If you like the rivalry to have as much intensity as possible, then you have to like Bobby Valentine's involvement in it. It doesn't matter if you are a Red Sox fan or a Yankees fan. Valentine makes it more fun. He might annoy you, but that is what he is trying to do. And it is all entertainment, anyway.
Watch, each and every Yankees-Red Sox game will be more eagerly awaited. In her column today, Johnette Howard, argues essentially the same point.
Who will be next in Bobby V's crosshairs? Aaron (Bleeping) Boone and his epochal walkoff home run in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS? Bucky Dent, you might want to keep the hallway light on at night -- Bobby V may be coming for you, too. Even Babe Ruth is suddenly in play again for the first time since Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez plunked a few Yankees, face-planted Yanks coach Don Zimmer and growled he'd drill the Babe in the ass, too, if he stepped in the batter's box against him.
To me, Joe Girardi should fire back a little, even if it is not Girardi's style. What do you think?