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On the day Bobby Valentine invented baseball, that is not the way he drew up the relay play.
The way he figured it out, on the ball hit to right field, the shortstop is supposed to go out and take the deep relay, the second baseman backs him up and the first baseman is the floater, roaming the infield for an overthrow and deciding whether the play should be to home or to third.
It's barely been 60 days on the job but already, Valentine seems more obsessed with the Yankees than Ahab was with the whale, and we all know how that one turned out.
But the chase was fun while it lasted and with Valentine in Boston, this chase will be fun again, too.
The Man Who Invented Baseball vs. the team that holds the patent on winning. Now that's a matchup that should hold our interest through this summer, and few more after that.