Yesterday I said if he stayed it meant the Sox were for sale. Well, even if the team is being sold it seems the Bobby V experiment is finally over.
How long will it take?
Last year, following the epic collapse it was days before we knew what was to become of Francona. This September’s roster was much different but the results were quite the same as the team finished with a worse finish than last year ending the season 7-22 this year, two more losses than last year’s failure.
But this failure was identified long before the season even started. They made no improvements in the off-season and then hired a manager we all knew wouldn’t be able to help. Could Dale Sveum been any better? We’ll never know since Uncle Larry blocked the hiring in favor of Bobby V, but you have to imagine it would have been a little better.
I’m hoping this move comes swiftly. I’m hoping that Puppet Ben and his string puller Uncle Larry are already in NY and meeting with Valentine. I’m hoping for swift action here. Can him, and get moving on a replacement.
But before we get all excited and think that’s the only problem, we need to be real. This team was basically a AA team at the end of the season. I think Pawtucket could have beat what the Sox were fielding at the end. They’re not a player or two away from winning the East, they now seem a few years away.
So while Jerry Remy and Don Orsillo were thanking the fans for sticking with them till the end last night on NESN all I could think was that next year will be more of the same barring huge roster turnover and some really good free agent signings. Since the team hasn’t signed a good free agent (Cody Ross the exception) that was a huge difference maker since Manny, I don’t see the team competing all of the sudden.
But at least we’ll move forward without stupid Bobby V. What a joke. Lucchino should be fired for that move alone, but he won’t. So buy your bricks, your Fenway 100 patches, along with the line of bull they spew on a regular basis. Just don’t buy that this team is going to be any good for a few years.