The V Factor
Traders work on the floor of the New York stock Exchange on November 30, 2011
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Managerial Move by Red Sox Exhilarates Wall Street
Everybody's Happy ... Except the Divas Players

A managerial move by the Boston Red Sox to lessen the damage done by September's collapse that was led by self-centered independent, lazy, drunken stars with little time to commit to winning exhilarated investors Wednesday, sending the Dow Jones industrial average soaring 490 points and easing fears of a NESN ratings crisis similar to the one that followed the 2009 collapse that led to a bridge year. It was the Dow's biggest gain since March 2009 and the seventh-largest of all time.

Bobby V Accolades Continue to Pour Into Boston from Around the World
More #BobbyVfacts: Valentine Was the 7th Member of SEAL Team Six
Has Bill Buckner Been Added to Sox Staff as Bobby's First Base Coach Yet?
Prima Divas Are Up in Arms That They Will Be Held Accountable for Winning
And Not Just Cashing Big Checks Every Month in 2012

Buster Olney, ESPN: "As Valentine emerged as a managerial candidate, some Red Sox players have been upset; they've been grumbling to each other, through texts and phone calls. Maybe it's because they heard Bobby critique their play on the air. Maybe they haven't liked his tone. Maybe they haven't liked his smile. Maybe they've heard bad things. And the fact is they had no power to do anything about it, because the September collapse completely undercut the credibility of the Red Sox players. If one of them had called the front office to register concerns about Valentine, they might've heard laughter on the other end of the line. The Boston players had complete control of the clubhouse in 2011, and we know what happened."

Sox Players Upset at Sox Bait-and-Switch to Bobby

Joe McDonald, "A Boston Red Sox official told at least one player at the beginning of the managerial search that they 'weren't going to hire Bobby Valentine or someone like that,' a clubhouse source told last week... 'They're going to have a mess on their hands,' the source said when asked what would happen if Valentine, who at that time was just one of several candidates, was hired."

Can Someone Please Tell Jimi Lamont
That Larry Lucchino Runs the Red Sox?

Lamont and Williams
(Jim Davis / Globe File)

... And the Rest of the Ben Folds Five Gang, Too?

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Boston Globe:

Rodriguez looks like the steal deal > Despite effort by Rodriguez, Red So fall > Tazawa has come a long way, on and off field

Boston Herald:

Lauber: Eduardo Rodriguez showing Red Sox he's special > PawSox start looms large for Masterson


Rodriguez gem wasted > Chili Davis doesn't want to turn Red Sox into free-swingers > Red Sox draft catcher in third round

NY Post:

How Mariano Rivera has influenced Yankees' top pick > Why starting rotation could be a big Yankees' strength

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