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Bobby V. takes swipes at A-Rod, Jeter

Posted on: February 28, 2012 4:36 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2012 6:18 pm

Bobby ValentineBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Somewhere in Bobby Valentine's office, there may be a checklist of people he should insult.

Monday, it was his predecessor with the Red Sox and Tuesday it's his rival, the Yankees. First on the list of Yankees to tweak? Alex Rodriguez, second was Derek Jeter.

When discussing retiring Boston catcher Jason Varitek, Valentine took a swipe at A-Rod. In a list of positives about Varitek, Bobby V. noted "he beat up Alex," referring to the 2004 dustup between the two.

Then, while discussing his team's work on relays and cutoffs, he dared blast Jeter's famous flip in Game 2 of the 2001 American League Division Series against the A's.

"We'll never practice that," Valentine told reporters (via the Boston Herald). "I think [Jeter] was out of position. I think the ball gets [Jeremy Giambi] out if [Jeter] doesn't touch it, personally. That was amazing that he was there. I bet it's more amazing that he said he practiced it. I don't believe it."

Would the ball have gotten there in time without Jeter's help? Looking back on it, it may have been closer than I'd remembered. I'm still not sure it had enough juice to get there on its own.

I'm surprised while he's at it, he doesn't bring up that in the same game where Jeter made his famous diving catch in the stands in 2004, Pokey Reese made a similar, but superior, play earlier int he game. (If you don't remember, Reese's catch was similar, but he went further and made the catch closer to the wall -- he just lacked Jeter's theatrics and his team didn't win that game).

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Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2012 5:06 pm

Bobby V. takes swipes at A-Rod, Jeter

Bobby V is stirring things up, hes a smart guy and a really good manager. Hes having some fun, what's wrong with that? Watch all the Yankees fans talk about all the rings now.

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2012 5:04 pm

Bobby V. takes swipes at A-Rod, Jeter

"We'll never practice that": Of course not, you dickhead!  THAT'S THE WHOLE POINT--Jeter made a classic play that went beyond the robotic 'by the book' mentality of a Valentine, which is why is in a super category, and a winner, as Sobby V. will never be.

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2012 4:59 pm

Bobby V. takes swipes at A-Rod, Jeter

Please. This is nothing new. This guy thinks he invented the game of baseball. He actually said he invented the wrap sandwich. No one thinks more about Bobby Valentine, than Bobby Valentine.

That being said, he's an excellent in game manager and handles young players well. He always has problems with veterans because they don't buy into his rah-rah act. He also talks behind players backs to the media. Everything is done to make Bobby look good.

Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2012 4:55 pm

Bobby V is just a bit jealous of the Yanks WS w's

Bobby V is just a bit jealous of the Yanks and their World Series wins.  He would like to just get ONE and he would  be a lot happier and a lot less bitter.  However, with his skill level and the team he has been handed, I seriously doubt he will get his chance.

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