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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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Rand Paul for President: Last Friday, the day before I left for Pirates camp, I finished my final pre-camp workout with my Birmingham baseball guru Jarrod Patterson. The former Tiger and Royal said he wanted two things from me at my fifth Pirates week: to give pitching a try and to hit a triple. Considering...
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The setting and script was Hollywood perfect. Bases loaded. Two out. Top of the last inning. Down a run. The count runs full. The sixty-three year old first baseman is at the plate. He’s been here before, about fifteen months earlier, and delivered. The weather was Bradenton, FL seventy degree delightful. The setting absolutely picturesque....
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Watching Tiger Woods get eliminated from the U.S. Open on Friday, for those old enough to remember, was eerily reminiscent to Muhammad Ali’s last fight in 1981. Even if you didn’t like either or both, their skill set and one time dominance over their respective sports shouldn’t conjure much debate. They were kings, intimidators and...
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