Hurricane Irene Puts Bobby Valentine, Public Safety Director, In A Bind

Bobby Valentine will announce Sunday night's Rangers-Angels game in Arlington, Texas. That's convenient for the Connecticut resident, who won't be around when Hurricane Irene begins impacting New England, but not so helpful for Stamford, the Connecticut town that employs Valentine as its public safety director.

In truth, Valentine's absence likely won't affect Stamford's emergency preparedness: plans are in place, and first responders will head out with or without Valentine being in town. This is mostly a PR hit, because Valentine being gone means awkward paragraphs like this one show up in newspapers:

Asked after the news conference about whether he would be in the city Sunday night during the hurricane, Valentine said: "That's a stupid question. I just changed my flight."

Valentine spent much of Friday in meetings discussing the emergency response to Hurricane Irene with city officials, recommending the city set up a Twitter account to provide residents with real-time updates on preparations and announcements.

Who would have thought that hiring a baseball announcer to be the public safety director — saving most of the $100,000 salary typically paid for the position by doing a bit of stunt hiring — might eventually have a negative unintended consequence?

Via Deadspin.

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