Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine joined The Big Show from Fenway Park one week after jokingly declaring that he'd like to punch host Glenn Ordway and brought along boxing gloves for the occasion. In an interview that had far less tension than last week, Valentine was asked if he thinks he'll be back managing the Sox next season.
"It's not up to me, but I think I will be, yeah. And beyond," he said. "Why would I say that I want to be here for 2013 as though that's going to be the end of something? That will be the continuation and hopefully the beginning of something really special. Why would I think it's going to be a year's job?"
Valentine also addressed the issue of agendas.
"There's some guys with agendas, it's simple. It's been that way everywhere I've gone," Valentine said. "It's no big deal. I get it. If other people don't get it, it's no big deal. I understand that some people who have agendas -- and they had them coming in -- they weren't going to figure out who I was, what I do. They weren't going to understand anything about 2012. They were just going to come with preconceived notion and make sure they're preconceived notion was what people believe is reality, and that's [their] personal agenda.
"I haven't dealt with them, I haven't confronted them," Valentine continued. "I hear about them in passing and I understand when they say this guy's from this pack of wolves then I understand what the prey is."
Valentine was asked about playing spoiler down the stretch and while he said he doesn't take pleasure in other people's misery, he did note that there was a benefit in playing the role.
"By finishing strong, by giving our fans a taste of a good brand of baseball and giving our fans a situation where they can sit and root for us against the teams they don't want to see win, I think can be great satisfaction," he said. "Absolutely."
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