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This is no surprise to anyone who has paid even a little bit of attention to the Red Sox during this troublesome season. A report surfaced today on WEEI’s website citing John Heyman as the source of the update. The article goes onto say that the firing will officially happen either Thursday or Friday. Valentine will get to meet with the front office before the firing is complete but the decision appears set in stone.
The Red Sox can finally move on from the disaster that the 2012 season has been, and a new manager is the fresh start that is needed. From the day Bobby V was hired, even though it was a two-year contract, it always seemed like this marriage would not last long. Bobby’s larger-than-life persona attracted too much negative attention to a team that already had its fair share of negativity surrounding them.
It isn’t fair to pin all the screw-ups on Bobby as he did inherit this team and all their flaws. And while he may not have been the catalyst that sent this train off the tracks, he hardly did much to solve any of the problems. He lost the clubhouse before he even had it when he criticized Kevin Youkilis’ intensity on the diamond. He didn’t seem to have a strong relationship with many, if any, of the players on his team. And then there was the infamous radio show episode where he decided to threaten Glen Ordway with a punch in the face.
I’m sure Bobby was just being playful with Ordway, but those types of stupid comments are the last thing this team needed in a season everyone would rather forget. The one thing I do question about this report is the timing of it. I understand that Bobby was going to be fired, but why couldn’t this have come out tomorrow when the season was over? It seems like a last-minute ploy by the ownership to get as many viewers for the last game of the season as they could. However, the owners is a topic for another time.
Bobby, it’s been quite an experience. I’m sorry that you will be remembered as the manager of one of the worst seasons in Red Sox history, but at least it’s over. Best of luck in your future endeavors.