BOSTON (CBS) – Despite the Red Sox in the final week in what will go down as one of their worst seasons in decades, manager Bobby Valentine thinks he’ll get another try in 2013.
“My gut feeling is they haven’t talked to me yet,” Valentine said prior to Boston’s 4-2 loss to the Rays on Wednesday night. “There hasn’t been any dialogue. We’ve talked, but not about that. Which makes me think I’m coming back. I don’t know.”
Red Sox owner John Henry has stated multiple times the organization will wait until after the season to evaluate their team, including their manager.
With Wednesday night’s loss, the Red Sox fell to 69-87 on the season and 34-47 at home. It’s their worst home record since 1965, and with six games remaining they have a chance for their worst overall record since losing 100 games that year.
“Disappointing,” Valentine said of the Red Sox’ record at Fenway. “We didn’t walk off many and we didn’t score enough runs here. We have a lot stored up for next year.”
Valentine said it was a tough season, but he learned a lot about himself during the trying times.
“I have the gas masks,” he said. “I can handle the chemical weapons. A lot of the bullets penetrated, but they didn’t kill me. I guess I’m — what do I know about myself? I’m almost a year older. I know that, and it’s gone quickly.”
But despite that, Valentine had kind words for the Boston media.
“I would just like to thank you all, or at least most of you, for your professionalism this year and your willingness to put up with all of the stuff that goes on every day on a day-to-day basis, and wish you all great health & great health to you and your families, and enjoy. Because it is the last day this year,” he said.