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Bobby Valentine poses in boxing gloves with radio guy he threatened to punch (pic)

If you were to walk straight up to Bobby Valentine and say to his face that his first season as manager of the Boston Red Sox has been a┬ácolossal failure and opine that the skipper has mentally checked out, if past history is any indication, there’s a good chance he’d threaten to punch you right in the mouth, much like he did during his weekly radio appearance last week on WEEI’s “The Big Show.”

Still, whether or no the Sox skipper would actually deck you, the fact remains that Bobby V. doesn’t take flack from anybody, as evidenced during the now-infamous exchange on the radio last week when he was asked by host Glenn Ordway if he had checked out for the season.

Even though Valentine previously conceded during the interview that the season had “been miserable,” he did not take kindly to that particular line of questioning, saying on the line during the phone interview, “”What an embarrassing thing to say. If I were there right now, I’d punch you right in the mouth. Ha, ha. How’s that sound?”

Thankfully, Valentine was not in studio, as who knows how things might have gone down had he been face-to-face with Ordway. Bobby V. was, however, in studio for this week’s regular appearance, and it appears that the two have let bygones be bygones and even managed to have a little fun with Valentine’s threats of fisticuffs, as illustrated by the photo the two posed for together:

Well played. Way to defuse a tense and awkward situation. “The Big Show” co-host Michael Holly is seen “separating” the two in the humorous photo, but he was likely not needed.

After Ordway described the segment as a “lovefest,” Valentine jokingly retorted, “”I got your lovefest right here,” and he could be heard on air pounding his gloves. What a bunch of jokesters, although the exchange probably was of little comfort for Red Sox fans who have been suffering through what Valentine described himself as a “miserable” season.