Last year, Bobby Valentine took a position as general manager of the
Boston Red Sox. This has not been as alienating as expected to Fairfield
County's legion of Yankees fans, says Don Corsello, one of the managers
of Bobby Valentine's. “I don't think it's hurt business,” says
Corsello. “I think [Stamford is] about 50/50 Yankees and Red Sox.”
Valentine, a ball-player and manager who has had stints leading the
Texas Rangers and New York Mets, has always stayed loyal to his hometown
of Stamford, where he founded his eponymous restaurant/sports bar in
1980. (He even briefly served as the city's director of public safety
and donated his token $10,000 salary to local charities.) So fans have
exhibited loyalty to the bar, no matter where Valentine hangs his hat.
The place has an extensive selection of drafts and bottles, a menu of
delicious baseball-themed dishes (like our favorite, the Don Zimmer, a
veggie burger smothered with spinach and mushrooms), a weekly schedule
of karaoke and poker nights and a seemingly endless array of sports
memorabilia from Valentine's personal collection tiling the walls. If
you could resist all that on account of Bobby V's new gig, you must
really hate the Red Sox. Like even more than they deserve!
Winner of Best Sports Bar in the Fairfield County Advocate's Best Of Readers' Poll 2012.