Re: Survey: Bobby V takes over
posted at 11/30/2011 12:08 PM EST
In Response to Survey: Bobby V takes over
[QUOTE]Good morning, campers! Bobby Valentine (aka BV) is to be the new manager for BOS. Nice move. When his name surfaced in October, I had a visceral reaction similar to gastro-enteritis. (Look it up! as Casey Stengel used to say.) I had seen Bobby manager the Amazin' NYM here in NYC around the turn of the century and wanted no part of that for BOS. But this has, for me, become a shrewd (and perhaps cynical) move on the part of The Trio. First, BOS gets an experienced manager that has actually taken a team to the WS (NYM 2000). (At this moment, I am supposed to jump for joy. Notice that I remains seated.) Second, BOS gets a Mitt-Romney-type who will do whatever the Trio says in order to get a winner. Third, BV will be a lightning rod to asbsorb the attention that would have gone to the players for their beer-and-chicken binges. As Peter Abraham notes, management knows this and it will help to keep that consecutive-sellout streak alive. And with Dice-K down for most of next season, it will give BOS something to sell to the Japanese market. (I would like to ask John Henry whether this is the case, but he is too busy rooting for his soccer club in the UK to answer an email from li'l old me.) For the record, then, my answer is 2.) Yet, in the spirit of saying, "Hey, Bobby! C'mon in and set a spell!" here is a little survey to gauge how this is going over with us peons.
Posted by summerof67[/QUOTE]
Hey summer, I also answered #2 on your survey and personally feel that all the hubbub about Valentine and how he managed in the past and interacted with the GM is being blown way out of proportion.
First off, the way the Red Sox do things, or have done things is that the manager is oftentimes directly involved in player acquisitions so the concerns about BV running to LL are moot.
Secondly, like Francona, I think BV will have learned from some of his managerial mistakes in the past and will be less likely to repeat them here, especially while working under the microscope known as the Boston media circus.
Let's give Bobby V a chance to straighten this ship and get the team back to it's winning ways.
I am a firm believer that the 2011 September collapse had more to do with complacency...where the guys believed they had clinched a playoff spot when September started and could rest up for the playoffs...unfortunately they crossed the lines of how a baseball player should act along the way...and by the time they realized they were in trouble it was too late to correct it.
I also believe that the 2012 Red Sox will be extremely motivated to restore their images and Bobby V will help that along by introducing a new level of discipline these guys can use to help them reach that goal.
Obviously, I am optimistic that this move is a good thing for the team and organization!