As he continued what has become an annual tradition by rappelling down the side of a 22-story building in Stamford, Conn., last December, Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman issued a challenge to just-hired Red Sox Manager -- and favorite son of Stamford -- Bobby Valentine.
“I publicly challenge Bobby Valentine to join me on the building,” an elf-clad Cashman told the New York Daily News.
And apparently after being presented with such a dare, the out-of-work manager will take the physical challenge. Valentine, the city's former director of public safety, will join Cashman for a practice descent from the top of the Landmark Building on Friday, then participate in the real thing during the Heights and Lights festivities on Sunday evening.
(We'll resist making a joke here about how we've long known managing the Red Sox was a stressful job, but didn't realize the stress was enough to make a man willingly plunge from atop a city's tallest building.)
Complete with an introduction labeling Valentine as a "sports great," here is a release with all the details, courtesy of Star 99.9 FM, one of the event's sponsors.
STAMFORD DOWNTOWN IS REACHING NEW HEIGHTS & LIGHTS STARRING GUEST RAPPELLERS BRIAN CASHMAN, GM NY YANKEES and SPORTS GREAT, BOBBY VALENTINE
Brian Cashman, General Manager of the New York Yankees and Sports Great Bobby Valentine will rappel from the one of Stamford, CT’s tallest buildings, The Landmark Building. Santa’s Elf, Brian VanOrsdel will be on hand, strapping Brian and Bobby in and guiding them down the 22 stories of the building.
On Sunday, December 2 at 5:00 pm Brian Cashman, Bobby Valentine Santa and friends are scheduled once again to make their dare devil descent down the 22 stories of the Landmark Building, for Reckson, A Division of SL Green Realty Corp’s Rappelling Santa. After the rappel, Santa’s busy holiday schedule will take him straight up Bedford Street to Latham Park where he will join the Stamford Community in Latham Park for music with The Jumpers Orchestra and the lighting of the Holiday Tree, donated by Bartlett Tree Company.
WHEN: Heights & Lights Rappel: Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 5:00 PM
WHERE: Landmark Square, Broad Street Street for Rappel and Latham Park, Bedford Street for Tree Lighting, Stamford Downtown
Heights & Lights is presented by Reckson, A Division of SL Green Realty Corp. and sponsored by The Advocate, Bartlett Tree Company, Happyhaha.com and The First Congregational Church of Stamford and brought to you by Stamford Downtown and The City of Stamford. Free Cocoa at the Unitarian Universalist Society. THIS EVENT IS FREE!
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