Bobby Valentine and the Chamber of Secrets
Last night, Costas Tonight aired an interview with the recently fired Bobby Valentine, who, deciding that a 69 - 93 record (good for dead last in the AL East) and a full season of mismanagement, disrespecting his players, and generally being an ass, wasn’t a good enough indictment of him, threw David Ortiz under the bus. You’ll remember that Ortiz went on the disabled list with an Achilles injury and re-injured himself shortly after coming back. Said Bobby V:
“David Ortiz came back after spending about six weeks on the disabled list and we thought it was only going to be a week. He got two hits the first two times up, drove in a couple runs; we were off to the races. Then he realized that [the Red Sox’ trade with the Dodgers Aug. 25] meant that we’re not going to run this race and we’re not even going to finish the race properly and he decided not to play anymore. I think at that time it was all downhill from there.”
Never mind that Ortiz was clearly injured on August 24th, a full day before the massive trade for the Dodgers. As we’ve seen with Robert John Valentine, you make your own reality. But the most interesting parts of the interview with Costas weere the parts that never made it to air, including:
- The revelation that, on several occasions throughout the season, the rest of the coaching staff had to convince Valentine that Manny Ramirez no longer played for the Red Sox, had in fact been traded during the 2008 season, and is currently unsigned.
- Bobby V’s assertion that WEEI radio host Glenn Ordway was not the first, nor the only member of the Boston sports media that he threatened to punch. TV color commentator Jerry Remy, Red Sox Radio play-by-play man Joe Castiglione, and Boston Globe intern Henry Wallace all made the list as well.
- A tangent lasting several minutes in which Valentine attempts to sell two sets of CUTCO Cutlery to Costas before falling asleep standing in place.
- Three bathroom breaks that Bobby V uses to interrupt Costas in the middle of a question before asking again where the bathroom is.
- 17 minutes of Valentine attempting to match each baseball with its corresponding number and getting especially stuck when he hits number 12.