I was wrong.
I thought Bobby Valentine, and all of the color he brings with him, was going to pull this off in Boston.
He needed to reshape his legacy (mediocrity) as a manager and the Red Sox offered him, based on recent history, probable success.Well, nothing went as planned, from Day 1.With hindsight being 20-20, here are 10 reasons why Valentine was in deep over his head:
1. He needed a gig
Valentine looked desperate from the start. Sure, all out-of-work managers are desperate, but Valentine went on a public mission, through his contacts in the media, to be Terry Francona’s replacement. It appeared to be a guy who really wanted the job.
Now it appears, he needed it more.
2. Mets are not Yanks
We were fooled. We thought because he had been through the wringer in New York, as manager of the Mets, he would know how to handle “Boston” and all of the scrutiny that comes with it.
We have come to find out the Mets and Yankees are different animals. The pressure of the Mets pales in comparison to that of the Red Sox and Yankees.
3. Talks too much
We all knew Valentine liked to hear himself speak.
That was OK, because a lot of people in baseball really like him. But too often he felt the need to say what was exactly on his mind.
While that’s good for people in my business, it’s not good for the people in Valentine’s business.
The comments about Kevin Youkilis in mid-April — that he was not into it mentally or physically — were probably true. But you can’t tell us about it
4. No respect, no job
It’s not about not liking Valentine, because I think he is a nice guy, but when your players and coworkers (see coaches) don’t respect you, it is over.