Ok, well what have we learned so far about new Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine? He’s a champion ballroom dancer and he dominated his high school yearbook superlatives. But did you know that Bobby V was once fired by George W. Bush?
Just 32 games into the 1985 season, then-Mets third base coach Bobby Valentine was hired by the Texas Rangers to take over for struggling manager Doug Rader. The Rangers would finish the year at 62-99.
However, next season Bobby V would change their fortunes. The Rangers finished 2nd in their division and compiled a much-improved 87-75 record.
Valentine garnered attention for American League manager of the year but would ultimately finish 2nd.
It was all downhill from there with Bobby V at the helm of the Rangers.
Unable to replicate the success of the 1986 season, Bobby Valentine was fired midway through the 1992 season by Rangers’ managing partner, and future President of the United States George W. Bush.
Today at WODS is Valentine’s Day – in celebration of the Red Sox home opener and new manager Bobby Valentine!