Maybe if some of the Red Sox “leaders” had been as upset with their own teammates last year — the ones whose behavior got Francona fired — and complained to ownership about it, Tito would still be here, and Valentine wouldn’t. Try a mirror, fellas.
Those votes of confidence in Bobby V from owner John Henry and general manager Ben Cherington are meaningless now. How can you back Valentine publicly when you privately invited players to bad-mouth him?
The Sox are being delusional if they think they can clasp the life preserver of the second wild card now without changing the clubhouse culture or the manager.
We know which one is easier to alter with 45 games left.
Some would argue that relieving Valentine of his duties is letting the players win. It probably is, but the outcome of that matchup was determined long ago. Taking this meeting last month only confirmed it.
There is no need for Valentine to play out the season as Captain Queeg in his own clubhouse.
Hopefully, removing Valentine will force the Red Sox to face the truth. The problem last September wasn’t the manager. The problem this season isn’t the manager.
It’s the unmanageable players.