Ten Bobby Valentine pictures that gained a new context with Tuesday’s big report

Kevin Kaduk
Big League Stew

The dysfunctional dynamic we've long suspected has now been confirmed: Several Boston Red Sox players cannot stand Bobby Valentine and do not want him as their manager any longer.

That's the bombshell report from Yahoo! Sports' own Jeff Passan, whose sources more or less tell him Bobby V. would be better off donning a disguise if he wants to command more any respect in the Red Sox clubhouse. A frustrated tweet from Adrian Gonzalez reportedly turned into an "ugly" team meeting where "some players stated flatly they no longer wanted to play for Valentine." Though the manager has survived the late July mutiny attempt due to ownership's continued support, it's hard to picture a scenario in which he returns for the second and final year of his current contract in 2013.

There's sure to be more written on this story as the Red Sox players prepare for a series in Baltimore. Until then, it's fun to look at certain pictures from the first four months of the season with the refreshed knowledge that ol' Passy just dropped on us.

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