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RNC: Political hardball, Suffolk-style?

State Sen. Kenneth LaValle (R-Port Jefferson) and former

State Sen. Kenneth LaValle (R-Port Jefferson) and former Yankee shortstop Bucky Dent in Tampa, Fla. (Aug. 28, 2012) Credit: Dan Janison

Famous Yankee Bucky Dent recognized the “SB” red Stony Brook cap that State Sen. Kenneth LaValle (R-Port Jefferson) was sporting as the two met at an event in what used to be Legends Field, now George Steinbrenner Field, in Tampa. He chatted a bit about college baseball which for him was long ago.

Though he doesn't publicize it, LaValle himself, in his high school days in Uniondale, where he was a pitcher, was called for a tryout with the Philadelphia Phillies. But he says he didn't go -- having lacked the confidence that he would succeed.

Also on hand for the convention daytime event where some took batting practice and others ate foot-long hot dogs and fries, were his cousin and GOP Suffolk leader John Jay LaValle, Smithtown leader Bill Ellis, Babylon leader Tony Pancella, to name a few.

Blowing through the stadium with an entourage was David Koch, the tall, billionaire industrialist who has become a target of lefty protesters for his and his brother Charles' support of tea party groups and policies. He's a NY delegate. Former Lt. Gov. Betsy McCaughey was on hand, having lectured on health care policy for a so-called “Newt University” meeting for conservative wonks.

That's LaValle meeting Dent in the photo.

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