SI: Did he console you?
Valentine: Yeah, he was very flattering and very much a friend, but I'd rather not specifically say what he said.
SI: He fired you in '92. Could you have imagined he would end up the most powerful man on earth?
Valentine: He always had the ability to rise to the occasion in any situation, so I'm not surprised other than that he didn't have great aspirations during those days to even be governor.
SI: Your father-in-law is Ralph Branca. Have you ever taken hacks against him?
Valentine: Yeah, he threw batting practice in the Dominican Republic when I first met his daughter. [Valentine was playing winter ball there in 1974.]
SI: How did you do?
Valentine: I married her.