The former Rangers, Mets and Chiba Lotte Marines manager left jobs as an ESPN analyst and Stamford, Conn., public safety director to take over the Red Sox.
Why was your Dec. 1 press conference so emotional?
BOBBY VALENTINE: I don't know how you control emotion. I'm a big boy. I was going to be cool. I was going to do the big-time press conference and show everyone that I know how to act in front of the camera. Once you start getting those tingles up your back and the tears, you [think], Wait a minute, what's this all about? I enjoyed it, actually. You don't have that many chances in life to express true emotion in front of other people.
Did you have to sell yourself to the Red Sox, or did they sell the job to you?
BV: I think I had to sell them. I was very interested in this job. At the beginning I was a real dark-horse candidate who was allowed to run in the race, and I finished first.
Did the difference between your style and that of former manager Terry Francona ever come up?
BV: They never really asked about that. Maybe indirectly they were looking for it in some of my answers. I wasn't overtly trying to say, "Hey, I do this" or "I do that." I just tried to say that I have a few thousand games of experience. I hope I've learned from my mistakes. I would really like the opportunity to manage a bunch of guys with this kind of talent. It's a dream job for a manger.
Do the Red Sox' players need more discipline?