The V Factor
Managerial Move by Red Sox Exhilarates Wall Street
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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.
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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."
Joe McDonald, ESPNBoston.com: "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 ESPNBoston.com 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."