Here’s Bobby Valentine
The new manager of the Red Sox is brash, opinionated….and about to make them a hell of a lot more interesting, whether you like it or not.
What do you think the biggest difference is between you as a manager right now and you when you were in Texas and New York?
I have no idea what the biggest difference is.
So I have to go ask somebody else?
Yeah, probably someone who is playing for me today and someone who was playing for me then. If you find that person, make sure you point him out to me.
When your name comes up on SportsCenter or wherever else, one of the first things that comes up is the mustache thing.
Yeah. I’m glad I did it. It’s something that’s brought a lot of joy and laughter to a lot of people, and it seems like they really thought it was meant to be a little light side of baseball. That’s a good thing.
So it doesn’t annoy you to always hear about it? You just think it was sort of fun?
Yeah, that doesn’t annoy me. The big thing was my players thought it was funny, and that was a good thing.
Having won a championship in Japan but not yet a World Series here, do you ever think about what your legacy will be when you’re done?
I might think about it when I’m done.
But not yet?
Why would I do that?
I don’t know, in a quiet moment of reflection, maybe.
I try to, you know, deal with today and look forward. I never think anything is done. It’s all part of the process.
I have to ask: Are you a fan of fried chicken? Do you have it at your restaurant?
We have wings. We have beer, obviously.
So do you have a favorite type? White meat, dark meat?
No, I don’t think I do. I like wings.
Do you go hot or mild?
You know, I like the wings at my place. I like them when they’re hot. Sometimes I’ll get them medium. Never do it mild.
Are you on Twitter?
Oh, I have a Twitter account. I don’t actively tweet.
Any chance of that happening in the future?
I don’t think so.
No? We can’t get you to, like, tweet out pitching changes during a game or something?
I don’t think so. I guess during the game we’re not allowed to do it, so I don’t think that will happen.
One other request: You’re an accomplished ballroom dancer and taught lessons before the games in Japan. Any chance we can get you to do that at Fenway?
I think everyone knows the cha-cha here.
When you were hired, lots of people said that it would only be a matter of time before you said something that would get you in trouble. Is that something you’re conscious of, or do you just go say what you say and do what you do?
Yeah, I say what I say and do what I do, and it’s an inevitability that someone — or many people — will decide that I say things that make headlines. That’s the way the world works these days, I guess. All 30 managers are in pretty much the same predicament.