There is something Nixonian in every sense, even Shakespearean, about Bobby V. He should be a perfect fit for both a veteran team with a huge payroll as well as the New England/RSN (that’s Red Sox Nation for you cricket fans) faithful and second-guessers. Valentine seems to have sprung from the head of some god of controversy: Call-in-radio phones will be ringing off their respective hooks.
Good luck to Bobby V.! You were thoroughly fascinating as I (Evander) watched you daily at the helm of the New York Mets. You often proved me right; but many more times, you devilishly proved me wrong.
Postscript: I am proud of, and delighted that, writing partner Martin Rowe has purchased from Netflix, and is currently watching, not to mention thoroughly enjoying (!), Ken Burns's majestic 18.5-hour (before "the extra inning") PBS documentary, Baseball. So inspired, I will be tuning in to the BBC The Empire of Cricket on YouTube.