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I am only torn between whether it will be slow or fast.

 

It's a grandstanding appointment, and if it goes badly, it will go spectacularly (and hilariously) badly.

 

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There are plenty of reasons to hate Bobby Valentine. Here's another.

 

Did This Man Really Invent the Wrap?

 

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"Oy, the wrap thing," Valentine said as he shook his head Thursday at his introduction as the new Boston skipper.

 

It's a story that Valentine has told for years. That in 1980, he was crafting a club sandwich at his Stamford restaurant, Bobby Valentine's Sports Gallery Café, when the toaster broke. At a loss, Valentine wrapped the sandwich components in a tortilla. The former big leaguer called it a Club Mex, but others took to calling it by a different name, and voilà: The wrap was born.

 

Valentine retells the story when asked, but he doesn't exactly trumpet that he is the inventor, hemming and hawing around the "first" status. But he doesn't completely deny it either.

 

"From that day on, they called it a wrap… People say that they never heard of a wrap before that," Valentine said.

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He invented it and exported it to Mexico. He also invented the taco, and although he is making no claims for the hot dog, he doesn't recall seeing a wiener in a bun before he put it on his menu.

 

While in Japan, he came up with serving raw fish on a bed of rice.

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I didn't even know about this wrap stuff when I cuffed him around earlier this week. This is like finding out that Jerry Jones enjoys dressing up in women's clothing when he's not busy driving the Dallas Cowboys into the ground.

 

You could put Katz's pastrami in a goddamn wrap and ruin it. Any normal person who invented the fucking wrap ought to be running for the witness protection program, not bragging about it. Valentine probably followed up by inventing the McRib.

 

Valentine is an awful person. Within two years crowds with torches will march on Fenway Park and demand his head on a pike.

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It's new to me too. And fascinating. It's like just when you start thinking someone is sane (his sports analysis on ESPN was fine), the curtain lifts and you get a little glimpse of what lies behind it.

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Valentine is going to be a continuing and delightful story for Yankee fans for years to come. Mets fans too.

 

Bobby, please, let your full feelings out. We want to hear them.

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What Mike Lupica said about Bobby Valentime in his Sunday column -

I wrote, and think, that Bobby Valentine is the right guy for the Red Sox at this time, that they couldn’t send somebody getting on-the-job training into that clubhouse.

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But one thing Valentine needs to think about going forward is not being as constantly available to the media as he has been in the past.

 

What Mikey actually meant -

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjjkPXJ5yQE

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On a Yankee note, Curtis Granderson did a book signing at my local (independent!) bookstore this week. Publicist had said no photos, no personalized autographs. Well, Curtis posed for every photo and signed every book personally. An absolute class act.

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Jorge Posada, seen through the Yankees championship trophies, during a news conference to announce his retirement on Tuesday.

 

“Playing for the New York Yankees has been an honor,” he said. “I could never wear another uniform.”

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In a survey conducted by Nielsen and E-Poll Market Research the most hated baseball player in America is ... wait for it ...

 

Alex Rodriguez.

 

Overall he comes in 8th behind dog fancier Michael Vick, Tiger Woods, quickdraw master Plaxico Burress, and Ndamukong Suh, who stomped an opposing player in a nationally televised game on Thanksgiving.

 

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In a survey conducted by Nielsen and E-Poll Market Research the most hated baseball player in America is ... wait for it ...

 

Alex Rodriguez.

 

I should have been wearing a wire when you admitted you'd pick him ahead of David Wright, assuming he was fit.

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