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Bobby Valentine: Should He Be Fired If Yankees Sweep Red Sox This Weekend?

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 14:  Bobby Valentine #25 of the Boston Red Sox looks for a call from an umpire during a game against Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park April 14, 2012  in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Zachary PeterselFeatured ColumnistApril 19, 2012

For most teams, a three-game series in April is just that, a three-game series.

Nothing to get that excited about, even if it is against your biggest rival, because regardless of what happens there will still be 140 more games to play.

It’s too bad those sentiments will fall on deaf ears in Boston.

After a week of the Bobby Valentine soap opera dominating the Boston media, if the Red Sox do not show up this weekend against the Yankees, people are going to come after his head.

So that begs the question, if the Yanks sweep the Red Sox this weekend, should Bobby Valentine be fired?

Getting off to a sluggish start was the last thing the Red Sox needed after their September collapse, but somehow Valentine managed to top that story with his comments regarding Kevin Youkilis’ effort. Check here if you think you've missed anything.

Valentine was never shy with the media during his six-year tenure as a member of the Mets, as he often rubbed people the wrong way.

When he first arrived in New York, Todd Hundley was the leader in the Mets clubhouse and their best player. Hundley often sat by his locker with a cigar or a beer before and after games. The following spring, Bobby V banned smoking in the clubhouse.

According to this New York Daily News article, Valentine “cited a New York City ordinance in a twist that irked Hundley,” but everyone knew why the rule was created.

Sound familiar?

The problem for Valentine this time around is that he is trying to strong-arm players who have won two World Series and have been with the organization for a long time, while he is just two weeks into the job.

In the minds of the players, this is their locker room and he should be adjusting to fit in with them.

Players like Kevin Youkilis and Dustin Pedroia know what it takes to succeed. The fact that Bobby Valentine has reportedly lost some players’ trust in what was already a very fragile clubhouse coming into the year is a not a good sign moving forward.

Not only that, but Dustin Pedroia has questioned his methods and Josh Beckett has complained about clubhouse “snitches.”

Even after a couple of days, the star second baseman did not seem over the issue. When asked if he thought Valentine had learned from the episode, Pedroia responded, via The Boston Globe, “I'm not sure. You have to ask him. I can't speak for Bobby."

However, while this has most definitely been a terrible start for the Sox, all is not lost.

Last season, the Sox started the year 2-10 but they still turned it around quickly. While they did not make the playoffs, the nine-game lead entering September showed that these players can overcome a slow start.

The fact of the matter is, Bobby Valentine is who he is, for better or worse.

Valentine took over a Mets team that was 71-91 in 1996. In his first full year as their manager the following year, the Mets went 88-74, good for a 17-game turnaround and the franchise’s first winning season in seven years.

The man knows baseball and more importantly knows how to manage.

No matter what happens in the series this weekend against the Yankees, the Red Sox should not even think about firing Bobby Valentine.

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