Bobby V. Puts Tito In His Place

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.

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.

Comments (5)

  1. I reeeealllyyy hope Bobby fails.

  2. Agreed, even that photo makes me want to punch him. We lose Tony but we get Bobby so there’s some balance preserved.

    I’ve always found it weird that ball players ‘have’ to do anything away from the ball park. Dress code to arrive at the park, no beers etc.

  3. judging by the photo Mr. Valentine is really going to regret banning beer in the clubhouse midway through the season

  4. Bobby V. has done both, but some would say that he’s done both badly.

  5. Short of them completely losing their minds and trading Beckett away for the chicken and beer “travesty”, the overreaction and need to change course has worked about as well as fans of the Jays or any other AL team could hope for…Boston had a horrific beginning and end of the season, and if they just kept everything together, they would be looking a lot better than they do right now (not that they are bad by any means)…

    Francona was a good manager, and all the b.s. stories about Valentine changing the culture will soon be outnumbered by the calls for his head when that blowhard soon wears out his welcome (it won’t take very long)…the banning of booze is a pretty transparent p.r. move that will only serve to annoy the players and make them feel like they’re being treated like children…

    the whole Scutaro deal appears to a not-well-thought out pursuit of Oswalt (who doesn’t want to play there) combined with a sudden need for fiscal responsibility (did they really save all that much by dumping him)? Again, if they just stood pat, they’d have a real shortstop and assuming Buckholz is healthy, a solid top-3…

    nice to see Beckett already throwing on the extra shirt to hide his gut at spring training – maybe a beer ban for him is reasonable…

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