It's time for either Bobby to resign or for the Red Sox to put him out of his misery and let him go. Pay him for next year, the final year of his contract. Let him, if he so desires, go manage a young team that needs a teacher and strong clubhouse presence. That is where his strength lies. That is what he did with the Mets back in 2000, taking them all the way to the World Series.
Bobby V is Billy Martin without the drinking problem. Both did well with young teams that needed to be taught how to win and play hard. Both self-destructed with star-studded teams and huge egos.
I overheard Bobby tell a reporter during Spring Training that his first three months in Boston had seemed like 8 years. That was BEFORE the season even started! The media is brutal in that city. The fans, long glass-half-empty types that went 86 years without a championship, are now self-entitled folks following two relatively recent World Series victories.
Listening to the sound clips of Bobby telling Glenn Ordway he would punch him almost made me feel sorry for him. While Bobby will parachute out a rich man from his Red Sox gig, whenever that may be, he sounded like he was near a breakdown. He sounded like a guy who's legacy was ruined in five short months. A guy who has likely managed his last team. A guy who can hardly stand another day of being subjected to the ridicule he has taken for guiding the Red Sox to their worst season in well over a decade.
It seems clear to me that Boston will not bring Bobby back next season, despite trading away most of his adversaries. With almost another month to go in the season, the Bobby V "error" should end sooner than that and an interim manager should be instated. It would be the best for all parties involved for this divorce to happen as soon as possible.