Finally! I thought this day would never come.
For a long time this season I was one of the people that thought the Red Sox should let Bobby come back for another year, give him the control he needed and maybe he’d be able to turn it around. After all, it is pretty hard to get anything done as a manager when the front office cuts your you-know-whats off.
But then more and more stories came out and something became pretty clear to me – Bobby Valentine is out of his mind. From the strange interactions between him and his players, to the absurd interview where he threatened to punch a radio host in the face, his descent in to madness was quick, and it was public.
This season was probably the worst in my entire time on this earth, but now there is a slight glimmer of hope. This move is hopefully just the first of many this offseason that are aimed at getting the Red Sox back where they belong, in the hunt for a playoff spot.
That’s all I want. Just to be relevant again. I don’t need a bunch of World Series wins and high-paid players. Give me the days where we hated the Yankees because their checkbooks were deeper than ours, not because they used them better.
Stop selling bricks and pontificating about the sell out streak. Go out and sign some players that I can be proud to root for.
Don’t try to make any big splashes with your managerial decision. Hire the next Terry Francona. Somebody that you know is going to put his players – and his organization – first. I don’t need some sideshow with over-whitened teeth and a Napoleon complex.
I just want to go back to being proud to be a Red Sox fan. Watching my favorite baseball team play shouldn’t be some exercise in masochism.
Today, for the first time since the big trade, there is a chance for the Red Sox to do something good and win back the trust of the fans. Let’s hope they don’t mess it up.