Bobby Valentine, Red Sox Manager and Champion of the People, Crashed His Bike

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterOctober 3, 2012

BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 25: Manager Bobby Valentine #25 of the Boston Red Sox watches the pregame ceremony honoring the 2004 World Series Champion team prior to the game against Tampa Bay Rays on September 25, 2012 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Bobby Valentine, the man who went up Red Sox mountain and came tumbling down a hill in Manhattan. 

Someone, anyone, please get Valentine into a padded room before he really hurts himself. Just when you thought his story couldn't get any worse, a bicycle mishap occurs. 

The New York Times reports the Boston skipper was injured while riding his bike in New York, making us all fearful for what the baseball gods have in store for a man who must have wronged them in some way. 

He took over a sinking ship at the beginning of the season and managed to set fire to the thing, has been ridiculed and criticized by players and media, and now his bike is messing with him. 

The report issues Valentine suffered minor injuries after taking what seems like a nasty fall. All because Dustin Pedroia wanted to be a little chatty on text message. 

The 62-year-old was enjoying a ride near the Central Park Reservoir when he received a text from his star player. He decided to read the text but found a couple of umbrellas in his way when he looked back up from reading. 

He swerved and went, "careening head over pedals down the side of the hill by the road." Luckily, he was wearing a helmet and suffered only minor injuries. 

Pedroia was reportedly texting to tell his skipper that he would be playing despite a broken finger. Valentine told The Times:

"I shouldn’t have been reading a text while I was riding,” he said. “That’s the wrong thing to do. But at least I was wearing my helmet.

"Hey, if he can play with that, I can certainly manage with this,” he said, showing the bandages on his legs.

I kid because we care. Seriously consider what must be going through Valentine's mind at this moment. 

What if someone walked up to you and said, "Hey, want to manage the Red Sox to a losing record, get blasted by fans and media at every turn and then crash your bicycle in New York City?" 

You would punch them in their silly, little face. 

Poor Valentine was given a bad situation and delivered a Red Sox team that sits at the bottom of the division and is at the bottom of major pitching categories, and now this avid bicyclist is having mishaps on what should have been a relaxing jaunt. 

Someone cut this guy a break. 

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