NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The baseball gods certainly have a cruel sense of humor.
After a particularly demoralizing loss to the Red Sox earlier this month, the Yankees’ team bus hit a gate outside Fenway Park and shattered one of its side windows.
And on Tuesday, before what would be Boston’s last-place clincher at Yankee Stadium, Bobby Valentine crashed his bike in rain-soaked Central Park.
The embattled manager took a spill as he was riding and reading a text from Dustin Pedroia, according to the New York Times. The banged-up second baseman was apparently informing Valentine that he’d be able to play against the Yankees.
“I shouldn’t have been reading a text while I was riding, ” Valentine told the Times. “That’s the wrong thing to do. But at least I was wearing my helmet.”
Valentine looked up and “had to swerve to avoid the umbrellas of two French tourists,” the Times reported, adding he “went careening head over pedals down the side of the hill by the road” near the Central Park Reservoir.
To add insult to injury, New York dramatically beat the Red Sox in 12 innings, 4-3, ensuring Boston would end their miserable season in the AL East cellar. The teams will face off again in Wednesday night’s season finale — with the division crown on the line for the Yankees.
Valentine suffered “minor injuries to his knees and hips,” the Times reported.
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