Here I am, trying desperately to get pumped up for the 2013 and quiet the voices in my head that warn of a .500 season, and I see this.

“I thought I did a hell of a job in Boston,” Valentine said. “I thought what had to be done there was done except for winning a pennant. But Connie Mack wasn’t going to win with that team.”

Is this a complete lack of self-awareness, refusal to take any accountability, or just old-fashioned insanity? I’m going with the latter, because I can’t name a single, positive thing Valentine did for the team. And his “hell of a job” sure skyrocketed his career. He went from commentator to Red Sox manager to…athletic director at Sacred Heart University.

Guys like him just need to fade away and not piss us off, yes?