On the surface, that seems like a far-fetched question, after all, he did manage in New York.
It was the Mets though, not the Yankees, and no matter how good the Mets are, they don’t get the coverage that the Yankees do, and for all the talk about the “tough” New York media, from an outsider, that seems like a myth.
Valentine’s behavior and performance this season often seem to be that of someone who is over his head and overwhelmed by his surroundings. His appearances on radio and TV have been marred by bizarre comments and head-scratching statements. From his very curious calling out of Kevin Youkilis the first week of the season right up to his recent “punch you in the mouth” comment to Glenn Ordway, Valentine has gotten himself into one mess after another this season.
He acts like someone who is overcompensating for a lack of confidence or security. It’s all been very odd. He’s been nothing like what he was billed to be by the likes of Gerry Callahan and Nick Cafardo coming int...