Why does Southern Connecticut get everything? Why does it get to lay claim to all that is great in this world? A short-list includes Steve Cohen’s Cummings Point Pleasure Dome, a guy who’ll park his car on your roof, a group of asset managers who will be more than happy to do whatever you ask, be it bury a hooker you killed or claim your lotto winnings, Cliff Asness’s doll collection, The Largest Trading Floor In The WorldTM, the No. 1 Candy Theft Prevention Team in the U.S., the Great Toilet War of ’08, Paul Tudor Jones’ Christmas Spectacular, Heights and Lights (“a 20-year Stamford tradition that features an acrobatic Santa Claus rappelling down the side of of a building on his way to a local tree lighting”) and now this?
Even among the stranger tidbits on new Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine’s resume—champion ballroom dancer, director of public safety in Stamford, Conn.—one stands out: inventor of the wrap sandwich. “Oy, the wrap thing,” Valentine said as he shook his head Thursday at his introduction as the new Boston skipper. It’s a story that Valentine has told for years. That in 1980, he was crafting a club sandwich at his Stamford restaurant, Bobby Valentine’s Sports Gallery Café, when the toaster broke. At a loss, Valentine wrapped the sandwich components in a tortilla. The former big leaguer called it a Club Mex, but others took to calling it by a different name, and voilà: The wrap was born. Valentine retells the story when asked, but he doesn’t exactly trumpet that he is the inventor, hemming and hawing around the “first” status. But he doesn’t completely deny it either. “From that day on, they called it a wrap… People say that they never heard of a wrap before that,” Valentine said.