It is safe to say that Bobby V and Dustin Pedroia are anything but friends.
When you take a gander at all of the rumors, speculations and drama that has encircled the Boston Red Sox over the past year, it is safe to say that ownership will be making some major changes this offseason.
On WEEI's Dennis & Callahan, Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino has made it clear that the organization does plan to finish the season with Bobby Valentine at the helm. Before the conversation even got truly started, Lucchino bluntly said "yes," when asked about Bobby's job security for the remainder of the season.
Red Sox owner John Henry also sent out a letter to multiple news outlets, in which he claimed that not only is Bobby's job safe, but that the entire organization is on the same page. Via WEEI, Henry went on to say that:
I understand that when the team isn't playing up to our standards that issues are going to be sensationalized. But what is important for Red Sox fans to know is that ownership, players and all staff especially Bobby Valentine are determined to turn around what has thus far been an unacceptable, failed season. We are all on the same page in that regard and will not waver.
When it comes to the perspective of the players, it is almost impossible to determine who believes what simply due to all the different stories coming of that clubhouse as reported by the media. Most recently, there have been reports of backstage antics, including John Lackey "double-fisting" beers on road trips and Dustin Pedroia taking pictures next to a sleeping Bobby Valentine (h/t Yahoo! Sports and CSN New England).
There was also a Yahoo! Sports story of a "heated" meeting between 17 of the Red Sox players and ownership, discussing their displeasure at working with Valentine.
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However, Dustin Pedroia, one of the presumed ringleaders of this anarchy has been telling the media otherwise in regards to his feelings towards his manager (h/t the Boston Herald). When asked about his feelings about Bobby V., Pedroia stated, "I don't think Bobby should be fired. We haven't played well. That's the bottom line. I'm not going to blame anything on Bobby. It's on the players."
Unfortunately, however, Bobby Valentine will more than likely be shown the way out by the end of the season—despite Lucchino's comments.
With a mediocre record, it will not be long before more and more "rumors" leak to the media in regards to the Valentine controversy.
Winning is easily the way for all of the drama to stop, but Boston has proven they cannot remain consistent. And because of this, Valentine will continue taking the blame until he is let go.
While he may not be shown the way out in September, it would be very shocking to see Valentine biking his way down to Florida next spring, preparing for the 2013 season. The lack of respect from the players and the negativity the media has associated with Valentine is ultimately a promise of his imminent firing.
Bobby has made his fair share of mistakes and has probably rubbed some players in the wrong way. But to say he has not come as advertised would be a lie.
Valentine was hired to be the "anti-Tito" and someone who would rule with an iron fist. However, he was bestowed an injury-plagued and spoiled team to deal with, as well as management stressing to him not to be as harsh on the players.
As a result, we have seen a watered-down and restricted Bobby Valentine.
Don't get me wrong, I think of Valentine as a bridge from the Francona era to the Farrell era, but the hatred towards Valentine has been totally uncalled-for. Bobby rubbed players like Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis the wrong way and it led to total chaos in the clubhouse.
That's without even mentioning the poison that is known as Josh Beckett.
Regardless, it is common sense now to believe Bobby Valentine will lose his job very soon in the near future. Is it fair? Absolutely not. Valentine has made his mistakes, but the true responsibility lies in the millionaires playing for him.
Firing him won't solve a thing and it will be ownership's feeble attempt to placate the spoiled rotten players on the roster. The problem lies with the players and until the roster is vaccinated from its poisonous disease, then the Boston Red Sox will remain to be a mediocre franchise.