Bobby Valentine has to be the most hated man in Boston since King George III. The only managing Valentine has done this season was to pour more gasoline on the fire of a team accused of quitting on its previous manager in 2011.
As all new hires do, Valentine came in with guns blazing and promised to "establish a culture of excellence." Yeah, that really worked.
Pride goes before a fall. And fall the Red Sox did.
To put it bluntly, they sucked. They have not been this bad since 1965.
And as bad as things looked on the field, they looked worse in the clubhouse.
Popular Kevin Youkilis was benched and then shipped to the Chicago White Sox last June. The team then had a late-season fire sale that sent four players, including hot Adrian Gonzalez and hot-under-the-collar Josh Beckett, to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
That is a violation of the 11th Baseball Commandment: "Thou shalt not speak ill of thy counterparts on other teams, for it might cometh back and biteth thee in the butt."
Valentine's rear end must have plenty of teeth marks in it now. Not since 1773 has Boston seen such a massacre.
And now, Valentine has the nerve to think he is coming back for a second season in Boston?
In a pregame media session last week, Valentine said that he and Red Sox ownership have not talked about 2013 and beyond. And in all fairness, Sox owner John Henry has stated they will wait until after the season to discuss Valentine's job status.
Even though he has to smell the diesel fuel of the moving vans circling the block around Fenway Park, Valentine talks like he will be there.
"All those variables are things I think I'm prepared to handle," he said. "When I come back next year, I'll think I'm prepared to handle them. Hopefully we'll have better results."
I know that no manager plans to get fired. But Valentine has been around the sport long enough to smell blood in the water...even if it is his.
Can you imagine the uproar in Boston should Valentine return? If Paul Revere were still alive, he'd be shining up his horse right now.
One more week to go, and the miserable 2012 season is history. And so should Valentine.
Red Sox fans can then get down to more important business...like concentrating on the Patriots.
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