NY Daily – Fired Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine has been made the scapegoat for an awful season in Boston. But he is trying to take slugger David Ortiz down with him. As a guest on “Costas Tonight” which aired Tuesday night at 10 p.m. on NBC Sports Network, Valentine – in his first sit down interview since being canned as Boston’s skipper – says that Ortiz who injured his Achilles tendon this past season “decided not to play.”
Valentine had this to say to Bob Costas about one of Beantown’s most beloved athletes:
“David Ortiz came back after spending about six weeks on the disabled list and we thought it was only going to be a week. He got two hits the first two times up, drove in a couple runs; we were off to the races. Then he realized that this trade (the Red Sox dealt Kevin Youkilis to the White Sox mid-season and Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett to the Dodgers at the trade deadline) meant that we’re not going to run this race and we’re not even going to finish the race properly and he decided not to play anymore. I think at that time it was all downhill from there.”
My morning has been absolute shit and its only 10:20. Been up for an hour and twenty minutes and my head’s about to spin or I’m going to end up being accused of murder. Its just one of those days. The god damn PCA wants to weigh me at 5:50am, the pulmonary therapist can’t figure out which nebulizers I’m supposed to use, the cafeteria fucked up my breakfast for the 9th day in a row, someone in the hospital jacked me for my LA fitted (that’s what I get for staying in Hartford), and my ride home is “running an hour behind”. Don’t sweat it, this place is golden. Who’d ever want to leave?
However, Bobby V came through for me. Nothing is more of an upper to me than watching or listening to a New England sports franchise fall apart. So having Valentine say that Ortiz was a fat, lazy sore loser put a smile on my face that was reminiscent to The Grinch after he robbed all of Whoville.
I can see where all the issues were Valentine’s fault. Beckett being a human pitching machine serving up softies: Valentine’s fault. Lester being a one year, one hit wonder: Valentine’s fault. Pedroia being a baby and crying every other week: Valentine’s fault. A.Gon being an overpaid, overrated superstar: Valentine’s fault. Crawford being weaker than an uncooked spaghetti noodle: Valentine’s fault. And now, Ortiz being a sore loser: Valentine’s fault.
Good thing Valentine’s out of their now. And Josh Beckett. And Adrian Gonzalez. And Carl Crawford. And Ortiz is going into free agency. Can’t wait to see the contract Boston offers the 36-year-old, 250lb immobile 1st baseman who’s strictly a one trick pony at the plate. Otherwise, 2013 will be the year Dustin Pedroia quits on them, or fakes an injury, or fake prolongs an injury. Because that’s the Boston way.