Valentine claims he did ‘hell of a job’ managing last-place Red Sox
It didn’t take long for Bobby Valentine to move past his year to forget in Boston. Of course, there was a new challenge to help him along the way.
Some five months after being fired as manager of the Red Sox, Valentine was formally introduced on Tuesday as the new athletic director for Sacred Heart University, and despite the embarrassing way the 2012 Red Sox season played out, Valentine did not appear to be feeling any shame and said he was proud of the job he did.
“I thought I did a hell of a job in Boston,” Valentine said of the 2012 Red Sox in a press conference Tuesday. “I thought what had to be done there was done, except for winning a pennant. But [Hall of Fame manager] Connie Mack wasn’t going to win with that team.”
Bobby Valentine inherited a 90-win Red Sox team and led them to a 69-93 record, the worst record for the franchise since 1965. Valentine was the man in charge of the most tumultuous and disastrous years in recent memory in Boston, and he was fired as soon as the season ended.
Valentine, a Connecticut native, will assume his position at Sacred Heart on July 1. He is taking over a program that competes in the Northeast Conference and has 31 teams.