New York Times In the final days of one of the most painful seasons of his career, Red Sox Manager Bobby Valentine on Tuesday lay entangled with his bicycle at the bottom of a ditch next to the Central Park Reservoir.
On the wet, slippery path, Valentine was reading a text on his phone from Dustin Pedroia, the Red Sox second baseman, and riding his bicycle. When he looked up, he had to swerve to avoid the umbrellas of two French tourists walking in front of him. The bike skidded, and he lost his balance and went careening head over pedals down the side of the hill by the road. “I shouldn’t have been reading a text while I was riding, ” he said. “That’s the wrong thing to do. But at least I was wearing my helmet.” Valentine sustained minor injuries to his knees and hips. An avid cyclist, Valentine rides his bicycle to Fenway Park most days and takes it on trips to ride in the afternoons before heading to the ballpark.
This is just adding insult to injury for Red Sox fans, who are suffering through their worst season in recent memory, rooting for a last place team who has truly bottomed out. They traded away their stars (Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, Kevin Youkilis) at the deadline and are clearly entering rebuilding mode.
As Yankees fans, we could not be happier! After a huge come from behind 4-3 win over the Red Sox last night, if the Bombers win tonight behing Hiroki Kuroda, they win the AL East. Huge game tonight Yanks, let’s win this division and head into a “normal” post season. None of this play in game, wild card, bullshit. Destiny is in their own hands tonight.
Joe Girardi may rely on his binder too much, but at least his job is safe, and he won’t be injured due to “texting while biking.”