bobby V’s contract.

  5. ezthinking - Oct 23, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Ask him why he’s such a rock-headed dick that screwed up what should be a good job.

  6. heyblueyoustink - Oct 23, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    You had me at Michelle Beadle.

  7. chill1184 - Oct 23, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Should be interesting

  8. temporarilyexiled - Oct 23, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    He should plan his ongoing career with alternating years.

    A year of insightful commentary…followed by one-year, crash-and-burn managing gigs.

    He could probably keep this up for decades…and we’d continue to soak up the great entertainment.

  9. gammagammahey - Oct 23, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    I hope Craig gets to do the Ozzie Guillen post-firing interview.

  10. Jack Marshall - Oct 23, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    Valentine was set up by the press, and had everything break against him. The enmity people have is incomprehensible for a smart, passionate, skilled manager. Who would have brought in that team, with its Big Three +5 ERA starting rotation, Bard’s collapse, the injured closer, the Melancon meltdown, Youkilis’s decline, Pedroia’s worst season, the endless injuries, and the final salary dump to the Dodgers, with a better record? Not Earl Weaver, not John McGraw—nobody. Bobby V has nothing to apologize for, or to blame, except the people who were rooting for him to fail from the start.

    • poprox13 - Oct 23, 2012 at 7:13 PM

      oh look, somebody didnt pay attention…..

  11. crazywild1325 - Oct 23, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    Non-disparagement contract agreement.
    Yes he should have had to sign one.
    Because Bobby had a big mouth!!!

  12. sabatimus - Oct 23, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    Oh look, must-mute TV.

  13. sabatimus - Oct 23, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Valentine accuses Ortiz of giving up once they were out of it? Somehow I find myself going back to Valentine’s “Does it even really matter?” when he was asked about the team’s woes.

    • rollinghighwayblues - Oct 23, 2012 at 7:06 PM

      My favorite all time Bobby Valentine quote, “I don’t have time to deal with intelligence or morality.”

      • sabatimus - Oct 23, 2012 at 10:38 PM

        WHERE did he say this??? I MUST find it!

  14. j0esixpack - Oct 23, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    Look… The Red Sox were not built to contend this year. If Bobby V says he didn’t know what he was walking into he’s either stupid or lying.

    So the fact that they didn’t make the playoffs isn’t his fault.

    But Bobby was brought in for two reasons … #1 his supposed intelligence as a game manger, and #2 as someone who could instill discipline and respect for their manager after a year when the team got fat and lazy under Francona.

    On these two points he failed. He made some very questionable baseball moves that lost some games. And while he certainly attempted to instill discipline, he never earned the respect of the players.

    Sure, he wasn’t helped by a 2 year lame duck contract out of the gate, but he knowingly accepted that. Nor was he helped by the front office that allowed players and coaches to undermine his authority by going around the coach.

    But Bobby V needs to accept his share of responsibility for losing control in the first place.

    I have a feeling he won’t be doing that in this interview.

  15. headbeeguy - Oct 23, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Technically, being accosted by reporters while riding a bike could be considered a sit-down interview.

  16. protius - Oct 23, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    A very Brady interview.

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