Mike from Attleboro: Don't fire Bobby V

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Mike from Attleboro: Don't fire Bobby V

Your Boston Red Sox are 63-75. They just completed a West Coast road trip that resulted in a 1-8 record, getting outscored 63 to 21 and their manager seems like he is either literally teetering on the edge of sanity or about to join Fight Club.
As a result, pundits and fans are calling for embattled manager Bobby Valentine to be fired immediately.
Can I ask one simple question? Why?
This teams death spiral is quite frankly the most entertainment theyve provided fans with all season. What fun was it watching the Sox when they were simply mediocre and inconsistent? It was just disappointing and aggravating baseball. Now that they have not only plummeted in the standings, but also become a national laughingstock, the Red Sox are at least providing a steady stream of unintentional comedy.
Look, I understand that the Valentine hire was a terrible one. I said it before; hiring Bobby V was a PR move, not a baseball move. Like many other decisions this team has made recently, this hires impact on ratings and media buzz was considered before its impact on the teams overall performance. As a media move, it worked brilliantly. But the problem was that they hired him to manage the team, and ultimately, they didnt even let him do that until it was far too late. Case in point, there is no way Alfredo Aceves is suspended and then forced to fly to the West Coast via the Ace Tomato Company when the mirage of contending was still visible. By the time ownership actually let Bobby manage, this season was DOA, team mandated hatchet jobs were showing up in Forbes, and a quarter billion worth of its former employees were posing for Dodgers photo ops.
So why fire Bobby now? What is an obviously temporary skipper going to do for this team between now and the seasons end? Get the players to give more effort? The fact of the matter is that Valentines crucible of suck has already told everyone watching which guys on this team still give a professional effort and which are counting the days till the off season. What an interim manager wont do is get into a verbal cage match with WEEIs Glenn Ordway and provide days of spin off entertainment. It wasnt as epic as the Felger and Mazz audio massacre of John Henry, but it was almost as uncomfortable. Personally, I give Bobby V some credit here too. If someone from a station that acted as the Red Sox radio version of Pravda suddenly asked me if I had checked out, Id want to drill him too. But then again, most Bruins fans in this town have wanted to speed bag Ordways melon for over a decade.
No, I dont want Bobby V fired. To get ownership to finally come to grips with how flawed this team was took last Septembers collapse and subsequent fall out AND this season devolving into utter chaos. We as fans had to suffer through every inning of this and we deserve the payoff.
I want to see Ben Cherrington drag Carmine out to the pitchers mound by the power cord and give it the Office Space TPS machine treatment. I want Scott Podsednick and Jose Iglesias platooning at clean up. I want John Henrys next fact finding mission to be to the American Dental Association to find out why John Lackey cant close his gaping maw. I want to read an article in Good Housekeeping that blames Theo for Terry Cashman and the Cowsills.
In short, I want a level of mayhem and absurdity surrounding this team to rival the ESPN Y2K This Is Sports Center commercial.
The bottom line is this team needs a come to Jesus moment and nothing turns your attention to a higher power like a dash of apocalypse. Much like the way the Bruins crashed and burned after the 2004 lockout, the Red Sox need to be forced to the realization that the way they have been doing business is flawed on its most basic levels. The sad thing is, with an ownership group this arrogant, rock bottom has to hit them square in the face before theyll accept facts. The Dodgers purge was a start, but fans need this lesson to stick with the Fenway Group. I think ending this season with an episode of soul smothering embarrassment will definitely leave a mark.
So, unless the Sox hire the Ringling Bros. Ringmaster who is singing the anthem tomorrow (I cant make this stuff up) to stay on as manager, Bobby V the best man for this job.
"This is what I chose to do," said Valentine yesterday on WEEI. "I think (this season has) been miserable, but it's also been part of my life's journey. You learn from misery."
Follow him, Red Sox. Follow him to freedom!

Pedroia leads Red Sox to 11th win in a row, 3-2 over Rays in 10

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Pedroia leads Red Sox to 11th win in a row, 3-2 over Rays in 10

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Dustin Pedroia used nifty baserunning to score from first base on David Ortiz's double in the 10th inning and the AL East-leading Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Sunday for their 11th consecutive win.

Pedroia singled off Eddie Gamboa (0-1) to start the inning. The relay throw on Ortiz's hit to right center beat Pedroia to plate but he avoided Luke Maile's first tag. Pedroia's momentum carried him past the plate and when he went back to touch it, Maile was charged with an error when the ball dropped out his glove on another tag try.

Pedroia hit a solo homer and Mookie Betts extended his hitting streak to 11 games with an RBI single for the Red Sox, who secured at least an AL wild-card spot Saturday night. Boston's magic number to clinch the division title dropped to two.

Joe Kelly (4-0) went 2 2/3 scoreless innings for the win.

Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez struck out a career-high 13 in 5 1/3 innings. The left-hander and Heath Hembree combined to strikeout 11 consecutive batters to establish a major league-record. The New York Mets held the previous mark when Tom Seaver struck out 10 in a row against San Diego on Apr. 22, 1970.

Boston also set a club record by striking out 21 through nine. Kelly added two more in the 10th.

There was a moment of silence before the game for Miami pitcher Jose Fernandez, who was killed in a boating accident early Sunday. Fernandez played high school baseball in nearby Tampa, Florida after defecting from Cuba.

The Rays planned to honor Ortiz before his final game at Tropicana Field but canceled the ceremony at Ortiz's request after Fernandez's death. He had three hits in five at-bats and moved past Frank Thomas for 107th place on the career list with 2,469 hits.

Ortiz has 35 homers and 90 RBIs at Tropicana Field, which is the most of any visiting player. Alex Rodriguez is next with 30 homers and 73 RBIs.

HONORING BIG PAPI

Rays 3B Evan Longoria and RHP Chris Archer informally presented Ortiz with an oil painting of his 500th home run, which he hit at Tropicana Field last season. Ortiz was also given 34 special handmade Diamond Crown Maximus cigars and $5,000 donations in his name to the Miracle League of St. Petersburg, Florida and the University of South Florida Latino scholarship program.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: Ortiz will play at Yankee Stadium for the final time during a three-game series against New York that starts Tuesday night. "Playing baseball in New York is something that is very special," Ortiz said. LHP David Price (17-8) will start for the Red Sox Tuesday night.

Rays: LHP Drew Smyly (7-11) will face White Sox RHP James Shields (3-11) Monday night in the first of four games in Chicago.

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