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John Tripp, Quincy Exchange Club
John Tripp, Quincy Exchange Club

John Tripp is Why I Am Known as The Big Dog and I Miss Him Dearly

It was May 16, 2009, five years ago today, when I lost my best friend and hundreds of others did likewise with the passing of John Tripp. A year ago, I started to write about John, but I kept deleting what I was writing. I finally decided that what I wrote last year still fits today. I wrote it from my heart a year ago and the words still say everything I want to say today so here it is.

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Andy Lyons, Getty Images
Andy Lyons, Getty Images

Yankee and Cardinal Fans, Hop on the Big Dog Express Memorial Day

Memorial Day will be a memorable one this year at Busch Stadium as the New York Yankees play the St. Louis Cardinals in a 3:15 game. Our friends at Destination Travel want you to experience it with me, the Big Dog. I will be hosting the round trip Motor Coach to the game with the bus leaving Quincy at 10 a.m. that morning and stopping at locations on the way and then returning after the game concludes (we should be back in Quincy around 8:30).  

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Chaloner Woods, Getty Images
Chaloner Woods, Getty Images

Happy Birthday to My Dad

March 11 has always brought memories and good times for me.  My father was born on March 11 and every year we would celebrate his birthday and every year he would get the same birthday gift from me. That gift was two tickets to opening day of the baseball season. I haven't been able to give him tickets for 29 years now. He passed away in 1985 from Alzheimer's or dementia as it was known then.

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Andy Lyons,Getty Images
Andy Lyons,Getty Images

An 8th Grade Quarterback Makes a College Verbal Commitment

If anyone ever tells you that college football is not all about big money, pass this story on to them and maybe they will change their mind. With so much on the line to put a competitive football team on the field each fall, colleges are taking steps to make sure they recruit the right people, especially at the quarterback position.

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Doug Pensinger  /Allsport
Doug Pensinger /Allsport

I Can’t Let This Week Go By Without Remembering ‘Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio

The year was 1941.  Americans were preoccupied with World War Two going on in Europe.  Nerves were on edge and Americans needed something or someone to do something positive.  That someone turned out to be Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees. Baseball was an escape from the pressures of war and people were following both the war and the game that summer especially because of DiMaggio.

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The Quincy Gems’ Military Appreciation Night is Friday Starting at 6

Friday is Military Appreciation Night at the ballpark as the Quincy Gems play host to the Military All-Stars at Q.U. Stadium. The Military All-Star team was founded by President George H. Bush to promote the Wounded Warrior Program in the United States.

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John Tripp
John Tripp

John Tripp, My Best Friend, Passed Away Four Years Ago Today. ‘Miss Ya Buddy!’

Four years ago I lost my best friend and hundreds of others did likewise with the passing of John Tripp. I started to write a blog about John this morning, but I kept deleting what I was writing.  I finally decided that what I wrote last year still fits today so if what you read next sounds familiar, it is. I wrote it from my heart a year ago and the words still say everything I want to say today so here it is.

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Elsa, Getty Images
Elsa, Getty Images

Mike Shannon Named a Missouri Sports Legend

To be a Hall of Famer is one thing but to be named a Sports Legend in the State of Missouri is another. I recently received an invitation to travel to Springfield, Missouri to attend the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Banquet to witness former St. Louis Cardinal Rightfielder/Third Baseman and current Cardinal Broadcaster Mike Shannon be named the 26th Missouri Sports Legend for the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

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Darin McCollister, Getty Images
Darin McCollister, Getty Images

We Really Are All Americans in Times Like This

When I heard about two explosions in Boston during the Boston Marathon Monday afternoon, it brought back flashbacks of 9-11 all over again. Innocent people killed and maimed for no reason at all. It also brought out the anger in me in that I wanted this person (or these persons) to suffer for it, as well. God would not have been proud of me for what I was thinking.

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Yankee Manager Joe Girardi
Yankee Manager Joe Girardi

Put a Spring Training Trip on Your Bucket List

If you ever get the chance to go to Spring Training, whether it be the St. Louis Cardinals, the Chicago Cubs, or any other Major League Baseball team, you should make the trip. I just returned from my second Spring Training venture in 3 years through Destination Travel and thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it.

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