Wednesday marked the 22-yr anniversary of previous Mets manager Bobby Valentine’s infamous dugout costume occasion.
Valentine, right after staying ejected for arguing a catcher’s interference connect with in a tense additional-inning game towards the Blue Jays on June 9, 1999, returned to the Mets dugout with a distinctive glimpse: the skipper disguised himself by donning a hat and sun shades and donning a mustache created of eye-black stickers. He was promptly noticed by the broadcast crew — and suspended for two video games with a $5,000 good by the league.
While this would turn out to be one of the most memorable moments for the veteran supervisor, it was not to start with time Valentine attempted to sneak into a game, he explained to The Post’s “Amazin’ But True” podcast.
In 1989, as a manager for the Texas Rangers, Valentine was suspended for a sport from the Twins. At the time of the banishment, administrators have been authorized to be close to the team for practice, but not for the sport. That did not prevent Valentine from hoping to slink into the Minnesota stadium.
“We were actively playing in the Metrodome, which meant I would not have any conversation with the crew. So, I decided I would sit out in the still left-industry stands,” Valentine mentioned. “So, I place on a disguise. A mustache, my hair was genuine black at the time and I place talcum powder in my hair to make it white like it is now, set a hat on and a T-shirt.”
Sadly for Valentine, the disguise unsuccessful before he could even consider his seat. He was noticed by a supporter seconds just after moving into the stadium.
“As I was likely up the escalator, some supporters were coming down the escalator on the other facet,” he explained. “One of them seemed about at me and explained ‘Hey Bobby, where are you going?’ and I stated ‘Well I guess back down to the clubhouse now.’ “
Valentine, now 71-years previous, led the Mets to the NLCS in 1999 and the Globe Series in 2000. He concluded his Mets tenure at 536-467 about seven seasons right before he was fired in 2002.
Inspite of a a single-12 months managerial comeback in 2012 with the Crimson Sox, Valentine is focusing on a various leadership opportunity: In Could, he declared his choice to run for mayor of Stanford, Conn.