Speaking at the media availability portion of his formal interview with the Red Sox Monday at Fenway Park, managerial candidate Bobby Valentine clarified both the timeline of the team's interest in him, and how he was explained the process would unfold.
Of particular note was Valentine recollecting that Sox president Larry Lucchino told the 61-year-old in one of their first meetings that it would be general manager Ben Cherington making the ultimate decision on who would get the job.
"Larry made it pretty clear that this was going to be Ben's choice," Valentine said, "and when I walked out of the room with Ben I was hoping I was received well enough that I would be able to come and get a second tour of duty, but I wasn't sure. And I didn't get a phone call for a few days. That made it a situation that I was really happy I only told my wife that I talked to Ben and I didn't have to explain to people why I wasn't getting a phone call."
Valentine said his first meeting with both Lucchino and Cherington came prior to a Nov. 3 event in Hartford arranged by the World Affairs Council in the worldwide popularity of baseball.
According to reports from the event, both Lucchino and Valentine denied at the time they had talked regarding the Red Sox' managerial opening, with the Sox' executive quoted as saying, "He’s a great man and a great manager and he has a colorful and successful history, so his name inevitably comes up in this day and age."
"I got there about five hours early. I waited around for a couple of hours and then I met with Larry, who I had talked to in the past and known a bit. I don't know if we ever had dinner, but we had spoken in the past," Valentine said. "Then Ben, of course, was there. Larry left Ben and I together for a good part of that time. We did the discussion. Basically Larry said, 'Hey, if Ben think we could move forward with you, we might continue the process.' So that's when I started thinking about it."
For more news on the Red Sox and their managerial search, go to the team page at weei.com/redsox.
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