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!

Moreland homers again, Red Sox tag A's to avoid four-game sweep

Moreland homers again, Red Sox tag A's to avoid four-game sweep

OAKLAND, Calif. - A five-run ninth inning for the Red Sox that lasted more than a half-hour derailed any chance Eduardo Rodriguez had of getting his first career complete game.

Not that the left-hander was complaining.

After a bitter loss to Oakland a year ago when he allowed just one hit over eight innings, Rodriguez was more than happy with the way things turned out.

Rodriguez earned his second straight win, Mitch Moreland homered in his third consecutive game and Boston beat the Oakland Athletics 12-3 on Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep.

"I wanted to go back out there but they hit the ball pretty good in that inning and I know I had to get out of the game," Rodriguez said about the long wait. "I'll take it because we score more runs, I have a chance to win. If every inning's like that, I'll get out of the game after five."

Rodriguez (3-1) allowed three runs over eight innings. He struck out eight, walked one and retired 14 of his final 15 batters.

"Where he was with the pitch count, it'd be nice for him to go out there for the ninth inning given where he was and how well he was throwing the baseball," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "But at that point you're up nine, probably about a 35-minute inning, didn't want to take any chances."

Hanley Ramirez and Christian Vazquez had three hits apiece to power a Red Sox lineup that tallied 15 hits. Every player in Boston's starting lineup had at least one hit, and eight of the nine drove in runs.

Chad Pinder homered and drove in two runs for Oakland.

Boston, which hasn't been swept in a four-game series since July 2015, trailed 3-2 before scoring 10 runs over the final five innings.

"It felt we had them on the run a little bit," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "They get the lead and then we come back and take the lead again and you feel pretty good. But they were pretty persistent today."

Pinder went deep in the fourth, his fourth home run in eight games and fifth overall.

The A's committed three errors, giving them a major league-leading 42.

BRADLEY'S DEFENSIVE GEMS

Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts gave the A's trouble with his running and defense. Betts scored twice from first base and also made a pair of strong defensive plays. He made a sliding catch on Mark Canha's sinking liner in the eighth and then slammed into the wall after catching Khris' Davis fly to end the inning.

"This place during the daytime plays very difficult," Farrell said. "What Mookie was able to do a couple times in right field, those aren't easy plays. To be able to stay with it, go up against the wall a couple of times, we played very good outfield defense here today."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: Brock Holt continues to deal with lingering symptoms from vertigo and isn't yet ready to come off the disabled list, according to Farrell. Likewise, Boston plans to keep third baseman Pablo Sandoval in the minors to get consistent at-bats while recovering from a right knee sprain. ... Farrell said LHP Drew Pomeranz, who took the loss Saturday, will start against Texas on Thursday.

Athletics: Yonder Alonso (sore left knee) sat out his fourth straight game but could be back in the lineup Tuesday when Oakland begins a two-game series against Miami. ... Sean Doolittle (strained left shoulder) threw on flat ground before making 15 pitches off the mound. The plan is for the former closer to throw 25 pitches on Wednesday. ... Melvin said the team has applied for an extension on Chris Bassitt's rehab assignment. Bassitt underwent Tommy John surgery in 2015.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello (2-5) faces Texas on Tuesday in the opener of a three-game series at Fenway Park. Porcello has lost three of his last four decisions.

Athletics: Following an off day, RHP Jesse Hahn (1-3) starts against Miami on Tuesday at the Coliseum. Hahn leads the majors in fewest home runs allowed per nine innings at 0.19.