On the day of the Red Sox' final home game of the season, Valentine' expressed a belief he'd be back in 2013, but also joked about the stress of the season. "When I come back next year, I'll think I'm prepared to handle [the team's issues]. Hopefully we'll have better results," he said. Then he joked about his rule banning alcohol from the Red Sox' home clubhouse: "Not much I would have done differently, I don't think. Other than I think I would have kept the beer in the clubhouse. I think I could have used it after a few of these games this year." He also thanked Red Sox reporters.