"When I first arrived in Japan this year in January, a lot of fans came to see me. And now a lot of have come to see me again today. I'm really grateful. I was able to work for a great team and I got to experience a lot of new things. It was the best 7 years of my life."
Incidentally, FoxSports.com is reporting that the Yokohama Bay Stars are making a "concentrated effort" to get Valentine back in Japan as their manager for the 2010 season.