Even by his own admission, this season has been “miserable” for Bobby Valentine. Yesterday he jokingly threatened to punch radio talk show host Glenn Ordway in the mouth. If he only could have followed through on that, Bobby would have probably raised his popularity. Ordway is an asshole. But that’s beside the point. It was a stupid thing for Bobby to say, even if Ordway deserved the comment. Bobby is, after all, an adult. He’s been a professional broadcaster. He’s done hundreds, if not thousands, of interviews with the media. He should by now know how to handle himself.
When Ordway asked him if he’d “checked out” on the season, Bobby should have calmly said something to this effect:
Glenn, I’m glad you asked me this question because it gives me the chance to assure all Red Sox fans that my number one priority is helping this young team get through the remaining games of this season. What we do in September will help get them ready for next April. We’ve got a lot of young players, rookies even, who will go on to great careers, and the rest of this season is a chance for them to learn the right way to play the game. That’s what I’m here for.
He didn’t say that, of course. But that’s what the remaining games of this season should be about, and the very reason Bobby needs to go.
While it is not all his fault, Bobby Valentine is now a negative influence on this team, and negativity is contagious. Why would John Henry and company want to keep subjecting the likes of Jose Iglesias, Ryan Lavarnway, Ryan Kalish and the other young players on this team to this corrosive atmosphere? Keeping Bobby Valentine in the dugout is stupid and seems only calculated to prove some inconsequential point, and to save Larry Lucchino from the embarrassment, since Valentine was his choice.
I feel bad for Bobby Valentine, but he has been a major contributor to his undoing. Time to put him out of his misery and ours.