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Keeping Score

Keeping Score: Dry Run

Friday, May 22, 2015

Good morning! On a warm spring evening outside Fenway Park, Kung Fu Panda bracelets were selling for $3, vendors were hawking free “soxaholic” bumper stickers with each paid program, and parking attendants were getting $50 a car. They’ll take it while they can, because the most expensive division in baseball is a cheap claiming race and the Red Sox are any old nag. “Minus four,” said David Hosmer, referring to … 0

Keeping Score: Transition trouble

Friday, May 15, 2015

Good morning! Last weekend, six Atlantic 10 softball teams converged in Amherst to play at Sortino Field, the complex named for the longtime coach who passed away two years ago this August at age 63. Fordham won its third straight A-10 title by beating Dayton, 8-2, in the title game. The Rams lost to North Carolina State Friday, 12-5, in the first round … 0

Keeping Score: Louisville Upstart

Friday, May 1, 2015

Good morning! Railbirds who are betting their vacation money that either American Pharoah or Dortmund will be wearing the blanket of roses at Churchill Downs today might be staying home this summer. “My first look if somebody told me you gotta pick now or you’re going to the gallows, it would be hard to see past those two,” said Greenfield handicapper John Dobrydnio. … 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

Keeping Score: Car Problems

Monday, March 17, 2014

Good morning! Despite the warm Florida weather, I do look forward to being away from these lame-brained drivers down here in their big white SUVs, talking on cellphones with little dogs in their laps. The snowbirds were indeed migrating up toward Georgia the day I trekked up the … 0

Keeping Score: Countdown

Friday, March 7, 2014

Good morning! A week ago Thursday on the Merritt Parkway, I heard Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Greg Polanco go deep off Yankees’ hurler David Phelps and the sound of John Sterling’s call on WFAN was better than any robin or crocus sightings, it was proof that winter was grudgingly … 0

Keeping Score: Recount

Friday, February 28, 2014

Good morning! Recently I wrote that Bob Benoit founded the Mass. State Police boxing team, inspired by his days as a four-round fighter who traded punches for $50 a match in smoke-filled joints around southeastern Mass. and Providence. Retired sheriff Fred Macdonald saw the item and called his … 0

Keeping Score: Shades of gold

Friday, February 21, 2014

Good morning! During a break between bouts at the Golden Gloves regionals in Holyoke two weeks ago, time keeper Kevin Hope leaned toward PA announcer Mike Burke and quipped, “So ... I hear they want to put a marijuana dispensary on the corner of Appleton Street.” Burke sat … 0

Keeping Score: Faded glory

Friday, February 14, 2014

(First of Two Parts) Good morning! Shortly before the first bell of the Golden Gloves regional finals at the Log Cabin Restaurant in Holyoke on February 6, ring announcer Dean Fay strode up to PA announcer Mike Burke and told him, “We had to shut it off at … 0