More notes from the Florida spring baseball camps where it is already summertime and the living is mighty easy. Unless you play for either the Red Sox or the Yankees, that is. "C'mon down," as that merry old auto-hustler used to like to say. Read more
Mar. 19, 2009
Fifteen seconds left. The Dorchester Bears trail Boston English by three points. Darius Carter gets the pass, he's standing behind the three-point line. He shootsâ€¦ swish!
Tie game. The Bears go on to win, 67-66. Carter finishes with 29 points and with that three-point basket, becomes the first player from the Dorchester Education Complex to score 1,000 points.
"Coach had a play for another shooter on the team," remembered Carter from his home in Dorchester, "but English knew the ball was going to him, so he kicked it out to me and I hit the shot. It was a nice moment." Read more
The signs and omens lately have been discouraging, conjuring grisly images of other sags and swoons scattered over the past generation. But be not of faint heart, Bruins legions.
Despite all their stumbling about since Groundhog Day your kids remained - incredibly or otherwise - the NHL team with the best record with only 15 games left in the regular season. Whether that also means they are the best team is of course quite another matter. It could turn out to be merely fresh affirmation of the relative irrelevance of the NHL's regular season. Read more
Ask any veteran jock journalist to name his or her favorite assignment and the odds are top heavy that the answer will be 'Spring Training.'
We're not talking about the best stories here or the most important news events, let alone the most exciting journalistic experiences. But for mere precious enjoyment - just plain 'fun' - you can't beat baseball in March under the sub-tropical sun against the backdrop of swaying palms. It is simply joyful. Read more
It has become a waiting game for the Dorchester Eagles. The football and cheerleading program is waiting for the national Pop Warner board to come back with a decision that could decide the fate of the neighborhood's pigskin future.
The Eagles are also waiting for the Osecola County Sheriff's Department in Florida to process charges being pressed against a Cranston, R.I. coach who allegedly took part in a brawl with an Eagles player at Disneyworld last year. Read more
Dorchester Youth Hockey's Mite A team defeated Hyde Park last weekend to win the District 1 Championship. This year the Mite A team won the Mayor's Cup and the District Championships in losing only 1 game all season. Congratulations to the players Brendan T. Donovan, Aidan Burke, John. B. Driscoll, Anthony J. Juliano, Devin Kelley, Cameron S. Mannion, Donovan J. Mannion, Kevin Mannion, Jack McCarthy, Quinn M. McCarthy, John T. Murray, William Penella, and Jeremy M. Souza and their coaches Eric Donovan and Paul McCarthy. Photo courtesy DYH.
A trio of short subjects for you to consider, quite random and unconnected.
I. Baseball and precedent
When in 1946 the baseball commissioner at the time, wily old Happy Chandler, first informed the major league owners of the Brooklyn Dodgers' plan to sign black ballplayers, the owners responded with an angry 14-2 vote against the idea. Whereupon Chandler informed them, 'Ain't no way, Boys', then set to work cajoling and brow-beating them until he finally hammered out their reluctant consent. Read more