Politics is a whole new ballgame for Bobby Valentine 

 Politics is a whole new ballgame for Bobby Valentine 

STAMFORD, Conn. – Some approach him on the street just to exchange greetings and to shake his hand. Even more don’t hesitate to interrupt a conversation to inquire for his autograph. Still others feel no compunction to halt him during a lunch to reminisce about the feats of his Rippowam High School football juggernaut or the 2000 Mets’ run to the World Series.

Some would say Bobby Valentine is so popular in his hometown that he could be elected mayor.

And that’s exactly what he hopes happens.

Valentine, 71, is one of Connecticut’s most decorated schoolboy athletes, a former major-league…

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