Big Papi

The induction into Baseball’s Hall of Fame of David Ortiz was a giant moment for baseball and for the Boston Red Sox and for all of us who watched many of his finest moments during a long a grand career.

His first round induction into the Hall of Fame says a great deal about Big Papi’s stature as well as his popularity.

He was, in every way, what baseball fans and sports fans all over the world regard as a clutch ball player.

He wielded an explosive bat. He hit over 500 homeruns and he led the Red Sox to world championships.

Big Papi at bat during a critical moment of a big game rarely disappointed the fans or himself.

His unlikely rise from abject poverty in the Dominican Republic to become one of the greatest baseball players of his time should prove as an inspiration to many younger ballplayers trying to make it.

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The Red Sox fade like the Summer

For those of you who follow baseball and the Red Sox, our team is fading away in front of our eyes like the summer.

We are not sure which is worse – the Red Sox going down – from champs last year to chumps – or the summer, finally arriving after gobs of rain in the spring, and now fading away before our eyes.

Together, it is what we would call a double-header!

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— Eye on Everett —

Get Well, Papi!

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By Josh Resnek

My wife and I have a dear friend who has been fighting uterine cancer for the past five years.

Five years ago, when it was first discovered, it almost did her in.

This is a vibrant 63 year old mother and school teacher. She is tri- lingual. She teaches in the Lynn School system at Lynn English High School.

From the start, she fought the death sentence with a passion.

Five years later, she is still fighting.

No matter how good the folks are at MHG in Boston, the uterine cancer she carries can never be erased. It can only be controlled.

Fast forward to last week.

Our dear friend’s numbers were up, meaning the cancer had grown more active again.

An intervention was needed.

My wife drove her into Boston for a round of chemo treatments at MGH. Everything went well. Her numbers have dropped dramatically. She is readying right now for a trip to Europe with her daughter, who happens to be my daughter’s best friend and a student at University of Southern California.

“After my chemo treatments you won’t believe who I ran into on my recovery ward?” she told us when we visited the next day.

“David Ortiz!”

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Home Run

Red Sox choose MGM partnership over Encore

By Josh Resnek

The Red Sox announced last week that MGM Resorts International will be known as the official and exclusive resort casino of the Boston Red Sox, with game day VIP hospitality, while using the MGM Grand’s facility in Springfield as home plate for the partnership.

The announcement is believed to be a snub of Wynn Resorts Encore project in Everett -not because the facilities are inferior to those in Springfield – but rather – because the Red Sox were not going to put themselves in a position to be criticized about sexual harassment issues dogging Wynn/Encore,” according to an official of the club who wished to remain unnamed.

Also, Wynn’s business plan depends on large numbers of heavy hitting gamblers pouring millions of dollars out of their pockets and into the casino’s money room. Wynn does cater to the hoards of smaller gamblers MGM courts at its location. Continue reading “Home Run”