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BASEBALL PREVIEW 2012

Love him or hate him, Bobby Valentine is in charge

He’s brash. Maybe even arrogant. He’s charismatic. And combative. He’s convinced he can win in Boston, and dares you to prove him wrong.

Bobby Valentine slumped into a chair in the interview room following a night game early in spring training. Everybody in the room, the manager included, had to be up early the next day for a game in Sarasota, 90 miles away from Fort Myers, Fla.

After five minutes of perfunctory questions and answers, Red Sox media relations director Pam Ganley offered a hopeful, ‘’Anything else?’’ trying to bring an end to the proceedings.

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