As the season wore on, fans began to question Bobby Valentine's commitment to the team because he appeared disconnected from his team and the job at hand. When he was asked if he had “checked out” by host Glenn Ordway on WEEI's The Big Show, Valentine only fueled the speculation with his reply.
"What an embarrassing thing to say," said Valentine. "If I were there right now, I'd punch you right in the mouth. Ha. How's that sound? Is that like I checked out? What an embarrassing thing."