Twitter reacts to Bobby Valentine's Stamford mayoral bid

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The well-produced announcement video was shared to Bobby Valentine’s 32,100-plus Twitter followers at 11:23 a.m. Friday.

In less than minute after Bobby V’s Stamford mayoral bid was live on Twitter, there was reaction from an account dedicated to the former Major League Baseball manager and current Sacred Heart athletic director: “I guess this means I'm moving to Stamford, CT,” tweeted the Bobby Valentine Army (”Fan Page for MLB Player/Manager, Bobby Valentine. Mention Bobby V in a Tweet, get a Bobby V Fun Fact. Fan of Baseball, Metal and Horror,” according to the bio).

And so it began.

Valentine, the son of Stamford, a former Mets player and manager, a guy whose baseball career began in Dodger blue and ended in Red Sox, is very much sports celebrity. He managed in Texas and Japan, he attached his name to his sports bar and has dabbled in broadcasting.

From New York to L.A., people know Bobby V. So his foray into local politics drew attention far beyond the Stamford borders.

Yes, there were lots of responses featuring photos and GIFs of Valentine donning a fake mustache and sunglasses in the Mets’ dugout. But the reactions came from the worlds of sports and politics, some bemused and some enthused.

A sampling: