Earlier today, we brought you news of Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine’s edict banning alcohol in Boston’s club house. Former manager Terry Francona responded to his replacement’s new policy by suggesting that it was likely done for the benefit of optics rather than anything else.
I don’t think it’s a surprise that they put this in effect, or the fact they announced it. It’s probably more of a PR move just because, you know, the Red Sox (took) such a beating at the end of the year.
It’s probably never a good idea to give your opinion on anything related to someone replacing you at your old position. While Francona, who will replace Valentine on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball broadcasts, wasn’t being bitter or contentious with his comments, they will unavoidably end up being read as such.
But just in case rational reactions might have beaten the odds and triumphed over knee jerking, Valentine was happy to provide the following sound byte to Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe among other reporters on the Red Sox beat.
Valentine on Francona’s comments: “You get paid (at ESPN) for saying stuff.You get paid here for doing stuff. I’ve done both.”
— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) February 27, 2012
It’s unconfirmed at this time, but it’s likely safe to assume that after saying this, Valentine dropped a microphone he was holding and casually walked away with a slight strut to his regular stroll.