Well that didn’t take long.
Less than 12 hours after the Red Sox feebly limped out of the season, dropping their last 8 games and 12 of 13, Bobby Valentine was shown the door. He will not be the Red Sox manager for 2013.
In my latest for Bleacher Report, I ask the question. Why did it take this long?
You can read the whole article HERE.
There will be a lot written about the Red Sox over the next bunch of days. And chances are Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched his last game as a member of the Boston Red Sox.
His final game was last night’s disastrous outing at Yankee Stadium that finished the season.
His six years as a member of the Red Sox ended with a whimper.
He has become a millionaire many times over but never lived up to the hype of being the best pitcher in the world when he arrived from Japan.
But Dice-K’s departure means yet another member of a World Champion Red Sox team is now gone.
There are fewer and fewer Red Sox with World Series rings in their clubhouse. The link the the recent glory is becoming more and more faint.
We never saw the gyroball. He never was the dominant pitcher we were promised.
But his first season was a decent 15 win campaign. And his second year, 2008, he finished fourth in the Cy Young vote, going 18-3 with a 2.90 ERA.
And lest we forget in 2007 he won two games besides his 15 regular season victories. He got the victory in the Game 7 ALCS victory over the Cleveland Indians. Then he got the win and drove in a pair of runs in Game 3 of the 2007 World Series.
His final four seasons were worthless, each seemingly worse than the last.
But he has a World Series ring as a member of the Red Sox. A decade ago we would have lost our minds if we knew that the 2000’s would bring about a pair of titles for the team.
So Red Sox fans salure Daisuke Matsuzaka. There are not many champion Red Sox left to salute.
The playoffs are about to start and it is my favorite part of the baseball season.
But man, I will miss the regular season.
I love checking on each team, seeing who played and who did well.
Which winning team stubbed their toe. Which bad team had a surprising good night.
It is the companion that I always have between April and the end of September and beginning of October.
Driving home, there is a game on. Thursday afternoon, there is a day game, sometimes at 10 AM Pacific time.
There can be 14 or 15 box scores to read a day.
Baseball is like no other sport like that. There is no over analyzing a game because once one is played, they are suiting up for the next one.
I will always love the regular season. It is like a friend. Each day some new drama, frustration, exhilaration and comedy can be shared.
Now only the best teams remain and frankly this is what people remember and take from the year.
But my dear friend is going away for the winter.
I will see you in the spring.
Thanks for being there for me every day.