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Bobby V. in a familiar pose this season.
Boston owner John Henry released a statement on Monday stating that Valentine's role as manager was safe, and the fact he felt compelled to do so says a lot about the dark clouds of turmoil surrounding the Red Sox. Valentine's sarcastic comments and often off-the-wall behavior of late suggest a man who is visibly displeased with the pressure and magnifying glass he is under, and while he has taken to defending his team's effort and attitude, the players have not sent much love back his way.
Former manager Terry Francona was content staying out of the spotlight, but Valentine can't seem to avoid it. And if the team is struggling its way to the finish line with 85 to 90 losses, Bobby V may feel he's “one and done”, and choose to go down swinging with outbursts we can't yet imagine.
Saul Wisnia lives less than seven miles from Fenway Park and works 300 yards from Yawkey Way. His latest book, Fenway Park: The Centennial, is available at http://amzn.to/qWjQRS, and his Fenway Reflections can be found at http://saulwisnia.blogspot.com. He can be reached firstname.lastname@example.org and @saulwizz.