FANTASY FURNACE

Bobby Valentine’s tenure as Boston’s manager has been an inauspicious one to say the least. The Red Sox, like last year, have come out of the gate very slowly as their 4-8 record would indicate, but they were able to overcome the poor early season showing last year only to implode and collapse at season’s end.

They might not be able to come out of their funk this year however. We know a lot has to do with their starting pitching, aging players, a new G.M., and the loss of Jonathan Papelbon, but a more glaring distraction seems to be their new manager. There are three things that Bobby V. is in danger of losing: the fans, his team, and his job. The first two are barely hanging on by a loose thread. The Red Sox fans have been up in arms with Valentine ever since his calling out of long time fan favorite Kevin…

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