For the past two years, Brian Cashman has dressed as an elf and rappelled down a 22-story building in Stamford, Connecticut, as part of the city's annual Heights & Lights holiday event. Last year, before the event, he issued a challenge to newly hired Red Sox manager/Stamford director of public safety Bobby Valentine to join him the following year. From the Times last December:
“I publicly challenge Bobby Valentine,’’ said Cashman, the Yankees’ general manager, who was decked out in his rappelling gear. “Landmark Square, first week of December 2012. Be there.’’
Valentine, surely aware that he needed to respond to this challenge on behalf of all of Red Sox Nation or cede superiority in the realm of well-supervised, sorta-adventurous holiday traditions to their biggest rivals, said then that he was game. Also from the Times last year: “I love challenges and I would welcome any competition with Brian Cashman.’’
And so, even though Valentine is no longer managing the Red Sox, he will indeed join Cashman on this year's descent. That news has actually been out there for a while, but the event — which this year is taking place in the last week of November — is just days away now. It begins Friday at 6 p.m. In the words of Cashman: Be there.