Keeping Score

Keeping core: Cagey stories

Friday, March 27, 2015

Good morning! The information booth inside Roger Dean Stadium was stacked with free copies of Baseball America programs for the day’s game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Houston Astros cost $6 and St. Louis Cardinals T-shirts were selling for between $25 and $53. Baseball was back in business on this warm gray day in early March. On a sidewalk near the center of this upscale Florida community a guitarist … 0

Keeping Score: Biding time

Friday, March 20, 2015

Good Morning! Two summers ago I was dropping off a Daily Racing Form for handicapper John Dobrydnio when the scent of his wife Paula’s marinara sauce drew me into the kitchen. She was ladling tomatoes that were simmering in a five gallon pot, careful not to overheat, while John cracked open the form and brother Myron was tending to the garden. “Just tomatoes?” … 0

Keeping Score: Letting go

Friday, March 13, 2015

Good morning! I wrote today’s column plucking away with my left index finger and my right arm in a sling. The good arm, the strong and useful limb, was broken while chasing a foul ball at a spring training game in Jupiter, Fla., last week. It could’ve been worse, people have died trying to get foul balls. At Arlington Stadium in Texas, a … 0

Keeping Score: CC That

Friday, June 6, 2014

Good morning! Paul Matties says there’s a bettor at Belmont Park today who will wager $10,000 on California Chrome — all in $2 tickets. “He thinks he’ll be able to sell them as souvenirs,” laughed Matties, who lives near Saratoga and is a professional gambler. That’s one way … 0

Keeping Score: Comfort zone

Friday, May 30, 2014

Good morning! Greenfield’s Josh Hillman won’t be intimidated by the company he’s keeping on Monday, even if it includes two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen. Earlier this month Hillman qualified for the U.S. Open Sectionals by shooting a 2-under-par 70 at the Schuyler Meadows Club in Loudonville, N.Y. … 0

Keeping Score: Odds breakers

Friday, May 23, 2014

Good morning! Most harness horse players bet to win, place and show, but there are those who get their kicks from off-the-wall strategies that Bill McQuiston has seen his share of at the Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The affable 64-year-old McQuiston is the harness track’s mutuels manager and … 0

Keeping Score: Swinging for a dream

Friday, May 16, 2014

Good morning! The long odds of playing in next month’s U.S. Open were reduced significantly this week for Greenfield native Josh Hillman who shot a 2-under-par 70 at the Schuyler Meadows Club in Loudonville, N.Y. The course was one 111 playing venues where 10,127 golfers began the process … 0

Keeping Score: Sogard’s pop

Friday, May 9, 2014

Good morning! Two Oakland A’s players caught my attention last weekend on NESN. Bearded catcher Derek Norris looked like Sasquatch, and bespectacled infielder Eric Sogard looked like my nephew Pete Weiss, who lives in Athens, Vermont and plays in a band called the Weisstronauts. That was the extent … 0

Keeping Score: Tempting fate

Friday, May 2, 2014

Good morning! When nominations to this year’s Triple Crown series closed on Jan. 25, the owners of 413 3-year-old thoroughbreds had dished out $600 per horse thinking theirs might be the colt to wear the blanket of roses on the first Saturday in May. Prep races and veterinarian … 0

Keeping Score: Birch Bias

Friday, April 25, 2014

Good morning! Throwing it up there to see what sticks with your bacon and eggs this Saturday breakfast ... Bill Lee claims bats made of yellow birch are stronger than the conventional sort made of maple or northern white ash. “It’s a cross between maple and ash and … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 0

Keeping Score: The Remy Dilemma

Monday, March 31, 2014

Good morning! In the winter of 1978 the currently besieged Red Sox radio analyst, author, restaurant owner and Red Sox Nation president Jerry Remy was an above average second baseman who’d been traded from California to Boston. I was at the press luncheon at Fenway Park the day … 0

Keeping Score: Welcome crew

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Good morning! Whoever said the pleasure is in the journey was likely on the sort of two-lane like the road between Stuart and Sarasota, where the scent of orange blossoms collides with the sight of cows grazing and egrets flying over sprawling pastureland. Outside Indiantown, a motorist can … 0