WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - Local baseball enthusiasts had a chance to meet a former major league manager and player in Watertown Wednesday.
Bobby Valentine, best known for his stint as manager of the New York Mets was the guest speaker at a sports dinner held at the Italian-American Civic Association.
Valentine won 1,186 games as a big league skipper with the Mets, Texas Rangers, and Boston Red Sox.
Valentine also spent time behind the microphone as an analyst with ESPN.
For the past six years, Valentine has been the athletic director at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut.
Valentine shared stories and took questions from fans.
“Baseball is about the fans and it’s about the people who have memories of when they played or when they watched or when they thought about playing and were only watching,” he said, “and you know when you can share and relive some of the memories that people had, I think it’s a good thing and baseball is alive and well in all the cities around America and Watertown is one of them.”