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  • October 25th, 2012

    October 25, 2012:
    Bobby Valentine, You Make My Teeth Ache…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:30 pm in Baseball,Good Deeds,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Yeah, I guess it was WAY too much to expect that Bobby Valentine would take his money and slink off into the night. The Smartest Man In The Room HAS to still spout out about stuff, still gotta comment on crap that DOESN’T EVEN MATTER ANYMORE…

    Appearing on his buddy Bob Costas’ show on the NBC Sports network early this week, he threw out such zingers as the fact that David Ortiz quit on the team after the blockbuster deal that sent Beckett, Gonzalez, and Carl Crawford to the Dodgers. Uh, he was INJURED, and on the DL, and by the time he got back there was no way in holy hell the Sox were going to be relevant, so why on earth would he risk a career-ending injury, playing for NOTHING? This was NOT Manny circa 2005…Ironically, Valentine supposedly had a good relationship with the Large Father–I’m thinking that’s not the case anymore…

    And here is something inexplicable, which kinda goes part and parcel when Bobby V is concerned: Ya know how much brouhaha was made over the “Nice Inning, Kid” comment Bobby supposedly made to rookie Will Middlebrooks after a bad inning? IT NEVER HAPPENED. But Bobby Valentine is the person who told the story to begin with, completely out of the blue. A complete fabrication–for NO REASON. How freaking screwed up is that?

    Bobby. Please. STOP. TALKING.

    But in MUCH less teeth-aching news, John Farrell was unveiled as the 46th Manager of the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday, so there is hope on the horizon. I know it’s not going to be snap your fingers, and the Boston Red Sox are all better, but I can’t even fathom it could be any worse…Especially since John Farrell is a known quantity in Boston, respected by pitchers and position players alike, and, best of all, he has no pathological need for it to be “all about him”

    And the fact that this is Ben Cherington’s signing, and not King Larry’s, is a positive not to be discounted. I think A LOT of the reason that Theo and Tito worked is because they had a good relationship…

    How about this gem from Farrell: “There’s some realization on my part that there’s work to be done here. There’s a lot of quality players that are currently here and yet the results, the win-loss record, doesn’t reflect that. It’s my job and my intent to find out what took place and how to we best address it and correct it.

    And this one: “…I’ve been here before, there will be no taking for granted that relationships exists. I will work my butt off to earn their trust, earn their respect and create an environment in that clubhouse that is just that, it’s a trusting one. It’ll be a learning one and, yes, it’ll be a competitive one and hopefully a very successful one at the same time.” It’s almost like having Tito back…

    But not really…

    And of the big things that will contribute to his success, is the fact that since this signing was done so early (Bobby Valentine wasn’t forced down our throat…er…SIGNED until December 1st) is the fact that John Farrell has the time to pick his own staff. And the first one up is his new bench coach, Torey Lovullo, who not only managed the PawSox in 2010 (So he’s a known quantity to the Red Sox organization), he was John Farrell’s first base coach in Toronto…

    I’m waiting to see who he selects as Pitching Coach. My vote is for Dave Wallace…

    Looks like Big Papi and the Sox are making progress on at least 2 year deal (which is what he wants), which will ensure that David Ortiz retires as a member of the Boston Red Sox. Now all they have to haggle about is the money. I think they should offer him 2 years, $16 million–yeah, it’s less money, but I think the years matter more to him. And there is NO WAY they are going to offer him more than $20 for 2…and even that is too high…

    And I was heartbroken to hear that my beloved Carlton Fisk was charged with DUI amongst other things when he was found in his pickup in an IL cornfield earlier this week with an open bottle of booze on the floor. Apparently he fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into the field. He appears in court on November 29th to address the charges…

    Finally, The world premiere screening of Agganis: Golden Greek, Excellence To The End, about legendary Sox player Harry Agganis, will be held AMC Loews Boston Common on Tuesday, November 13, 2012. Red carpet begins at 5:15pm, with the screening at 6:00 pm, followed by an after-party at Gypsy Bar. The event is open to the public. For more information or tickets, you can check out their website.

    A labor of love for Harry’s grand-nephew, Greg Agganis, who spent 6 years producing the film, gathering hundreds of articles, and interviewed more than 60 people, hearing thousands of personal stories. Chronicling the arc of Harry’s sports career, Agganis is written and narrated by acclaimed Boston sports journalist, Clark Booth, capturing the story of how a driven young man from a struggling immigrant family somehow managed to become so extraordinary.

    As a tribute to the countless contributions Harry made to the community, all net proceeds from the premiere event will benefit Stand Strong, the high-impact character education program that The Sports Museum delivers to at-risk kids within the Greater Boston Area.

    Coming up: Game 2 of the World Series, where hopefully the Tigers will fare better than they did with their ace on the mound. Verlander vs Zito last night, and Verlander (who now has an 11.25 ERA (!!) got LIT UP by Pablo Sandoval who hit 3 homers in last night’s 8-3 Giants win (2 off Verlander). Who would have ever believed THAT would happen? Tonight’s starters: Doug Fister for Detroit, and Madison Bumgarner for the Giants (who the hell names their son Madison??) 1st pitch: 8:00pm on FOX

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