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Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine had to take over amidst a firestorm in Beantown.
Last year's epic September collapse, a shake-up in the front office, allegations of players eating chicken wings and drinking beer in the clubhouse during games and general malaise among the Fenway faithful all happened before Valentine's arrival.
However, his mouth hasn't helped him much during his brief tenure—at all.
It started in April, when Valentine questioned third baseman Kevin Youkilis' commitment after getting off to a slow start.
Then, Valentine stepped into all over again this past weekend. Youkilis made his return to Fenway Park when his new team, the Chicago White Sox, came in for a weekend series.
Valentine was asked by local reporters if friction existed between himself and Youkilis because of the comments made in April.
"I think that's a joke," Valentine said. "I wasn't here last year. There was no friction in spring training. So I think that's a joke. But I'll take all that. I think the comment that I made early, he made a big issue out of and I don't think he ever wanted to get over it."
Valentine is right—he wasn't here last year. But his mouth is here now, and it's not doing him any favors.
Keep Valentine, but get rid of the mouth. Pretend he's Mr. Potato Head, just find a new mouth.