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“Nah, I got no interest in it.” Wanna get into our office pool? “Nah, I got no interest in it.” Who do you think will win? “I really don’t care, I got no interest in it.” You ready for the tournament? “Nah, I got no interest in it.” That’s what I kept telling anybody who...
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Relegation. Whether you communicate in the Queen’s English or the abridged version we’ve used over here for the past 240 years or even Alabama-speak, it’s one of those words that never gets a smile. It’s like diarrhea, constipation, syphilis, heart attack, and erectile dysfunction. There’s nothing too cheery about them, either. Miss O’Sullivan challenged her...
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With one swing of Mike LaValliere’s bat, Steve Carlton’s days as a Philadelphia Phillie were about to end. With one snap decision of LaValliere’s managing mind, my days as a Pittsburgh Pirate might be over too. When the light-stick, all-glove, gritty eleven-year big league catcher took Carlton deep on a beautiful baseball afternoon in 1986,...
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Five months ago, almost to the day, I was lying a hospital bed fresh off shoulder surgery. Today, I just didn’t want to take any chances. So before manager Mike LaValliere and coach Chico Lind had a chance to choose their starting first baseman at the opening day of Pirates old-guy camp, I did what...
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‘Beating the rush’ took on a whole new meeting late Monday night into early Tuesday morning in Tampa. Don’t get me wrong, I’m the last guy that wants to get stuck in a parking lot for two hours after a ballgame or event. It’s one of my three recurring nightmares along side failing my New...
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On paper it seemed like the perfect plan. We haven’t been out for New Year’s Eve in probably a decade. Undoubtedly in our time together we’ve been there, probably done it and frankly we’re getting to old to revel until that wee hour of twelve. But Andi Berger had a lousy 2016. She lost her...
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A sure sign of getting old is when you wake-up (that’s a good thing) on a beautiful Saturday morning in Alabama and you are thankful for two things: college football and you’re not living in Mississippi. So, as your alma mater stinks and the Jets season once again for all practical playoff purposes is over,...
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I’ve gotten base hits off former major league pitchers; okay maybe their best years were in the JFK era but so what? Most still threw harder than I can see and all got paid for playing a game that for the rest of us was nothing but a dream. I’ve played and managed teams of...
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If you’re Jewish there are some things you just don’t do. Not kosher as we say. You don’t eat a pastrami sandwich on white bread. You don’t sprinkle bacon crumbles in your matzah ball soup. And it’s probably not a real good idea to invite the Rabbi and his family to your home for a...
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I expected the moment to be surreal, impactful, powerful and sentimental. After all, I’ve carried the vivid memory of it with me for more than 52 years. Finally, I anticipated seeing it all unfold right in front of me. My generation will never forget where we were and what we were doing on November 22,...
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