Count me among those with growing admiration for Bobby. Is he a clown? Almost definitely. He loves attention and clearly has an instinct to entertain. But I want to be entertained, and if the Sox are going to be largely filled with pretty boring personalities, I don't mind getting a little entertainment out of the manager. Sure, winning is the most entertaining thing, but a little ridiculousness and drama here and there won't hurt things too badly.
All that aside, though, the above post points out the best thing so far about this Spring Training: Bobby V is actually training his players this spring. As a result of having a lot of veteran-laden teams, I'm sure, Tito largely seemed to just try to get ST over with as quickly as possible. Sure, they worked on things every spring training. Of course they did. And I'm not even saying they were just going through the motions. It's just that Tito basically knew what he had after the first five years or so.
With a new manager, and maybe this would happen with any new manager, there's a feeling-out period that's really interesting to watch as a fan. I don't think Bobby is "testing" the team necessarily, but saying, hey, this is something I might want to try sometime, let's make sure everyone's comfortable with it. The fact that Kay and Pinella would call that game like it meant something, and like normal rules apply, is so dense it's mind-boggling (and, echoing back to Belichick comparisons, doesn't sound exactly like the way commentators during Pats spring training games are always wondering why it seems like Coach Bill just doesn't care about the outcome or whether the play is successful or not?).
I don't think Valentine is doing anything extraordinary, but he's doing what I would hope he would do and he's making things a lot more interesting as a fan. I'm actually way more excited for the season to start than I thought I would be. This could be really fun - and there might be some wins in there, too.
Edited by MyDaughterLovesTomGordon, 14 March 2012 - 11:46 AM.