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Bobby Valentine dishes on the 2012 Red Sox, to dress up like an elf next month

Nov 9, 2012, 1:32 PM EST

Bobby Valentine AP

Bobby Valentine spoke at Salem State University last night as part of a speaker’s series. Peter Gammons was the moderator and audience questions were taken.  Some highlights from CSNNewEngland.com:

  • The front office wanted “a quieter, calmer” version of Bobby Valentine during the season, so he was told to tone down his usually effusive comments to the press;
  • He’s happy about his future and thinks it is bright. “I have a million plans, running around the country, trying to make my life worthwhile,” he said. Most immediate plan: “In December, he will rappel down the side of the tallest building in his hometown of Stamford, Conn., as a charitable fundraiser.  He will be dressed as an elf.”  Brian Cashman has done this several times, actually. It’s for a good cause.
  • He doesn’t think the 2012 Red Sox should be defined by their record and believes that “the team is going to be better because of all the nonsense this year.”
  • Takes a swipe at Kelly Shoppach, who he said was always begging for playing time and the front office, whose attitude and leaks he criticizes, and Daniel Bard. Also, when asked by an audience member what it was like to watch Daniel Bard “slowly implode,” Valentine said “you you thought that was slow?”

Someone should probably hire him now. Not my team or the team of anyone I care about, but someone.

  1. thebadguyswon - Nov 9, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Awesome….go BV!

  2. btwicey - Nov 9, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Yep because when your superstars who make millions a year are crapping the bed on the field – its the coaches faults. What a joke.

    • sabatimus - Nov 9, 2012 at 2:58 PM

      Do you know what a poisoned locker room can do to a team?

      • jerze2387 - Nov 10, 2012 at 8:10 PM

        ..poisoned by the players. was it poisoned by Francona when he got fired after 2011? looks more like some spoiled Red Sox players to me…

    • dcfan4life - Nov 9, 2012 at 4:48 PM

      Doesnt that make it the GMs fault? Crawford, Beckett, Lackey. I like many dislike the Yankees for their spending and reload mentality, but they always reload and always compete. The Mets, Red Sox, Dodgers, Cubs, and Marlins have all shown that sure you can spend the money, but that doesnt mean you will win.

  3. kiwicricket - Nov 9, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    I think Bobby may of misunderstood when someone mentioned ‘off the side of a building’ to him….

  4. nategearhart - Nov 9, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    How dare you ask for playing time, Shoppach! What, it’s not enough for you to be on a baseball team, but you wanna PLAY baseball too?!

  5. huffdaddyco - Nov 9, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    Bobby was just in Salem for the witch hunt.

  6. randygnyc - Nov 9, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Who thinks Bobby’s next big paycheck comes from a book rather than a MLB team? He’ll hold off writing it until he evaluates his chances of getting another offer. If it doesn’t come, the RS front office better duck.

    • pjmarn6 - Nov 9, 2012 at 11:26 PM

      randygnyc You hit the nail on the head! He became the manager of the Red Socks to get the material for the last chapter of his book. Going out in a blaze of glory.

  7. j0esixpack - Nov 9, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    I actually somewhat agree with Bobby on this one.

    While him throwing one of the prime guys who was in his camp under the bus (Ortiz) was a low class move, the Sox were not going to compete this season with that roster. They should have done much better than they did – and for a guy who is supposedly a strategic master of the Game, Bobby didn’t exactly impress.

    But the lasting legacy of 2012 is that young Sox got a chance to play, and the old Sox will never again take a player’s coach like Francona or Farrell for granted again, lest they risk returing to an A-hole like Valentine.

    In that respect, for a season in which no one expected they’d compete for a Championship in the first place, the long-term mission for the Sox was accomplished in 2012.

    • thebadguyswon - Nov 10, 2012 at 7:04 PM

      The Sox aren’t going to compete next year either. You need pitching and they dont have enough.

  8. blovy8 - Nov 9, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    The trouble is, with the Red Sox needing 25 cabs after every game and so on, there just weren’t enough team buses to throw guys under.

  9. drewsylvania - Nov 9, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Some people deserve the benefit of the doubt. Bobby is not one of them.

  10. professor30 - Nov 9, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    Thers was a reason that he hadn’t managed in the bigs for 10 years. The Red Sox should’ve known this. Even the Dodgers passed on him a number of times.

  11. redsoxfan4life - Nov 10, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    He should dress up like a Donkey, for obvious reasons!!

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