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Viagra soft I received a link today of a post that Murray Chass (the big dumb ass) wrote about Bobby Valentine and how he can’t stand BV and BV couldn’t stand him either. Viagra soft Chass it seems felt it was his duty to call Larry Lucchino the Red Sox CEO, viagra soft to find out how the Sox managerial search was going. Viagra soft I guess after screaming at his grand kids and staring out the window for hours making sure no one parked their car in front of his house, viagra soft Chass decided he needed to know if Bobby Valentine was THE GUY the Sox were ready to hire as their field boss.

Viagra soft From reading the post it’s clear Chass has an agenda, viagra soft in fact since Chass was canned by the NY Times he’s had a hard on for lot of people and he’s in denial that he has gone from being the National baseball writer for the Old Grey Lady to a blogger . Viagra soft Chass will never identify himself as a blogger but that’s all in the denial side of his old ass life. Viagra soft Anyway, viagra soft Chass has gone and dug up gossip and innuendo from Valentine’s days as Mets manager using the one player that Valentine really had no use for, viagra soft Todd Hundley to make his case but back to Chass calling Lucchino. Viagra soft The Sox CEO told Chass that Valentine had a great interview and then wanted to know what Chass thought of BV, viagra soft I’ll let Chass tell you in his own words his feelings on Bobby V:

Viagra soft I would rather not have people I am interviewing ask me questions. Viagra soft In this instance what I thought about Valentine or any other candidate shouldn’t matter. Viagra soft I am not the one hiring and paying the new manager.

Viagra soft On the other hand, viagra soft Lucchino asked a reasonable question, viagra soft and the primary problem I had with it was whether I should offer some vague, viagra soft non-committal comment or answer honestly. Viagra soft Of course, viagra soft I chose honesty because I expect honest answers from the people I question.

Viagra soft “I have found him to be the most disliked man in baseball, viagra soft” I said. Viagra soft And I added, viagra soft “He doesn’t like me and I don’t like him.”

Viagra soft I didn’t offer any details, viagra soft but if Lucchino wants to know why I made those statements, viagra soft I will enlighten him here, viagra soft which is a more appropriate place for a reporter or columnist than the telephone. Viagra soft

Viagra soft One thing we know about Valentine is there is no middle ground when it pertains to how people feel about him. Viagra soft I admit to be being a big fan of his but I can see how his personality could grate on one’s nerves if you had to deal with him on an everyday basis but what I take issue with Chass is his view of Valentine is personal not business. Viagra soft  No place in his column does Chass give Valentine credit for being an outstanding bench manager. Viagra soft  You can hate the guys guts but you lose credibility when he don’t acknowledge that Valentine gets more out of what he’s given than anyone in baseball. Viagra soft   

Viagra soft Chass really embarrasses himself when he critiques Valentine’s managerial record by harping on the fact his teams never had a first place finish:

Viagra soft Valentine undoubtedly talks a good game; that’s why ESPN hired him. Viagra soft But ESPN doesn’t have to worry about a won-lost record. Viagra soft While it’s a fact that Valentine managed the Mets to two consecutive wild-card berths in 1999 and 2000 and the World Series in 2000, viagra soft it’s also a fact that in 14 years with the Rangers and the Mets he never managed a team that finished in first place.

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Viagra soft Presumably, viagra soft the Red Sox, viagra soft who have not participated in post-season games the last two years, viagra soft have studied Valentine’s history (and not just tested his knowledge of Jamesian sabermetrics) and know that he ranks third in history among managers who have managed the most games without finishing in first place.

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Viagra soft Valentine took over a Mets team in 1996 that had stopped to listening to Dallas Green whose method of motivation was to scream at his players “to look in the mirror” and man up. Viagra soft Valentine’s main strength was getting the most out of his 25 man roster but he had to deal with a few clubhouse lawyers who became very comfortable living the high life in the Shea Stadium clubhouse one in particular was Todd Hundley. Viagra soft I’ll get to Hundley in a minute, viagra soft Chass just kind of glosses over the fact the Valentine won a pennant with the Mets and if not for the shit the bed performance by Kenny Rogers would have had back to back pennants under his belt. Viagra soft Someday Chass should let us know what he thinks of Bobby Cox whose teams finished in first place 14 times but has one World Series flag to fly? What about the greatest manager to ever put a pen to a lineup card Tony LaRussa, viagra soft winning a World Series with a wild card team?  What Chass doesn’t get is all you have to do is get in the tournament, viagra soft who cares how you got there? I’m sure there isn’t a Cardinals fan out there complaining how their favorite team got to post season as they are reveling in their successful post season tour.

Viagra soft Back to Todd Hundley, viagra soft it was no secret back then that Valentine wasn’t a fan of Hundley and Hundley felt the same about BV.  Hundley talks about his relationship with Valentine:

Viagra soft  In Hundley’s view, viagra soft the problem with Valentine began when the manager appeared to be jealous of the player’s standing with the fans. Viagra soft ”He comes into a whole new situation and goes right after I guess the most popular guy, viagra soft” Hundley said. Viagra soft ”It’s not my fault I’m the most popular guy.”

Viagra soft Hundley was especially upset at the timing of Valentine’s comments on his sleep habits because his mother was being treated for cancer and his wife was pregnant.

Viagra soft ”I’m talking to my mom while she’s going through chemotherapy, viagra soft” Hundley said, viagra soft ”and I’m helping my wife with taking care of our two kids and he’s saying I’m out and about.”   

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Viagra soft It’s true that Valentine gave a”wink-wink, viagra soft nod-nod” statement about Hundley not getting enough sleep which was Valentine speak for Hundley being a hard partying guy. Viagra soft I have no proof that he was or wasn’t but I’m sure it was the manager sending a message to a player and the player reacted negatively. Viagra soft If it’s true that Hundley wasn’t getting sleep due to worrying about his mom and wife then Valentine was dead wrong to bring that up but what we saw with Hundley was he was not a true team player. Viagra soft When Mike Piazza was brought over from the Marlins it was Hundley who was affected the most and it hurt Hundley to no end that Piazza was coming to the Mets and was the new starting catcher. Viagra soft Hundley felt he was the most popular Met (I think Bernard Gilkey, viagra soft Lance Johnson and of course Edgardo Alfonso were right there as popular Mets) but now with a super star like Piazza on the team he had to take a back seat in fact he had to find a whole new place to play, viagra soft as Hundley was exiled to left field. Viagra soft  That’s when Hundley ceased being a Met. Viagra soft His play on the outfield was one of indifference; you knew his Mets days were over. Viagra soft Was Valentine the reason? Maybe part of it but the mostly it was the acquisition of Piazza that was Hundley’s problem.

Viagra soft Without a doubt Valentine is a very polarizing person, viagra soft but he has a track record of turning teams around when he occupies the mangers office. Viagra soft I’m not sure that Valentine is the guy to run the Red Sox bench as I feel their problems run a lot deeper in that clubhouse but you know the Red Sox will be prepared and they will be interesting. Viagra soft  Valentine vs. Viagra soft the Boston Media will a show all by itself.

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