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Bobby Valentine thinks he could have made it to World Series with this Red Sox team

bobby-valentine-red-soxThe main reason the Boston Red Sox have marched their way to the World Series this season is that they made a number of significant changes during the offseason. After a 69-win campaign in 2012, the Red Sox admitted their Bobby Valentine experiment was an epic failure and set their sights on John Farrell. The former Toronto Blue Jays manager has been lauded as a franchise savior, but Bobby V. thinks he could have been the same.

During a recent interview with Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, Valentine praised the work that has been done by Farrell and Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington. He also reminded us that he is still delusional.

“I’d like to think that if I came back for my second year that, given the changes and improvements, I would have been able to do the same thing,” Valentine said. “Ben did a great job this offseason rebuilding the team. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like it before…”

Does Bobby V. feel that he could have succeeded with this Red Sox team before David Ortiz accused him of needing medication, or is his theory contingent upon that having never happened? Valentine lost the respect of the players in the Red Sox clubhouse very quickly, and he wasn’t going to gain it back simply because the team got rid of Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford.

Valentine proved to be nothing more than a distraction during his one season in Boston. Could he have won more than 69 games with the team’s 2013 roster? Most likely, but all we have heard about all season is the chemistry this team has. Bobby V. has proven on more than one occasion that he’s an expert at ruining stuff like that.

H/T CBS Boston

Bobby Valentine’s 9/11 comments reportedly cost him TBS playoff gig

bobby-valentineBobby Valentine made some incredibly stupid remarks earlier this month on the 12-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2011 terrorist attacks. Rather than taking time to pay tribute to the victims and their families, Valentine used the topic as an opportunity to praise the New York Mets for supporting the community during a difficult time and bash the New York Yankees for supposedly not doing the same.

Fortunately, there were some consequences. According to Newsday’s Neil Best, Valentine was originally supposed to be a part of the TBS broadcasting crew for the 2013 MLB playoffs. Instead, Keith Olbermann will be joined in studio by Pedro Martinez and Tom Verducci. Valentine was reportedly nixed after his idiotic comments, which he later refused to back down from.

“Two people familiar with what went down said Valentine was sunk by comments on WFAN Sept. 11 in which he criticized the Yankees’ response – or lack thereof – in the days after the terrorist attacks of 2001,” Best wrote.

Turner Sports simply claimed Valentine was a candidate but the network decided to go in another direction.

“Bobby was one of a number of candidates being considered for the role, but we elected to go with the team of Keith, Pedro and Tom and we’re very excited about that combination in-studio for us,” a Turner spokesman said.

It doesn’t really matter if Valentine’s 9/11 comments are the reason he got bounced from the postseason broadcasting booth. The important thing here is we don’t have to listen to him during the playoffs. I think we can all consider that a victory.

H/T Deadspin

Bobby Valentine sticks to his 9/11 comments about Yankees, sounds like an idiot

bobby-valentineBobby Valentine made some incredibly idiotic comments on Wednesday about the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. In short, he felt it necessary to say that the New York Mets were more visible in the days after the tragedy and did more to help the community than the New York Yankees. Later in the day, Yankees president Randy Levine ripped Valentine for his remarks.

“Bobby Valentine should know better than to be pointing fingers on a day like today,” Levine told ESPNNewYork.com’s Andrew Marchand. “Today is a day of reflection and prayer. The Yankees, as has been well documented, visited Ground Zero, the Armory, the Javits Center, St. Vincent’s Hospital and many other places during that time. We continue to honor the 9/11 victims and responders.

“On this day, he would have been better to have kept his thoughts to himself rather than seeking credit, which is very sad to me.”

After taking a night to think it over, Bobby V. stuck to his guns. Rather than apologizing like he should have and acknowledging that the 12-year anniversary of 9/11 had absolutely nothing to do with baseball, the Yankees or the Mets, he reiterated his stance.

“It was an emotional day,” Valentine told Erik Kuselias on the NBC Radio Network. “I don’t know if I was trying to take credit for the team. I was trying to make a fact. After 12 years of hearing what was done and hearing it reported incorrectly, I just thought I’d state for the record that there weren’t any Yankees out there that week.”

It got worse from there.

“And if there were, Mr. Levine could just come up with a photograph of someone who was at a funeral or someone’s house,” he continued. “All I remember is people asking for the Yankees and me making excuses for them not being there.”

This guy can’t be serious. He really thinks Levine should present photo evidence that the Yankees reached out to the community after the Sept. 11 attacks? Even if Valentine is right about the Mets “helping out” more than the Yankees, no one wants to hear it. The fact that he thinks on those terms — even after having a chance to reconsider his stance — is truly disturbing. Here is the audio of Valentine defending himself:

Bobby Valentine uses 9/11 to pump up the Mets and chop down the Yankees

bobby-valentine-red-soxWednesday marked the 12-year-old anniversary of the tragic events that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001. Most of us can remember the exact place we were when the terrorist attacks took place and exactly how we were informed. Unfortunately, stupid people like Bobby Valentine say stupid things even on days where we should be honoring those who lost their lives.

Valentine, who was the manager of the New York Mets at the time of the attacks, spoke to Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts of WFAN on Wednesday. For whatever reason, he decided to use the topic as an opportunity to convince people that the Mets were more heroic than the New York Yankees.

“Let it be said that during the time from 9/11 to 9/21, the Yankees were (not around),” Valentine said. “You couldn’t find a Yankee on the streets of New York City. You couldn’t find a Yankee down at Ground Zero, talking to the guys who were working 24/7.

“Many of them didn’t live here, and so it wasn’t their fault. And many of them did not partake in all that, so there was some of that jealousy going around. Like, ‘Why are we so tired? Why are we wasted? Why have we been to the funerals and the firehouses, and the Yankees are getting all the credit for bringing baseball back?’ And I said ‘This isn’t about credit, guys. This is about doing the right thing.’”

If it wasn’t about getting credit 12 years ago, I guess it is now. Otherwise, why on earth would Valentine feel that it’s appropriate to argue that the Mets gave more to the community on 9/11 than the Yankees?

What Mr. Wrap Sandwich was trying to say — we think — is that the Yankees got all the credit in the media for restoring some sense of normalcy to the area after the worst terrorist attack in our nation’s history. That could be because the Yankees have had more success than the Mets and were at the peak of their popularity back in 2001, but does it really even matter? The point is completely irrelevant.

We have heard Bobby V. say some controversial and idiotic things in the past, but his comments on Wednesday took stupidity to a new level.

Bobby Valentine rips on himself in hilarious fantasy baseball commercial (Video)

Bobby-Valentine-CBS-commercialSay what you will about Bobby Valentine and his inability to hold a job in professional baseball, but the man clearly has a sense of humor. Valentine’s career with the Boston Red Sox lasted about as long as most of us expected and went about as well as we would have imagined, so he decided to take a safer job as the athletic director at Sacred Heart University this year. It would also appear that he is making a few bucks from CBS Sports.

When you have been fired as many times as Bobby V. has, it becomes a punchline. And what do companies do with punchlines? They turn them into advertisements, which is why CBSSports.com has decided to feature Valentine in a fantasy baseball commercial. As you can see, the advertisement is dedicated to Bobby V. basically heckling himself for being fired so frequently throughout his career. It’s hilarious.

“I know, I’m fired.”

Talk about having no shame in your game. Valentine may say stupid things that inhibit his ability to land new jobs, but he still has his marketability.

Bobby Valentine grilled in first question of Sacred Heart news conference (Video)

Bobby Valentine had a shaky relationship with the Boston media while serving as manager of the Red Sox, and it looks like his tenure at Sacred Heart University is getting off to a similar start.

Valentine was introduced Tuesday as the new athletic director at the small Connecticut college. He took some questions from the media and was promptly grilled.

“Bobby, at this point in your life, why do you want to be an athletic director at Sacred Heart and some people think this is kind of a joke, what can you say about people not taking you seriously as athletic director here?” he was asked.

Valentine said the question came from the reporter who broke the story of his hiring, which was Bill Paxton of the Connecticut Post (Paxton was also identified as the reporter in question by one of his colleagues).

Valentine clearly took offense to the question.

“I really didn’t think I would be insulted with the first question, but what the hell, I guess that’s the way it goes,” he responded.

Valentine says he is looking forward to the new challenge. He also is making headlines for defending the job he did with the Sox last season. He was fired after the team went 69-93.

Bobby Valentine is moving on, doesn’t want to talk about ‘stupid people’

Bobby Valentine has taken a job as the athletic director at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut, and he he is looking forward to turning the page and forgetting about the abysmal season he endured with the Boston Red Sox last year. It’s a strange decision for a strange man, but Valentine apparently wanted to add NCAA athletic director to his resume that already includes managing professionally and color commentary.

On Monday, Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald spoke with Valentine about his new gig. However, Bobby V. had no interest in entertaining questions about his 69-win season in Boston.

“I don’t want to comment on stupid things that stupid people say,” he said. “I’m not going to comment on any of that.”

When asked if he was going to miss baseball, Valentine did what he has become an expert with in pulling the sympathy card.

“I won’t miss some of the stuff I had to deal with last year, that’s for sure,” he replied. “We have a baseball team (at Sacred Heart).”

But that’s not the best stuff Valentine has said this week. On Tuesday, Sacred Heart officially introduced their new AD, and naturally there were more questions about the Red Sox. Valentine got into a bit more detail this time, even giving himself a pat on the back for the job he did managing the team.

“I thought I did a hell of a job in Boston,” he told reporters, via WEEI.com. “I thought what had to be done there was done except for winning a pennant. But Connie Mack wasn’t going to win with that team. It’s six months of a 62-year life. It’s six months of a 42-year career in baseball. It’s a blip, a little spot on the radar, as far as I’m concerned.”

What had to be done there is done? Apparently the Red Sox had to go through a 69-win season in order to move forward. Valentine may be right that no manager was going to win with the 2012 Red Sox, but I certainly would not say he did a “hell of a job.”

Unsurprisingly, Valentine still seems bitter about his and the team’s failures together in 2012. It’s unclear if David Ortiz was one of the “stupid people” he is referring to, but Big Papi did pin much of the blame for what happened last year on Bobby V. He also said his former manager has mental issues, so I doubt the two will be sending Christmas Cards to one another this December.