“I don’t think he’s as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason.” — Bobby Valentine on Kevin Youkilis
That didn’t take long.
The media has tried awful hard to make a controversy out of all things Bobby Valentine since he was hired last December. But let’s be fair — it’s all been artificial stuff to this point, totally forced. Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford were pissed at him for comments made when Valentine was an ESPN analyst? Yawn. He’s doing a weekly spot on a radio show in New York? Media porn, nothing more and nothing less. He hates Curt Schilling and Curt Schilling hates him? Great, join the club and join the club.
But this is different. No need for context, no need to try and spin it – though Valentine will do everything in his power to blame the media for over blowing this story, I smell some historic backtracking on its way – this is a manager publicly calling out one of his players.