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Bobby Valentine's Bicycle Crash Adds to Embarrassing 2012 Season

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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Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistOctober 4, 2012

Bobby Valentine just can't seem to catch a break, even when he isn't managing games at the stadium.

Earlier this week, as the Boston Red Sox were preparing to take on the New York Yankees, Valentine was riding his bike and crashed after receiving a text message from Dustin Pedroia, according to a report by Houston Mitchell in the Los Angeles Times

Figuring he could ride and read at the same time, Valentine started reading the message while continuing to pedal. He looked up in time to see himself heading right toward people walking in front of him. He swerved and careened down a hillside, falling over his bike's handlebars.

Valentine wasn't seriously hurt, but it is almost a perfect way to sum up his time in Boston, at least to this point. He thinks he is going for a peaceful little ride through New York when suddenly he gets turned on his head. 

After the Red Sox lost to the Yankees 14-2 in the season finale, giving the team its worst record (69-93) since losing 100 games in 1965, Valentine needs to get away from everything. 

This has been a trying year on the Red Sox franchise, the players and Valentine. No one is going to sympathize with the manager, but it's not like he was handed a great card to begin with. 

Valentine does deserve some blame for the way things fell apart this season, but there is only so much he can do when Jon Lester and Dustin Pedroia have the worst years of their respective careers, Clay Buchholz implodes in April and May, David Ortiz gets hurt and the bullpen can't get anyone out. 

Not even the simple respite of a bike ride can protect Valentine anymore, though he may not have to worry about managing the Red Sox again if the team deems it necessary to make a change. 

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