While it may feel like just yesterday, it was over four years ago that the Boston Red Sox finally parted ways with slugger Manny Ramirez, a potential Hall-of-Famer whose eccentricity begat the now-infamous phrase “Manny Being Manny.”
After the 2012 season, Sox fans have found a new figure whose behavior often defies explanation: manager Bobby Valentine.
A series of strange quotes mixed with erratic behavior from the first year manager has made him the new standard bearer in vexing Boston sports figures.
However, where Manny Being Manny was endearing and light-hearted, Bobby Being Bobby is painful and generally upsetting. Manny’s shenanigans were (mostly) harmless and came from his desire to have fun; Bobby’s actions, while not outright sinister, are at the very least a bit more cerebral.
Here are 10 reasons why this new era of Bobby Being Bobby is substantially worse than Manny Being Manny: