• Maureen Renaghan Is A Hero In My Book

    Posted by on May 14th, 2013 · Comments (0)

    Great job by a smart and quick thinking lady. Via NBC

    A quick-thinking New Jersey mother is being credited with helping save the life of a young boy who collapsed after a baseball hit him in the chest during a youth game over the weekend, authorities said.

    Maureen Renaghan, 40, was watching her own son on the field Saturday when she saw 8-year-old Ian McGreevy on the opposing team get hit by a ball as the catcher tried to throw him out during a third base steal attempt, according to The Record.

    The Harrington Park woman watched McGreevy get up after he was struck, but he quickly fell back to the ground — and she ran over to help.

    “I just saw this beautiful child on the ground, his eyes were wide open, his lips were turning a little blue,” Renaghan told the paper. “I put my hand on his chest, and I didn’t feel anything.”

    Renaghan began performing CPR on McGreevy, and by the fourth time she blew air into his mouth, she felt a heartbeat, she told The Record. He choked, turned over and threw up, she said.

    He didn’t remember what happened, but he did recall his name and where he lived, Renaghan said.

    When paramedics arrived, the boy was fully conscious.

    Police Chief Albert Maalouf told The Record McGreevy had appeared to have gone into cardiac arrest, and authorities were told he had stopped breathing for up to a minute.

    “You hear about people talk about heroics, and I try not to overuse that word, but in this case, I think it applies,” Maalouf told the paper. “For her to act fast, while others were in shock, she made a quick assessment and potentially saved this child’s life.”

    The boy was airlifted to Hackensack Medical Center and released Sunday evening. Doctors told his parents they believed he had fully recovered from the trauma suffered when the ball hit him in the chest, near his heart.

    They likened it to “a serious bruise on the heart muscle,” and sent him home with a heart monitor as a precaution, according to The Record.

    Renaghan told the paper she learned CPR about 20 years ago while she was training to be a camp counselor. “I was just so glad I could help,” she said.

    The Yankees and Mets should find out what team she roots for – and then do something for her at their ballpark, like throw out the first pitch or something. Maybe even invite the kid that she saved to catch it?

    Baseball Glove Question

    Posted by on May 12th, 2013 · Comments (2)

    Flare/Funnel Form? Or, Roll Form?

    I’ve been a roll guy, all my life.

    I think the flare (or funnel) thing started about five years ago (or so)?

    Lately, my 9-year son has been nagging me about getting a flare glove. (Me, being a roll form fan, has been stocking him with that type of glove, exclusively.)

    I’m all for breaking in a glove “open.” I totally get it. But, I do wonder if the flare thing is a gimmick.

    Any thoughts on it?

    Capping It Off…Then & Now

    Posted by on May 3rd, 2013 · Comments (2)

    This afternoon, my 9-year old son mentioned to me that one of his teammates on his travel team likes to wear his cap under his batting helmet. He thought this was sort of strange since no one else on his travel or Little League team did it.

    I explained to him that, forty years ago, this practice was somewhat more customary. But, those who didn’t do it would very often put their baseball cap in the back pocket of their uniform pants (when not playing the field).

    He thought this was crazy and asked “How the heck did you fit your baseball cap in your pocket?”

    I shared with him, that back when I was a kid, as stupid as it sounds, we use to take the bill of the cap and fold it in half. And, then, we would insert the folded bill into our back pocket when batting and running – with the actual cap part hanging out of our pocket. But, then, naturally, when we later wore our baseball caps, the bill would have a “V” shape to it, since we had it folded flat (to make it fit in our pocket).

    For good measure, I closed with “In retrospect, we may have looked stupid. But, that’s what we did back then…and, it’s a lot better than the way you and all your doofus friends wear your caps now, with the brims flat, like a board.”

    His response? “Heeey, we don’t look stupid!”

    Yeah, neither did we, back in the early 1970’s…

    High School Botched Suicide Squeeze Leads To Team Ejections & Arrest

    Posted by on April 29th, 2013 · Comments (0)

    Via the Asbury Park Press

    A parent was arrested on an assault charge and both teams were ejected from the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional at Red Bank Regional baseball game after a brawl emptied benches in the bottom of the sixth inning Saturday morning.

    “Both teams were ejected entirely, the game was terminated by me and everything else will be settled by the NJSIAA and the Shore Conference,” said the game’s umpire, Vinny Smith. The NJSIAA is the governing body of scholastic athletics in the state. The Shore Conference is the governing body of scholastic athletics in most of Monmouth and Ocean counties.

    During the scuffle, a Rumson-Fair Haven parent came on the field and assaulted a Red Bank Regional player, Little Silver Police Lt. Robert Frank said. Police charged Patrick Maisto, 49, of Rumson with simple assault, Frank said.

    Police, who were notified by the athletic department, were conducting witness interviews as part of an investigation, Frank said Saturday afternoon.

    Red Bank Regional coach/athletic director Del Dal Pra said the brawl occurred after a Red Bank batter missed a suicide squeeze bunt attempt with a runner on third base. Dal Pra said the runner coming home from third collided with the Rumson-Fair Haven catcher.

    Smith said the runner coming home “came in with a shoulder block on the catcher and was called out and ejected. The catcher retaliated by fighting.”

    Both benches emptied at that point, Smith said. He said 22 players from Rumson-Fair Haven and 14 from Red Bank Regional were ejected. No coaches were ejected, Smith said.

    “The coaching staffs of both schools acted swiftly and as best as they could,” Smith said. “They did a commendable job in trying to break it up and they were very cooperative at the end of the game.”

    Smith said he planned to file a game termination report with the NJSIAA Saturday night.

    The incident could result in both teams being ineligible to participate in the NJSIAA Tournament because both teams had three or more players or coaches ejected from games prior to the start of the state tournament. The tournament starts May 20.

    And, here is the play-by-play:

    Rumson-Fair Haven had tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the sixth inning and Red Bank was threatening to retake the lead in the bottom half when Ross Gisondi singled to left and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Brian Wikoff. Gisondi then stole third to put the go-ahead run 90-feet away with only one out.

    With Dillon Stambaugh at the plate, Red Bank elected to attempt a suicide squeeze play.

    As RFH pitcher Chris Drummond began his motion, Gisondi took off for home and Stambaugh squared to bunt.

    Stambaugh missed the bunt attempt and Rumson-Fair Haven catcher Joey Spernal had Gisondi dead-to-rights out by several feet. Gisondi then lowered his shoulder and barreled into Spernal, which is considered an illegal slide and calls for an automatic ejection from the game at the high school level.

    Spernal immediately retaliated against Gisondi, prompting Stambaugh to react and both benches rushed the field and entered into a melee that lasted several minutes.

    As coaches and RBR personnel managed to separate the players from a scrum near the first base line, a Red Bank Regional player tackled a Rumson-Fair Haven player near the left side of the mound by approaching from behind, wrapping his arm around the RFH player’s neck and taking him to the ground, where he delivered several punches.

    When the dust cleared, Red Bank Regional Athletic Director and head baseball coach Louis ‘Del’ Dal Pra was holding an adult by the arm and calling for his athletic trainer to call the police, claiming that the adult, identified as Patrick Maisto,49, had struck one of the players.

    In a world full of smart phones, I am surprised we don’t have any video of this one yet…or, is it out there and I just missed it?

    Cat In A Shark Suit Riding A Roomba And Chasing A Duck

    Posted by on April 26th, 2013 · Comments (3)

    Why not?

    WFAN Mike Francesa On Three Wise Men

    Posted by on April 16th, 2013 · Comments (0)

    Now you can be the second person to watch it.

    Baseball Quiz Heaven

    Posted by on April 10th, 2013 · Comments (1)

    Click here.

    My Personal Baseball Streak

    Posted by on April 7th, 2013 · Comments (2)

    Wednesday, April 3rd:  Practice for my 9-year old son’s Little League team.  I’m the manager.  We had an intra-squad game.

    Thursday, April 4th:  Practice for my son’s 9U travel team.  (I got to help out.)  Followed by a managers meeting at the L.L. HQ to review rules and pick up uniforms.

    Friday, April 5th:  Another practice for my L.L. team – handed out uniforms.

    Saturday, April 6th:  Little League Opening Season parade at 10 AM – followed by our local Pitch, Hit & Run contest.

    Sunday, April 7th:  First travel game of the season.  Forty-five minutes away.  (My son’s 9U team won, 6-3.)

    Monday, April 8th:  Our first L.L. game of the season.

    Tuesday, April 9th:  Another L.L. practice.

    That will be seven days in a row with baseball stuff.  Wednesday is an off-day.  But, I have baseball plans for Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday after that.  (Practice, Practice, Game, Game, Game, and Practice.)  Then another off Wednesday.  And, the cycle repeats again.

    Basically, this will be my life through June.  And, I love it.

    First Sign Of Spring?

    Posted by on March 31st, 2013 · Comments (0)

    I found this one hatching in my backyard this morning. A gift from the Easter Bunny?

    AM Ball

    MacGregor Sporting Goods

    Posted by on March 25th, 2013 · Comments (2)

    Is it just me, or, is it odd that it’s near impossible to find a website for them?

    Joe Weider, 93, Passes Away

    Posted by on March 23rd, 2013 · Comments (1)

    Some life story.


    Batting Cages

    Posted by on March 22nd, 2013 · Comments (0)

    Anyone have any experience with backyard batting cages? What would you recommend? Cimarron, Xtender, Muhl, Power Alley, Jugs..something else?

    Oddibe Young Again…

    Posted by on February 28th, 2013 · Comments (0)

    And, no, this is not my kid’s team. Just found this randomly today.

    Jalapeno Peppers On A Sizzle Platter

    Posted by on February 27th, 2013 · Comments (2)

    Last night, I met some very old friends for dinner at a pub. At one point, we all started coughing.

    Not just us – it was everyone. It was the people sitting in tables around us. And, it was the entire wait staff.

    It was out of control. No one could stop.

    But, while it was painful, we were all laughing because the whole place was coughing and it was uncontrollable. It was like a scene from a funny movie.

    The source? Turns out that it was jalapeno peppers on a sizzle platter. (I asked and that’s what I was told.)

    Anyone else ever experience something like this?

    Today, I Wanted To Cry A Little…

    Posted by on February 24th, 2013 · Comments (3)

    …but, I didn’t.  At least not on the outside.  Here’s the story:

    My son, who will be 9-years old in a couple of months, plays just two team sports now: Baseball and basketball.

    He plays on a “rec” team and a travel team in both sports. And, for the last couple of months, this has been somewhat hectic for us since he has at least two basketball practices and two basketball games each week. On top of that, he has travel baseball practice (indoors) at least once a week (and sometimes twice a week) since the start of January.

    On the good side, basketball is winding down. His last “rec” game was yesterday and his last regular travel hoops game was today. But, now, Little League baseball is starting soon too.

    In fact, today, my son had his second Little League “Evaluation” scheduled for this afternoon – where they scout players and assign a rating on them for the Little League draft (where they seed teams).

    However, in addition to his last travel hoops game this morning, his travel team was also playing in a tournament at the same time of his scheduled Little League “Eval.” (The “Eval” sessions are broken down by age and the slot for 9-year olds conflicted with his tournament game.)

    We’re a “baseball family.” So, I told my son that he would have to skip the tournament game and go to the “Eval.” But, when we got there, one of the league officials – who also has a son on the travel hoops team – told me to skip the “Eval” and go to the tournament game.   He said, since my son went to the first “Eval,” that he was already rated and we were good. And, if we still wanted to do it, that we could come back at another session later in day.

    As it turned out, the only session later in the day was the one for 12-and 13-year old boys.

    Yet, no matter the age, it’s the same drill in the “Evals” – the have you field some grounders from third and make the throw to first, you shag some flies in center and throw the ball to the plate, you get some hacks on the cage off the jugs pitching machine, and then you pitch a bit to a catcher while someone takes notes on your throwing.  (It’s all indoors, under a bubble.)

    In these departments, my soon to be 9-year old has no issues. In fact, since he’s been doing indoor baseball workouts for the last seven weeks, he’s practically in mid-season form. Today was no different for him than a workout with his travel team – and he was fine (even after playing two basketball games earlier in the day).

    That said, I saw a number of 12-and 13-year olds out there who could not make a throw from third to first. And, some of them and a few others were having an awkward time in the outfield and making those throws home. They were really struggling with the plays that my son was making – even though he’s not yet nine and at least three years younger than them.

    Why did this make me sad? It wasn’t their failure that I found upsetting. More so, I was touched by their wanting to be out there and playing baseball even though it was clearly not something that came natural or easy for them. At their age, it would be easy to say “I’m not very good at this and I’m not going to do it anymore.” But, for love of the game, they were still out there and giving it their best.

    Seeing that is what choked me up. Bless those guys. I hope they continue to chase the dream as long as they can…because playing baseball, no matter how well you do it, is better than throwing in the towel at the game, every time.

    Baseball Prospectus 2013

    Posted by on February 18th, 2013 · Comments (1)

    Every so often I ask this question.

    The new book comes out later this month.  Are you going to get it?  Should I check it out too?

    I Feel Like Ruben Rivera

    Posted by on January 29th, 2013 · Comments (7)

    Know what this is?

    Jeter Glove

    Eventually, These Guys Are Going To Start Choosing Baseball Over Football

    Posted by on January 28th, 2013 · Comments (5)


    The Harbaugh Bowl

    Posted by on January 21st, 2013 · Comments (8)

    Via the AP

    The Harbaughs, San Francisco’s Jim and Baltimore’s John, will be the first pair of brothers to coach against each other in the NFL title game.

    The game in New Orleans on Feb. 3 was quickly given all manner of nicknames: The Brother Bowl. The Harbaugh Bowl. The Har-Bowl. The Super-Baugh.

    The Harbaughs’ sister, Joani Crean, wrote in a text to The Associated Press: “Overwhelmed with pride for John, Jim and their families! They deserve all that has come their way! Team Harbaugh!”

    As John prepared to coach the Ravens in the AFC championship game Sunday night, he watched on the stadium’s big video screen as Jim’s 49ers wrapped up the NFC championship.

    John looked into a nearby TV camera, smiled broadly and said: “Hey, Jim, congratulations. You did it. You’re a great coach. Love you.”

    Less than four hours later, the Ravens won, too. Some siblings try to beat each other in backyard games. These guys will do it in the biggest game of all.

    Who’s a parent to cheer for?

    During the 2011 regular season, the Harbaughs became the only brothers to coach against each other in any NFL game (the Ravens beat the 49ers 16-6 on Thanksgiving Day that year).

    Has there ever been, in the history of major league baseball, a time where two brothers were managing in the major leagues at the same time? At first blush, I don’t think so…

    Did Marcel Lachemann and Rene Lachemann ever face off on each other?

    He’s Just A Boy

    Posted by on December 18th, 2012 · Comments (0)

    Can’t believe I missed this good story back in August.

    He stands at the plate
    with his heart pounding fast.
    The bases are loaded,
    the die has been cast.
    Mom and Dad cannot help him,
    he stands all alone.
    A hit at this moment
    would send his team home.
    The ball meets the plate,
    he swings and he misses.
    There’s a groan from the crowd,
    with some boos and some hisses.
    A thoughtless voice cries,
    “Strike out the bum.”
    Tears fill his eyes,
    the game’s no longer fun.
    So open up your heart
    and give him a break,
    for it’s moments like this,
    a man you can make.
    Please keep this in mind
    when you hear someone forget,
    He is just a little boy,
    and not a man yet.

    Welcome To Prisney Land, Fish

    Posted by on December 16th, 2012 · Comments (0)

    Just for kicks and giggles, I watched the pilot of Prison Break tonight (on DVD).  Every time I see Stacy Keach, I think of Brian Sabean – and vice versa.  Is that just me?

    Doggone Sweet

    Posted by on December 11th, 2012 · Comments (5)

    Staged, perhaps, but, touching, nonetheless.

    Runnin’ Down a Dream

    Posted by on October 21st, 2012 · Comments (8)

    I am still way too down after the Yankees ALCS showing to talk about baseball or the Bombers. Right now, as far as baseball goes, if it’s not my 8-year old’s travel team, I don’t care…

    But, I will talk about something else now.

    This morning, I ran a 5K race.

    For a lot of people, that’s not a big deal. But, for me, it’s somewhat interesting. And, here’s why:

    I never, ever, in my life, was a “runner.” It was just not my thing and I had no interest in it.

    But, once I got myself into very good shape, back in 2007 when I was 44-years old, I decided to give it a try.

    Back then, people were always telling me “Oh, you must be a runner” (based on the way that I looked).  And, it didn’t stop…as I kept hearing it for a few years.

    It started getting annoying to keep saying “no,” and, that drove me to hit the road and give running a try.

    It was in January of 2011 that I started the “The Couch-to-5K ® Running Plan.”  At that time, I was 48-years old.

    It was hard for me – but, again, I was running for the first time in my life at age forty-eight.

    I finished the “C25K” program in March of 2011.  Afterwards, I started running my own personal 5K’s – until I decided to run my first “real” race in November of that year (when I was 49-years old).

    Counting that first race, and the one today, I have now run seven 5K races in the last eleven months.  And, I usually finish well within the “Top 30%” of overall finishers and my average time in the races is 25 minutes and 24 seconds.

    I’ll turn fifty next month and I plan on continuing to run 5K races.  (I’m scheduled to run two more before I turn fifty.)  My goal is to get faster.  But, again, for a guy who never ran for 48 years, and who just started, I think I am doing pretty good.

    My kids asked me today “Why do you run?”  And, my answer to them was the obvious one: I want to improve on my cardiovascular health – just as I am always looking to improve my nutrition and strength, watching what I eat and going to the gym.

    What’s the point of sharing all this? Hey, if I can do it, starting at a pretty late age, anyone can do it. And, I offer that with the hope that it helps you – in case you were thinking about getting out there and starting running too.

    Arnold Schwarzenegger’s New Biography

    Posted by on October 20th, 2012 · Comments (3)

    Taking a break from the Yankees and baseball right now…

    I am in the process of reading Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story.”

    The women in my life are giving me a lot of grief over my decision to read it. But, that’s not stopping me. And, I’m more than 40% into it as a write this post.

    I have to share that I am loving this book, so far. Of course, I consider myself an Arnold fan. (Yeah, I know…he used PEDs and cheated on his wife. But, what bodybuilder wasn’t juiced in the 1970’s when drugs, in general, were liberally used. And, how many other politicians have been caught having affairs?)

    In any event, if you’re a fan of Schwarzenegger because of his bodybuilding and/or movie career, you will want to check out his book. It’s an amazing life and he’s a great storyteller:

    Who’s Winning?

    Posted by on October 8th, 2012 · Comments (1)

    On Saturday, the manager of my 8-year old son’s baseball travel team asked me if I would help out and keep score of the game (on the team’s scorecard).  It was no problem and a pleasure to help out.  And, it was the first time that I was able to be in the dugout with this team.

    Sadly, the game was a mismatch for my son’s team.  Their opponent had some kids who were very good.  And, it seemed like every time they had runners on,  the batter on their team would smoke the ball and/or they would hit it to one of the lesser skilled defensive players.

    Also, the other team’s pitcher was on the money – and our team was going three up and three down too often.

    At the end of three innings, we were down, seven-zip.  And, to anyone paying attention, it seemed worse than that.

    Everyone so often, one of the kids on our team would ask me “What’s the score?”  or “How many outs are there?”  And, it was no problem to tell them.

    After five innings, they were losing, ten to three.  And, one of the kids asked me for the score.  After that, as we were batting in the top of the sixth, I saw three of our kids huddled up in the dugout, having this conversation:

    Player 1:  What’s the score?

    Player 2:  It’s ten to three.

    Player 3:  Really?  Who’s winning?

    Gosh, it must be great to be eight or nine years old and have an absolutely clear head, huh?

    There Is An “I” In Team…

    Posted by on October 8th, 2012 · Comments (0)



    WFAN Moving To FM Next Month

    Posted by on October 8th, 2012 · Comments (5)

    Per Richard Sandomir

    WFAN will move to FM 101.9 in mid-Nov. as per CBS station purchase. `FAN will stay at 660 AM until new format is chosen.

    Yankees driven?

    I Know! You Construct A Weapon. Look Around You – Can You Form Some Sort Of Rudimentary Lathe?

    Posted by on September 28th, 2012 · Comments (2)

    I still laugh out loud, every time I hear that line.

    Sports On Earth

    Posted by on September 24th, 2012 · Comments (1)

    Are you reading it?


    Posted by on September 19th, 2012 · Comments (1)

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