Aceves’s dismissal of Valentine during the argument with Pedroia (Aceves waved Valentine away with his hand) was also horrible. Which manager gave him a chance to enhance his career by making him a closer? How could he act that way toward someone who has believed in him?
So the Sox will have to decide, do they want the baggage Aceves brings?
The bigger problems are that some of the younger players they’ve brought up don’t look so good. It was thought that over these last few weeks after the purge that these younger players would create some excitement, but that hasn’t been the case so far.
One hears these days that the players have quit on Valentine. Really?
Pedroia has quit? Pedro Ciriaco, fighting for a chance to play next season, has quit? Podsednik, trying to stay in the majors, has quit? Cody Ross, who wants to stay in Boston, has quit? James Loney, who just got traded here and will be a free agent, has quit? Ryan Lavarnway, trying to show the world he’s a major league catcher, has quit? Saltalamacchia, who could break the Red Sox home run record for a catcher, has quit? Daisuke Matsuzaka, who was ripped to shreds Sunday but needs a good month to get signed by someone next season, has quit?
So which players have quit? Don’t they just stink?
If you fire Valentine, do you go big-time and try to lure Tony La Russa as a replacement? Try to coax Joe Torre or Bobby Cox out of retirement? Doubt it. Do you wait to see what transpires with John Farrell, who has had a horrible year in Toronto? Do you go after Brad Mills, who never had a chance in Houston and would be a tougher guy than Francona but with the same pedigree? Gene Lamont? Would you try to recreate a Robin Ventura/Mike Matheny situation by giving the job to Jason Varitek (if he would want it), or Mark DeRosa or Brad Ausmus? Tim Bogar?
Not the most exciting list.
Lucchino has said that Valentine will be the manager for the rest of the season, but after this disastrous trip, Valentine is waiting to hear whether he will be awarded a stay, or whether he will be asked to put on a blindfold.
The advice here is go out and buy yourself one really cool blindfold, collect your millions, go back to ESPN, and put this nonsense behind you.
It’s better than looking up at every game and seeing a 4-0 deficit before you can blink an eye.
Nick Cafardo can be reached at Cafardo@Globe.com or on Twitter @nickcafardo.