Did you know?
That Bobby Valentine, new Red Sox manager, claims to have invented the “wrap”? Yes, I’m referring to the trend of taking your good old turkey club sandwich and instead of giving it to you on proper white toast, rolling the innards up in a wan, damp, sometimes green, tortilla.
“Oy, the wrap thing,” Valentine said as he shook his head Thursday at his introduction as the new Boston skipper.
It’s a story that Valentine has told for years. That in 1980, he was crafting a club sandwich at his Stamford restaurant, Bobby Valentine’s Sports Gallery Café, when the toaster broke. At a loss, Valentine wrapped the sandwich components in a tortilla. The former big leaguer called it a Club Mex, but others took to calling it by a different name, and voilà: The wrap was born.
I don’t know if it’s true or not (this guy heartily disputes it), but I do not consider it anything to be proud of. Tortillas are great, but they can’t be substituted willy-nilly for bread.
I know some will disagree, but in my view the wrap has diminished dining for us all. One more thing to blame the Red Sox for.