Valentine's crew would have lost yesterday's game

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    Valentine's crew would have lost yesterday's game

    You can just see the difference in the players enthusiasm this year thanks to John Farrell and his staff.

    The players were up on the dugout rail yesterday at the start of the 9th inning where last year they probably would have had their cleats unlaced while sitting on the bench waiting to go shower.

    And, there are people who say that a manager is only a SMALL part of a winning team.

     
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    Re: Valentine's crew would have lost yesterday's game

    No Valentine? How about no BECKETT? At least Valentine wouldve been in the dugout, not in the clubhouse eating chicken, drinking beer, and playing video games. 

     
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    Re: Valentine's crew would have lost yesterday's game

    Vanentine?  Vanentine who?  The 2012 Red Sox season didn't happen - that's my story, and I'm a'stickin with it - LOL :).

     
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    Re: Valentine's crew would have lost yesterday's game

    No question the clubhouse is difference, but as already stated that's a combination of new manager--brought back, actually--and a lot of new players. 

    Let's not forget how much the Cleveland closer helped, giving up three walks in the 9th, the most egregious of which were to Gomes and Iglesias with two men out. 

    Ellsbury's double was a big surprise to me because he looked awful, a K and a GIDP, earlier in the game.  But then he got a nice single in the 6th or 7th and the last out in the 8th.   He gets a slightly lucky 2-1 count and then a new pitcher, another righty, in the 9th, and on the first pitch from the new guy hits the ball very hard to left center, definitely a clutch hit. 

     Valentine might have been the perfect manager for 2012 because he established what the Red Sox did not want--him as manager or Beckett anywhere near the team.   As much as I liked AGon on the field, I also wonder about this leadership. 

     
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    Re: Valentine's crew would have lost yesterday's game

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    Iggy took strike three and the ump called it a ball. Didn't Farrell tell him to make contact with anything close when you have 2 strikes?
    It was another win in spite of...........

     We can now understand what opponents felt when playing against a Francona managed team. The "Francona Factor" is alive and well..

     
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    Re: Valentine's crew would have lost yesterday's game

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    Valentine would of pich hit for Iggy with 2 strikes again. A clown skipper for sure.

     



    Iggy took strike three and the ump called it a ball. Didn't Farrell tell him to make contact with anything close when you have 2 strikes?

     


    He didn't call a pitch there a strike the whole game...at least he was consistent.

     
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    Re: Valentine's crew would have lost yesterday's game

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    Valentine would of pich hit for Iggy with 2 strikes again. A clown skipper for sure.

     



    Iggy took strike three and the ump called it a ball. Didn't Farrell tell him to make contact with anything close when you have 2 strikes?

     

     


    He didn't call a pitch there a strike the whole game...at least he was consistent.

     



    It was too close to take with 2 strikes and 2 outs........yet they won in spite of it. Previous teams had to "win in spite of" for 8 years and even won 2 WS "in spite of".

     
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