10 Worst Moments of the Embarrassing Bobby Valentine Red Sox Experience
Another year, another manager.
Through mostly his own doing, Valentine made a fool of himself and the whole Red Sox organization on numerous occasions.
What follows are the 10 worst examples of his lack of respect for the Red Sox organization or players, in no particular order.
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Comments About Kevin Youkilis
Kevin Youkilis was traded away before the midway point of the 2012 season and his relationship with Bobby Valentine is really what sent him packing.
In mid-April, Bobby V ripped Youkilis on WHDH-TV, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. He said that Youkilis showed a lack of enthusiasm for the game of baseball and did not look "as physically or emotionally into the game" as he did in the past.
He later apologized for these comments, but it was too little, too late as Youk was shipped out of town thanks to the above comments, his poor play and the rise of rookie third baseman Will Middlebrooks.
Pinch-Hitting for Jose Iglesias
Jose Iglesias was in the middle of an at-bat. The count was 2-2 and Pedro Ciriaco stole second base. Valentine decided to go to his bench for Daniel Nava.
According to the Boston Herald, the Red Sox skipper stood up for this decision. "I don’t think it was a make-or-break situation,” Valentine said. “He’s gotten one hit so far. He’ll have opportunity to get some hits. It’s not kindergarten here. You don’t think it was a good decision. So what? I think it was the right thing to do to try to win a game for a (pitcher) who’s busting his butt out there.”
Valentine had every right to remove Iglesias, but why let the youngster start the at-bat if he didn't have confidence in him? Instead Nava got out, the run did not score and the Red Sox lost.
First Alfredo Aceves Issue
This is one of those moments in which I just shook my head at Bobby V and Alfredo Aceves.
According to The Boston Globe, Aceves was suspended three games in late August for "conduct detrimental to the team" when he had a meeting with Valentine after Andrew Bailey was brought in for a save situation instead of him.
During the meeting, Aceves blew up in a tirade and eventually left slamming the door.
As the Red Sox manager, Valentine should have handled this differently and let Aceves know that he was no longer the closer before the game. But with Bobby being Bobby, he did not communicate as well as Red Sox Nation had hoped he would.
Second Alfredo Aceves Issue
In this instance, Aceves was the one to blame.
In a span of about two weeks, Aceves was caught on camera intentionally disrespecting Bobby V twice.
On CBSSports.com, there are two picture videos, called GIFs, that show exactly what Aceves did. In the first one, Aceves denies a butt slap from his manager, and in the second one, he walks around other Red Sox players around the mound instead of walking by Valentine.
Aceves looks as if he is avoiding eye contact and then runs toward the dugout after being taken out.
These were two of many examples of Red Sox players not respecting Valentine.
Every Time He Left a Pitcher in Way Too Long
Just take the ball Bobby V!
Sure the Red Sox pitchers gave up the most runs in the first inning in 2012. But couldn't Valentine just once take a starting pitcher out later in the game when he started showing signs of fatigue, instead of leaving him in too long?
Over the course of the season, he left Daniel Bard, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Jon Lester, Josh Beckett and Clay Buchholz in too long on several occasions.
What Valentine needs to realize is that once a pitcher starts to struggle after having already thrown a few innings, it is time to pull the plug on that outing.
Jon Lester's Outing Against Toronto
Jon Lester obviously did not have any of his pitches working on July 22 against the Toronto Blue Jays. He only lasted four innings while giving up a career-high 11 earned runs. He allowed four home runs and nine total hits. His walk-to-strikeout ratio was 5-2.
Bobby V had multiple opportunities to pull Lester, but it felt as if he wanted the young lefty to get a pummeled. That type of managing is not something that should be accepted in Boston, and is one of the reasons he is now looking for new employment.
Issues with Pedroia
Bobby V and Dustin Pedroia were rarely on the same page this season.
Pedroia took a stand for Youkilis after Valentine made those aforementioned comments in April. According to Boston.com, Pedroia voiced his opinion quite strongly about Youkilis.
"I know Youk plays as hard as anyone I've ever seen in my life and I have his back and his teammates have his back,'' said the Red Sox second baseman. "We know how hard he plays. I don’t really understand what Bobby’s trying to do, but that’s not the way we go about our stuff around here. I’m sure he’ll figure that out soon.''
Pedroia is the leader in the Red Sox clubhouse and clearly showed disdain for the 2012 Red Sox manager from the beginning.
Sometimes it seemed as if they didn't mind each other, but you have to believe that first comment by Pedroia changed the relationship between the second baseman and manager forever.
Talking About Coaches
Valentine had no real facts to back up these statements, but he did have "a feeling", according to MassLive.com.
When asked if he was undermined at times, on his weekly WEEI show, Bobby V said just a simple "Yes."
He did not provide any information, other than that he just felt that the coaches were undermining him.
Not having control of his coaches is just another of the long list of reasons why Valentine was fired.
Threatening WEEI Host
According to CBSNews.com, Bobby Valentine threatened to punch WEEI host Glenn Ordway in the mouth after comments about his managing style in regards to him being late to a game in Oakland. Valentine was quoted as saying:
What an embarrassing thing to say. If I were there right now, I'd punch you right in the mouth. Ha, ha. How's that sound? Sound like I checked out? What an embarrassing thing. Why would somebody even, that's stuff that a comic strip person would write. If someone's here, watching me go out at 2 o'clock in the afternoon, working with the young players, watching me put in the right relief pitchers to get a win, putting on a hit-and-run when it was necessary, talking to the guys after the game in the food room—how could someone in real life say that?
Falling off Bike
While texting Pedroia earlier this week, Valentine fell off his bike in New York, according to Sports Illustrated.
Maybe this is the perfect metaphor for the now ex-Red Sox manager. Bobby V fell right on his face and out of the job with the Red Sox in 2012.