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Bobby Valentine Crashed His Bike in Central Park Because He Was Reading a Text From Dustin Pedroia

Manager Bobby Valentine #25 of the Boston Red Sox watches batting practice before the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 28, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  Bobby Valentine.

Via the Times, Valentine was riding his bike in the park yesterday when he read the text from Pedroia, looked up, and had to swerve to avoid the umbrellas of two French tourists walking in front of him. (He ended up in a ditch next to the reservoir and sustained minor injuries.) This now becomes the second most famous text message of the 2012 Red Sox season, after the one sent from Adrian Gonzalez's phone criticizing none other than Bobby V to Red Sox management. Anyway, tonight may well be Bobby V's last game as Red Sox manager. If you're heading up to the stadium to say good-bye, be sure to grab tonight's promotional giveaway item, a schedule magnet listing next year's games. It's sponsored by itcanwait.com, a campaign to warn of the dangers of texting and driving. Perhaps a spinoff campaign to warn of the dangers of reading texts while biking is in order. We know just the spokesperson, and we suspect he'll be looking for work soon.

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