It appears Bobby Valentine has hit his breaking point when he snapped on Glenn Ordway, co-host of The Big Show on WEEI.com Wednesday afternoon. Valentine, who is a regular scheduled guest on the show, went off the deep end on Ordway and threatened to get physical with him when Ordway asked if the Red Sox skipper has checked out.
“What an embarrassing thing to say. If I was there I’d punch you right in the mouth. How’s that sound? Sound like I checked out? What an embarrassing thing,” Valentine said. “That’s something that a comic strip person would write.” – all quotes courtesy of the The Big Show/WEEI 93.7 FM
You can hear the full interview here, courtesy of WEEI.com and you’ll notice that Bobby has a much larger edge to him than he has in the past. Over the past several weeks his fuse has become shorter with the media to the point where it’s taken on a sarcastic drone, resembling a manager who is waiting for his pink slip.
Bobby may not admit that he’s checked out, but all indications are that he has. Sure the media in Boston can be relentless and sometimes down right rude, but that’s what they’re getting paid to do and losing in a fishbowl market doesn’t help any. Winning cures everything and Bobby knows that. This season is not entirely on him but as of late, it’s becoming clear that he is drawing much more attention to himself then he needs.
Valentine continued his rant on Ordway when the host brought up the fact that Valentine was “late” arriving to the Oakland coliseum on Friday for a game against the A’s. Bobby blamed a delayed flight that was carrying his son and again defended his actions.
“I shouldn’t have to explain that. That pisses me off,” Valentine said “Because whoever wrote that knew what happened, they knew that my son was coming to see me for the first time in this lousy season and I got to see him on the road. His flight was late and I was waiting at the airport for his flight to come in.
“I came in and sent the lineup in and reported to my coaches that I was going to be a little late. For someone to say that I was late is an absolute disgrace to their integrity if they have any. … I wasn’t late. When you call in and say that you’re delayed in traffic coming from the San Francisco Airport to the stupid Oakland Coliseum and that there’s a traffic jam, then you’re not late, no.”
You have to listen to the interview to get the full effect, but you get the idea. Bobby is tired, defeated and now deflated as I wrote yesterday. He doesn’t have anything left to give to this club and he called his first year in Boston a miserable one.
Bobby even went as far as to compare himself to Rays manager, Joe Maddon, citing that he often arrives to the ballpark three hours before the first pitch. Maddon is said to arrive for home games five hours before the scheduled start times and a little later when on the road. I don’t think Bobby can compare himself to Maddon in any sense of the word.
Even if Maddon did practice a late arrival,the difference is, he wins and Bobby doesn’t. Maybe this is all an act to help convince the Red Sox management to turf Bobby now and not let anyone further endure anymore pain of watching him manage this club for the remaining 25 games of the season. If it is, he’s doing a hell of a job in embarrassing himself and what was such a proud organization.
It’s time to move on from the Bobby Valentine show……now!