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Photo by: Jim McIsaac
Photo by: Jim McIsaac

Kids Need Idols Today More Than Ever

When I was growing up in New York as kid I was a huge New York Yankee fan, and I am even more of a fan now that I am some 15 hundred miles away from the House that Ruth built in the Bronx.

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Quincy Gems
Quincy Gems

Ambidextrous Venditte is 3rd Former Quincy Gem Currently in MLB

Former Quincy Gem’s ambidextrous pitcher Pat Venditte has been called up to the Oakland A’s from Triple-A Nashville. Venditte, who played for the Quincy Gems in the Central Illinois Collegiate League in 2006, will be in uniform when the A’s meet the Boston Red Sox tonight.

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John Tripp, Jeff Dorsey
John Tripp, Jeff Dorsey

John Tripp Gone 6 Years, Seems Like Yesterday!

It still seems like yesterday when I got the call that numbed my body from head to toe. That was six years ago tomorrow. It was May 16, 2009 when I lost my best friend with the passing of John Tripp to a heart attack at the age of 58.

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Ed Zurga, Getty Images
Ed Zurga, Getty Images

Just How Did The Big Dog’s Baseball Picks End Up?

With the regular season for baseball now over and the playoffs underway, I thought it would be a good time to review the picks I made back in March when the 2014 Major League Baseball season opened. Here is what I wrote back on March 28.  

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Nick Laham, Getty Images
Nick Laham, Getty Images

Derek Jeter, Baseball’s Ambassador, Has Retired, So Who is Next?

The 20 year career of New York Yankee Shortstop, Derek Jeter, came to an end yesterday with the end of the 2014 season. Not only did the Yankees lose a shortstop, but Major League Baseball lost a great ambassador.

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Derek Jeter, Getty Images
Derek Jeter, Getty Images

Mr. John Henry, Please Read My Request For Derek Jeter

It's hard to find other New York Yankee fans in this area besides me, but finding fans of Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter is easy. Actually, you would be hard pressed to find someone who doesn't like the future Hall of Famer.

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Jeff Dorsey
Jeff Dorsey

Have We Seen the Last of Quincy Gems Baseball?

Some 1510 fans turned out to watch the Quincy Gems defeat the Terre Haute Rex last night at Q.U. Stadium. Could they have been watching the final game ever for the Quincy Gems? 

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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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