Reminder: Bobby Valentine is the manager of the Boston Red Sox. It's spring, and our focus is on backup shortstops hitting .400 and starting outfielders hitting .100, and I'm sure we'll all remember these spring performances in a few weeks. But Bobby Valentine is the manager -- wearer of disguises, and inventor of health-conscious sandwich substitutes -- of one of the most prominent teams in baseball. He's a pretty strong personality. How long until some folks get tired of h…
Oh. So, already. From WEEI we have the State of the Curt Schilling address:
Schilling said, "I like Bobby. I like him a lot," after working with Valentine at ESPN last season. However, Schilling said, "I thought that the manager that managed the Mets that I was not a big fan of was now going to be a different manager, and I don't think there's anything different at all. And I don't think that that is going to be conducive to doing well here. There's a lot of things I think that are happening not just from his perspective, but when you talk to these guys -- and I'm still talking to some of these guys -- I don't think this is going well. And I think it's going bad quicker than I expected it to."
Or, to paraphrase: "Like the guy. Figured it would turn to crap at some point. But, man, it escalated quickly!"
Schilling might be a yappy sort, but it's not too far-fetched to think that he talks to one of the seven players who are on the Red Sox now who were also around for Schilling's last season in 2007. These might be the grumblings of a single disgruntled player, or they might be a clubhouse-wide disenchantment. The important thing is that we found out limited information when we probably didn't need to. Thanks, Curt Schilling!
One more nugget from the article: Schilling compares Red Sox shortstop prospect Jose Iglesias to Rey Ordonez:
"I think you're looking at a Rey Ordonez until he matures offensively. And I think Rey Ordonez, had he hit .280, would have been in the Hall of Fame."
And if I had 3,116 strikeouts and a level-79 paladin, I'd be Curt Schilling. But I can't even get dismissive of this comp because I feel like the kids today don't hear enough about Rey Ordonez.