Re: Your reaction to Bobby Valentine's press conference
posted at 12/2/2011 1:46 AM EST
Bobby V. was astute, humble, self-critical (in a classy self-reflective, but non-apologetic fashion) and very circumspect. I liked his comments about how he learned early that as a manager of a Japanese team the core meaning of a given statement could be lost in translation. But he quickly added, reflecting on his Metsie managerial days, that delivering a message in English to English-speaking players does not necessarily mean the message is being either received or actually processed. He was essentially saying that real communication often involves repeating or reframing given content, and not just barking orders and expectations, as he did in previous managerial stints. And you can see that finally getting to manage a team with a boatload of talent, and a genuine shot at a World Series crown, is a heartfelt dream come true for him. If his performance on the diamond and in the clubhouse is anywhere near the level of heightened PR acumen he demonstrated in that press conference, the Bosox will be more than fine in the managerial department. He can't close, be a setup man, act as a solid fourth starter, play right field or DH. But to paraphrase the 1980 song-stylings of the inimitable Jackson Browne, with a slight change in gender, that boy could sing:
"He was a friend to me when I needed one
Wasn't for him I don't know what I'd done
He gave me back something that was missing in me
He could of turned out to be almost anyone
With the possible exception
Of who I wanted him to be....
He wasn't much good at stickin' around,
But that boy could sing, he could sing..."
Anyway, nice singing, Bobby.....
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