BOSTON (CBS) – Just hours after he was fired by the Boston Red Sox Thursday afternoon, Bobby Valentine told WBZ-TV’s Steve Burton “I’m doing fine.”
Burton caught up with Valentine briefly at his home downtown shortly after the former Sox manager received word of his fate from ownership at Fenway Park.
Valentine respectfully declined to do an interview, but talked to Burton privately for a few minutes after getting out of his car. He then went for an hour-long bike ride, and spoke with the media upon getting back.
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“We had a nice causal meeting today; John (Henry), Tom (Werner), Larry (Lucchino) and Ben (Cherington). It was great; great people who treated me to breakfast,” Valentine said of his morning meeting with the Red Sox brass. “(I told them) anything that they wanted to know, and will continue to do so. I hope we have a lasting relationship where they can call me, use me, abuse me, any time they want. They can even buy me dinner some time if they want.”
Valentine said he “gets it” and hopes to move on from the miserable 2012 season, his only with the Red Sox.
When asked if he would do it all over again, he said he would.
“Life is full of experiences. This wasn’t a great experience, but it was a great experience,” he said.