The disunity among the Boston Red Sox this season has been nothing short of disgusting. It isn’t entirely the fault of Bobby Valentine but he is the guy calling the plays, so that is where the buck stops. As the saying goes, it’s easier to sack one manager than nine players. For this reason Jason Varitek is the only reasonable replacement as the Sox look to return to the summit of the AL East in 2013.
When it was announced that Valentine had signed a contract with the Red Sox, I like many others thought that he was the man to lead us to a third World Series title in eight years.
When questioned about the rivalry with the Yankees in his introductory press conference he responded with something along the lines of “I don’t think about them, nor do I care about them, so I won’t waste time talking about them.”
For proud Yankee haters like myself this was what we needed, someone who wouldn’t take any rubbish and would stick it to those who stuck it to us.
Then April rolled around and the reality of what we thought was going to a landmark season struck hard.
1-5 after the first six games felt slightly better than the fantastic 2-8 mark that was achieved in 2011, yet the season never really improved.
Depending on what you believe, senior players called a meeting management in Mid-June to discuss the problems they have with Valentine (The players have said management called the meeting).
This meeting was the nail in the coffin of the former ESPN Pundit, who is yet to be officially told his services won’t be required for next season.
Many Red Sox fans have Varitek pinned as the ideal replacement, and with two World Championships, a Little League World Series, College World Series, Olympic representation as well as being a member of Team USA at the World Baseball Classic (The only player ever to achieve all of those feats), what’s not to like?
Sure he doesn’t have any managerial experience, but former catchers have done well for themselves at the top level and there is no reason that he would bring those stats down.
22 of the 107 World Series that have been played have been won by a side who was managed by a former catcher. That is a little over one out of every five. Give any Red Sox fan another championship to celebrate by the end of 2017 and I’m certain they’d take it.
He knows Fenway. Having spent 15 Big League seasons playing in the park, Varitek’s intimate knowledge means that when it comes to vital in-game decisions, he’d make the right ones, something you could argue we haven’t seen too much of this season from our alleged fearless leader.
Remember when Varitek had a swipe at A-Rod ? Of course you do, that day will never be forgotten by any member of Red Sox Nation.
Even though some may have viewed it as an unprofessional act, it gives a great insight into the character of the manager-in-waiting.
He was our captain, and in many ways he still is.
A leader both on and off the field who the players committed to, and would have done anything for.
From 1918 to 2004 (Everything can come back to this if you need it to) the Sox lacked somebody who was able to grab the bull by the horns and make something happen and on July the 24th 2004 when he put A-Rod in his place that changed.
We not only saw a come from behind victory, but the side went on to post the best record in the Majors from that day until the end of the Regular Season.
Does it bother me that the guy we should hire has no experience ? Bobby Valentine led the Mets to a World Series (Which says something) and now looks like he wouldn’t know which end of a bat to hold.
For me the Red Sox have always been about doing what feels right, and Jason Varitek standing in the dugout for the home opener in 2013 would be the highlight of my life, outside of the 2004 and 2007 championships.
Does Red Sox ownership, who have made some poor decisions in the last few years *CARL CRAWFORD*, finally get one right and hire the one man who everybody knows will take us once more to the promised land ?