Bobby Valentine Crashes and Burns—His Bike, Not Just With the Red Sox

In a perfect metaphor for the Titanic-sized disaster that has been the 2012 Boston Red Sox season, soon-to-be-thankfully-fired manager Bobby Valentine was riding around Central Park on Tuesday when he received a text message from Dustin Pedroia. 

Showing the same intelligence in which he's handled his pitching staff, the media, his players, his lineups and his coaches, Bobby decided that he should read that message while still riding in the rain on a slippery path. The obvious then happened. 

Looking up at the last minute, Valentine tried to avoid two walking tourists with an open umbrella and instead tumbled ass-over-handlebars onto the ground. 

“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 received some minor scrapes and bruises on his knees and thighs and was otherwise fun. The message from Pedroia? He was texting to let Bobby know that despite his broken finger he was going to play. 

[New York Times, photo via Boston Sports Hub]