Bobby Valentine was all over the news today after being introduced as the new athletic director at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. He said he has moved on from his tenure as skipper for the Red Sox, and then proceeded to take some subtle shots at the team.
Valentine joined Chris "Mad Dog" Russo on his “SiriusXM Mad Dog Radio” show to discuss his transition. Here are some selected excerpts courtesy of the show:
Chris Russo: “Did you have the itch, say 10 or 12 days ago, to go find yourself a team in spring training?” Bobby Valentine: “Not really. No, I’ve been too busy to worry about standing around and watching guys stretch and play long toss.”--
Russo: “That was a very difficult situation last year…” Valentine: “It wasn’t that difficult actually, Chris, and it wasn’t that bad, to tell you the truth. It was six months of watching guys play baseball and trying to get guys off the disabled list. And I’m glad it’s over but it wasn’t what people made it out to be. It wasn’t torture. It really wasn’t that bad.” Russo: “That’s a good point because I do think people think, ‘God, Valentine, what a mess, disaster, 69 wins, the great Red Sox…” Valentine: “Yeah, we were 52-50 after 102 games. We were holding it together with duct tape and super glue and then we made the trade and we decided we weren’t going to play anymore so, you know. We developed. We did what we had to do. Weeded out the weak, that’s for sure.”
Russo: “You’re a very prideful guy who has had a lot of success, and you’ve heard all the backbiting, Valentine this, Valentine that. Part of you has to be upset by that, no?”
Valentine: “No, I don’t get upset by small-minded people and I found a lot of them over the last year. I move forward. I try not to get too involved with anyone who doesn’t know reality and can’t distinguish reality from their little fairy tale world that they live in, whether they are reporters or players or anyone else.”
Listen to more of Valentine's interview with Russo here.
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