"Because you don't hire Valentine
, anyone in baseball would tell you, to maintain the status quo."
12/1/11, Ken Davidoff, "For all of the highly entertaining tales
of beer and fried chicken that have hit Red Sox Nation in the last two months, you could argue that if Jonathan Papelbon had simply converted a save on Sept. 28,
That the 2011 Red Sox, having come so
- we never would've been served this soap opera.
close to making the playoffs before completing their historic collapse, needed simply to shake off the hurt and return to the baseball operations model that served them very well in the course of the previous nine seasons. In hiring Bobby Valentine
as their new manager, however, the Red Sox have validated the panic crowd. They have lent credence, perhaps justifiably, to the notion that this team needed a major shake-up.
- Because you don't hire Valentine, anyone in baseball would tell you, to maintain the status quo.
"I think that's a plus," principal owner
John Henry said Thursday in response to this assertion at the news conference to introduce Valentine. "I don't think people realize that Tito [ Terry Francona , Valentine's predecessor] is a strong personality as well . . . [Valentine] may be a little more hands-on in some of the fundamental aspects of the game. I think that'll be great."...
Yet in hiring Valentine, and in the way
- Count me among the pro-Valentine crowd. He's tireless, highly intelligent and open to new ideas.
they did so, the Red Sox created the impression of front-office instability and indecision. They attempted to clean up that mess Thursday, but their explanations didn't pass the sniff test....Of course, Valentine and the Red Sox
ultimately will be judged not on how they got here but what they do from here. Will the Red Sox allow for Bobby V's occasional inflammatory sound bites?
They say they're up for it after
- His public challenges of players, in a manner that Francona never utilized? The private, intense debates?
eight seasons in which Francona thrived on maintaining the peace. Valentine will test his superiors. If they pass that test? This venture could very well pay off."
(They also had a little Lord of the Flies problem with a group of pitchers. ed.)
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