New Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine struck a very appreciative tone during his introductory press conference today. Valentine said:
"This day is a special day. It's more than a special day,'' the 61-year-old added. ""It's the beginning of a life that I think extend beyond anything I ever thought of doing. The talent level, and the players that we have, and this organization, is a gift to anyone. I'm the receiver of that gift." (via Boston.com)
Valentine seemed humbled by the experience as he was being introduced. He made sure to mention that he was "honored" to become the 45th manager in the Red Sox's storied history. Valentine also gave a nod to the passionate Boston sports fans in his introductory remarks.
The former ESPN analyst also sounded energized to be back managing a major league team for the first time since 2002. In 15 years as an MLB manager for the Rangers and Mets, Valentine posted a record of 1,117-1,072.