Found November 09, 2012 on
SALEM, Mass. — As the keynote speaker of the Salem State University speaker series, former Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine had his chances.
A chance to finally speak out against the city and team that chased him out of a job.
A chance to speak his mind without any negative consequences from his former bosses.
A chance to get the last laugh.
But instead of doing what some people in his shoes would have done, the longtime coach handled things with class.
Valentine, who was joined by legendary baseball writer and NESN’s own Peter Gammons, was eager to meet with a panel of Bostons sports fans and media members in what was his first public appearance since being relieved of his duties as manager of the Sox. However, he was reluctant to speak about his personal endeavors since his firing.
“This isn’t a press conference to discuss any of that,” he explained with a smile. “It’s none of [the public's] business.”
Valentine’s smile was contagious and while some thought it would be a hosti...
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