Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 9/30/12

Anyone who knew anything about the Red Sox knew Bobby Valentine was getting into an interesting situation when he signed on to be Boston's manager this past offseason. Many predicted instant combustion. Most figured it would be a rocky season at best. Some thought Valentine could find success as a manager again -- if he could somehow woo the highly paid stars who made up the team. Valentine certainly did a bit of due diligence before the season, reaching out to different players, including slugger David Ortiz. But when it came to the volatile Josh Beckett, Valentine now admits that...

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