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Can Cupid Handle the Pressure?

There's not a doubt in my mind that Bobby Valentine is a smart man when it comes to the game of baseball. Sometimes almost too smart for his own good. That might be where part of the trouble starts for him and the Red Sox. In Major League Baseball, Valentine has done his best managing when he wasn't in the lime light. Let's think about it. He struggled with the Rangers. The Rangers may not have been the best teams when he was there, but there were still plenty of talented players. But being in the Dallas area didn't help him. Dallas, Texas is a huge sports town, and yes, he wasn't as in your face as the Cowboys were, but when you're the only baseball team in a city or area of the state, it doesn't help take any pressure off of you. I know what you're thinking now, "But Bobby wasn't managing the only team in New York when he was with the Mets," This is true. In fact, you're one hundred percent correct. But let's be honest with ourselves. Does anyone out side of New Jersey (and that's a stretch) even care about New York Mets Baseball? When you're the team competing for fans, TV time, ticket sales, etc. with the Yankees, you tend to get the shaft. Big time. Bobby probably had it made with the Mets. You do well, you get a good pat on the back. You don't do so well, hey who cares? You're coaching the Mets, no one can really be expecting a whole lot out of you. Valentine took the Mets to one World Series. They played and eventually lost to the New York Yankees. Bobby probably found his niche in Japan eventually winning a championship there, but now he's stateside with one of the top three toughest places to manage. In Boston, no one cares if you have a bad bullpen. They're aware of this, now fix it. They don't care that you have two starting pitchers out, besides, is anyone out there really missing Lackey? Aceves should be in the rotation anyway. Not closing down games. I'd venture to believe that the only thing we Red Sox fans really care about is winning ball games, and not throwing our favorite players under the big ole media bus. I may be the only one hanging out here on this limb, but I don't think there's a snow ball's chance in hades that Bobby Valentine lasts through the season. In fact, I bet he gives up on the team before management gives up on him. Sure feels like the players have already given up on Bobby.

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