Chiba legend, and all-around-good-guy, Bobby Valentine, is reportedly about to assume control of the dugout at Fenway Park. After a ponderous perusal of several possible Terry Francona replacements, Valentine has emerged as the front-runner and looks set to take over once contract terms are settled.
We spent a day hanging with Mr. Valentine back during the 2008 season when Tokyo sucked royally and Chiba was much better than they were this past season. We had a great time while we were out there, and Bobby had us laughing our asses off for a good portion of the afternoon.
Here’s a quick quip from Kepner over at the NY Times on why this is going to be a memorable transition for Red Sox Nation.