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BOSTON (CBS) — Amid all the wild rumors and reports swirling around the chaotic and dysfunctional Red Sox, there is but one constant: losing.
After Sunday’s 4-1 loss in New York, the Red Sox are now 59-63, essentially counting down the days until the season mercifully ends.
The results are certainly not what anyone from the organization hoped for, but manager Bobby Valentine swears it’s not for lack of effort.
“I’ve done the best I can do here, and that’s all I can ask of myself,” Valentine told ESPN New York’s Ian O’Connor. “I would do anything to change the numbers. I’d sell my soul.”
Valentine may not have the option to sell his soul, and he may not have the option of keeping his job if the Sox’ situation continues to lack hope. But firing Bobby V, according to O’Connor, would be an “injustice.” The manager, however, appears ready to accept blame.
“This is my fault,” Valentine told O’Connor. “We haven’t won enough games, and I’m the manager.”
Despite all the criticism, though, the Red Sox’ skipper is not on an island. O’Connor wrote that Valentine received a bit of a “hang in there” pep talk from Alex Rodriguez over the weekend. Valentine said A-Rod is a “terrific guy,” though it sounds as though he’s more focused on his own job.
“I don’t think I could’ve worked any harder,” Valentine said. “I probably could’ve done some things differently, I guess, but I don’t know what they are. I’ll appraise it and I’ll look back on it.”
The question now is whether he does that as the current or former manager of the Sox.