Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine isn't in Chiba City anymore. He's in Boston, and in Boston, people like to light their hair on fire and run around in the middle of the street when it comes to something wrong with their sports team.
The newest disturbance is ... spins the wheel ... Valentine showing up late for a game because his son's flight was delayed. Well.
In a candid interview with WEEI, Valentine compared his start times with those of Rays' manager Joe Maddon, suggesting that one man's "late" is another's "on-time.", and that his time in Boston has been miserable:
Regret returning (to managing)? No, life is a journey ... you learn from misery ... It's been miserable! But a part of my life's experience.
He also had some choice words for an unnamed breakfast place in Seattle:
John Henry's ham was overcooked.
And he called the Oakland Coliseum "stupid", which, well, yeah. Most of the buzz around the interview will have to do with Gleen Ordway asking Valentine if he'd checked out, and Valentine responding with ...
What an embarrassing thing to say. If I were there right now, I'd punch you right in the mouth.
The interview ended cordially, though. It was an extremely candid and animated interview, especially by today's standards. You can listen to the full interview here.