It’s nice to get some good news every once in a while and we got the best possible news on Friday afternoon. PawSox catcher Dusty Brown and his wife Jordan welcomed their son to the world. Jude Brown arrived on July 17 to rave reviews. Named Jude, because his folks are Beatles fans, the little guy is the first child for the happy couple. Jude arrived at a solid 8 pounds, 13 ounces and 20 inches long. In a recent interview, Brown joked that he expected his son to be “really smart” and “a great athlete.” Brown left Thursdays’ game to take Jordan to the hospital in Boston. We speculated on the air as to whether Brown showered and changed or drove to the hospital in his dirty uniform and catchers’ gear. It reminded me of the birth of my second daughter, Carly. She was born on March 22, 1996. At the time, I was a broadcaster for the Syracuse University basketball team. The Orange was playing in the NCAA Sweet 16 against Georgia, out in Denver. Of course, I didn’t make the trip, but since Carly was born about 3:30 p.m., by 8:00 p.m. I was ready to watch the game. I figured I could watch it at the hospital. The Orangemen were trailing by 9 with just 3 minutes to go. Amazingly, they tied it and went to overtime. When the game was tied, I gues I was a little exuberant, apparently disturbing those poor mothers busy giving birth. The nurse came into the room and asked me to please quiet down. I did, until the Orange won the game. The victory, coupled with my daughters’ birth was just a little too much for me. I whooped it up pretty good, at which point the nurse came in and basically threw me out. “Sir, you’ll be leaving NOW!!” Well, you don’t have to draw me a picture! I sheepishly left the hospital. I’m not as excited about S.U. Basketball these days, but I am still Carly’s biggest fan.
Baseball players willl bust your chops for ANY reason. Do something good, bad, harmless- you name it. They prey upon the smallest detail and rip away. Indianapolis catcher Eric Kratz was named the MVP at the Triple A All Star Game in Oregon. Kratz didn’t make it to McCoy in time for the series opener on Thursday. When he arrived in the visitors clubhouse, he had to laugh. Resembling a crime scene, white tape designated a path from the door to his locker. Written in that same tape- “Sir Kratz, MVP” . Not quite “red carpet” treatment, but a nice thought, nonetheless.
MIke Stanton was at McCoy on Thursday night. Mike is a writer for the Providence Journal and the author of one of my favorite books “The Prince of Providence”. It’s an extremely fascinating look into the life and times of former Providence mayor Vincent “Buddy” Cianci. Mike is excited that he has recently signed a movie deal. According to Stanton, Oliver Platt will star as Cianci. Also lined up are Robin WIlliams and Clive Owen. Rhode Island native Michael Corrente has signed on to direct. Much of it is slated to be shot here in R.I.