The late Sparky Anderson said it best about “spoilers.’’
“Spoilers are losers,’’ said Anderson, who won World Series in both leagues before he was enshrined in Cooperstown. “It’s easy to play in September when you got nothing to play for. No pressure. You always want to do your best, but anybody who takes pride in playing without pressure and eliminating someone else is a loser.’’
Bobby Valentine is more relaxed than he has been at any time this season. Now that he is a cinch to be fired (the Red Sox probably will arrange something where they don’t have to use that offensive term), the manager is totally at ease. He’s like a man enjoying his last cigarette before he goes to the gallows.
“I just saw the cover of that magazine [Sports Illustrated],’’ Valentine said before Wednesday night’s 5-4 loss to the Yankees. “How did they get my hands to look like reptile hands?’’
The manager twice referenced players (Scott Atchison and Scott Podsednik) who “understand the difference between right and wrong,’’ which always feels like a larger statement about some of the other people who have been in a Boston uniform this season. Valentine used the same parental phrase after Ryan Sweeney broke his hand punching a door.
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