How badly does Bobby V wanna go back to this moment?
Yahoo- Boston Red Sox players blasted manager Bobby Valentine to owners John Henry and Larry Lucchino during a heated meeting called after a text message was sent by a group of frustrated players to the team and ownership in late July, three sources familiar with the meeting told Yahoo! Sports. The owners called the meeting for Boston’s off-day in New York on July 26 after first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, texting on behalf of himself and some teammates, aired their dissatisfaction with Valentine for embarrassing starting pitcher Jon Lester by leaving him in to allow 11 runs during a July 22 start. It was the latest incident in a season’s worth of bad relations bubbling between Red Sox players and Valentine. Gonzalez and Dustin Pedroia were among the most vocal in the meeting, in which some players stated flatly they no longer wanted to play for Valentine, the sources said… Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington confirmed the meeting. Although he declined to provide specifics about what was said, he told Yahoo! Sports: “The intent of the meeting was to provide a forum for people to express whatever frustration needed to be expressed at a time during the season when things were not going exactly the way we wanted to on the field in hopes that we could put whatever issues were there aside and focus on playing games the rest of the season. That was the intent of the meeting. That was the focus of ownership. It was a productive meeting. “Since then, we have not gone on the run we were supposed to.” … From the beginning of the Red Sox’s courtship of Valentine this offseason to the double-barreled votes of confidence last week, the match of the hard-nosed Bobby V with the laissez-faire Boston clubhouse seemed tenuous at best. It has proven far worse, personified best perhaps by a picture circulating around via text message, according to a fourth source. Pedroia, notorious among teammates for his wit and humor, is in the foreground with a giddy smile, his tongue wagging and both thumbs up. Next to him is allegedly Valentine, face down on a table, apparently asleep. A caption accompanies the picture: “Our manager contemplating his lineup at 3:30 p.m.”
… And the report pretty much continues with this pattern of insubordination, backstabbing, and embarrassment. What a franchise up there in Boston, huh? MLB’s Penn State will undoubtedly attract all the big names this off season. I mean, look at the perks. Nothing says clubhouse camaraderie like playing with the I’d Cap That app on your iPhone and taking pictures of your manager passed out on his desk. The marriage between Valentine and his players makes Walt and Skyler look like puppy love high school sweethearts. It’s getting to the point where it isn’t even fun to laugh at the team who, as recently as last year, was the Yankees’ most fierce rival. Even Boston fans are disgusted. You can only point and giggle at the loser at the lunch table so many times before you start feeling bad for his shitty home life. It’s like the scene in Observe and Report when Ray Liotta’s friend leaves the closet that he posted up in to watch Seth Rogen get fired because it got too sad. At some point, it goes from hilarity to pity.
I vote for the implementation of a league realignment. This is the AL East; the Yankees are the class of the league, the Orioles are making strides, the Rays have completely revamped their image, and even the Blue Jays are coming to play, despite the fact that they’re fielding a team of like 12 rookies named Moises on a nightly basis. Kick the Red Sox off the tour, Doug. Send them to the 2011 NL West with the Los Angeles McCourts. Throw them in a room with the Saints, who have committed pretty much every single non-violent crime over the last couple seasons. Just absolute dysfunction up in Boston. No leadership and no direction- straight chaos. Wouldn’t be surprised to see a Chad Johnson sighting in the clubhouse over the next couple days. Just seems like a Red Sox Nation thing to do right now. When it rains, it pours, eh Cherington?