Valentine, who steered the Red Sox to a 69-93 last place finish in 2012, took yet more parting shots at the Boston media in a 'Sunday Q&A' session with the New York Post's Steve Serby.
“All the Boston [media] ever wanted to do is prove that they were a tougher media than New York,” Valentine said. “And I don’t paint everyone with the same brush — I think some of those guys are absolutely terrific people. And a good group of ‘em are absolute horses asses who are unprofessional, lazy and should not be in the business up here, in my opinion.
“I had one guy never talk to me the whole year because he said to me he didn’t like the answer I gave him in spring training. He covered my team the whole year! I think the New York media knows more about baseball and is more professional.”
This morning on WEEI's Dennis and Callahan radio program, co-host Kirk Minehan said he had it on good authority that the reporter who never spoke to Valentine was CSNNE.com's Sean McAdam.
The newly appointed athletic director at Sacred Heart University didn't back down when when Serby asked if he regretted his comments about former Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis not being "as physically or emotionally into the game" at the beginning of last season.
“I think that they were absolutely heartfelt at the time, and they were totally blown out of proportion, and reacted to improperly by the outside world,” Valentine said.
Will this be the last we hear from Valentine on his experience in Boston? Definitely not, as the controversial former Sox skipper is writing a book that is scheduled to be released in 2014.
The book will include a section on Valentine’s one year as manager in Boston, but will mostly be a book about leadership.
Since being fired by the Red Sox last October, Valentine has, among other endeavors, accepted a position as a radio host, will be working for SportsNet New York as an analyst for the Mets' pre- and postgame shows, he's worked on a new movie that will be released by his film production company, and has accepted the position as AD at Sacred Heart.
The main contributors to The Buzz are:
- Matt Pepin, Boston.com sports editor
- Steve Silva, Boston.com senior sports producer
- Gary Dzen, Boston.com senior sports producer
- Zuri Berry, Boston.com sports producer