After being officially fired from the Boston Red Sox on Thursday, Bobby Valentine took a leisurely bike ride through the city. He did not seem that upset, and the Red Sox shouldn't be either.
It is now time to move on to the next phase of rebuilding for a better 2013 season—hiring the new manager.
The new Red Sox manager needs to be one who can handle the pressure-cooker that is Boston. He also has to be someone who can get along with the players but is strict enough so they respond when he calls attention to an issue at hand.
Whoever the Red Sox decide to go with, it needs to be Ben Cherington's final decision. Larry Lucchino can be somewhat involved, but it's up to the GM to choose who will run the daily operations of this Red Sox team in 2013.
Here are the five best candidates based on the descriptions above: