Originally posted on Fenway West  |  Last updated 4/21/12

Bobby Valentine's career in Boston is on the ropes.  The Red Sox slow start is not entirely Bobby V.'s fault but he is on the hook for a couple of losses.  Red Sox Nation did not want Tito gone, and if he was going to be replaced they wanted someone without a lot of baggage.  

After today's devastating loss to the Yankees, Valentine said this:

“I think we’ve hit bottom.  That’s what I told them after the game. You have to sometimes hit bottom. If this isn’t bottom, then we’ll find some new ends to the earth or something.”

After the implosion at the end of last season and the fallout that followed I wrote a post saying the Red Sox had reached rock bottom but I added an update on twitter that I may have been mistaken after the news broke that Bobby V. might get the job as Red Sox skipper.   Some people never get welcomed into the Nation (think Edgar Rentaria or Byung-Hyun Kim) and it is just a matter of time before ownership joins the fan base in this realization.   Valentine still has a chance to be welcomed into the Nation but the door closing quickly.  A win tomorrow and a couple of good series will buy him some time but a loss will likely spell the beginning of the end.  Valentine will NEVER gain the support of Red Sox Nation if the Sox get swept by the Yankees tomorrow.  The team would have a 4-11 record, possibly the worst record in the AL if the Royals win, and more importantly they will have lost six in a row at home, three to their biggest rival including the 100th anniversary of Fenway game. 

Today's game was everything Valentine needed...until the seventh inning.  Now he is hanging on by a thread and his fate will play out on national TV tomorrow night.

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