Bill Belichick was very fond of former Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona. Alas, Tito is no more in Boston, and Belichick will have to move on. Fortunately, Belichick is also particularly fond of the team's new manager, Bobby Valentine.
"When I was in New York, Bobby was in New York with the Mets," Belichick said. "Love Bobby, great guy, great baseball guy. Love to talk to him, he's got a lot of energy. Don't get me wrong, I love Terry [Francona] but Bobby, I had a great relationship with Bobby in New York, went to several Mets games. Watched Keyshawn [Johnson] throw out the opening pitch and all that. Bobby is a wonderful guy. I look forward to catching up with him and seeing him here." (via WEEI)
Belichick and Valentine were both in New York at the same time, with Belichick serving as the defensive coordinator for the New York Jets from 1997 through 1999. Valentine managed the New York Mets from 1996 through 2002.