Daily Red Sox Links: Continuing the Bobby V Show

SEATTLE, WA: Manager Bobby Valentine #25 of the Boston Red Sox looks on in the dugout during the game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Yesterday on WEEI, Bobby Valentine took part in quite the interview. Ben covered it very well soon after it happened. Due to the unusual content, the interview became a big talking point around Boston. Amongst other highlights, after host Glenn Ordway asked if he had "checked out," Valentine responded, "if I were there, I'd punch you in the mouth." In Rich Levine's opinion, Bobby V was just being honest throughout. (Rich Levine; CSN New England)

  • As expected, Valentine had to answer to those comments after the game. He pointed out that while he was trying to prove a point to the media, he was definitely joking with his comment about punching Ordway. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal)
  • While the big league squad has struggled this season, and all hope of postseason play is gone, Pawtucket made their way into the AAA playoffs. To commemorate the occasion, Larry Lucchino visited the team, but had no comments on Bobby Valentine. (Joe McDonald; ESPN Boston)
  • Yesterday Baseball Nation posted the latest edition of their Youtube show. They touch on many topics that are captivating the baseball world lately, including the continued demise of the Yankees. (Rob Neyer, Grant Brisbee; Baseball Nation via Youtube)
  • This year has been especially notable for MLB because of the unexpected contenders, including Baltimore, Oakland and Pittsburgh. Over at Hardball Times, Chris Lund looks at whether or not the extra wild card has added anything to this season's excitement. (Chris Lund; Hardball Times)
  • Despite our favorite team being out of the race, the AL East has still taken on the expected three-team race. Baltimore has replaced Boston in that equation for this year, but the stretch run should be a fun time for this division. (Jay Jaffe; Sports Illustrated)
  • Continuing the Bobby Valentine theme from earlier, there were rumors swirling of his seemingly imminent firing even before that interview. Rob Bradford thinks the Red Sox should again look to Toronto to bring John Farrell in to manage this team next year. (Rob Bradford; WEEI.com)
  • Growing up, the Braves were always my second favorite team, as my granparents lived in Atlanta and shared my passion for the game. Javy Lopez used to be my favorite player in baseball, but Chipper Jones was always the guy to watch on that team. After this year, he's finally calling it quits, after having a storybook career entirely with the Braves. (R.J. Anderson; Baseball Prospectus)

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