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Bobby Valentine is keeping busy

Feb 4, 2010, 2:22 PM EST

Many thought that Bobby Valentine’s return from Japan would mean a manager’s job. Washington? Pass.  Cleveland?  Pass. Queens? Pending.  In the meantime, however, it’s good to see that he’s keeping busy:

Bobby Valentine has guided baseball teams to championship titles in faraway
countries, helped professional baseball players gain free agency rights
and won a National League pennant with the New York Mets. Now, the Stamford native will attempt to reform the city’s fire service.

Valentine, the hometown celebrity whose career in professional baseball brought him from manager of two Major League Baseball teams to the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan, will join local fire
officials, attorneys and politicians on a group formed by Mayor Michael Pavia.
The group’s goal, the mayor said, is to improve the city’s fire service
after years of litigation, mistrust and dysfunction between the city
and its six fire departments.

My old man once headed up a similar task force with respect to ambulance services in Flint, Michigan back in the mid 70s. It bought him a bunch of headaches and even a few death threats from the people who didn’t much care to be reformed.  Eventually he said to hell with it.  Here’s hoping Bobby V. has better luck.

Especially considering that I have a vested interest in certain buildings in Stamford, Connecticut not burning down to the ground because of some bureaucratic snafu. No, I don’t work in Stamford, but I’ve got an NBC Sports fanny pack on order, it’s probably in a warehouse there right now and I’d hate to have something happen to it.

  1. Jonny5 - Feb 4, 2010 at 2:36 PM

    Craig, just say no to the fanny pack, even a braves fan should know they are out of style. Go for more pockets in the cargo pants or a backpack, but never use a fanny pack.

  2. Matt @ Fack Youk - Feb 4, 2010 at 2:50 PM

    Sadly, Bobby V’s efforts to keep the local paper company afloat weren’t enough to save Dunder Mifflin Stamford.

  3. Grant - Feb 5, 2010 at 9:17 AM

    Really? Your counter to the fashion-awfulness of a fanny pack is…cargo pants? Yeesh.

    Anyway, Craig’s a blogger, which means he doesn’t leave the house. Why would he need to carry anything?

  4. Ryan - Feb 5, 2010 at 10:49 AM

    Can we get a group buy on those fanny packs? I bet they’re sweet.

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