Bobby Valentine wasted no time ratcheting up the Rivalry between his Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. Not even a week after being introduced as the new Saux manager, he proclaimed his hatred for the Yankees and stated that he did not want to waste valuable time talking about them. Bobby V’s comments were a bit tongue-in-cheek. But they showed that he understands perfectly that part of his new job is to give the Yankees fits whenever humanly possible, a task at which I have no doubt Bobby V will be tremendously successful.
Joe Girardi didn’t take the bait. He talked about how managers are different and how only time will tell how things work out for Bobby V. Apparently, Girardi reserves his anger for members of the media after bad losses or probing questions about AJ Burnett. I’d like to see the Yankees manager show some of that fire against Bobby V, but it’s simply not Girardi’s style. It’s definitely Bobby V’s style.
In the grand scheme of things, Valentine’s words do not really mean much, just him playing his new role to perfection. But it promises some fun times to come. Just in time for the holidays, Bobby V is the gift that keeps on giving to the best Rivalry in baseball.
Thanks to the US Consulate General - Osaka for the Bobby V photo.