Recently fired Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine sat down with Bob Costas on the NBC Sports Network to discuss things that went on during this poor season.
One of the things that Valentine did was accuse David Ortiz of using his strained right Achilles as an excuse to quit on the season. Bobby V. alleges that Ortiz didn’t want to play after the big trade to the Dodgers on August 25th.
“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 this trade 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.”
John Tomassi of the Boston Herald joined Toucher & Rich to discuss these comments by Bobby Valentine and thoughts on the job that John Farrell will do as the new manager.
Tomassi can’t believe that Bobby V. said these things about Ortiz in his interview Tuesday night.
“It’s delusional, you know, I mean a lot of us had our thoughts about this guy from a very early point in the season and chose to give him the benefit of the doubt and in retrospect I kind of wish I started hammering him sooner because this is the kind of comment that sums up his tenure as manager. First of all, David Ortiz was the one player in that clubhouse with any standing among the other players who had Bobby’s back at least to some degree.”
What’s the endgame here for Bobby V. is he trying to clear his name to get another job as a manager or is he trying to figure out his way back into the media?
The guys moved on to discuss new manager John Farrell and whether the Sox got the right guy for the job?
“We’ll see, I like Farrell and I think it’s a good hire, but I can’t quite get behind the idea that he’s the savior. I hope that he is and when given the chance we’ll see he may turn out.”
Will John Farrell be able to fix the broken pieces in this Red Sox bullpen? Will he be able to help Daniel Bard get his game back?