Posts tagged “Bobby Valentine

Red Sox, Boston media aren’t exactly getting along


The Boston media has recently pointed fingers at Red Sox starting pitcher Josh Beckett for playing golf on his off day. Photo by: Sarah McCracker / Flickr

BY BRANDON J. SMITH, Couchsideshow.com writer

If you looked at the Red Sox clubhouse objectively, would it seem like a healthy and functional work environment? I don’t get the impression that it’s very pleasant, given how the infamous Boston media is looking for ways to escalate the “Bobby V is a terrible manager for this team” meme, with great fervor.

It became too apparent when Terry Francona was let go last year, following their infamous September collapse, reports came out slamming Tito for his personal life issues, that was used to imply a lack of leadership in the clubhouse. The hiring of Bobby Valentine was not taken with a positive reaction, and ever since the media hounds have developed a narrative that the Sox are terribly mishandled in every possible situation.

The latest Red Sox controversy comes in the form of Josh Beckett playing golf before missing a start. The Bostonians who eat this TMZ reporting up, can come to their own conclusion that Beckett is lazy, and clearly doesn’t care about his team, and it’s not as if he’s unfamiliar with being mired in a mini-in season overreaction. Golf is the least dangerous sport to play on an off day, it’s not as if he was playing full-contact NFL, pickup Basketball (see: Terrell Suggs), or Cricket.

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The Boston Red Sox: A team in turmoil


 BY LARRY UPTON, Phatz Radio / Feed Crossing syndication 

Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine may not make it the entire season in Beantown. Photo by: Nick Step / Flickr

No one’s saying it but the signs are right before our eyes. The Boston Red Sox have been a divided team.

The 25 man squad split into camps. One camp was thrilled to see Terry Francona “leave” town, another clique “upset” that he left, and still other players who just want to play baseball. Owner John Henry hires “old school” Bobby Valentine’s and despite concerns about his abrasive style, everyone hopes for the best. By the end of spring training not only players but front office staff were complaining about Bobby Valentine. Don’t know why anyone should complain or be surprised, that’s Bobby’s history.

Bobby Valentine’s been a lightning rod for trouble everywhere he’s managed. Most of it, self-imposed. The latest flap is over what he said about a Boston favorite, Kevin Youkilis. Valentine went on a local radio show and said, “Kevin Youkilis hasn’t been his old self.” The controversial manager should have stopped right there, but he didn’t. He had to add, “I don’t think he’s as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason!” OUCH…”Not in the game?” (more…)