During his weekly interview today on WEEI's The Big Show out of Boston, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine went absolutely crazy. If you want to listen to the full audio, WEEI has it up on their website, and I've also embedded it below. Some of the highlights, courtesy of WEEI's recap...
When asked about the 2012 Red Sox season...
"This is what I chose to do. I think it's been miserable, but it's also been part of my life's journey," said Valentine. "You learn from misery."
Would Valentine like to manage the Sox in 2013?
"Of course," he said. "If that's what I'm asked to do, that's what I'm going to get paid to do."
Has Valentine checked out this season?
"What an embarrassing thing to say. If I were there right now, I'd punch you right in the mouth. Ha, ha. How's that sound? Is that like I checked out? What an embarrassing thing," said Valentine. "Why would somebody even, that's stuff that a comic strip person would write. If someone's here, watching me go out at 2 o'clock in the afternoon, watching me put in the right relief pitchers to get a win, putting on a hit-and-run when it was necessary, talking to the guys after the game in the food room -- how could someone in real life say that?"
Why did Valentine show up for a 7:10 PM Saturday game less than three hours before gametime?
"I shouldn't have to explain that. That pisses me off. Whoever wrote that knew what happened. They knew that my son was coming to see me for the first time in this lousy season and that I got to see him on the road, and that his flight was late, and that I was waiting at the airport in San Francisco for his flight to come in, and that I sent the lineup in and reported to my coaches that I was going to be a little late," said Valentine. "For someone to say that I was late is an absolute disgrace to their integrity if they have any. "When you said what you said, you should apologize to me for saying that I came late," he added. "I wasn't late. When you call in and say that you're delayed in traffic coming from the San Francisco Airport to the stupid Oakland Coliseum and that there's a traffic jam, then you're not late, no." Valentine added that characterizations that he was late to the ballpark were the product of "incompetent" reports and that his arrival time should not have raised eyebrows. "Four o'clock, like that's so late for a 7:15 game. Joe Maddon gets there everyday at 4 o'clock, just for the record," said Valentine.
Fox Sports also as a video of the pertinent parts of Valentine's rant.
Now, let's go ahead and recap what happened here.
-Valentine called his 2012 season miserable.
-Despite that, he'd still like to manage the team in 2013.
-He threatened to punch one of the hosts in the mouth for questioning whether or not he had checked out on the season. And instead of answering the question with a definitive statement, he questioned the validity of the question and responded with questions of his own.
-He set a lineup without being at the stadium, and considers calling in to say you're stuck in traffic a valid excuse for not being late. Then, he trashed the reporting that he was late to the stadium.
When I wrote earlier today that Valentine was on the hot seat...I didn't expect him to get fired this week. That could definitely be a possibility after this interview. Something like this is a potential career-killer. Threatening radio hosts, bashing reporters, admitting your year has been miserable...lord. Valentine won't be managing the Red Sox in 2013, thats for sure.
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I am a brewer fan and I admit I relish any high spending team like the Red Sox struggle. But Bobby V. is getting a raw deal by these immature and irresponsible sports "news" reporters. Joe Lucia writes about Valentine "trashing reporters", how about including in your summary a little recap on what Bobby said. 1. He wasn't really late (3 1/2hours before the game-the normal time for some mgrs). 2. Delayed by traffic. 3. Airline delayed by fog. After working 42 years in this highly scrutenized vocation, Bobby's dedication comes into question with sensationalized reporting techniques designed to get attenion. Anyone trying to make this a "story" but avoids giving fair credence to the background and reasoning that Valentine provides should look in the mirror before trying to imply or report that Bobby has checked out. Show me someone that would not be frustrated by this poor reporting job!!!
Idiot sports guys talking crap and hoping to get the "big scoop". Bobby Valentine is a man and these punks are pure idiots.
Your recap says it all and supports Valentine's critique. The real recap is: -dumb and lazy questions asked -dumb and egregious question/assertion put forth -interviewee reacts with justifiable anger at slanderous assertions and innuendo -reporter issues interview recap which shows zero understanding of how they are perceived or performing you are the worst example of journalism that is unfortunately all too often practiced I wish Valentine could have slugged you. Of course, given you were a loser as a kid, always last picked in every sporting event you dared attempt, I am sure you know how you are truly viewed and (not) respected.
weei is loaded with media prostitutes. say or ask anything for reaction or ratings. Then the try to justify the question or rationalize their motives in asking it. They do nothing useful. They should fish for a living. All they do is bait their hook and go trolling for responses they can later use as promos. Whenever I have the misfortune to catch any of that show, I can sense my IQ dropping due to the insufferable stupidity and ignorance of the so called "hosts".
That's just horrible radio. For the record, I'm a Yankee fan, but that's terrible. Ordway is a true idiot.
Yeah, Valentine's not what Boston needs (or deserves), but jeez.......
I'd really like to know what summarizing Valentine's comments has to do with me personally...but hey, whatever floats your boat. We have a zero flaming policy here at TOC, so I hope you enjoyed your stay.
"Whenever I have the misfortune to catch any of that show, I can sense my IQ dropping due to the insufferable stupidity and ignorance of the so called "hosts"."
Why not just turn it off....if you say well I want to see what stupid things they are saying then guess what...they've won.
@weeistinks Hahahah word. No doubt!
Joe, you need to take a closer look at yourself because what Fred had to say (before his personal attacks on your manhood) look pretty accurate. Did you put anything in your summary regarding BV's explanations?