(Globe) – My mother used to take the braided rug she made by hand to the clothesline once a week and beat the living daylights out of it with a broom to shake out the dirt. Bobby Valentine often feels like that rug. The anger directed toward Valentine seems to escalate with every Red Sox win, which accentuates the job done by manager John Farrell this season and the failure of Valentine with the 2012 Red Sox.
“It’s the easy thing to do. It’s easy to get on me. What am I gonna do? I’m 63 years old, life is good. I’m enjoying running a college program. We have great people here. Our football team is 7-1. My movie company is doing well. We have two movies out [one on the life of Valentine’s father-in-law, Ralph Branca, and the other a hard-hitting look at the NCAA] and I’m having fun with that.”
As for the 2013 Red Sox?
“I picked them to win the division, the ALDS, the ALCS, and now the World Series,” Valentine said. “I’m rooting them on. The  guys left on that team that I managed were all good guys. I enjoyed all of them, so why wouldn’t I root for them?”
And his replacement?
“He’s obviously done a great job,” Valentine said. “I haven’t heard one negative thing. I haven’t seen anything weird. I really enjoyed watching the two managers in the ALCS. John is this new-wave guy, but when it came to playing Jonny Gomes, he stuck with him because Gomes gave him a better look. I love that. [Tigers manager Jim] Leyland is supposed to be the old-school guy and old-school guys usually leave their pitchers in a long time. Yet he took Max Scherzer out of Game 2 after 108 pitches. So I found it interesting watching that.”
Most managers get more than one year to turn around a bad ship, which tells you how bad Red Sox ownership thought Valentine’s tenure was.
“I’d like to think that if I came back for my second year that, given the changes and improvements, I would have been able to do the same thing,” Valentine said. “Ben did a great job this offseason rebuilding the team. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like it before. Usually a team will go after one or two free agents and hope they work out. When you’re signing seven or eight guys and they all work out and blend in together as well as they did, that’s amazing to me. The entire organization should be very proud of what they did. They should take a bow. It was amazing work.”
The most surprising part of this story isn’t even Bobby V saying he’d have the Sox in the World Series this year too. That’s the headline grabber, but that’s not what shocked me. Of course he thinks that. What surprised me is the opening paragraph. Who hates Bobby V? Who takes Bobby V out back and beats him like a dusty rug constantly?
Getting mad at Bobby V for the Sox sucking last year is the dumbest thing ever. That was his job, to crash and burn. He was there to suck so they could blow the entire team up. I’m practically thankful for the job Bobby Valentine did. He wasn’t qualified, at all. You can’t get mad at someone for fucking up when they’re not qualified. It’s like asking your demented old grandfather to make you dinner and getting mad when he shits his pants instead. That’s not his fault, you shouldn’t have asked him to make you fucking dinner. The 2012 Boston Red Sox sucked, from top to bottom. There was nothing redeeming about them and if you think John Farrell would have had them in the playoffs then you’re out of your mind.
As for Bobby V’s claim that he’d have the 2013 bearded men in the World Series, I obviously disagree. But I don’t think they’d be in last place either. They would have been a much better team this year even with Bobby V at the helm. So is what Bobby V said a little crazy? Yeah, the guy who walked around Chicago rapping, and wore costumes in the dugout and claims to have invented the wrap sandwich said something a bit nuts. No surprise. But it’s not that crazy. Farrell brought calmness and stability to the locker room but there are a lot of games you can point to, even in the last two weeks, that the Sox won in spite of Farrell’s in-game managing and not because of it.