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Bobby Valentine is taking public service very seriously

Jan 27, 2011, 11:37 AM EDT

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We all shook our heads when Bobby Valentine was named the public safety director for Stamford, Connecticut, but the dude is committed: he was caught on film directing traffic near the I-95 on-ramp this morning. Click through for the video.

This is classic. The reporter calls him a “mini-celebrity” and is unaware that Valentine actually holds a position in Stamford government.  When she bugs him and asks why he’s directing traffic he says — in a rather annoyed fashion — “it’s my job.”

Say what you want about his quixotic efforts to land a major league managing job this year, but he has contributed far more to the public this morning than he would have been able to contribute to the Mariners or Marlins next season.



  1. yankeesfanlen - Jan 27, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    For those outside the New York area, this is the latest “hot-trend-photo opportunity” for politicians and “mini-celebrities” to show how much they feel our pain.
    The first event prompting the hoopla was the Christmas weekend snowstorm, when Mayor Bloomberg, Governor Christie, etal were all out of town and 20″ of snow fell, and not much happened in the way of cleanup. Apparently Mayor Corey Booker of Newark was saving himself for New Years’ Eve, so he was around helping the perplexed citizens of his city shovel out and gained much notoriety. When Christie came back, he said that the matter was under as much control as possible in the state, and “he wouldn’t have been driving a plow anyway”.
    Since then, including today with another 20″ of snow, everyone wants to get in the act and try to commandeer Mother Nature, with the same result that usually is reserved for the state legislature. Namely, nothing.
    And then Cashman has to go bartending. Just another day in the Big Apple.

    And now you know……..the rest of the story.

    • clydeserra - Jan 27, 2011 at 1:32 PM

      He didn’t seem to be there for the photo op. The reporter didn’t know who he was. I can’t comment on bloomberg or Christy, but this seems legitimate.

  2. rmalmstrom - Jan 27, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Yeah…”baseball legend?”


  3. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 27, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    I just think this is pretty cool. I prefer to see Bobby in a baseball uniform because of his zany character, but it’s good to know he’s legitimately trying to do a public service in a position none of us could have expected him in.

  4. BC - Jan 27, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    Hey, there was a disastrous traffic situation on I-95 in Fairfield County this morning. I’m about 17 miles north of Hartford and had 13 inches of snow, and they had a LOT more down toward the shore and NYC. What the heck – the guy got his butt out there. He’s been a fixture in that town for years, and owns a really good sports bar there. But he’s taking the job seriously. Good for him to brush off the reporter – he’s doing the job he was hired to do.

  5. dondbaseball - Jan 27, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    Just so all of you know, during the last two major snowstorms, Bobby has issued public service announcements via the City’s automatic phone dialing system to warn about street parking and traffic situations. I am a Stamford resident and have fielded those calls myself. While he may not be everyone’s idea of a celebrity, he is ours. He also does a lot of behind the scenes fundraising for youth sports in this town, so you mess with him, you mess with all of us!!!

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