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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Yearly Archive for 2009

Still getting used to life in Japan

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Today is an off day after a tough 10 inning homerun for a 6-5 loss. Mary arrives today and it will be the start of a big streak. Five years ago was the first day I drove a car in Japan. I drove to the airport to get Mary. Driving on the other side of […] [Read More]
Categories: General

Calling in the lineup, or, The dangers of GPS

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Monday and Tuesday were off days.  We practiced on Monday and had the day completely free on Tuesday. Bobby and I worked out at Gold’s gym. Our little town of Makuhari actually has 2 Gold’s gyms. The older of the 2 is on the 33 floor of the WBG (World Business Garden) building and offers a fantastic panoramic […] [Read More]
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Touring the USS George Washington in Yokohama, playing the Tigers

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June 8, 2009 Yokohama Today was another special day.  Bobby, Paul, I and our team manager Sano-san (responsible for team travel etc.) caught a taxi at 8 am for Yokosuka, the nearby US naval base. We are fortunate to have a friend, Ray Denny, originally from NJ, who served in the navy for 22 years […] [Read More]
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Setting the record straight about the Washington Nationals job

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Hello Stamford, There has been some talk lately that a MLB team from Washington DC has contacted me about managing their team. I would like to set the record straight and say that the Nationals have not contacted me and I have not contacted them. Many people come to visit me here in Japan but […] [Read More]
Categories: MLB

Hello Stamford!

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Welcome to “On the Road” with Bobby V. and Frank Ramppen. Many of you know we have been in Japan for the past 6 years. We are both Rippowan graduates and have been in pro baseball collectively for more than 50 years. We will try and give you a close up look at what our […] [Read More]
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The last month in Japan: Visiting friends, some ties and karaoke

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Mid May Bobby had some of his best friends visit. Frank Abbott, Bobby’s life long friend from Stamford who grew up playing ball with Bobby. Phil Hersh, who Bobby met in college, now an attorney living in Peekskill NY. Pete Serino, another college buddy, also an attorney who resides in Boseman MT on his 200 […] [Read More]
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