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Valentine Day coming this week for Red Sox

Posted on: November 29, 2011 10:51 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2011 10:51 pm
During the past decade, Bobby Valentine has almost managed twice as many big-league clubs as he's actually managed.

He was ticketed to manage the Florida Marlins two summers ago until that blew up.

Now he's on-deck to manage the Boston Red Sox.

Every indication Tuesday night was that Valentine will be calling the shots from the dugout when the Red Sox open their 2012 season in Detroit on April 5. But hey, when you're romancing Bobby V, as Yogi B. would say, it's never over 'til it's over.

And given the downright shameful way the Red Sox let runner-up Gene Lamont twist into Tuesday night without even the courtesy of a phone call as Valentine speculation became deafening, there were still a few loose ends to tie up before what is expected to be a Thursday press conference to introduce the new manager.

Valentine is charismatic, energetic, whip-smart, passionate, arrogant, enthusiastic, old-school, new-school, inquisitive, condescending, confrontational, sharp-tongued and hard-edged in one blinding, kaleidoscope of a package.

How that mixes with the New York Yankees will be riveting. How that mixes with the rest of the American League -- especially with Baltimore manager Buck Showalter -- will be highly entertaining.

How that plays within the Red Sox's own organization eventually will be the stuff of pure drama. There is no way the egos of Valentine and club president Larry Lucchino won't eventually clash and spark like positive and negative electrical currents. There is no way Valentine won't steamroll young rookie general manager Ben Cherington -- or, at least, try.

Fenway Park isn't nearly big enough to contain Valentine's out-sized ego. It isn't small enough to limit the possibilities of what this man and this team, together, could accomplish.

The process that led the Red Sox to this day was nearly as tortured as their fall-off-the-cliff September. Valentine's personality profile is not even in the same country as the group of candidates the Red Sox paraded through for a first round of interviews.

Three candidates from that first group had zilch for managerial experience: Sandy Alomar Jr., Torey Lovullo and Dale Sveum (OK, so he had 16 games' worth of of interim managerial experience in 2008). One more had just two interim managerial stints under his belt (Pete Mackanin). The fifth, Lamont, actually had experience in managing the White Sox (AL manager of the year in 1993) and the Pirates.

All of those guys are quiet. Thoughtful. Each of them fell under the category described by Cherington when he said of Sveum, "He's somebody we know we can work with."

Then, Sveum picked the Cubs and the Red Sox took a hard right.

No matter how they spin it, clearly, ownership took the managerial search steering wheel away from Cherington.

The only guarantee from here is that the ride will be an adventure neither side will ever forget.

Since: Feb 6, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2011 10:59 am

Valentine Day coming this week for Red Sox

Coming from a YANKER, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH.  You guys need a lot of help, where you gonna get it?  YOu might have the worse season in a couple decades, BANK ON IT!

Since: Feb 6, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2011 10:56 am

Valentine Day coming this week for Red Sox

If I remember correctly, last year everyone was ripping on the Sox keeping Elsbury and how he sucks, look what he did.  Before Sept. I looked for those guys and "poof" they were gone.  All you F**KHEADS that are ripping on Valentine, we'll see you in Sept. and see what you have to say then!  If you a REAL SOX fan, suck it up and see what he does!

Since: Sep 24, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2011 10:53 am

Valentine Day coming this week for Red Sox

When you have the most money you can eat bad contracts and just move along  (yankees) .I may not know your brand of baseball but my brand of baseball spans 23 years of junior collage and div 1 collage coaching ,  7 time division champs , also four of my players made it to the big leagues and many in the minors .Time will tell about Bobby V  --ITS NOT GONNA BE GOOD , bank on it

Since: Sep 24, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2011 8:34 pm

Valentine Day coming this week for Red Sox

we can deal with our bad contracts because we have the most money ...its like life money talks bulls$it walks ...blow hard on that

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 5:19 pm

Valentine Day coming this week for Red Sox

At first glance, this may appear to be the latest in a line of chaotic events/moves for the Red Sox, but think about it-- when Spring Training comes, of course September's collapse will be a focal point, but much of the attention will be diverted to Bobby Valentine and his larger-than-life persona. He will serve as a lightning rod for media scrutiny, for better or worse, and take some heat off of the beer-battered, chicken-eating catastrophe of 2011 and questionable work ethics/attitudes of some of the players. This is another instance of upper management covering themselves, in their typically convoluted, slimey way. Valentine will either be a hero or a disaster with very little space left in the middle. It definitely won't be boring.

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 3:26 pm

Valentine Day coming this week for Red Sox

As a Red Sox fan I think I may puke !!  Bobby Valentine geezuz , who
in that organization was thinking narrowing it down to Lamont and Valentine.
I am disgusted !

Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:35 pm

Valentine Day coming this week for Red Sox

I'm not sold on Bobby V. One thing for certain is that he does have a HUGE ego. I'm wondering how that's going to play with several Sox Prima Donnas that also have over sized egos. It will be an interesting year.  Man unknowns in this year's team. Watching it all shake itself out will be fun.

Since: Dec 2, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:31 pm

Valentine Day coming this week for Red Sox

Is a yankee's fan talking about "bad contracts?"  Let me know how Jeter looks in 2 years filling the hole?  How about A-Rods Hip/knee for the next 6 Years.  CC Sabbathia for another 6 Years?  Really?  Man you do not know baseball.  Typical Yankee's blow hard.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:30 pm

Valentine Day coming this week for Red Sox

Miller make's Valentine sound like a real jerk.As a Bostonn fan, I hope he is a jerk.These players pretty much did what they pleased last year.Now, there's a new sherrif in town.Act & play like a man or hit the bricks.Youkilis should be the first to go;He's not only over-rated, he's a cancer to this team.

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:28 pm

Valentine Day coming this week for Red Sox

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