It’s a good Christmas for Bobby Valentine as he got the managerial position of the Red Sox.
In an interview last Monday, he said if he was able to get the job, he said, “I would feel like it is Christmas.”
He was introduced yesterday by General Manager Ben Cherington as the team’s 45th general manager.
Valentine left his job as an ESPN analyst and returns as major league dugout.
He said, “The talent level and the players that we have in this organization is a gift to anyone. And I’m receiver of that gift.”
Now he has a two-year contract with choices for 2014 and 2015.
He replaced Terry Francona who managed Red Sox for eight years.
Bob said that he did not have a hard time deciding for the position.
“When I got the offer, it took me 20 minutes to agreeÂ and there was no counter offer that I ask for.”
“I was very comfortable. Let it be known , I would have taken one.”
Cherington also speak up about Valentine as not his choice and wounded up losing the power struggle with Luccino.
“I don’t necessarily agree with that. Whatever challenges Tito was having this year, my personal opinion was that it did not have anything to with the option. It had something to do with the fact that he had been here for so long time and he had worked his butt off for a long time, and had gone through the grind for a long time. And he did a great job for a vast majority of that time.”
“My personal view is that the option was not a factor in anything that happened this year. I don’t think its a factor for (Valentine). I think he’s going into this confident and I don’t think the term of the contracts that matters to him.”
Cherington also added that Valentine is a good choice.
“He’s got great baseball intellect. He’s got great ideas about the game should be played, ideas about players and I’ve already learned some things about players that I did not know from talking to him the last couple of days.”
When Valentine was asked about the coming games against Yankees as rival, he said, “I’m really excited. Six times during the season is a little different from 18 times during the season.”
“You have to put your best foot forward when you’re playing them, and i think it’s going to be exciting.”
He added, “What I enjoyed most the last couple of years at ESPN was those games, because players take them seriously. I think were able to match them. It might not be the best team that wins, but the team that plays the best.”