Boston Red Sox: Why the "V" May Not Just Stand for Valentine in Bean Town
The city of Boston, needless to say, is going through a time in which its fans will hope to soon forget. If you are a Red Sox fan, which many of you reading probably are, you know what i'm talking about.
Everyone knows in that this baseball city will point fingers until they find the problem and banish it from existence.
The Sox find themselves so far behind the Yankees, that they are beginning to smell the nasty stench that stems from the Bronx' backside—and it starts with the manager. Bobby Valentine wasn't the first choice and what he has done in less than one season, is something that may drive him out of office.
That's right, impeach Bobby V.
In trying to take control of a very volatile clubhouse, all Valentine did was isolate the players, not gain respect. When you look at the heart and soul of this club, two key names jump to the forefront: Dustin Pedrioa and David Ortiz.
Pedroia has not been shy about boasting his problems with both the club and with Valentine, this comes from a guy who's never been shy about displaying his passion but his mouth and opinions have never been so widely displayed. Ortiz has been hurt off-and-on this season and has put up solid numbers—but he too has shown his frustrations.
What we have seen this season is the retirement of a captain and a complete clubhouse overhaul that caused Red Sox faithful to say goodbye to Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, and Kevin Youkilis.
Youkilis' issues with Valentine started very early in camp and continued throughout the season. He wanted out. Beckett and Gonzalez were also guys that went to upper management with a problem and their departure soon followed.
The club decided it was time to unload payroll and cut loose some of the players who (other than Beckett) were sad to leave the Red Sox, but overjoyed to be playing for some other manager and a possible playoff birth.
To say the Dodgers got the happy end of that deal player-wise would be an understatement.
V for Vendetta
The city and the majority of its fans have come to their wits end with Valentine. Boston is both a tough place to play baseball and manage—just ask Terry Francona.
Francona, one of the most successful managers in Red Sox history, was ousted after an epic of end of summer collapse and clubhouse mishap. Valentine attempted to step in and fill those big shoes, but has added fuel to fire and I didn't think that was possible.
"The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous."
The Vendetta will not be settled until Valentine is gone and someone else takes his place and brings success back to Beantown. This franchise isn't one that is meant to be on the outside looking in and that is very well understood from the top down.
The only thing that scares me is what the unloading of this payroll will allow the Red Sox to spend in the off-season.
The scary part is I think Valentine will be back to do it.
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