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Keeping Score

Keeping Score: Inner strength

Friday, April 18, 2014

Good morning! Marathon runner Ben Simanski crossed the finish line 30 minutes ahead of the mayhem that ensued at 2:49 p.m. last Patriot’s Day, a stroke of good fortune for a man who’d recently received his share of bad news. A 30-year-old attorney with a passion for criminal defense, life was good for him until the wintry day in 2013 when he walked into the the Valley Medical Group in … 0

Keeping Score: Meal Call

Friday, April 11, 2014

Good morning! The Red Sox were trailing the Texas Rangers by one run with two runners on base in the bottom of the eighth inning on Wednesday when David Ortiz hit a 1-1 pitch deep into the right field bleachers. Ortiz stayed in the batter’s box until first base umpire Jerry Meals signaled it was fair, causing radio announcer Dave O’Brien to blow … 0

Keeping Score: Home trip

Monday, April 7, 2014

Good morning! Searching for a local restaurant on the drive out of Florida I stopped at Granny’s in Starke, home of Florida State Prison where 86 convicts have been executed since 1976. At the main intersection a sign for the prison points west, and I wondered if any of the condemned knew the town well enough to order their last meals off of … 0

Battle of the East

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Good morning! The skyline appeared over a hill on Route 2 in Belmont, the city a distant sprawl of skyscrapers, smokestacks and industrial storage tanks. It disappeared just as quickly, a tease, a promise of what lay past the apparition of Sammy White’s bowling alley and crew teams … 0

Track of dreams

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Good morning! Dreams die hard: Montreal wants another baseball team, Hartford wants another hockey team, and Hinsdale wants another harness track. Maybe not everybody in Hinsdale, but Bill Faucher does, and Faucher’s not the sort to be taken lightly. He’s part businessman, part politician and all horseman, a … 0

Uphill climb

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Good morning! Mike Townsley was the quickest of five Franklin County residents who ran, jogged and walked to the finish line of the Mount Washington Road Race on June 15. The 7.6-mile course is an ascent from spring to winter; from 60-degree temps and light breezes into a … 0

Numbers guy

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Good morning! Wade Boggs is a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer, “One of baseball’s toughest outs” reads his plaque in Cooperstown. Yet despite being the only player in the 20th century to have at least 200 hits in seven consecutive seasons, the Red Sox are reluctant to put his uniform number … 0

Unexpected delays

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Good morning! A traffic jam is never a good way to start a 1,500-mile road trip, but Interstate 91 southbound was backed up two miles around the bend in Holyoke and I opted for the long way out of the Northeast. It was a Friday afternoon, the time … 0

By land or air

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Good morning! Early last February I purchased a new Subaru Legacy that gets roughly twice the gas mileage as my trade-in, a Toyota 4Runner. In four months I’ve put over 18,000 miles on the odometer. See the world today in my Subaru. Three times I’ve been to Florida, … 0

Bayer pain relief

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Good morning! For the first time in years, having his shoulder iced won’t be part of Jeremiah Bayer’s routine this summer. “Any pitcher that tells you he doesn’t have some sort of arm issue is lying,” said Bayer, who retired from pro baseball this spring after four seasons … 0

Summer job

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Good morning! Greenfield’s Russ Hudson was in Adams Donut Shop a few weeks ago with news that his son Joe is a strength and conditioning coach in the Philadelphia Phillies organization. On Friday, young Mr. Hudson will put his new Jeep Patriot on a train bound from Clearwater … 0

Loyalty rewards

Friday, May 17, 2013

Good morning! If you miss the wedding don’t go to the funeral. It’s a common refrain among railbirds who know that opportunity usually strikes but once. The rare exception occurs when a horse melds ability, fitness and opportunity into a perfect storm of racing magic. A horse like … 0

Two for the money

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Good morning! A father who involves his children in sports expects little more in return than a vicarious thrill or two, but for Bob Weiss the payback has been enormous. The 72-year-old Weiss grew up in Deerfield and slapped the puck around Highland Pond with rink rats Nook … 0

Dog tales

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Good morning! A recent article about the Iditarod by Ben McGrath in the April 22 issue of the New Yorker Magazine rekindled memories of long-past autumn afternoons when Deerfield veterinarian Charlie Belford trained his sled dog team in Old Deerfield’s north meadows. Belford, who died in 2005, lived … 0

Long-distance friends

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Good morning! Two nights before the Boston Marathon, Greenfield native Joe Martino was Bill Rodgers’ guest at the Mayor’s Reception at the Fairmont Copley Plaza. “It was such a festive night, incredible how things can change so quickly,” said Martino, referring to the Patriot’s Day bombing. Rodgers and … 0