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This evening the Rays will take on the Yankees at The Trop’ in St. Pete. But earlier today while on WEEI radio Bobby Valentine took a cheap shot at Joe Maddon. While responding to questions about his tardiness to a game in Oakland, as well as other queries regarding the Red Sox dumpster fire of a season, Bobby said :
“Four o’clock, like that’s late for a 7:15 game. Joe Maddon gets there every day at four o’clock, just for the record.”
Valentine is known to run his mouth at every opportunity, and for some unknown reason had to mention Maddon’s pre-game routine in an effort to deflect criticism. When Maddon met the press this afternoon, he said:
“Sorry I’m late. Just got here.”
It wasn’t so much what Valentine said that irritated me, it was the tone of voice. I was on record with friends saying I didn’t think Bobby V. would be a good hire for the BoSox. His arrogance and sarcasm have long been there for anyone who would care to look. On top of that, he has proven to have no problem with throwing players under the bus. Please note: Kevin Youkilis.
Anyone who has read my posts knows that I don’t take shots at people. As a matter of fact, I rein in some of my stronger feelings, just because it’s better to take the high road whenever possible, plus we seldom get to hear both sides of an issue. But Valentine has proven time after time that he’s going to do it his way, at anyone else’s expense. And I think that’s reason enough to say he’s one of the very few people in the game that I have little or no respect for.
It’s never classy or honorable to try to deflect blame or criticism at someone else’s expense. We tell children not to act in that manner. Maybe Bobby needs someone to him how to handle rough times. Like, maybe you should just own up to it and keep working hard to set a new template for next season. In the meanwhile, he keeps putting himself in the news, ahead of larger team concerns, and pouring gas on that dumpster fire. Good job, Bobby. That ought to work… and by the way, your bluster and finger-pointing seem to indicate some sort of true insecurity. » Continue reading “Rays Try To Sweep Yanks, Bobby V’s Tirade Is Tired”