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Two for the road … straight to the Halls of Fame

December 17, 2008

This corner would simply like to echo the sentiments of Dave Perkins, one of Canada’s very best [long-standing] sports writers, regarding the majestic careers of …

A first ballot HoFamer

A first ballot HoFamer

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Best of her generation

Best of her generation

Two class-act athletes step off

re: Sorenstam

“You might need to go back to Mickey Wright or Babe Didrikson Zaharias to find her match – and even then you might not. “

re: Maddux

“While win totals are far from the best way to evaluate starters, 355 is an awfully impressive number. Factor in his durability, ERA, baserunners-allowed stats – not to mention all those Gold Gloves – and he was at the top of his era’s class.”

Each was a Master craftsperson when it came to understanding, How Exactly The Game SHOULD be played … and it was a simple pleasure to watch them work their magic.

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Another long wait is over

October 30, 2008

 

The Champs

The Champs

Phillies win first World Series since 1980
For a quarter of a century, it was an agonizing cycle for Philadelphia sports fans. Hope, despair, bitterness. For 9,282 days, other places earned the right to raise banners and hoist trophies. No city with so many teams failed for so long.

Now it is over. Now it is Philadelphia’s turn. A game that began with a deluge has washed away an epic drought. The Philadelphia Phillies have won the World Series.

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Congratulations to everyone in the Phillies organization!

… especially their GM, former Blue Jays’ boss, Pat Gillick, who has epitomized what the game of baseball is all about throughout his tenures in Toronto, Seattle and, now, Philadelphia.

Building incrementally, from within, through a developmental farm system … and, then, winning it all with both ‘style & class’. 😉

Worst to first in the American League

October 20, 2008

Congratulations to the Tampa Bay Rays!

As David Price [Relief Pitcher, 1st-Yr] said last night … there can be no better feeling in the whole world of athletics than to be at the bottom of a pile like THAT ↑↑↑ … tempoararily, unable to breathe.

The type of stuff dreams are made of.

A legendary comeback for the Red Sox, again

October 17, 2008

As THEY say …

Big Papi finally speaks

JD Drew goes deep

Rally Monkey says

Youkalis gets on

JD Drew x 2

Who are THEY?

Seeing is believing!

Final Game at Ruth’s Place

September 22, 2008

When an all-time great American national monument ceases to exist any more, for its intended purpose, it’s a tragedy, in the eyes and mind and heart of this observer … none moreso than today, the day after the Final Game was played at, ‘The House that Ruth Built’.

To those who might have come of age during the 1970’s … there was no more vivid image, in all of sport than the likes of: (i) Chris Chambliss’ Home Run, and subsequent trip around the basepaths; (ii) Reggie Jackson’s Three Consecutive Bombs; and, (iii) George Brett’s infamous tirade at home plate.

Home to some of the most iconic images and moments, not only in sport but, also, in popular culture today … e.g. Great Moments at Yankee Stadium … Yankee Stadium reached a point of world reknown, heretofore, unmatched in the annals of North American history.

Although, as a grand old stadium … after 85 years of life, and 26 World Series Championships, today, “It’s [finally] Over,”

[from the New York Times on-line]

* At the Bronx, at the Intersection of History and Memory
* A Daughter’s Last Time at Her Father’s House
* A Homecoming for Williams After Two Years of Silence
* Fans in Mourning as Sun Sets on the Old Yankee Stadium
* Night of Reflection for Sons of Two Greats
* Jeter Thanks Fans in Speech After Game

the memories will live on …

for a long, long time.

R.I.P. … old girl, there was no other quite like you.

Junior goes yard for #600

June 10, 2008

Except for the serious injuries he’s battled during the 2nd half of his professional career, Ken Griffey Jr. might already be considered by most astute MLB observers as the greatest baseball player of all-time.

Regardless of the games he’s missed over the years and the final stats he eventually amasses, in terms of hitting for average, hitting for power, fielding his position, throwing from the field, running the basepaths and, in general, an aptitude for the game, Junior is exactly THAT, according to these eyes.

Young man, it’s been a pleasure watching you play, since you first broke into the major leagues!

Observations from Curt Schilling

June 9, 2008

Sitting beside the Lakers’ bench during last night’s match-up between the Lakers and the Celtics, Curt Schilling (pitcher for the Red Sox) had a chance to watch an NBA Final’s game ‘up close & personal’.

His observations are certainly intriguing … 

Manny, JD, Papi, Lester and the NBA Finals.
… it was a fascinating bit of insight for me to watch someone in another sport who is in the position of a team leader and how he interacted with his team and teammates. Watching the other 11 guys, every time out it was high fives and “Hey nice work, let’s get after it” or something to that affect. He walked off the floor, obligatory skin contact on the high five, and sat on the bench stone faced or pissed off, the whole game. Just weird to see another sport and how it all works. I would assume that’s his style and how he plays and what works for him because when I saw the leader board for scoring in the post season his name sat up top at 31+ a game, can’t argue with that. But as a fan I was watching the whole thing, Kobe, his teammates and then the after effects of conversations. He’d yell at someone, make a point, or send a message, turn and walk away, and more than once the person on the other end would roll eyes or give a ‘whatever dude’ look.

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There are several specific reasons the Celtics are going to win this series.

What Mr. Schilling observed last night … even as a self-professed basketball ‘neophyte’ … is a revealing portrait of the inner workings of two divergent NBA teams, each operating at an elite level, and a prime example of more than one of these specific reasons.

Rebounding Differential, We not me … and, Ubuntu!

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May 30, 2008

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Manny being Manny

May 15, 2008

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Touching all the bases

April 5, 2008

Intriguing stories today about Toronto’s ‘pro sports’ environment …

Ticket scandel rocks MLSE

A senior executive at Maple Leafs’ parent company Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment has resigned and five other employees have been fired after the company learned of ticket irregularities …

News of the scandal comes in the wake of an already sour week for MLSE. The Toronto Raptors are struggling and may miss out on the chance for home-court advantage in the NBA playoffs, while the Leafs will miss the playoffs for the third straight season. Both developments could cost the company hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Struggling Raptors starting to take on scent of Leafs

Last night, it was as if the stink of the Maple Leafs’ despicable performance against the Ottawa Melnyks 24 hours earlier was wafting up through the floorboards, infecting the efforts of the Raptors as they attempted to nail down a playoff spot through their own efforts against the still expansion-like Charlotte Bobcats …

 

For MLSE, this is troubling, for the Raps are their crown jewel at the moment, given the state of the Leafs and the fact the corp’s sophomore soccer squad [TFC] declined to aggressively improve itself after a predictably awful debut campaign.

Glory days recalled at home plate

We were all young together, once, when major league baseball was itself a wildly popular neophyte ’round these parts. When the park was always full to capacity. When the Jays seemed always to make the playoffs and it appeared the fun, the swagger, would never end …

Now, the ball team makes a low-decibel debut on home turf, parenthetically on the same weekend the Maple Leafs slink out of town for their season wrap in Montreal, two chronically non-post-season franchises passing in the night.

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UPDATE:
– Bottom of the 4th … the Blue Jays (Litsch/+117) strike back for 3 runs to regain the lead (4-2) against the World Champion, Boston Red Sox (Buchholtz)
– FINAL SCORE: TOR 10, Bos 2