Audio: Bobby Valentine wants to punch radio host in mouth

Boston Red Sox Manager Bobby Valentine during Tuesday night's 4-3 victory over the Mariners. (Getty Images)

This hasn’t been a banner season for the Boston Red Sox and first-year manager Bobby Valentine. The Red Sox and their $173 million payroll were never a factor. By August, they had fallen far out of the American League playoff race.

Shenanigans have predictably ensued. Valentine’s players mutinied, and management began cleaning house by trading away Adrian Gonzales, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto to the Los Angeles Dodgers just a few weeks later.

The afternoon after the Red Sox snapped a 7-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over Seattle, Valentine, a lifelong Stamford resident who served as the city’s public safety director last year, did a spot on WEEI’s Big Show in Boston.

Things began pleasantly enough until, just three minutes into the interview, host Glen Ordway asked Valentine — the subject of an unflattering Sports Illustrated cover story that had just hit newsstands —  if he was “checking out” of this season early.

Valentine responded with disgust: “If I were there, I’d punch you in the mouth.”

(He later told reporters before the Sox’ Wednesday night game in Seattle that the threat wasn’t serious.)

Surprisingly enough, the interview continued for another 20 minutes with more nuggets from a clearly frustrated manager who’s speeding past the breaking point.

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Categories: Sports
Jeff Bustraan

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  9. Vulture says:

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  10. Ryen says:

    Totally irresponsible for anyone to continue to post and headline this lame, false story. Not accurate in the least–it is living proof that journalists today will submit and print ANYTHING whatsoever is they think it will add “excitement” to their boring papers (which are RAPIDLY being eclipsed by the likes of the internet, satellite radio, and technology. That is the real point of posting this headline, story and clip. If one listened to the entire interview properly, these facts IMMEDIATELY become clear: 1. These two radio hosts are confused even about their own schedules and are bozos; 2. The story about the “lateness” is about as lame as is humanly possible; 3. The comment headlined in the story is said IN JEST by Bobby V. with the requisite “Ha!” after it; 4. The guy has the right to be agitated by the media and sports journalists–they are generally losers–Bobby V. comes out of the long interview looking like an intellect and a smart and reasonable guy–and his track record proves it also–while these two clowns sound like nitwits–especially when one listens to the “after interview”–I mean talk about two losers in search of a life…..LMAO

  11. Kevin says:

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE BOSTON! Keep him! Don’t let him come back to CT!

  12. BeeGee says:

    Great interview !- this has been the wrong fit from the beginning. Fickle fans, whining, washed-up “super stars” and a hothead for a manager are a bad combination. (Think Billy Martin minus the boss).
    I can’t imagine that he has any chance of coming back next year.
    Terry F sorely missed in Boston.