TOUCHING BASE

     Let’s see.  The PawSox were “fogged out” Friday in Buffalo.  That means we’ll play 6 games in 5 days in late August at Coca Cola Field.  Should be fun.  We got an early start for Rochester and a good rest.  Before leaving, we were treated to steaks, courtesy of Daisuke Matsuzaka.  Manager Torey Lovullo was kind enough to invite us to dine.  On the bus ride over we watched the comedy “The Hangover”.  Funny every time.

     On Thursday night, after the loss to the Bisons, Dan and I attended the Sabres/Bruins Stanley Cup playoff game.  Great atmosphere at HSBC Arena.  Unfortunately, Boston was shaded 2-1.  Both goalies, Olympic hero Ryan Miller of the Sabres and the Bruins’ Tuuka Rask were outstanding.  Followed it up with a pilgrimage to the “Anchor Bar” for their world famous chicken wings.  The Buffalo Wing was allegedly invented at the place in October of 1964.  Nothing like drowning the sorrow of a loss in hot wing sauce.

     Heard a great story from long-time “Providence Journal” sportswriter, Paul Kenyon.  I have known and admired “PK” since I was a kid in high school.  (Not intended to be a slam).  Paul was covering the RI Interscholastic League Track and Field Championships, ready to do a story on the Rogers High team that was lead by a senior shotputter, who the year before was merely a member of the schools’ marching band..  (Yes, me).  Anyway, Bishop Hendricken won the last two relays and edged Rogers for the crown, so the story never came to be.  Nonetheless, that was my first encounter with Paul, back in 1979.  He was at McCoy the other day, fresh from a two week vacation.  He and his wife of 35 years, Pauline, had just celebrated their anniversary on a cruise through the Panama Canal.  They had travelled on the “Island Princess”, a sister ship of the “Pacific Princess”.  The latter was the ship that was featured on the old TV series, “The Love Boat”.  One channel on the TV of the ship, was devoted solely to reruns of the old classic.  Kenyon told me that the main characters of the show Captain Stubing (Gavin McLeod), Yeoman Purser Smith (Fred Grandy)  Isaac Washington (Ted Lange) and Cruise Director Julie McCoy (Lauren Toews) were all named when the shows’ creator, Aaron Spelling took a Baseball Encyclopedia randomly pointed at names in the tome.  For example, Captain Stubing was named after ex-big leaguer, Moose Stubing.  A good story. 

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