David Ortiz doesn’t pull any punches talking about former manager Bobby Valentine in his new book “Papi: My Story”.
Ortiz had plenty to say about Valentine and the Red Sox’s disastrous 2012 campaign. But one excerpt in particular that stood out was a flashback to Valentine berating ex-shortstop Mike Aviles for calling “I got it” on pop ups in practice.
One day we were doing his drills and the shit hit the fan. We were hitting pop-ups, and Bobby had said that he didn’t want infielders to say, “I’ve got it, I’ve got it. . . .” He thought that was an unreliable way of calling off a teammate because, in a noisy stadium, the player who’s being called off might not hear his teammate taking control. Well, all players have habits. And in American baseball, most infielders taking the play say, “I got it.”
So when our shortstop, Mike Aviles, got under a ball, he instinctively said, “I got it.” Bobby snapped. It was unlike anything I had ever seen in the majors. He went off on Aviles, cussing and verbally tearing him down in front of everyone. If it had been me, I would have gone up to him, right in front of the fans and dropped a punch.
Valentine got the chance to defend himself on CBS Sports Network.
— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) May 11, 2017
Barstool Sports’ Jared Carrabis did a really nice job breaking down everything else Ortiz had to say about Valentine in the new book, which is set for a May 16 release.
As for this particular incident with Aviles, I actually kind of get what Valentine’s saying. That’t not to say he wasn’t a terrible manager who had no business calling the shots, but judging by the interview above he has some valid points.
One thing is certain: 2012 is a year Red Sox fans desperately want erased from their memories.