Originally written on Awful Announcing  |  Last updated 11/18/14

During a Tuesday interview on the Boston-area Mut & Merloni show, former Red Sox pitcher (and current ESPN analyst) Curt Schilling blasted Bobby Valentine, saying (among other things), "I don't think this is going well. And I think it's going bad quicker than I expected it to," referring to Valentine's brief tenure thus far as Red Sox manager.

I know Schilling has a vested stake in this, being a former Red Sox legend and a loyalist to former manager (and current ESPN co-worker) Terry Francona, but jeez, can't the guy even get a chance during the regular season? 

Schilling also said he felt, "Bobby's trying to re-invent the game. I don't think players have ever responded well to that." After last season's beer and fried chicken fueled collapse in September, it's clear to me that the Red Sox management wants to re-invent their clubhouse culture, and the hiring of Valentine and ouster of former manager Francona was the first step taken towards curing that.

I do agree with Schilling on one thing, though. Disagreements happen between the GM and manager all the time, and they're happening frequently with Valentine and GM Ben Cherington. Schilling mentions, "If it truly is a power struggle, then one of those two guys is an ex-something waiting to happen." Considering that Cherington didn't even want to hire Valentine and was essentially forced into it by ownership, I can really see this blowing up sooner rather than later. If that does happen, the criticism of Bobby V will be at a fever pitch.

If this is the Curt Schilling that is going to be trotted out this season on ESPN airwaves, I say BRING IT ON. It's refreshing to see candor from an analyst as opposed to the filtered talking points that you've heard for years.

[h/t: WEEI]

 

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Celtics looking to make LeBron's life difficult in playoff series

WATCH: Luke Rockhold chokes out Lyoto Machida

WATCH: Masai Ujiri fires up Raptors fans with expletive

Andre Johnson: Signing with Colts not about revenge

Pete Rose joining FOX as baseball analyst

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Josh Hamilton filed for divorce around time of relapse

Isaiah Thomas once peed himself to avoid subbing out

Report: ESPN employees want Britt McHenry fired

WATCH: Raptors fans shower Paul Pierce with vulgar taunts

Report: Vikings want first-rounder, starting CB for Peterson

Jarret Stoll arrested for possession of drugs

Report: Todd Gurley's knee checks out well in evaluation

WATCH: All 286 3-pointers Steph Curry made this season

WATCH: Devan Dubnyk makes great save while leaving net

Sabres GM not happy about losing draft lottery

Yordano Ventura ejected for plunking Brett Lawrie

Five early takeaways from the 2015 MLB season

WATCH: Cubs fan catches foul ball in beer cup, chugs it

WATCH: Cardale Jones throws ball 74 yards during contest

Shaka Smart was quite popular at the Texas spring game

Ohio State sets spring game attendance record

WATCH: Bubba Watson raps on Christian rap track

WATCH: Jags mascot wins closest to pin at Sawgrass

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.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Josh Hamilton filed for divorce from wife

Report: McHenry's coworkers want her fired

WATCH: Raptors fans taunt Paul Pierce

Five things to watch in NBA Playoffs

Jarret Stoll busted for drugs

CJ Wilson: Hamilton is 'ready to go'

Leaked Clippers jersey redesigns

Tequila Patron Sports Car Showcase preview

Home runs ruined our ability to appreciate production

Why we love the NFL draft

The "worst" player on each NBA playoff team

Jim Harbaugh showed up at Ultimate Frisbee practice

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.