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Bobby Valentine still holds a grudge against the Boston media

Mar 31, 2013, 11:45 PM EDT

Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine walks back to the dugout during their MLB baseball game against New York Yankees in New York Reuters

Bobby Valentine did a less-than-stellar job in his one year as manager of the Boston Red Sox, leading them to a 69-93 record last year — the team’s worst record since they went 62-100 in 1965.

Given a chance to speak his mind, Valentine was happy to lash out against the media that covered his team. Via CBS Boston:

“All the Boston [media] ever wanted to do is prove that they were a tougher media than New York,” Valentine said. “And I don’t paint everyone with the same brush — I think some of those guys are absolutely terrific people. And a good group of ‘em are absolute horses asses who are unprofessional, lazy and should not be in the business up here, in my opinion.

“I had one guy never talk to me the whole year because he said to me he didn’t like the answer I gave him in spring training,” Valentine continued. “He covered my team the whole year! I think the New York media knows more about baseball and is more professional.”

Valentine also pointed the finger at those who took issue with some comments he had made about Kevin Youkilis. Would you expect anything less from the guy?

  1. butchhuskey - Mar 31, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Mark my words, Bobby Valentine will never get another chance to manage in the major leagues.

    • vallewho - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:12 AM

      The Mets are due to fire their manager this year or the next.

      • chill1184 - Apr 1, 2013 at 8:14 AM

        Valentine’s style doesn’t follow Alderson’s philosophy FYI

      • vallewho - Apr 1, 2013 at 6:43 PM

        Yeah. Most GMs slant towards not making dumb moves, yet every year there is no shortage.

  2. Jack Marshall - Mar 31, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    He should hold a grudge! They were out to get him from day one, and Bobby V. never had the chance to show them up because the wheels started falling off right from the opening gun. “Less than stellar” my foot—Valentine had the team one win streak away from getting into contention despite awful years from his three top starters, a meltdown by Bard, and injury to his closer, the sudden decline of Youk, Pedroia breaking down, Gonzalez mysteriously losing power and OBA, Ellsbury being lost after Week#1, and Crawford being useless, until Middlebrooks and Ortiz got hurt too, and Valentine had a minor league squad playing in the AL East. Then the team cut the legs out from under him with the trade, a white flag. (Great trade, but still.) Who could have done better with that hand? Nobody, and few could have done as well. Bobby was slimed, and is still being slimed. It’s disgusting.

    • kiwicricket - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:22 AM

      No doubt, it was a losing situation from the beginning. But you are not mentioning Bobby’s utter failure to adjust and just shut his mouth when he needed to. He seems to love the idea of people thinking he’s clever, but in actual fact the least intelligent guy usually distinguishes himself quickly by saying something stupid and unnecessary.
      They had a depleted roster, media were jerks to him, but Bob went out of his way to shove his foot in his mouth, over and over again.

      The guy is a loud mouthed over-opinionated fool for even mentioning this dragged out topic again.

      • Jack Marshall - Apr 1, 2013 at 1:01 AM

        So what? If he had a healthy team to manage, nobody would have cared what he said. Youk WAS phoning it in, for whatever reason. Valentine DID have a pathetic team on the field in September. Dick Williams made Valentine look like a diplomat, and he was a hero, because he had a chance to show he could manage. The job of a manager is to win, not to satisfy media judges of what is appropriate communication.

        Pete Abraham kept a running tally at the start of the season, attaching the previous year’s collapse under Francona to Bobby’s record to make the team look even worse than it was! How is that fair? They pushed him relentlessly, he got exasperated and talked, and then they criticized him for THAT.

      • kiwicricket - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:34 AM

        My point being is that no one has ever won, in the history of the world, a poop flinging match with raggy newspapers. Bobby because of arrogance and self importance thought he could over come that.
        Anyone with any sort of intelligence would keep their mouths shut. Bobby, incapable of such things, sought out attention at every opportunity. The guy inexplicably kept on a radio gig in NY, for example.
        A significant part of modern day baseball managerial gigs involve media relations and soothing player egos. That’s basically what they are employed to do.

        Yes Youk was fat and probably lazy. But does it help getting into a war of words with a local hero in your first month? It certainly doesn’t keep you employed. The established guys turned into a bunch of lazy, pampered childish dicks and I understand Bobby wanting to set a new tone. Most people would. But Bobby playing up to his own sensationalism made an utter meal of it.

        I don’t think he was ever going to be around for more than 1 or 2 years. The cynic inside of me thinks Henry and Co own a newspaper in the Boston area.
        The media and front office were abysmal towards him, but Bobby was most certainly his own worst enemy.

        I found the guy was so nauseatingly obnoxious on ESPN before he got the gig, but even I gave him the benefit of the doubt. Guys like that don’t change.

    • paperlions - Apr 1, 2013 at 8:03 AM

      All he had to do was prove them wrong, but he didn’t. Instead, with every poorly thought out public comment, the continued complete lack of connection with his players, and continued arrogance/stupidity, all he did was prove them right. Contrary to common (if not popular) opinion, it wasn’t the losing that did Valentine in, it was how he handled the entire situation. He was everything you don’t want in a leader. He was done managing in the majors a decade ago for a reason, it took a meddling owner to get him back in the majors….no GM wanted any part of him because they knew exactly what he was (a Bobby V promotion machine, nothing more).

  3. thebadguyswon - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    Get over already HBT. You’ve gotten enough mileage out of Valentine. Thank god real baseball news starts tomorrow.

    • redsox51 - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:22 AM

      Bobby V also makes his SNY pre/postgame debut tomorrow. So there’s that…

      • sabatimus - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:27 PM

        Oh GAG.

  4. dondada10 - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    So Valentine rips the Boston media while simultaneously complimenting the New York media, which he just became a part of with SNY.

    That’s so Bobby V.

    • sabatimus - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:28 PM

      He and Manny should get together and go bowling.

  5. brewcrewfan54 - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    I generally enjoy taking a shot at Bobby V when given the chance but he’s probably right. He certainly didn’t do himself any favors but it wouldn’t surprise for me in the least if they’re were media guys hoping he failed more than he succeeded and took every chance they could to undermine him.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Apr 1, 2013 at 1:23 AM

      And that shoulda been “there”. Hate when I make that mistake.

    • kiwicricket - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:38 AM

      If Bobby was as smart as he thought he was, he should of known full well that was the case and had a plan for it. He basically made it into one giant wet dream for all the newspapers and people who disliked him.

  6. riverace19 - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    So the story here is where? HBT has been off track the past week… Pick up your game guys. It’s been Johan in the HOF and Bobby V and it’s all rubbish.

  7. riverace19 - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    Oh yeah throw in a couple of A Rod stories to the pile of hot garbage

    • badintent - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:49 AM

      good idea. Take your pick. Arod med clinc, LA card game gun drawl Hollywood bimbo dump, Hips, legs, arm,roids breakdown,Stripper Fu*ktoys, Miami barn selloff,etc. If someone takes him hostage and demands $$$, there will be no takers.

  8. gabrielthursday - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    Can’t we all just agree that the Boston media are horse-feces and that Bobby Valentine excreted all over the bed last year?

    • Jack Marshall - Apr 1, 2013 at 1:02 AM

      No. That’s ridiculous.

      • kiwicricket - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:45 AM

        So Bobby was spot on, hard nosed, discerning professional when dealing with everyone?
        His egotistical smart-alec personality wafted through every facet of the season and it caused additional problems.

        At no point do I think the Sox could of been that much better than what they did. They were ravaged and some established guys needed to pull their thumbs out of their ass. But Bobby was the one that made it into a clown show.

  9. boston444 - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    He destroyed the Red Sox. Media deserves to destroy him

    • Jack Marshall - Apr 1, 2013 at 1:06 AM

      What an idiotic statement. Theo pays gazillions to Gonzalez, a god-squad slug with bad shoulders, Crawford, Becket, Dice-K, lets Beltre go, the whole team goes down with injuries, Bard and Lester turn to crap, the Sox have to do a historic salary dump with a third of the season remaining, and Valentine destroyed the Red Sox. Wow. But that’s the sports media narrative all right….

      • thebadguyswon - Apr 1, 2013 at 1:13 AM

        Exactly. …he was the scapegoat. They’ll have to find a new one this year. Maybe Baby Ben and his ridiculous free agent signings.

    • kiwicricket - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:45 AM

      Yep. I agree with you on this one, Jack. Stupid comment.

  10. buffalomafia - Apr 1, 2013 at 4:39 AM

    Let it go already!

  11. natslady - Apr 1, 2013 at 6:03 AM

    Got really, really tired of the Bobby V stories last year… That said, he didn’t make a good impression on me. The Nats played the AL East last year. It’s interesting when you play teams you don’t usually see, you’re not involved with their “media,” so you pretty much judge on one series.

    Felt sorry for the Jays (two pitchers got injured in three games). Bobby V was a big crybaby (whined and complained about the umps, and just about everything else). Joe Girardi’s team was simply better–at that time–than the inexperienced Nats. Joe Madden was weird and got out-smarted easily by Davey Johnson.

    (The O’s, of course, we see all the time, but Showalter is a pretty shrewd guy, and he was in a tough situation, tougher than Bobby V’s, IMO, and he did a lot better, with a lot less fuss.)

  12. seattlenative57 - Apr 1, 2013 at 7:21 AM

    Valentine’s demise in Boston began long before the season. Almost immediately after announcing his signing, Red Sox players questioned his selection openly with the media. Some were prompted, some were not. Pedroia was outspoken from the beginning as was Ortiz, Youkilis and Gonzalez. Then, as Spring Training began, Valentine openly announced (via the media) changes to the clubhouse routine. Something about beer and chicken. By this time the route was on and the circus has begun in earnest. It was all downhill from there. Watching the Red Sox last year was like watching a slow burning building on fire. In the end, all that was left was smoke and debris. It was as predictable as a subway mugging. The press was all too happy to go along with the parade as long as Bobby was leading the march. He’s an accident waiting to happen, a quote ready to disrupt and an ego incapable of self-evaluation. His failure was easier to predict than Lindsay Lohan going to jail.

  13. soxfan34110 - Apr 1, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    Something tells me “Jack Marshall” just might be Bobby V in disguise…?

  14. soxfan34110 - Apr 1, 2013 at 7:59 AM

    Just for the record though, Pete Abraham is a weenie!

  15. chill1184 - Apr 1, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    ” I think the New York media knows more about baseball and is more professional”


    The mindless mental midgets that is the NY media doesn’t know the definition of the word journalism its nothing but cheer-leading and creating narratives just like the Ministry of Truth.

    • Kevin S. - Apr 1, 2013 at 8:23 AM

      It’s not all cheer leading, some are non-stop razzing instead coughcoughLupicacoughcough.

  16. coloradostupid - Apr 1, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    Bobby V was the wrong choice from the beginning, we all knew it, and now he and the 2012 epic fail season is history. Let’s move forward – I wish Bobby V would, but he was never a class guy anyway.

    • aceshigh11 - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:09 AM

      Excellent post. Nothing more needs to be said really.

  17. aceshigh11 - Apr 1, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    *cough* A Dan Shaughnessy says what?

  18. rbj1 - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Bobby V. vs. Boston media. Can they both lose?

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