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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Monthly Archive for July, 2009

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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A visit from Richard Gere

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Yesterday we had a game in Sendai. Sendai is a lot 150 miles north of Tokyo and really reminds me of New England. There are many trees and rolling hills. We had a very special guest before the game. Richard Gere his wife Carey and son Homer took the 1 hour and 40 minute Shinkasn […] [Read More]
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Longest game in Pacific League history

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Today is Thursday, July 2, 2009, and we are in Tachikawa, the city we got lost trying to drive to as mentioned in a previous entry, to play the Lions. Since our last entry we have played four games, winning two and losing two. We split the last two games of the series against the […] [Read More]
Categories: MLB