Boston is currently 14 games back in the American League wild-card race and if their recent fire-sale to fuel the Los Angeles Dodgers’ pennant run failed to raise the white flag high enough, their recent tailspin sealed their fate.
But don’t you dare ask Valentine if he and his depleted Red Sox have already given up on the season — unless you want a fat lip.
In a Wednesday radio interview on WEEI in Boston, host Glenn Ordway broached the subject with Valentine and received quite the answer.
“What an embarrassing thing to say. If I were there right now, I’d punch you right in the mouth. Ha, ha. How’s that sound? Is that like I checked out? What an embarrassing thing,” Valentine said. “Why would somebody even, that’s stuff that a comic strip person would write. If someone’s here, watching me go out at 2 o’clock in the afternoon, watching me put in the right relief pitchers to get a win, putting on a hit-and-run when it was necessary, talking to the guys after the game in the food room — how could someone in real life say that?”
That certainly doesn’t sound like a guy who’s looking forward to his year-end performance review. But Valentine said he hopes to return for the 2013 season, despite the difficulties of his first term.
“This is what I chose to do,” Valentine said. “I think it’s been miserable, but it’s also been part of my life’s journey. You learn from misery.”
The Sox are an abysmal 10-23 since Aug. 1 and 4-8 since dumping Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto in Los Angeles.
(H/T Hardball Talk)