BOSTON (CBS) — When the Red Sox fired Bobby Valentine last October, it wasn’t the first time the manager was fired from a job, and it may not be the last.
Like any sports figure, Valentine’s learned in his decades in baseball that no job is guaranteed for very long.
He learned that in Texas in the early ’90s, in Japan in the mid-’90s, in New York in 2002, in Japan again in 2009 and in Boston a few months ago.
When it comes to getting fired, the 62-year-old is kind of an expert.
Valentine at least seems to be willing to have a little bit of fun at his own expense, as evidenced by his newest commercial for CBSSports.com’s fantasy baseball. In it, the manager relives his firings over the years, which includes him holding an opened bottle of beer when accepting his fate with the Red Sox. It also includes a cameo from a fake George W. Bush and Valentine’s famous mustache disguise, if you’re into that sort of thing.
Valentine says in the video that nobody can fire him anymore, but he leaves out that he can now question his players’ motivation and effort with no repercussions!
The video prompts fans to head to CBSSports.com and vote whether they’d fire or hire Bobby. It’s impossible to predict the future with great certainty, but it’s a safe bet he won’t be getting many “hire” votes from the Boston area.