Bobby Valentine: "If I were there right now, I'd punch you right in the mouth"
In an interview yesterday afternoon with WEEI radio host Glen Ordway, Valentine flew off the handle in a way we haven't seen from any manager in a long time.
When asked if he had basically "checked out" from the Red Sox, Valentine got pretty upset, and said that if he would punch Ordway in the face if he were there with him.
FULL TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW HERE
When asked why he showed up to a game in Oakland only a couple hours before game time, Valentine justified it by saying that Rays manager Joe Maddon showed up for games at 4:00 every day.
Unfortunately, Valentine didn't really do his research before making that claim. Maddon, who says he was amused by Valentine's comments, shows up just as early as any other manager... closer to 2:00.
The more you hear Valentine speak, the more apparent it is that he's simply not cut out for this job.
Valentine has gone from being a sympathetic bumbling figure to a napalm-flinging clubhouse cancer. At every turn, the front office has to put out another fire set by Valentine, as he tries to cover his butt after another lackluster performance by the team.
The Red Sox will undoubtedly have a new manager by Opening Day 2013, but they need to make a change NOW, before it gets even worse.