Bobby Valentine was fired in 2012 after one season as Red Sox manager. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Bobby Valentine didn't mince words while looking back at his tumultuous one-year tenure as Red Sox manager during a press conference announcing his appointment as athletic director at Sacred Heart University.
Valentine told reporters he does not look at his role in the Red Sox's 69-93 finish and subsequent firing as a failure, according to WEEI.
“I thought I did a hell of a job in Boston,” Valentine said. “I thought what had to be done there was done except for winning a pennant. But Connie Mack wasn’t going to win with that team.”
Added Valentine: “It’s six months of a 62-year life. It’s six months of a 42-year career in baseball. It’s a blip, a little spot on the radar, as far as I’m concerned.”
Valentine's comments came a day after he told the Boston Herald's Steve Buckley that he didn't want to comment on remarks from critics -- including players -- regarding his year at the helm of the Red Sox.
“I don’t want to comment on stupid things that stupid people say,” he said. “I’m not going to comment on any of that.”
Asked if he’s going to miss baseball, he replied, “I won’t miss some of the stuff I had to deal with last year, that’s for sure.”
But, he noted, “We have a baseball team.”