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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Jeff Bustraan