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Bobby Valentine texts while biking, crashes into ditch

Bobby Valentine’s rocky road in 2012 had one final pothole. (Patrick Semansky / AP)

From jettisoning one of Boston’s most popular players to filing the wrong lineup, Bobby Valentine’s first season as Red Sox manager was littered with mistakes.

Hours before his team’s second-to-last game of 2012, Valentine made another painful blunder.

As the New York Times reported:

In the final days of one of the most painful seasons of his career, Red Sox Manager Bobby Valentine on Tuesday lay entangled with his bicycle at the bottom of a ditch next to the Central Park Reservoir.

On the wet, slippery path, Valentine was reading a text on his phone from Dustin Pedroia, the Red Sox second baseman, and riding his bicycle. When he looked up, he had to swerve to avoid the umbrellas of two French tourists walking in front of him. The bike skidded, and he lost his balance and went careening head over pedals down the side of the hill by the road.

“I shouldn’t have been reading a text while I was riding, ” he said. “That’s the wrong thing to do. But at least I was wearing my helmet.”

Let this be a lesson to all. Don’t text and bike, kids!

Also, don’t arrive for a new job and immediately alienate your star players and then threaten to punch a local radio host in the mouth when you’re unprepared to deal with the inevitable criticism.

At this point, Bobby V. appears to be as good as gone from Beantown.

 (H/T Deadspin)


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Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.



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