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Valentine V

The Valentine V used a new three-man turret, but retained the same engine and main gun of the Valentine IV.

The new turret was enlarged at the front and rear to make space for a third crew member. It had a commander's hatch at the rear and a modified mantlet. It was powered by the same 138hp G.M.C. Diesel engine as the Mk IV, and carried the standard combination of 2-pounder anti-tank gun and coaxial Besa machine gun.

Side armour was increased to 60mm.

A similar pattern was followed with the Valentine II and Valentine III. The Mk II was similar to the Mk IV, with the two-man turret, but using an A.E.C. diesel engine. The Mk III was powered by the A.E.C. engine, but used the three man turret.

The Valentine V began to enter service in North Africa in the summer of 1942, at the time of Rommel's last offensive at Alam Halfa. They were also involved in the Second Battle of El Alamein. It was also used by 6th Armoured Division during Operation Torch, the invasion of French North Africa.

Names
Valentine V

Stats
Production:
Hull Length: 5m 41cm/ 17ft 9in
Hull Width: 2m 63cm/ 8ft 7.5in
Height: 2m 27cm/ 7ft 5.5in
Crew: 4
Weight: 16,700kg/ 16.4 tons
Engine: 138hp GMC 6-71 Model 6004
Max Speed on road: 24km/h/ 15mph
Max Speed off road: 18km/h / 11mph
Max Range: 176km/ 109 miles
Armament: QF 2-pounder Mk IX, 7.92mm Besa machine gun

Armour
Turret front: 65mm
Turret sides: 60mm
Nose: 60mm at 21 degrees
Glacis plate: 30mm at 68 degrees
Hull sides: 60mm vertical


Valentine’s Day Quotes

Love is among the greatest muses, inspiring the world’s most famous romantics, from Shakespeare, who wrote 154 sonnets dealing with love, time, beauty and mortality, to Chilean poet and diplomat Pablo Neruda. The work of these authors, poets and playwrights speaks to the enduring power of love across the ages of human history.

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. 𠄺ristotle

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. –Lao Tzu

My bounty is as boundless as the sea, My love as deep the more I give to thee, The more I have, for both are infinite. —William Shakespeare

If I had a flower for every time I thought of you … I could walk through my garden forever. 𠄺lfred Tennyson

Young love is a flame very pretty, often very hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. The love of the older and disciplined heart is as coals, deep-burning, unquenchable. –Henry Ward Beecher

Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age. —Anais Nin

Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward in the same direction. 𠄺ntoine de Saint-Exupery

Love has no desire but to fulfill itself. But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night. To know the pain of too much tenderness. To be wounded by your own understanding of love And to bleed willingly and joyfully. –Kahlil Gibran

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. –Helen Keller

Love consists of this: two solitudes that meet, protect and greet each other. —Rainer Maria Rilke

Love does not dominate it cultivates. –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.– Zora Neale Hurston

Love is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Everything is, everything exists, only because I love.– Leo Tolstoy

Love is like quicksilver in the hand. Leave the fingers open and it stays. Clutch it, and it darts away. 𠄽orothy Parker

Love is the voice under all silences, the hope which has no opposite in fear the strength so strong mere force is feebleness: the truth more first than sun, more last than star. —E.E. Cummings

I have learned not to worry about love but to honor its coming with all my heart.– Alice Walker

We&aposre all a little weird, and life&aposs a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love. —Dr. Seuss

There is no remedy for love but to love more. — Henry David Thoreau

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride so I love you because I know no other way than this: where I does not exist nor you, so close that your hand on my chest is my hand, so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep. –Pablo Neruda


Letters Addressed to &aposJuliet&apos 

Every year, thousands of romantics send letters addressed to Verona, Italy to “Juliet,” the subject of the timeless romantic tragedy, “Romeo and Juliet.” The city marks the location of the Shakespearean tale, and the letters that reach the city are dutifully answered by a team of volunteers from the Juliet Club. Each year, on Valentine&aposs Day, the club awards the "Cara Giulietta" ("Dear Juliet") prize to the author of the most touching love letter.


Popular Love Quotes

There are many popular quotes that are used during Valentine’s Day. During this day many partners display their appreciation and love for one another by buying roses along with a card that typically has a love quote. Over many years some Valentine’s Day Quotes have gained popularity, while the classic Valentine’s Day love quotes have and will remain for many years. If you are looking for some popular Valentine’s Day quotes we have gathered a few.

  • “If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.” -Quote by Maya Angelou
  • “Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey.” -Quote by Lord Byron
  • “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” -Quote by Charles M. Schulz
  • “It is better to have loved and lost than never to have lost at all.” -Quote by Samuel Butler
  • “Each time you love, love as deeply as if it were forever.” -Quote by Audre Lorde

History of Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day actually started as a religious celebration. The holiday commemorated the line of Christian saints under the name Valentinus. The most significant St. Valentine was beheaded by the Roman emperor Claudius. The emperor had banned marriage in order to help his soldiers focus, but St. Valentine continued to marry couples in secret, as marriage was an important ritual for Christians. When St. Valentine refused to embrace paganism, Claudius had him executed around 269 AD.

It is said that while he was in prison, St. Valentine developed feelings for his jailer’s blind daughter. Legend says that his love for her was so great that he healed her sight. This is the origin of the phrase, “From your Valentine,” as St. Valentine signed a letter to her this way before his execution.

The holiday was further developed when Pope Gelasius attempted to rid of a pagan festival celebrated in February. Previously, young Roman men celebrated the spring festival of fertility by drawing a name of a female from the box, who would be their partner for the following year. The pope decided that this was not in accordance with Christian values, and changed the ritual to where the young Roman men would draw the name of a Saint, who they were supposed to aspire to be like for the rest of the year.

The pope replaced the pagan god associated with the festival, Lupercus, with St. Valentine. As the change in practice was not very popular with the young Romans, the men used St. Valentine’s romantic themes to write letters to young women, often invoking the name of St. Valentine to communicate affection.

These letters became the norm for Valentine’s Day sweethearts as the practice of courting developed during the Middle Ages. The practice of giving other gifts arrived in 18th century England. In contemporary times, these have almost completely been replaced by commercial greeting cards.

Geoffrey Chaucer was instrumental in developing the holiday of Valentine’s Day. His poem, Parlement of Foules, from 1382, commemorated the engagement of Richard II and Anne of Bohemia with romantic themes and mention of Valentine’s Day. Although it is believed that Chaucer was actually referring to a different St. Valentine than the one associated with Valentine’s Day, its interpretation led to the romantic tradition of celebrating the holiday. This also started a tradition of birds as a Valentine’s symbol and this this is recurrent throughout romantic poetry, including that by Edmund Spenser and John Donne.

Another source of the holiday’s development can be found in the “High Court of Love,” which was established in 1400 Paris by Isabel of Bavaria to make decisions regarding abuse, promises, contracts, and other issues surrounding females in romantic relationships. It is believed that women selected the court judges through a poetry reading competition. It is believed that the oldest remaining Valentine is from the Duke of Orleans, written to his wife while imprisoned in the Tower of London sometime during this same period.

Valentine’s Day in other countries

While most countries celebrate with traditional gift giving and time with Valentines, people all over the world celebrate in other ways as well. Valentine’s Day was first concentrated in Anglican countries, but now the holiday is celebrated all over the world.


Thank you!

The more familiar modern heart shape appears to have come on the scene from the Italian didactic poem Documenti d’amore by Francesco Barberino, a Florentine jurist, that went viral in the 14th-century. One of its illustrations &mdash depicting a naked cupid standing on the back of a galloping horse throwing arrows and roses at bystanders &mdash included hearts. Shortly after its publication, the scalloped heart began appearing in other works of visual art and in tapestries.

About 150 years later, in the early 15th century, the tapestry “Le don du Coeur” (“The Gift of the Heart,” now at the Louvre) depicted a man holding a small red heart. That image became one of the most popular representations of “courtly love,” rules about love that governed behavior at Europe’s aristocratic courts and was channeled into literature and poetry. (Vinken cites another example that can be seen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: a small 14th-century oak coffer depicting Frau Minne, the German goddess of love, aiming an arrow at a young man.) In the Middle Ages, heart-shaped books were also popular, corresponding with the idea of the heart as a place of memory. (Here’s an example at the Bibliothèque Nationale.)

So, by that point, the heart had taken its shape and had come to mean love &mdash just in time for the organ to lose some of its symbolic importance in the human body, as the popular understanding of medicine evolved. The idea of the heart as the spot where feeling was literally recorded lost some of its power. “The brain takes over,” as Jager puts it.

Jager argues the fact that this image and metaphor has stuck around &mdash an example of “iconographic inertia,” a term popularized by the essayist Nicholson Baker &mdash shows that, at least when it comes to love, some things don’t change so easily.

“We&rsquore still, in a sense,” he says, “medieval creatures.”

Correction: The original version of this article misstated the name of the museum that houses 14th-century enamel with heart shapes. It is Musée de Cluny, not Cluny Abbey.


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Valentine was born in Stamford, Connecticut, to Joseph and Grace Valentine. He attended Rippowam High School in Stamford, Connecticut, where he was an All-State player in football, baseball and track. He is one of just a handful of three-time All-State football players in Connecticut history. [ citation needed ] He set state records for career touchdowns (53), career interceptions for TD (5) and 60-yard dash. [ citation needed ] The career interception for TD record remains, having later been tied by two other players. [ citation needed ] As a sophomore in 1965, he averaged 5.6 yards a carry, scored 21 touchdowns and led Rippowam to a 9-0 record and a state championship. He was also a champion ballroom dancer as a teenager, winning a regional competition with his partner at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York and took part in the opening ceremonies of the 1964 New York World's Fair. [ citation needed ] He was president of the student council. [6] [7]

He was recruited by the University of Nebraska, the University of Notre Dame and the University of Southern California as a star in football and baseball, but ultimately chose USC. In 1967, he played collegiate summer baseball for the Yarmouth Indians of the Cape Cod Baseball League. [8] The Los Angeles Dodgers drafted him fifth overall in the 1968 Major League Baseball draft and he signed with the Dodgers, receiving a $65,000 signing bonus. He attended both USC and Arizona State University while in the Dodgers organization and was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. His roommate at USC was Bill Buckner who was the Dodgers second round pick in 1968. [6] [9]

Minor leagues (1968-1970) Edit

At age 18, Valentine made his professional debut playing with the Ogden Dodgers of the Rookie Pioneer League, winning the league's MVP Award, hitting .281 with a .460 slugging percentage and leading the league with 20 stolen bases. He was one of only three players in the league to appear in every game. His roommate was Tom Paciorek and was also teammates with Bill Buckner and Steve Garvey. The manager at Ogden was Tommy Lasorda, the start of a friendship that has lasted four decades. [6] In 1969, Valentine impressive enough in Spring Training that he was promoted to the Class AAA Spokane Indians of the Pacific Coast League. After the PCL season ended, he debuted with the Los Angeles Dodgers as a September call-up in 1969 at 19 years old. Though he did not record a major league at-bat that season, he appeared in 5 games as a pinch runner, scoring three runs. [10]

Back with the Spokane Indians for 1970, Valentine was again his league's MVP after batting .340 with fourteen home runs and leading the Pacific Coast League in eight offensive categories. Led by Valentine and manager Lasorda, Spokane won the league championship over the Hawaii Islanders. [11] He suffered a fractured cheekbone when he was beaned in the PCL playoffs that season and also had right knee surgery to repair a ruptured ligament in January 1971. [12]

Los Angeles Dodgers (1971-1972) Edit

Valentine made the Dodgers out of Spring Training in 1971 and batted .249 with one home run and 25 RBIs in 101 games. His first career MLB hit came on April 25, 1971, an RBI single off Milt Wilcox, scoring Steve Garvey in a 4-2 Dodgers win over the Reds. The following season in 1972, he managed to play in 119 games by playing many different positions—including shortstop, second base, third and all three outfield positions and his batting average improved to .274. [13] He missed time after sustaining a broken nose. [14] Following the season on November 28, 1972, he was packaged in a trade along with Frank Robinson, Billy Grabarkewitz, Bill Singer and Mike Strahler to the California Angels for Andy Messersmith and Ken McMullen. [15]

California Angels (1973-1975) Edit

Prior to the start of the 1973 season, Valentine was named Caribbean Series MVP playing shortstop for the series champions from the Dominican Republic, Tigres del Licey. The team was managed by Tommy Lasorda. [16]

As a regular starter for the Angels, Valentine had a strong start, leading the Angels with a .302 batting average. Four days after his 23rd birthday, he suffered a multiple compound leg fracture on May 17, 1973 at Anaheim Stadium in a game against the Oakland Athletics after his spikes got caught in the outfield's chain link fence while attempting to catch a home run ball hit by Dick Green, one of only three home runs hit by Green during the season. He missed the remainder of the 1973 season and never regained his speed as the bones did not heal properly. [17] [18] Two days prior to the injury, Valentine was playing center field when Nolan Ryan threw his first career No-hitter. Valentine would later be Ryan's manager in Texas for his last two No-hitters (6th and 7th). [19] In 1974, despite still recovering from his leg injury, Valentine made 414 plate appearances, the second most of his career, and batted .261 with three home runs. [13] On April 4, 1975, the Angels loaned him to the Charleston Charlies, a AAA Pittsburgh Pirates organization where he played in 56 games before returning to the Angels organization on June 20, 1975. He was assigned to the Angels AAA affiliate Salt Lake City Bees and played in 46 games batting .306 before being called back up to the Angels [10] On September 17, 1975, he was traded to the San Diego Padres with Rudy Meoli for Gary Ross (baseball). [15] On September 19, 1975, in his first game as a Padre, Valentine homered off Mike Caldwell (baseball) in a 3-1 loss to the Giants. [20]

San Diego Padres/New York Mets (1976-1978) Edit

In 1976, Valentine spent most of the season with Padres AAA affiliate, the Hawaii Islanders, playing in 120 games batting .304 with 13 home runs. [10] On June 15, 1977, after playing 44 games with the Padres, he was part of the New York Mets infamous "Midnight Massacre", when the Mets traded Dave Kingman to San Diego for minor league pitcher Paul Siebert and Valentine, sent Tom Seaver to the Cincinnati Reds for Pat Zachry, Doug Flynn, Steve Henderson, and Dan Norman, and Mike Phillips to the St. Louis Cardinals for Joel Youngblood. [21]

Seattle Mariners Edit

Valentine's role with the Mets became even more limited, and he was released in spring training, 1979. He signed with the Seattle Mariners shortly afterwards, and made his debut as a catcher that season. Following the season, he retired from baseball at 29 years of age.

Texas Rangers Edit

Valentine was serving as a member of the Mets coaching staff when he was tapped by the Texas Rangers to take over managing duties from Doug Rader 32 games into the 1985 season. He was not able to turn the team's fortunes around right away and the Rangers went 53–76 the rest of the way, finishing with an overall record of 62–99. The following season the Rangers finished second in the American League West with a record of 87–75. [22] Valentine also finished second for AL Manager of the Year that year. Hopes were high in Arlington after the 1986 season, but his Rangers fell back into sixth place the following two seasons. Unable to replicate his early success, Valentine was fired by managing partner George W. Bush [23] halfway through the 1992 season with a record of 45–41. [22] Toby Harrah took over as manager, and led the Rangers to a 77–85 record and a fourth-place finish. He finished his Rangers' managerial career with a record of 581 wins and 605 losses with no post–season appearances. [22]

In 1989, while still manager of the Rangers, Valentine worked as an on-the-field analyst for NBC's 1989 ALCS coverage [24] alongside Bob Costas and Tony Kubek.

Norfolk Tides Edit

In 1994, Valentine managed the Mets' Triple-A affiliate, the Norfolk Tides, to a 67-75 record, which was good for fourth in the five-team West Division of the International League.

Chiba Lotte Marines Edit

In 1995, Valentine began his first stint as manager of the Chiba Lotte Marines in the Japanese Pacific League. That season, the team surprised most Japanese baseball fans by finishing in second place (69–58–3), a remarkable feat for the Marines who had not won the Japanese Pacific league pennant since 1974. However, he was fired abruptly due to the personal conflict with general manager Tatsuro Hirooka, [25] despite having a two-year contract.

New York Mets Edit

Valentine returned to the U.S. and the Norfolk Tides in 1996, managing them to an 82–59 record and second place in the International League's West Division. He then was promoted to manager of the Mets with 31 games left in the 1996 season, and led them to a 12–19 record the rest of the way.

Over the next two seasons, with Valentine at the helm, the Mets began a resurgence, finishing 14 games over .500 (88–74) both years. Valentine's most memorable game as a manager occurred on June 9, 1999. In the 12th inning of a 14 inning marathon with the Toronto Blue Jays, Mike Piazza was called for catcher's interference on Craig Grebeck. Valentine was ejected by home plate umpire Randy Marsh for arguing the call, and returned to the dugout an inning later in a disguise (sunglasses and a fake moustache made from Eye black). Unamused, Major League Baseball fined Valentine $5,000 and suspended him for two games. The Mets went on to win the game 4–3. [26]

Valentine led the Mets to a record of 97–66 and a wild card playoff berth that season. The Mets beat the Arizona Diamondbacks in four games (3–1) en route to the National League Championship Series, where they eventually lost to their division rival the Atlanta Braves in six games (4–2).

In early 2000, Valentine was at the center of what would be called "The Whartongate Affair", in which he allegedly mentioned to students at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business somewhat cynical, insider comments regarding a handful of Mets players and the organization as a whole. [27]

The Mets returned him as manager the following season, finishing the year with a 94–68 record and another wild card playoff berth. This time, the Mets would not be denied the pennant, winning the 2000 National League Championship Series by defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in five games (4–1). The Mets run would end during the 2000 World Series as they were beaten by their crosstown rival New York Yankees in five games (4–1).

On July 14, 2001, Valentine won his 1,000th game as manager, doing so against the Boston Red Sox in his 1,958th game as manager. [28]

Valentine won the 2002 Branch Rickey Award for his donations and personal work with survivors of the September 11 attacks. [29] Valentine had an uneasy, if not volatile relationship with general manager Steve Phillips, who fired three of Valentine's coaches [30] and selected the replacements himself during the 1999 season (in a move many observers felt was an attempt to get Valentine to quit) [ citation needed ] and eventually fired him after the 2002 season. Valentine was hired by the network soon afterwards. [ citation needed ] He finished his Mets managerial career with a record of 536 wins and 467 losses. [22]

Second stint with the Chiba Lotte Marines Edit

In 2004, Valentine began his second stint as manager of the Chiba Lotte Marines. On October 17, 2005, he led the Marines to their first Pacific League pennant in 31 years after emerging victorious in a close playoff with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks. Nine days later on October 26, the Marines won the Japan Series in a four-game sweep of the Hanshin Tigers for the first time since 1974. On October 27, 2005, Valentine issued a challenge to the World Series champion Chicago White Sox on behalf of the Chiba Lotte Marines. Valentine called for a seven-game World Series to be played between the American and Japanese championship teams. Unlike the World Baseball Classic, a competition featuring sixteen national all-star teams, a World Series-styled tournament between the winners of both the American and Japanese championships has never been played.

Following their Japan Series championship, the Marines won the inaugural Asia Series by defeating the Samsung Lions of the Korea Baseball Organization in November 2005. Valentine was also involved in bringing innovative promotional efforts to Japan, which doubled Marine attendance during his tenure. Some of these gimmicks, like allowing children to run the bases after games or dedicated autograph sessions, are common in America but were unseen in Japan others, such as Valentine hosting dance classes for female fans, played on the manager's personal appeal (and his history—Valentine was a competition ballroom dancer in his youth). In 2008, Valentine was the subject of the ESPN Films documentary The Zen of Bobby V. The film followed Valentine and his 2007 Chiba Lotte Marines team. The Zen of Bobby V. was an official selection at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival. The Marines decided to let Valentine go after the 2009 season after an extensive smear campaign led by club president Ryuzo Setoyama, which ironically backfired and resulted in an overflow of support for Valentine by local fans. In the end, Valentine was fired, even though a petition to extend his contract was presented to the organization with 112,000 signatures. [31]

ESPN Edit

Valentine accepted a position as a baseball analyst for ESPN. He had previously appeared on the cable network's Baseball Tonight show in 2003. He made his broadcasting debut for the 2009 American and National League Championship Series and World Series. [32]

In late 2009, Valentine was a candidate to replace Eric Wedge as manager of the Cleveland Indians, however the job went to Manny Acta. [33]

Valentine continued working with ESPN for the 2010 MLB season. He was interviewed for the Baltimore Orioles managerial position after manager Dave Trembley was fired in early June Valentine later withdrew his name from consideration. Valentine was considered a front runner for the Florida Marlins managerial position that opened after Manager Fredi González was fired in late June. However, Valentine confirmed he was no longer a candidate for the position after the Florida Marlins owner, Jeffrey Loria stated that Edwin Rodríguez, the interim manager they summoned to replace Gonzalez, would manage the team through the 2010 season. [34] With the firing of the New York Mets manager Jerry Manuel at the end of the 2010 season, Valentine had been speculated by the local New York sports media of returning to the team. It was also reported that the Toronto Blue Jays and Seattle Mariners had interviewed Valentine for their open managerial job. Valentine was interviewed by the Milwaukee Brewers for their managerial opening in October 2010. He was believed to be a finalist along with Bob Melvin, Joey Cora, and Ron Roenicke. [35] The position eventually went to Angels bench coach Roenicke.

On December 1, 2010, Valentine, Orel Hershiser and Dan Shulman were named as ESPN's new Sunday Night Baseball crew for the 2011 MLB season. In June 2011, news outlets reported that Valentine was once again a candidate for the Florida Marlins managerial position after the ballclub free fell in the standings. [36] That did not come to fruition, however, as the Marlins hired former White Sox manager Ozzie Guillén.

Boston Red Sox Edit

On November 21, 2011, Bobby met with the Boston Red Sox for a formal interview for the open manager's position, and on November 29, it was reported that he would be the new Red Sox manager and the successor to Terry Francona. [37] Valentine was introduced by Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington on December 2, 2011, and chose to wear number 25 in honor of the late Tony Conigliaro, with whom he briefly roomed during spring training 1976 with the San Diego Padres. [38] [39]

Valentine's first and only season with Boston was marred by injuries, public feuds with players, run-ins with the media, and a tumultuous relationship with his coaches. [40] Under Valentine's management, the 2012 Red Sox finished last in the AL East at 69–93, their worst record in 47 years. [22] Valentine was fired by the Red Sox on October 4, 2012, just one day after the conclusion of the regular season. [41]

As of November 21, 2014
Team Year Regular season Postseason
Games Won Lost Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
TEX 1985 129 53 76 .411 7th in AL West
TEX 1986 162 87 75 .537 2nd in AL West
TEX 1987 162 75 87 .463 6th in AL West
TEX 1988 161 70 91 .435 6th in AL West
TEX 1989 162 83 79 .512 4th in AL West
TEX 1990 162 83 79 .512 3rd in AL West
TEX 1991 162 85 77 .525 3rd in AL West
TEX 1992 86 45 41 .523 fired
TEX total 1186 581 605 .490 0 0
NYM 1996 31 12 19 .387 4th in NL East
NYM 1997 162 88 74 .543 4th in NL East
NYM 1998 162 88 74 .543 3rd in NL East
NYM 1999 163 97 66 .595 2nd in NL East 5 5 .500 Lost NLCS (ATL)
NYM 2000 162 94 68 .580 2nd in NL East 8 6 .571 Lost World Series (NYY)
NYM 2001 162 82 80 .506 3rd in NL East
NYM 2002 161 75 86 .466 5th in NL East
NYM total 1003 536 467 .534 13 11 .542
BOS 2012 162 69 93 .426 5th in AL East
BOS total 162 69 93 .426 0 0
Total [22] 2351 1186 1165 .504 13 11 .542

On February 22, 2013, Valentine was named athletic director at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. Valentine officially began his new career as athletic director on July 1, 2013.

Valentine has helped to raise the visibility of Pioneer athletics over his tenure, with appearances on ESPN, SNY and other national and regional media outlets. In 24 months, he has spearheaded numerous projects to better Pioneer Athletics, the construction of a brand new Student-Athlete Enhancement Center and the addition of women's rugby to varsity status. In support of the new strength and conditioning coach, Valentine directed a $150,000 renovation of the weight room with state-of-the-art Hammer Strength equipment for use by varsity athletes and the general student population.

Under his watch, Valentine has overseen the replacement of the playing surface on Campus Field, as well as its surrounding track. The lobby of the Pitt Center boasts a brand new look, with a trophy case containing the numerous trophies the Pioneers have won over the years, and new athletic branding. The basketball court, named in Dave Bike's honor in February 2014, as well as the Pioneer tennis courts and Pitt Center lobby have been rebranded as well. The football team received a locker room renovation preceding the 2014 campaign, and both the men's and women's lacrosse locker rooms received facelifts as well. Sacred Heart University invested $21.8 million in the construction of the Bobby Valentine Health and Recreation Center, a 57,400-square foot, three-story, state-of-the-art fitness facility for the whole student population. The facility includes an indoor track, a bowling center, an 18-bike spin center, a 45-foot climbing wall and exercise and weight-training rooms. The facility opened in August 2019. [42]

In addition, the Pioneers have seen success in the athletic realm during Valentine's tenure. SHU won its NEC-best eighth Joan Martin Commissioner's Cup for excellence in women's athletics in 2015. The Pioneers have captured 13 conference championships since he has taken the helm. Programs have garnered national acclaim in that time, with the football team finishing the 2014 season nationally ranked, and the fencing squad finishing 11th in the NCAA at the 2014 championship. [43] In September, 2016 Valentine was named the ECAC Division I Administrator of the Year. [44]

  • Elected to the Connecticut High School Coaches Hall of Fame (1986) "Sports Humanitarian of the Year" (2001)

Since 1980, Valentine has owned and operated Bobby V’s Restaurant & Sports Bar, [45] a sports bar that is located in his hometown of Stamford, with franchises slated to open in Norwalk, Connecticut, Arlington, Texas, and Middletown, Rhode Island. [ citation needed ]

In 2010, Valentine started the production company, Makuhari Media, with producing partner Andrew J. Muscato. The company produces sports themed documentaries. [46]

In 2011, Mayor Michael Pavia named Valentine Director of Public Safety for the city of Stamford, Connecticut. Valentine was paid a token $10,000 salary for this position, which he pledged to donate to city charities. [47] Valentine left the position 11 months later to manage the Red Sox.

In 2013, on the twelfth anniversary of the September 11 attacks, Valentine made comments that accused the New York Yankees of not contributing support to the New York community in the wake of the attacks. He was widely criticized for the inaccuracy of his comments, as many media sources documented several occasions on which the Yankees visited victims and workers after the attacks, and for the untimeliness of trying to take credit for helping. [48] TBS had originally planned to feature Valentine as a studio analyst during its MLB on TBS coverage for the 2013 postseason, but reportedly declined to do so after the negative publicity his comments attracted. [49]

On December 9, 2016, WEEI reported that, on the recommendation of New Jersey governor Chris Christie, Valentine was being considered by Donald Trump's presidential transition team for appointment as the United States Ambassador to Japan. [50]

Valentine is married to Mary Branca, the daughter of former Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca, and together they have a son Bobby Jr. (born April 25, 1983). [54]


Chaucer and the love birds

The love connection probably appeared more than a thousand years after the martyrs’ death, when Geoffrey Chaucer, author of “The Canterbury Tales” decreed the February feast of St. Valentinus to the mating of birds. He wrote in his “Parlement of Foules”:

“For this was on seynt Volantynys day. Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make.”

It seems that, in Chaucer’s day, English birds paired off to produce eggs in February. Soon, nature-minded European nobility began sending love notes during bird-mating season. For example, the French Duke of Orléans, who spent some years as a prisoner in the Tower of London, wrote to his wife in February 1415 that he was “already sick of love” (by which he meant lovesick.) And he called her his “very gentle Valentine.”

English audiences embraced the idea of February mating. Shakespeare’s lovestruck Ophelia spoke of herself as Hamlet’s Valentine.

In the following centuries, Englishmen and women began using Feb. 14 as an excuse to pen verses to their love objects. Industrialization made it easier with mass-produced illustrated cards adorned with smarmy poetry. Then along came Cadbury, Hershey’s, and other chocolate manufacturers marketing sweets for one’s sweetheart on Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day chocolates (GillianVann/Shutterstock.com)

Today, shops everywhere in England and the U.S. decorate their windows with hearts and banners proclaiming the annual Day of Love. Merchants stock their shelves with candy, jewelry and Cupid-related trinkets begging “Be My Valentine.” For most lovers, this request does not require beheading.


St. Valentine’s identity was questioned as early as 496 by Pope Gelasius I, who referred to him and his acts as “being known only to God.”

The ‘Catholic Encyclopaedia’ and other hagiographical sources describe three separate St. Valentines that appear in connection with 14 February.

Saint Valentine blessing an epileptic (Credit: Wellcome Images).

One 15th century account describes Valentine as a temple priest who was beheaded near Rome for helping Christian couples marry. Another account says he was the Bishop of Terni, also martyred by Claudius II.

Despite the similarities of these two stories, enough confusion surrounded his identity that the Catholic Church discontinued liturgical veneration of him in 1969.

His name, however, remains on its list of officially recognised saints.


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