An interview with former Mets skipper Bobby Valentine in the NY Times Magazine revealed that Valentine, now managing the Chiba Lotte Marines outside of Tokyo, rides his bike to the ballpark.
Stamford’s own Bobby V is the subject of an upcoming ESPN documentary called “The Zen of Bobby V.”
Valentine also explains why a tied game would automatically end after 12 innings:
Japan is a public-transportation society, and the trains stop running at midnight.
One can only imagine how crowded that last train must be.
Speaking of Valentine’s commute, a very good profile in GQ several years ago detailed the seemingly obsessive/compulsive manager’s mounting frustrations at the garbage he saw on the Merritt while schlepping to Shea each day.