Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007 - Updated: 03:34 AM ESTMarquise Hill absorbed a lot of shots during his Patriots [team stats] career, but he never let them change the man he was off the field.
The Patriots today are mourning a tragedy in Hill’s native Louisiana, where the defensive end disappeared Sunday night after a Jet Ski accident on Lake Pontchartrain.
“We have suffered a stunning and tragic loss today,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said in a statement. “Marquise will be remembered as a thoughtful and caring young man who established himself as one of the yearround daily fixtures of our team. I send my deepest condolences to the Hill family,” he said.
Added Patriots owner Robert Kraft: “We are absolutely heartbroken to learn of Marquise’s death. Our immediate thoughts go to Marquise’s mother, Sherry, and the rest of his family. He was only 24 years old and his death is hard to comprehend. Marquise was a very respectful young man who worked hard to improve and was always eager to contribute to the team, both on the field and in the community.”
Patriots cornerback Randall Gay, who played with Hill at LSU, was at the scene when authorities found his body, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
The very first Boston Baseball Heads Show: hosted by yours-truly - will air beginning this weekend. Here is where you can view the shows. Dates and times are included:
Boston/Brookline ComCast - Ch 12
Sunday - May 27; Monday - May 28; Tuesday - May 29; Wednesday - May 30 all at 8:00PM.
Thursday - May 31 and Friday - June 1 both at 3:00PM.
Saturday - June 2 @ 7:30PM
Revere Community Access - check for listings.
I hope you have an opportunity to view the telecast. It is an hour of fun and baseball. This show is dedicated to the Thomas A. Yawkey League of Boston.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Tavarez unwraps victory - Celebrating 34th birthday, righty beat Yankees @ BronxNice night out for the Sox and their #5 ACE in the hole Julian Tavarez. The Birthday Boy - behind a first inning 3 run tall jack off the lumber of Manny Mania took the middle game of the series in the Bronx. This is the 2nd huge win for Tavarez against the "Wankees".
Red Sox went back to their 10 1/2 game lead over New York. Mike Lowell (2-4 including a HR & double - now hitting .329) and Kevin Youkilis (2-5 2R & 15 game hit streak batting .343) chipped in to push the weak hitting soft pitching Bronx BUMS to near extinction.
Nice battle tonite - Schilling vs Pettitte! Can you say --- 11 1/2?
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Baseball Movie Quotes
Baseball has played a major and minor role in motion pictures for nearly a century. Whether you recall Gary Cooper playing Lou Gehrig in Pride of the Yankees or Tom Hanks simply mentioning he was the coach of the high school baseball team in Saving Private Ryan, there have been some great quotations in and about baseball movies. To that end Baseball Almanac is pleased to present a unique collection of quotations made in baseball movies, about baseballmovies, and a special section or two...
"If you build it, he will come." - Kevin Costner
Baseball Movie Quotes
In Alphabetical Order
Quotes From Baseball Movies
"Ahh, Jesus, I like him very much, but He no help with curveball." - Serrano. "Are you trying to say Jesus Christ can't hit a curveball?" - Harris in Major League (1989)
"Do you know what we get to do today Brooks? We get to play baseball." - Jim Morris (Dennis Quaid) in The Rookie (2002)
"God, I just love baseball." - Robert Redford in The Natural (1984)
"If you build it, he will come." - Kevin Costner in Field of Dreams (1989)
"I love baseball. You know it doesn't have to mean anything, it's just beautiful to watch." - Woody Allen in Zelig (1983)
"I'm an escaped car thief. I broke out of prison to see the Cubs in the World Series." - James Belushi in Taking Care of Business (1990)
"I still get such a bang out of it, playing ball. Same as I did when I first come up. You get out there and the stands are full and everybody is cheering. It is like everbody in the world come to see you. Inside that there is the players in there and there yakking it up and the pitcher throws and your looking for that pill and suddenly there is nothing else in the ballpark you and it and sometimes when your feeling right and there is a groove there and the bat just eases into it and meets that ball. When the bat meets that ball you can feel that ball just give and you know it is going to go a long way. Damn, if you don't feel like your going to live forever." - John Cusac as Buck Weaver in Eight Men Out (1988)
"Pick me out a winner, Bobby"- Roy Hobbs in The Natural (1984)
"People all say that I've had a bad break. But today, today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth." - Gary Cooper in Pride of the Yankees (1942) [read Lou Gehrig quotations for the exact speech - lines are correct, but the order has been changed]
"The one constant through all the years has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It's been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt, and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game, is a part of our past. It reminds us of all that once was good, and what could be again." - James Earl Jones in Field of Dreams (1989)
"Well I can't rightly say (which player hit the ball hardest), but the ones (home runs by Babe) Ruth hit got smaller quicker." -Walter Johnson in Ken Burns Baseball (1994)
Quotes From Bull Durham (1988)
"A good friend of mine used to say, 'This is a very simple game. You throw the ball, you catch the ball, you hit the ball. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains.' Think about that for a while."
"God, the sucker teed-off on that like he knew I was gonna throw a fast ball. He did know. How? I told him."
"I'm your new catcher and you just got lesson number one: don't think, it can only hurt the ballclub."
"Man that ball got outta here in a hurry, you know anything that travels that far oughta have a damn stewardess on it, don't you think?"
"Quit trying to strike everybody out. Strikeouts are boring and besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls. They're more democratic." - Crash Davis to Nuke
"Strikeouts are boring. Besides that, they're fascist."
"There are 108 beads in a Catholic rosary. And there are 108 stitches in a baseball. When I learned that, I gave Jesus a chance."
"Think classy, you'll be classy. You win twenty in the show, you can let the fungus grow back on your shower shoes and the press will think you're colorful."
"Who the hell are you? I'm the player to be named later."
"Yeah, I was in the show. I was in the show for twenty-one days once."
"You guys...you lollygag the ball around the infield. You lollygag your way down to first. You lollygag in and out of the dugout. You know what that makes you? Lollygaggers!"
Monday, May 21, 2007
The Boston Park League - America's OLDEST Amateur Baseball League opens its 78th season at various locations this evening. The Park League has been a staple of good baseball in Boston since 1929. The 2007 season will be an exciting one as the 9 team "wood bat" league begins play.
Here is a schedule of games for may 21. Admission is FREE and the Red Sox are out of town so pack up a lawn chair and bring the kids for some exciting amateur baseball under the stars at our beautiful Boston parks:
7:30PM - Hines/ADSL @ Mass Envelope
7:30PM - Towne @ Irish Village
8:00PM - Stockyard @ Carlson
Jim Rice Field
8:00PM - Padres @ Palmer
The Boston Park League was founded in 1929 by Bob Cusick, program director for the Boston Parks and Recreation Department. It was his vision for the City of Boston to support and manage a quality amateur baseball league, and have most of the areas of the City represented. Charlestown, East Boston, South Boston, Hyde Park, Brighton, West Roxbury, Roslindale, Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, Mattapan, South End, and Dorchester all had teams at some period of time. Teams were sponsored by many different individuals, businesses, and churches. The popular after dinner league was highly publicized, and games were well attended. In the 1930's and 40's, it was not unusual to see 3,000 ' 5,000 fans show up for a regular season game. Come play-off time, the attendance would increase from 8,000 to 12,000 a game.
In the 50's and 60's, the league continued to draw 6,000 or more to post season playoff games. These were the most productive years. As attendance began to level off, the league continued to prosper, as a steady stream of skilled players were coming and going. The players came from High Schools, Colleges, and many were ex pro's, who's experience and desire influenced many a ballplayer to play in the best league around. The Boston Park League.
In 1982, the City of Boston decided to pass on the administrative duties to a small group of former players and coaches. The league named Bill Mahoney it's first President, Harvey Soolman Secretary Treasurer, and Walt Mortimer Umpire in Chief. With the need for more funding, the Budweiser Brewing Co. of Medford, Ma., distributors of Bud Light, sponsored the league for 4 years. The Yawkey Foundation came on board in 1986, and has continuously sponsored the Boston Park League for the last 20 years.
A steady stream of Presidents have served the league with dignity and dedication. They include Leo Casey (83 & 84), Bill Stewart Jr. (85), Walt Mortimer (86), Skip Landry (87 & 88), Josh Powell(89), Bob Powers (90-92), Eddie Miller (93-95), Dr. Bob Wilkinson(96-01), and Walt Bentson (02-06).
The City of Boston have made 4 fields available to the Boston Park League, and have done extensive maintenance and upgrading by adding new lights and new infields. They include Dick Casey Town Field in Dorchester, Bill Stewart Diamond at Fallon Field in Roslindale, Cassidy Playground in Cleveland Circle, Brighton, and East Boston Stadium near Logan Airport. The 5th ballpark is Kelly Field in Hyde Park, and is maintained by the Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR). They do an excellent job year in and year out.
The league celebrated it's 75th Anniversary in 2004. This is what sets the Boston Park League apart from other long standing leagues around the country. In 2006, there will be 9 teams competing. They include the Palmer Club, Stockyard, Irish Village, Hines/ADSL, Cannon Club, Carlson Club, Boston Padres, Mass. Envelope, and the Towne Club. They will play a 32 game schedule (subject to change) that will run through the first week of August. The top 4 teams in the final regular season standings will play a 3 out of 5 semi final playoffs, 1-4, 2-3, and the winners will play a 4 out of 7 series for the league championship.
Saturday, May 19, 2007
with Mike is his nephew Cameron.
Friday, May 18, 2007
Coach Dave Hanley and Sean Gildea
Hanley, Gildea & DaveMcKay
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Guests include: Yawkey League MVP & Triple Crown Winner - Marc DesRoches; Sean Gildea - 2006 Yawkey League Cy Young Awards Winner and Stewart Conference Manager of the Year - Dave Hanley.
We will also take a look at Yawkey League action as the league opened on May 11.
The show will conclude with a special tribute to Joe Driscoll. Joe recently passed and his good buddies Peter Williams and Walter Bentson will appear.
This is a great day for the amateur baseball community and we hope you tune in when the program is repeatedly telecast on ComCast - CH 12 in Boston & Brookline. We are trying to branch the show out to the metro-region as well.
Monday, May 14, 2007
"When I step between the lines, I become a legend. With my head held high and hat to my chest, the words "Oh say! can you see," remind me of what I am: A catalyst of tradition, striving to measure up to the heroes from past and present. Through countless hours of dedication and hard work, I live my dream. My heart is filled with true love for this game knowing I, too, could be one of the all-time greats. I exist solely to experience the senses that are unmistakable and sacred to "America's Game." The smell of freshly cut grass. The distinct sound of a ball meeting the bat. Sensations of holding the glove to my face as the sun warms the back of my neck. These are the immortal rewards in baseball. This passionate game has created who I am, a member of an elite group: The Boys of Summer. Then I hear those timeless words of "PLAY BALL!" which once again remind me game time has arrived. It has always been at this very moment, between these lines, that I become frozen in time, when I am pure! And now, as the sun paints another beautiful picture of our national pastime, my heart begins to question who the better player will be today. Who has worked harder? Who will be tougher? Who wants it more? No matter who this may be, the humbling game of baseball will neither care nor remember the next time we step Between The Lines."
Friday, May 11, 2007
Conigliaro came up thru the Sox system fast and made a home run in his first Fenway Park plate appearance. he was the youngest player in major league history to strike 100 HR's and was destined for a Hall of Fame career.
As the Red Sox were entrenched in their Impossible Dream season in late August, Conig was smashed in the face with a Jack Hamilton fast ball. His life hung in the balance that night as he lay "sprawling in the dirt". "The doctors said he would be OK -- but he won't be back this season", Jess Cain once wrote. He did return - but never to the high stature and promise that he espoused.
The life of Tony Conigliaro was a mirror of a young man who lived fast, hard and well in the 1960's. When his comeback with the Sox and baseball fell short - he turned to Hollywood and a singing career.
The Yawkey League has named one of its Three Divisions in name of Tony Conigliaro. Here is a Press release from the YBL Office:
The Board of Directors have voted to name the Third YBL Division after a local - Eastern Massachusetts - baseball hero, who's life was cut short. His career was hindered by a beaning in 1967 and his Hall of Fame Dreams were shut down by set-back after set-back. The man who the YBL wishes to honor by naming its Third Division is - Tony Conigliaro.Tony C is the Boston Red Sox player who came up thru the ranks out of Revere & Lynn, MA. He hit a home run in his first Fenway at bat. Tony C reached the 100 HR mark swifter than any player in major league history. The Yawkey League celebrates the life and accomplishments of Tony Conigliaro. We are happy to draw his name into our family.
Tony Conigliaro Division
MEDFORD MAD DOGS
MALDEN BULL DOGS
EAST BOSTON BLUE
Here is a brief Bio of the late great Boston Hero - Tony Conigliaro
Tony Conigliaro was the quintessential Boston ballplayer. Born in Revere, Massachusetts toward the end of World War II, Conigliaro rose rapidly to stardom.
His handsome face and raw talent made New England women swoon. Ascending to the major leagues just a year after signing a contract with the Red Sox in 1963, Tony C wasted no time finding a niche in baseball.
He hit a home run in his first major league game. For the season, he hit .290 with 24 home runs over the first five months, but after breaking his arm in August, he saw the Rookie of the Year award go to Minnesota's Tony Oliva. When Conigliaro hit 32 homers the following season, he become, at age 20, the youngest home run champion in the history of the American League. He had also become the youngest person to reach 100 homers.
Off the field, Tony C's popularity allowed him to pursue another interest: singing! He cut several records on the RCA and Penn Tone labels.
But Tony C's life would never be the same after August 18, 1967. During a night game at Fenway Park, Conigliaro was hit in the face by a fastball from California Angels' pitcher Jack Hamilton. He suffered a broken cheekbone and temporarily lost the sight in his left eye, causing him to miss the 1968 season.
Conigliaro returned in 1969, winning the Comeback Player of the Year award. In '70, he belted 36 homers and it appeared, his career was back on track. But vision problems continued to bother him and he left the big leagues in 1971. He attempted a brief comeback in 1975 but it failed.
In 1982, Conigliaro suffered a heart attack while returning from an audition for the Red Sox telecasts. He was never the same and on February 24, 1990, this seemingly indestructible hero died.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
NEW LONODN, N.H. – Colby-Sawyer senior Sean Gildea, a native of Haverhill, Mass., earned a myriad of Commonwealth Coast Conference Awards including CCC Pitcher of the Year, Senior Scholar Athlete Award winner and First Team All-CCC for his efforts this past season.
A day after fanning 17 Nichols College batters, Colby-Sawyer College senior Sean Gildea received the school’s Scholar Athlete Award.“Sean’s distinguished grade point average, along with his efforts on the baseball field this past year, made him a unanimous choice (for the award),” said Mitch Capelle, Colby-Sawyer’s sports information director, noting that the award “is presented to a graduating senior who made significant contributions to both the scholastic and varsity programs at the college.”
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
The TEAM to beat in the Thomas A. Yawkey League is a true dynasty.
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Mariano Rivera - the Hall of Fame Closer for the NY Yankees did IT AGAIN! He gave up a game winning homer to Adrian Beltre in the top of the 9th last night to cap off a disaster of a start during April/May for him and his dawdling team. Rivera is 1-3 thus far in '07.
The Rocket may have landed in the Bronx - BUT Rivera has laid a huge Egg thus far. Is he OLD - has he lost IT? 38 year olds have a tendency to break down and lose their flare, but this quick???
Sox sat back and gained a 1/2 game while the yanks booted the game at home against Seattle 3-2. Sox lead by 6.5 games and play tonight in Toronto. Josh Beckett brings his 6-0 record to the hill against Toronto.
Red Sox nation awoke with a nice wide smile on its face knowing that Rivera stumbled once again! Ohh - the pain --- ohhhhh the suffering!!! Teeeee heeee heeeeee....!!! This makes me feel so young and vital!!!
Sunday, May 6, 2007
In a dramatic Yamnkee Stadium moment, Roger Clemens announced to the 53,000 fans assembled that, "they dragged me out of Texas...sooo I guess I will be talking to 'yall real soon." In Roger Speak that means he is going to pitch for the Yanks in 2007. Who can deny that this desperation move on the part of the struggling Yanks is a Huge shot in the buttocks. "Jeet, n Andy, n Jason were texting me and emailing me to return... this is a huge responsibility for me...to git back n do my job." Interpretation - he felt compelled to return to a team he won two rings with and wants to help his buddies return to the World Series.
Here is a story taken from this afternoons New york Post outlining the Rockets retun to the Yankees. he says he should be ready "at the end of May or the 1st of June." Guess what boys and girls...June 1 Yankees play the Red Sox!
05/06/2007 3:40 PM ET
Clemens announces return to Yanks
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- Roger Clemens is a Yankee.
With those five words, displayed on Yankee Stadium's matrix screen in a surprise announcement during the seventh-inning stretch on Sunday, the 44-year-old right-hander ended all the speculation and confirmed his return to the Bronx.
The Yankees officially announced that they have signed Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young Award winner, to a Minor League contract.
Following the playing of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," public-address announcer Bob Sheppard instructed the crowd to draw its attention to the owner's box and the video screen.
The image of Clemens, holding a microphone, drew a loud ovation from the crowd at the game between the Mariners and Yankees, but his comments would soon be drowned out by an even more raucous ovation from the paid attendance of 52,553.
"It's a privilege to be back," Clemens said. "I'll be talking to you all soon."
Clemens returns to the Yankees, where he pitched from 1999 through 2003, serving as a member of two World Series championship teams in 1999 and 2000.
As a Yankee, Clemens -- who was originally acquired from the Blue Jays prior to the 1999 season in exchange for Homer Bush, Graeme Lloyd and David Wells -- compiled a record of 77-36 with a 3.99 ERA, striking out 946 batters in 157 starts.
On June 21, 2003, Clemens became the 21st pitcher in Major League history to reach the 300-win milestone, while also recording his 4,000th career strikeout in a 5-2 victory over the Cardinals.
Clemens made 19 starts for the Astros last season, posting a 7-6 record with a 2.30 ERA after signing a Minor League contract on May 31, reprising his role as the Astros' in-season acquisition after going 13-8 with a career-best 1.87 ERA in 32 starts for Houston in 2005.
Dating back to this past offseason, Clemens had declined to say if he expected to pitch at all in 2007, but he hedged his bets by saying through his representatives, Alan and Randy Hendricks, that he would consider playing for only the Yankees, Astros or Red Sox.
Clemens, who also said that he would pitch only for a team with hopes of playoff contention, will join a Yankees club that has seen its starting pitching suffer through an extended stretch of inconsistency and injuries.
Clemens' good friend, Andy Pettitte, has twice been pressed into relief action to help out a beleaguered bullpen, while Chien-Ming Wang, Mike Mussina, Jeff Karstens, Phil Hughes and Carl Pavano have all spent time on the disabled list.
Pavano, the Yankees' Opening Day starter on April 2, is expected to be a possibility to miss the remainder of the season, which created an even more glaring void for the Rocket's liftoff to fill.
Clemens would likely need a series of Minor League appearances in order to prepare for Major League action. The future Hall of Fame right-hander is expected to be made available later in the afternoon Sunday for further comment.
Clemens ranks second all time among Major League pitchers with 172 career strikeouts in the postseason, behind only Atlanta's John Smoltz (194). He leads all active Major League pitchers in wins, strikeouts, games started (690), innings pitched (4,817 2/3), complete games (118) and shutouts (46).
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Thursday, May 3, 2007
The US Military All Star Team will kick off their 2007 Red White and Blue Barnstorming Tour of the USA in Boston. They have challenged the Thomas A. Yawkey League All Stars to 9 inning contest. Date will be June 6 at The Bill Stewart Diamond @ Fallon Field in Roslindale.
The Military All Stars are a team of enlisted men from all branches of Our Nations Service. The team visiting Boston will be a conglomeration of 32 teams from all over the world. "This is an honor for the Yawkey League to be chosen", stated YBL President - Dave McKay. "Our League will be ready for this great challenge and its awesome that our players will have this story to tell their grandchildren."
"The City of Boston is proud to host this event", according to Assistant Park Commissioner - Paul McCaffrey. "This will be an historic night of baseball in our inner-city".
Complete details on this event will be posted here; on the show and on the YBL Web-page: http://www.yawkeybaseball.com/