Was Bobby Valentine out of line for criticizing Yankees?

As we all know by now, Bobby Valentine just can’t seem to keep his thoughts to himself once he puts on the Boston Red Sox hat. News broke out last week that Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek was retiring, but while talking about Jason Varitek (as if he had managed him before) he took jabs at Alex Rodriguez & Derek Jeter. Here is an excerpt from the article from ESPN New York:

So Valentine dug in today, and, in praising the retiring Jason Varitek, he lauded him for beating up Alex, as in Al B. AlAlex Rodriguez:

“From afar, he was everything you want a guy who wears a ‘C’ to be,” Valentine said of Varitek, according to our teammateGordon Edes. “He was a man’s man, he was a big hitter when needed, he was the leader of the pitching staff. (Pause). He was able to beat up Alex, all that stuff. He was exactly what he was supposed to be.”

Now I may not be an expert at baseball, but I do know for a fact that beating up Alex Rodriguez is unsportsmanlike conduct, something that doesn’t exactly makes a player a “man’s man.”  Valentine also took a cheap shot at Derek Jeter about the tremendous play he made in the 2001 ALDS (An American League Division series that the Red Sox were not apart of.)  Here’s another excerpt from the article:

Earlier today, Valentine took a shot at Derek Jeter’s legendary cutoff in the 2001 ALDS against the A’s:

“We’ll never practice that,”’ Valentine said, again according to Gordon. “I think [Jeter] was out of position and the ball gets [Giambi] out if [Jeter] doesn’t touch it, personally.”

For one thing, none of the Red Sox players can even make the same play that Derek Jeter made, so I don’t understand the reason Bobby Valentine felt it was necessary to comment on Derek Jeter. Derek Jeter is baseball. Derek Jeter’s a legend. Don’t criticize a move that you could never make yourself.

Here’s some advice Bobby V: manage your team. You’re the manager of the Boston Red Sox, not the New York Yankees so why take shots at a team you don’t even manage? Yankees fans are already sick of the pre-season taunting which sounds as if it has all bark and no bite action. Also another thing Bobby; chicks dig the rings. Call us when you get 27 rings (or if you actually win a World Series) and then we’ll take your comments seriously.

To read the ESPN article Click Here

About Delia E.

Delia Enriquez is the managing editor of Yankees Fans Unite. She enjoys analyzing the New York Yankees whether it be their pitching, roster or their manager. You can follow her on twitter @dfiregirl4 for more tweets, analysis and opinion on the Yankees.

Posted on February 29, 2012, in Personal Opinion and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. This is so pathetic. Bobby V is a great baseball mind, but being the manager of the Red Sox doesn’t mean you have to try and instigate the Yankees into a verbal war. Did Terry Francona ever talk sh*t about the Yankees? I don’t think so. He was a great manager and I had respect for the guy, and sure enough he won 2 World Series titles.

    This theory is proved right time and time again – talk is cheap, play the game.

    • Exactly! Terry Francona was a great manager because all he did was play the game and not instigate. I won’t be surprised if Joe Girardi loses his temper with him.

  2. The Sox management over reacted to the collapse. Tito was a good manager winning two world series. Booby V is not as good, he has neve won as a player or coach. He has a high ego and likes to be in the news. This is good in Boston now, but will wear thin after time. Booby V is a downgrade for the Sox this year which is good for the Yanks.

    • Good points Doug.

      I wonder if Bobby V thinks by constantly taking digs at the Yankees it will give Boston some kind of edge when they play or if he’s just an egomaniac who wants his name in the paper.

  3. I hope Bobby V loves the cellar!!!!

  4. Delia…
    “Derek Jeter is baseball. Derek Jeter’s a legend.” Ah, isn’t that a bit too much? lol
    Good job Delia, and I agree, Tito is and was a class act in Boston, besides being a good manager and player.

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