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A bit dusty in here…

March 30, 2005 in Uncategorized

Read this Buffalo
News story about how a young man who left this world much too soon may
have been a factor in last year's events.  No, I still don't
believe there ever was a curse, but it is a nice story:

On Easter morning 2004, at about 4 a.m., Collard had a dream that she met Sean for the first time.

"I saw him and I said, "Sean, your mom and dad are so worried about
you, and they miss you so much.' He nodded his head, and I remember he
had a big smile on his face. It was a great smile, almost electric, the
most beautiful smile I'd ever seen. "He said, "Tell them I'm OK and
that I'm with George. They'll know what it means.' "

The dream
was so vivid, so real, that Collard bolted up in bed and shook her
husband awake to tell him. She said she hoped Galliher didn't have an
uncle or grandfather named George, because it would freak her out.

A week later, when both families were back in Western New York, Collard
called the Gallihers to tell them about her dream. They had never met
in person. She got Marcy, Sean's mother, on the phone.

" "I
know this sounds crazy,' " Collard said. " "I don't want people
thinking I'm some fruitcake. But do you have anyone named George in the
family?' "

Marcy said no. Then, to make sure, she put down the
phone and asked Sean Sr. and Ryan if they knew any George. Father and
son looked at one other and knew instantly what it meant.

"George Herman," Ryan said.

"George Herman Ruth," Sean Sr. said. "It has to be."

"Who's that?" Collard said through the phone.

"Babe Ruth," Sean Sr. said. "I'll bet he asked him to lift the curse."

"What curse?" Collard said.

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3rd Annual Baltimore trip ON

March 22, 2005 in Uncategorized

I have 50 tickets reserved for the July 9th game at Camden Yards. 
If you are interested in going, start looking at lodging now, as most
are filled.  The Holiday Inn a couple blocks from the park has
about a dozen rooms left @ $250 a night.  If you are interested in
going, please email me so I can set aside your tickets.

Tickets are in section 82, and will be about $26 each.  As of now, I have about 15 tickets left; maybe less.

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RIP Monstah

March 17, 2005 in Uncategorized

Dick Radatz died yesterday.

Dick Radatz, whose towering presence and 95-mile-per-hour fastball made
him baseball's most dominant relief pitcher in the mid-1960s and earned
him the unforgettable nickname of "The Monster" in Red Sox lore, died
yesterday when he fell down a flight of stairs in his home in Easton,
according to police.

The 6-foot-5-inch Mr. Radatz, who would have turned 68 April 2, lost
his balance and suffered a severe head injury in the fall, according to
Easton Police Chief Thomas Kominsky.

Mr. Radatz spent the last two years as pitching coach for the
Lynn-based North Shore Spirit, an independent minor league team, and he
was planning to return this spring, according to Spirit manager John
Kennedy, the former Red Sox infielder, even though Mr. Radatz's
considerable girth — his weight approached 400 pounds — made trips to
the mound a rarity.

On the rare occasions that I got to listen to EEI when going to Sox
games, I rember he was frequently on the radio.  A cranky old
bastard; he always cracked me up.

Is it wrong that I barely pay attention to Spring Training?  I did
listen to most of the game yesterday thanks to my trusty XM radio…Sox
hit a lot of homers.  That's about that, I suppose.

One guy I'm rooting to make the team is Josias Manzanillo
I saw him in the first ST game of the season that I DID watch, and was
amazed to find out that he was drafted by the Sox in 1983.  He
seems MUCH younger than that.  Do I want him to make the team
because I think he can help?  Nahh..I just think it would be cool
for the old guy to make it.  Totally irrational.

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RIP Monstah

March 17, 2005 in Uncategorized

Dick Radatz died yesterday.

Dick Radatz, whose towering presence and 95-mile-per-hour fastball made
him baseball's most dominant relief pitcher in the mid-1960s and earned
him the unforgettable nickname of "The Monster" in Red Sox lore, died
yesterday when he fell down a flight of stairs in his home in Easton,
according to police.

The 6-foot-5-inch Mr. Radatz, who would have turned 68 April 2, lost
his balance and suffered a severe head injury in the fall, according to
Easton Police Chief Thomas Kominsky.

Mr. Radatz spent the last two years as pitching coach for the
Lynn-based North Shore Spirit, an independent minor league team, and he
was planning to return this spring, according to Spirit manager John
Kennedy, the former Red Sox infielder, even though Mr. Radatz's
considerable girth — his weight approached 400 pounds — made trips to
the mound a rarity.

On the rare occasions that I got to listen to EEI when going to Sox
games, I rember he was frequently on the radio.  A cranky old
bastard; he always cracked me up.

Is it wrong that I barely pay attention to Spring Training?  I did
listen to most of the game yesterday thanks to my trusty XM radio…Sox
hit a lot of homers.  That's about that, I suppose.

One guy I'm rooting to make the team is Josias Manzanillo
I saw him in the first ST game of the season that I DID watch, and was
amazed to find out that he was drafted by the Sox in 1983.  He
seems MUCH younger than that.  Do I want him to make the team
because I think he can help?  Nahh..I just think it would be cool
for the old guy to make it.  Totally irrational.

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For Sale

March 9, 2005 in Uncategorized

So I'm building a new computer.  Hence, I don't need my old one
anymore.  Instead of ebay or a classified ad, I'll try the 7 of
you first.  Here are the specs:

HARDWARE:

  • Athlon XP 2000+
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 60 GB hard drive (2 drives; a 40 and a 20)
  • 52x CDRW
  • 32 mb ATI All-In-Wonder Rage 128 Pro video
  • front and back USB ports, rear firewire ports
  • 17" LCD monitor

SOFTWARE:

  • Windows XP Pro, SP2, all updates (with CD and key)
  • Office 2003 Pro (with CDs and keys)
  • Macromedia Studio MX
  • Adobe Acrobat (not reader)
  • Adobe Photoshop 7.0
  • Grand Theft Auto Vice City
  • assorted other useful stuff

If interested, drop me a line at psf@ this domain.  I'm thinking around $350, plus actual shipping costs.

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Sox vs. Yanks tonight

March 7, 2005 in Uncategorized

But I don't know about you….I find it hard to get fired up for a
spring training matchup.  Funny contrast in the 3 NY tabloids
today…all feature Giambi, but with different messages:

God bless the suckers who pay big bucks for scalp tickets to tonight's game…

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Sox vs. Yanks tonight

March 7, 2005 in Uncategorized

But I don't know about you….I find it hard to get fired up for a
spring training matchup.  Funny contrast in the 3 NY tabloids
today…all feature Giambi, but with different messages:

God bless the suckers who pay big bucks for scalp tickets to tonight's game…

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As the online world turns…

March 4, 2005 in Uncategorized

Well, this little story seems to have some legs…and I've officially been accused of setting up Steve Silva.

I'll swear on a stack of Bibles that ain't the case.

But one semi-annoying offshoot of this is I'm getting kind of hammered
by email requests for me to explain the 'history' between myself and
the famed Dirt Dog.  In all honesty, there really isn't much of a
history…it is pretty one sided.

However, I'll eventually whip something up so that I can stop answering
the question.  My wife is out with her sisters, and my kid is
already asleep due to shots at her checkup today.  So I'll have
some time to do this tonight.

Until then, keep following the story over at BSMW

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Boston Dirt Dog is a fraud

March 2, 2005 in Uncategorized

OK, to many, I realize this isn't news.  But read on:

Bruce Allen has an interesting piece on BSMW today regarding the recent 'Nomar doesn't want a ring' story.

Excerpts:

A recent example calls into question exactly what is the
role of BostonDirtDogs. Is it a legit news outlet, or is it just
another blog?




Recently there was uproar over a report on BostonDirtDogs that stated
that Nomar Garciaparra was not interested in receiving a World Series
ring. According to this report, Nomar is quoted as having answered a
fan during a signing session at Cubs spring training in Arizona who
asked if he was excited about receiving a World Series ring from the
Red Sox: "I don't want it. They can keep it."




This item appeared on BostonDirtDogs on February 25th, 2005, with the
alleged quotes from Nomar in bold headline print, and underneath a
picture of Nomar, there was, also in bold:




Breaking News: Sulking Shortstop Does Not Want Sox Series Ring







Silva took that information and went on a celebratory media tour,
calling into WEEI over the weekend, and making an appearance on CN8's
Sportspulse on Monday night, during which the incident was talked about
with host Ed Berliner at length. Here is a transcript of that portion
of the show:




Berliner: I think you were the first on the website to have the news
about Nomar Garciaparra not wanting his ring, basically that he
wouldn't take it.




Silva: I think I'm the only one who has it.




Berliner: I think you were as a matter of fact and we reported it that
night simply because I thought it was interesting. What's the take on
Nomar, basically wasn't he measured for a ring, first of all?




Silva: Oh sure, he's gonna take the ring. He'll accept it. He's not
going to say anything publicly if it's going to get him in hot water.
It doesn't behoove him to tell a reporter he that he doesn't want his
ring.




Berliner: But he said that…




Silva: In a conversation, in a quiet moment when he was caught off
guard. He said "I don't want it, they can keep it." And that's how he
really feels. I mean, I think its no secret that Nomar, that the public
Nomar vs. the private Nomar are two different people. Last year he was
known to fib a little bit about his injury, even to his teammates, so
in all the controversy that went on with him about what he said behind
the scenes with his contract, and what he was saying publicly, and this
is just one more instance of what Nomar says when he lets his guard
down vs. what he says publicly. He's gonna take the ring of course,
because if he didn't take the ring publicly there would be a media
firestorm and he'll look like an ingrate.




Berliner: Sounds like he was already an ingrate from what he was saying he didn't want the ring…




Silva: Yeah, sure. Right.




An interesting exchange, to be sure. Silva is very definite in what
took place here. He even makes the statement that this is how Nomar
"really feels". How can he be so sure?




…….




So how did Silva come across this information, which not a small item?




Silva received an anonymous email tip from a "Jessica" that gave him
the above information. Without attempting to verify the source of the
email…not even asking for the last name, phone number or address of the
sender, the "tip" went up onto BostonDirtDogs.com, credited to "Our AZ
correspondent Jessica".




Silva related the contents of the email on the website. This was all
within an hour of originally receiving the email. "Jessica" received a
brief and quick reply: "Great report Jessica. Thanks. Going up now."




Later, Silva received a warning that the information was likely not
correct, he brushed it aside, claiming that he knew Jessica well and
that she was credible.




BSMW has learned in the last 24 hours that the original email was a
hoax, and that the warning came from the same person who sent the
original email. It was done on purpose by the person to see what Silva
would do with the information. Copies of all emails from the exchange
(with internet headers intact) are now in my possession.




…….






I sent an inquiry to Boston.com editor Teresa M. Hanafin, letting her
know I was looking to do an article on the situation with Nomar
allegedly refusing the ring and got the following response back: "Oh,
Bruce, please — spare me. It's a blog, for God's sake. Lighten up.
Given some of the content on your website, you're hardly in a position
to be flinging mud."




The response was disappointing on many levels. I make it a point not to
"fling mud" as she puts it; in fact, I think anyone would be hard
pressed to find an instance where I have done that in this space. I
believe she is referring to message board posts from people who
frequent the boards at a separate domain. (.net as opposed to .com)
However, Bostom.com has dozens of message boards, and I'm no more
responsible for what is posted on message boards attached to this site
than Ms. Hanafin would be for the Boston.com ones.




The second and much bigger point is that she can so casually toss off
the fact that Steve Silva–who has a huge following– is posting
unsubstantiated rumors and outright fabrications as breaking
news. 



Go read the entire well done commentary on bostonsportsmedia.com, then come back and discuss. 

And if this happend THIS TIME, how many other times did it
happen?  The 'Sherm Feller' controversy comes to mind, as does the
recent Canseco bit.  IMHO, this has to make you question much of
what Steve puts on his website…and at the very least, it will do 2
things:

1.  Fewer people will take that drivel as gospel
2.  There will be less drivel on there as Steve will be forced to
fact check a little bit more rather than run with whatever is flung in
his direction.

What do YOU think?

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