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The standing ovation Valentine received yesterday came as a rather unexpected feature to the sometimes hostile reception Valentine has gotten at Fenway this season.
Not many Sox fans blame him for all or even most of the club’s struggles. But he has borne his share of the frustration the fans feel about this year’s Sox squad.
So, in the wake of Saturday’s blockbuster deal, which was step one in the housecleaning process, Valentine gained a public endorsement.
At least he still gives a damn.
“I was still steaming, but (the fans) got the team excited when they got on their feet, the team wanted to keep them on their feet and that was good,” said Valentine after the 8-6 victory over the Royals. “I didn’t try to get kicked out there. I didn’t really get upset until I did get kicked out. Just voicing an opinion, we all have one.”
Herald: Stand up for Bobby
Did I really see that? Bobby Valentine got a standing ovation that wasn't sarcastic? It really is a new era in Boston!
It was such an awful call that it was time for Bobby to be Bobby and take out some aggression on umpire Dan Bellino. He got his money's worth and it was a beautiful thing to see. Despite all of the hell and chaos that has surrounded this team, Valentine still gives a damn. It says a lot about how much he loves baseball.
Now that the Red Sox have been taken out of baseball purgatory by the Dodgers, the Sox have a team that better suits Valentine. He's best known for the 2000 Mets, a team that had no right to be in the World Series with that lineup, especially that outfield.
Now, I'm not saying that the Sox are lining themselves up to be a World Series favorite but with the second wild card around, a team will never be out of it. Valentine is a guy that likes to tinker a lot and get the best out of every player on the roster. Get a couple good starters to bolster the rotation alongside a returning John Lackey with so much to prove and hey 2013 may not be so bad after all.
Globe: Positive start | Valentine ejected on Monday | Ortiz to mull options with Sox on Monday | Former Sox reflect | Herald: Time to call it for David Ortiz | Unheralded Ciriaco, mates lead Sox past Royals | All the guy does is win | CSNNE: Dos Pedro's | Doubront feels 'pretty good' after return to mound | Two longtime rivals help Boston sports years later | Gonzalez on his regrets in Boston | Buckley: Ortiz, Sox has potential to 'end badly' | Red Sox new faces beat Royals 8-6 | WEEI: Sox need to trade Pedroia | It had gone too far here | LaRussa stands by Valentine | 'Real sore' Ortiz meets with team officials