A year ago, in his first official act as Red Sox manager, Bobby Valentine made a surprise appearance at David Ortiz' celebrity golf fund-raiser as a demonstration of how much he valued the slugger, then a free agent. Let's just say Valentine wasn't invited back. Ortiz' annual charity event, now in its fifth year of raising money for children who need medical care, is perhaps the best reminder of how much the Red Sox have gone through in the past 12 months. With the ballyhooed hiring of Valentine, they sought to erase the sour memory of their epic meltdown in September 2011. Instead, Valentine's divisive style plunged them deeper into turmoil en route to their worst season in nearly a half-century, leaving critics of the polarizing manager with a satisfied, told-ya-so grin. Looking back, Ortiz believes the Red Sox should've seen it all coming. "It seems like everybody but us knew what Bobby was going to turn out into," Ortiz said yesterday from the Sanctuary Resort and Spa. "When you hear people talking about him right now, it's just like, 'Oh, I knew it was going to be like that.' I guess that was one of those mistakes, not having the right people around. But the good thing is they pretty much tried to correct that from the very beginning, getting John (Farrell), a new manager, and making things better."
David Ortiz glad to be free of Bobby Valentine
Boston Herald | Dec 8