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.
They say with time things become easier to handle but I am not so sure. I have never handled the loss of my best friend John Tripp seven years ago today very well. You would think after seven years that it would be easier to accept, but its not. He was 58 when I got the call of his passing from a heart attack. It was a call that numbed my body from head to toe. I was driving to Kansas City and don't remember much after that.
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.
There is no secret that I am a New York Yankee fan, but what is somewhat of a secret is, what team do I like after that? That secret is now out. It's the Kansas City Royals, the World Series Champions! I am no bandwagon fan, either.
With the Major League Baseball Playoffs underway it is time to review the Big Dog's pre-season picks. Of the 10 teams in the playoffs, I selected 5 of them to be there. So I guess I did alright on my picks.
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.
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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