On the Road with Bobby V. and Frank Ramppen

Stamford native Bobby Valentine blogs about life and baseball from the Land of the Rising Sun

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Reaching a milestone: 1,600 wins as a manager

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Hello everyone! Sorry it’s been so long since our last entry. We’ve been battling through the end of a long, very difficult season. Actually things have been a little better of late as we have won seven of the last 10 and tonight was a special one. I am honored to have been in uniform […] [Read More]
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National High School Baseball Championship

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Currently in Japan, one of the great sports traditions is taking place, THE NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP. (This year is the 91 year of the tournament.) http://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/National_High_School_Baseball_Championship_of_Japan http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_school_baseball_in_Japan Each year, every high school, 4041 this year, from all 47 Prefectures in Japan compete for the National Championship. Prefectures are similar to states in America. […] [Read More]
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‘Bobby Forever’: Now that’s a big flag

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At the beginning of the game on Sunday we all had a pleasant surprise. As always, as our starting lineup in being announced the right field cheering section (Oendan) rolls out and enormous banner that covers the entire section that says “Marines is my Life.” Well today’s game was sponsored by Master Card and the […] [Read More]
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A restaurant with monkey waiters?

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About one month ago while watching CNN International, which is often our only source of English TV in Japan when we are on the road, we saw a segment on a small restaurant in Japan that has monkeys serving the customers. Very intriguing for someone who has years of restaurant experience. At Bobby V’s, good […] [Read More]
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Meeting Tim Brown and Lou Holtz

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We are in the middle of the All-Star break and have five days off. We will practice on two of those days and have the rest off so we have a lot of free time. Bobby, as always, has a full schedule of commitments, speaking engagements and so on, and will be entertaining Jenks, Moose, […] [Read More]
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A unique way to break up a no-hitter

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Here’s one for the fans that you don’t often hear about. In the third game of our recent series against the Fighters we were up against the mighty Yu Darvish, Japans’ top pitcher. He was up to form again and had a no-hitter through six innings. As our team was coming off the field to […] [Read More]
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Pictures: Bobby and Frank go skiing in Hokkaido

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We are currently in Hokkaido, the northern most region of the country that is very close to Russia, for a 3 game series against the now first place Fighters. Hokkaido is absolutely beautiful. The weather is similar to northern New England so right now there is no humidity and it is very comfortable compared to […] [Read More]
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Finally, a victory!

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After losing 7 games in a row, we finally won tonight 7-4 over the first place Hawks and Ct’s own, Gary Burnham was the hero. After a 12 day, 9 game road trip to Sendai, Hokkaido and Osaka, we returned home to Marines Stadium for a 3 game series against the Hawks.  Unlike the US, […] [Read More]
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