Wondering why Major League Baseball’s out of control

Well, fans, we can be thankful that we won’t have the regular baseball season to kick around anymore. It’s over. Mercifully!

The 2010 edition, stretching from late March to early October, was weird from the get-go, unfulfilling throughout, and ended on a sour note. Or as the New York baseball scribe Joel Sherman, one of the best in the business, termed it: “the most depressing baseball season I can ever remember.” Here’s a second for that motion.  Read more

Fighting for an Olympic spot

Mike Deehan, Special to the Reporter
Sep. 30, 2010

Boxer: The team behind Olympian hopeful Gabriel DeLuc: Jose Machado, assistant trainer Gerry Grealish, trainer Martin Grealish, and their protege. 	Photo by Grealish Boxing Gym.Boxer: The team behind Olympian hopeful Gabriel DeLuc: Jose Machado, assistant trainer Gerry Grealish, trainer Martin Grealish, and their protege. Photo by Grealish Boxing Gym.

It’s a long way from a gym in Dorchester to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, but many who have seen amateur boxer Gabriel DeLuc in the ring think that the young fighter has both the fists, and the faith, to make the Olympic team of his native Dominican Republic.

DeLuc, 20, hasn’t found much local competition lately and has been traveling with trainer Martin Grealish to fights and tournaments in New York, Florida, Tennessee, Las Vegas, and Kansas City. When it came time earlier this year to fight in the regional Golden Glove tournament, DeLuc’s fellow New Englanders couldn’t avoid the dominating pugilist anymore.

“They had to fight him in the [Golden] Gloves. They had to, but they lost,” Grealish said of the competition.  Read more

A dozen years on, Lacrosse finds firm foothold in neighborhood

Ann Leahy McGough, Special to the Reporter
Sep. 8, 2010

Conor Boyle: A standout for Catholic Memorial, Dot native to join collegiate ranks.Conor Boyle: A standout for Catholic Memorial, Dot native to join collegiate ranks.The Dorchester Youth Lacrosse program is in its twelfth year and is going stronger than ever thanks to founder Mike Devlin. After graduating from Salem State College, the Savin Hill native went to work for the City of Boston’s Parks and Recreation Department. He saw a fledgling lacrosse program in Charlestown and thought it would be something that would interest kids in his own neighborhood.

“I saw it starting in other parts of the city and wanted to start a program here. At first we did not have that many kids, but now we are up to 100 boys and 50 girls in the program.”

Devlin was not surprised that lacrosse appealed to the kids in Dorchester.

“It is a very fast-paced sport,” Devlin notes. “It is a lot like hockey, which is very popular here. It is a very physical game; it takes a lot of hand-eye coordination.”

Devlin adds that lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the United Sates and that there is an increasing amount of scholarship opportunities, especially for girls who play the sport.

Dorchester Lacrosse, which is geared towards players in third grade through high school, starts with indoor practices in March.  Read more

Hail To the Pirates!

The gleeful Pirates of the Cedar Grove Baseball League celebrated their Major League division championship by hoisting their flag at Ventura Park on June 24.The gleeful Pirates of the Cedar Grove Basebal  Read more

Two Eagles, two Blackhawks

Ann McGough, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 15, 2010

Jimmy Hayes: Stands out for BC's national champs (AP photo)Jimmy Hayes: Stands out for BC's national champs (AP photo)Kevin Hayes: Drafted by the Blackhawks (AP photo)Kevin Hayes: Drafted by the Blackhawks (AP photo)Dorchester has had quite its share of hockey success stories over the years. But few have been as remarkable as the tale of the Hayes brothers of Neponset.

Jimmy, 20, is a standout forward for the NCAA national champion Boston College Eagles. His younger brother, Kevin, 18, has excelled on the ice for Nobles and Greenough and will join his brother at the Heights next season.

The boys have never played on the same team, so the BC angle looked to be special – until the National Hockey League’s Chicago Blackhawks beat them to the punch.  Read more

Chris McCarron, Dot man, ace jockey, returns to Suffolk Downs winner’s circle for birthday party

Last Saturday, the Dorchester native and famous jockey Chris McCarron stood again in the winner’s circle at Suffolk Downs Race Track’s 75th anniversary celebration. 

During his long racing career, McCarron won 7,141 races and a record $264 million in race purses while riding six winners at the Triple Crown races of the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont. He retired at age 47 in 2002 and now runs a school that trains jockeys. Several of those he trained, including women riders, were on hand to greet him at the celebration.  Read more

Summer camp mixes sports, academics at Mildred Ave.

Jonathan Rodriguez, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 18, 2010

Are you a parent looking for a last-minute solution for the summer break blues? EduSports Inc. may be the perfect solution for your boy or girl.
Based out of the Mildred Avenue School in Mattapan, the EduSports summer enrichment sports camp provides boys and girls, ages 5-16, with a balanced program of academics and sports. EduSports helps its participants grow academically, socially, and physically through its program, which is broken up into six individual sessions between July 6 and August 13.  Read more

Dot Chiefs skate to national title

National champs: Dorchester Chiefs celebrate their 2010 USA Hockey Tier II Under-18 championshipNational champs: Dorchester Chiefs celebrate their 2010 USA Hockey Tier II Under-18 championship. Top row: Coaches Scott Perry, Charlie Pero and Ross Pasquantonio. Players, left to right: Timmy Wilson, Brendan Fitzgerald, Nick Bligh, Joe Dipietro, Eric Lively, Matt Furey, Sal Tecci, Mike Sullivan, Jared Wiedemann, Pat Curtis, John Magliozzi, Barret O’Neil, Mike Lopez and Dave Cotter.

Bruins fans, sadly, have to wait another year. But, Dorchester can once again claim bragging rights as the nation’s hockey champs, thanks to a gritty crew of teens who have once again put Dot on the national sports map.  Read more

NHL’s ‘classic’ was neat and all, but let’s be real about its value

Everything about “the hockey classic” down at the lyric little bandbox the other day was elegant and sweet except the curious notion that it took a gimmick concocted by a bevy of grasping Manhattan advertising hucksters conspiring with infamous network television hustlers to revive an affection for the game of hockey in the alleged Hub of Hockey.  Read more

Of baseball's shameful surrender to television dictators

With another baseball season fading away with vast reluctance as Thanksgiving looms on the horizon, we have some bits and pieces and slices of this and that to share, footnotes on a long, long season lately threatening to become  eternal.

So what to do about stretching the summer game’s season to the edge of winter? The answer is, probably, nothing. As is the case with all problems in our times, be they social, political, cultural, or spiritual, it will get worse before it gets better.  It’s all about the money, you see, and nothing muddles an issue more surely.  Read more