The strange summer of Bobby Valentine continued Wednesday, as he engaged in a contentious interview with Glenn Ordway and Michael Holley on WEEI's The Big Show in which he said he'd like to punch Ordway in the mouth and questioned the integrity of Red Sox beat writers who reported that he was late to a game last weekend in Oakland.
"What an embarrassing thing to say," Valentine responded when Ordway asked if the manager had "checked out" on the Red Sox. "You know, if I was there, I'd punch you right in the mouth. Ha, ha! How's that sound? Is that like I checked out? What an embarrassing thing. Why would somebody even, that's stuff that a comic-strip person would write. If someone's here, watching me go out at 2 o'clock in the afternoon working with the young players, bringing in the right relief pitchers to get a win, putting on a hit-and-run when it's necessary, talking to the guys after the game in the food room . . . How could someone in real life say that?"
Valentine then exploded when Ordway brought up his late arrival at a game last week.
"I shouldn't have to explain that. That pisses me off," he said emotionally. "Because whoever wrote that knew what happened. They knew that my son was coming to see me for the first time in this lousy season that I got to see him on the road, and that his flight was late, and that I was waiting at the airport in San Francisco for his flight to come in . . . and I sent the lineup in and reported to my coaches that Iwas going to be a little late. And for someone to say that I was late is an absolute disgrace to their integrity if they have any . . ."When I walked into the clubhouse with my son, the press was already in the clubhouse. You would think that one of these incompetent people would say, or ask a question, 'Hey, why is it 4 o'clock?'
"And, you know, 4 o'clock, I mean, that's so late for a 7:15 game," he added sarcastically. "Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon gets there every day at 4 o'clock, just for the record."Later in the interview, Valentine admitted the season has "been miserable, but it's also been part of my life's journey. You learn from misery."