Juan De Jesus doesn’t get home much these days. The Uphams Corner native is on the road most of the year in Latin America, where he works for Major League Baseball (MLB) to recruit, cultivate, and streamline the entry of young ballplayers into the United States.
It’s a dream job for the 30-year-old De Jesus, a graduate of BC High and Boston College. His mom and dad emigrated to Dorchester from the Dominican Republic. Baseball is in his blood, to be sure. His father knew many pro ball players from his hometown in the D.R. — and DeJesus fancied himself a bit of Fenway Park “rat” — often getting special access to watch batting practice before games.
But it was through his involvement with the Bird Street Community Center on Columbia Road that he learned to play and love the game. Read more
Just days before the first pitch of the season, Savin Hill Little League has been dealt a tough blow by thieves who pillaged their equipment locker at McConnell Park. The weekend incident left the up-and-coming youth sports league without helmets, bats, bases and balls— a loss of "thousands of dollars," according to Mike Christopher, one of the volunteers who runs the league. Read more
Apr. 4, 2013
After almost disappearing from the youth sports landscape, boxing has made something of a comeback in Dorchester. More gyms are opening their doors to young people, whether they are looking for serious competition or just the skills boxing teaches: discipline, composure, self-defense.
In places where the youth need those skills the most, though, instead of commercial gyms it sometimes takes the old, familiar networks of priests, police, youth workers, and ex-fighters and the commitment they make to passing those values on.
Paul Doyle knows both the before and the after phases of this phenomenon. Read more
Sign-ups underway for Cedar Grove Baseball
Registration has begun for the 2013 season of Cedar Grove Baseball. Remaining sign-up times include Fri., March 8 from 6-8 p.m. at St. Brendan’s School Hall, 29 Rita Rd. (use St. Brendan Rd. entrance) and
Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy, Neponset, 239 Neponset Avenue. Read more
Feb. 28, 2013
With two Golden Gloves titles under her belt, Maureen O’Brien is flying high. The 30-year-old Dorchester native won the Lowell Golden Gloves on February 15 in the light welterweight division.
“It feels good,” she said. “It was exciting having all the hard work pay off.” Read more
UPDATED Fri., Feb. 22— This event has been postponed due to inclement weather. It has been re-scheduled for Sun., March 10 at the same venue. Tickets sold for Sunday's event will be honored on that date.- Ed.
A middleweight bout between Adams Corner-based boxer Michael Owen McLaughlin and South Boston’s Jimmy LeBlanc leads a Sunday evening Pro-Am boxing event at Dorchester’s Victory Road Armory. The fights start at 5 p.m. at 70 Victory Rd. Tickets will be available at the door.
McLaughlin, the former light Welterweight amateur champ in his native Ireland, has been training with the Dorchester Boxing Club in recent months. He is coming off a big win in Rhode Island, according to fight promoter and DBC owner Danny Kelly. Read more
Billy Traft heard the commotion while he was waiting to emerge from the tunnel beneath the TD Garden stands on Saturday night. At first, the 33 year-old Boston cop who chases down gang members for his 9 to 5 couldn’t put his wrapped finger on who— or what— it was making all that racket.
Then, someone pointed out that his face was splashed on the jumbo-tron above the ring. It seemed that the whole Garden was screaming his name. At least one whole side of the arena— dubbed the Traft section— was engulfed in ‘Billy’ chants.
What is it about Baseball’s Hall of Fame that makes it so compelling? We aren’t talking about “heaven,” at least per se, are we? Why do people get so stirred up every January when the baseball writers annually and clumsily do their thing and again in December when the old codgers’ committee annually corrects the mistakes the baseball writers dumbly make? Read more
How shall we best remember the abominable National Hockey League labor dispute that has devoured half a season, making a proud lodge stocked with admirable characters the laughingstock of all professional sport?
Try this: As the most pointless, needless, and dumbest exercise in mass frustration in the history of organized fun and games. A battalion of dead-end kids running wild in a schoolyard sticking their tongues out at one another would make as much sense. This dispute was never faintly rational. Read more
Marr-lin Swim Team hosts Watertown - The Marr-lin Swim Team hosted the Watertown Club for their final dual-meet of 2012. Marr-lin swimmers helped propel the team to win all five age groups. Read more