Originally posted on RedSoxLife  |  Last updated 4/2/12
Unfortunately, it's not Christina. The X Factor is Bobby Valentine.Parts I to III were named after Earl Weaver's famous formula for success: "Pitching, defense, and three-run homers." Unstated in the Weaver version was his -- um - confidence in his own competence. With Bobby Valentine, we don't know yet.Here's my take on Valentine so far: he talks too much. That's understandable in its way, because he's made his living with his mouth for years. (Hey, like Christina! OK I won't do that again.) It's also understandable because he knew he was coming into a media-soaked market where his every word would be dutifully recorded and scrutinized. Wise enough to know he can't play the Bill Belichick role, he talked. And talked.Which is fine, but a tongue so finely stretched will eventually be able to reach the feet.We could argue endlessly that the players needed an anti-Francona, an asskicker. There's always sympathy for that view here in frugal New England, where we paradoxically pay the...
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