Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/9/12
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 hostile evening, that thought was quickly eliminated when it became obvious that this was a man who had made peace with a bad situation. But that didn’t stop him from making some ill-advised jokes about players on his former team. Bobby V joked that Daniel Bard‘s slow return from his meltdown was like “Chinese water torture.” He also called third baseman Will Middlebrooks a “defensive liability.” Valentine also offered his two cents on what he thought was wrong with the Red Sox system. “There have been 44 presidents in the History of the United States and I was the 45th manager of his this team,” he explained. “That should say something about job security here. People think that they have to know everything in Boston — information doesn’t filter down from the top, but attitude does.” Valentine may no longer hold the Red Sox managerial position but he still maintains a positive outlook. “When I wake up, I think it’s going to be the best day of my life,” he said with a smile. “I did it today and I’ll do it tomorrow.”
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

SEC commissioner responds to Arkansas coach’s flop during Saturday’s loss

Report: 49ers put Vernon Davis on the trade block

Wall to pay assistant coach $100 for every three-turnover game

Green fires back at critics, compares them to ‘bitter females’

The Islanders are wasting a roster spot on Eric Boulton

Ben Foster: PEDs I took to play Lance Armstrong 'definitely damaged' my body


Falcons ‘anticipate’ Julio Jones plays Thursday against Saints

Mets fan critically injured after fight with Dodgers fans

Belichick to Patriots: We’ll ‘win a lot of games’ playing like that

Report: Taylor could be out several weeks with MCL sprain

Richard Jefferson: Cavs 'are a little pissed off' after Finals

Andrew Luck staying quiet on injury, status for Patriots game

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Can any of the NFL's remaining undefeated teams go 16-0?

QUIZ: Every team Steve Spurrier played for, coached

What's changed, what hasn't: NBA's Southwest Division

DeAndre Hopkins on pace to shatter single-season target record

(Mis)handling David Price

Five fantasy things we learned from every NFL Week 5 game

Steve Spurrier: An American original

How the Royals cheated death

Citi Field gave Chase Utley chilly reception

Mike Moustakas fired up Royals with expletive-laced speech

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker