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A Closer Look

POSTED August 11, 2013
BY Rick Wilson
Twitter: @scribewilson


                                                         A Closer Look

        

    The Torrington Titans organization has quite a few things to think over between now and next summer doesn’t it? The Titans finished the summer with a 22-28 record, good enough for seventh place, not good enough for the playoffs.

            But summer baseball has never been about winning (sorry, but true), it is about developing players. This is not about that. There are issues with attendance, concessions, management in general and the idea does Torrington want collegiate summer baseball.

            If the Titans truly want to make a go of it, whatever needs to be done should be done with Ed Gadomski. We sang Gadomski’s praises when he was hired for the job, simply because he is good at what he does. He is a known face with a solid baseball track record in many areas (Tri-State, umpiring, etc.) with a tremendous relationship with the area communities. Like Gregg Hunt says, “Everybody likes Eddie.”

            Give Eddie something to work with and he has as good a chance as anybody to help this organization survive and maybe thrive. The Titans loose immediately credibility should Gadomski not be asked to come back.

            It is going to be an interesting off-season here.

 

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            The Tri-State League is in the midst of its playoffs with Terryville, Wolcott, Waterbury and Naugatuck the remaining teams. The championship series will be a best-of-three affair beginning Wed., Aug. 21 and continuing play Thursday and Friday if needed at Torrington’s Fuessenich Park.

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            Dan Carroll has resigned as Athletic Director at Housatonic to take a position as an Assistant Principal at Somers High School. Another one of the good guys, we wish Dan well.

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            Made a trip to Rockledge Golf Course in West Hartford recently, a good track with a genial pro in Rich Crowe. But, five-hour rounds don’t cut it. You have to be ready to hit folks. What’s that the commercial says, “While we’re young.”

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            I was one of those who used to get real nostalgic about the Little League World Series. And part of me still enjoys it, a pull back to being a kid. But isn’t it a bit too much now? It used to be the Little League championship game. Now it is every game in the regionals. Last I knew most of the kids hadn’t hit their teen years yet. Do we really need all of this? Do they really need all of this?

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            Former Oakland A’s farmhand Mike Fabiaschi is coaching in the Thomaston Hit Club Fall Instructional League. Mike will handle the 14U team. Candidates that want to be considered for a team should go to www.thehitclub or call 860 484-4327. I can’t think of a better coach to have than Fabiaschi. Thomaston High and Waterbury American Legion pitching Jim Alberto will be the pitching coordinator the program.

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            Who promotes year-around running better than Litchfield’s Dave Driscoll and Thomaston’s Mark Olsen. Driscoll has been at it forever with his involvement with the Litchfield school system, Litchfield Hills Road Race and Litchfield Track Club and those are only a few of his connections. Olsen has created a power program at Thomaston High and runs the very successful Joan Heery Nystrom’s Park Summer Running Series.  Both coaches actively champion their sport with timely and consistent information sent to the press. Nice job guys on several fronts.

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            ‘Jammin’ Jim Abbott pitches stellar relief, Will `The Thrill’ Petrucci and John `Long Ball’ Wilson go yard, `Runnin’ Mo McMahon comes up with a defensive gem. All part of a Wilson end of the summer whiffle ball extravaganza party Saturday. And just for the record, King Richard’s team (that would be me named by my son) thrashed the GRRRs (my brother) by a score of 17-1.

            Now time to exalt in victory and nurse the three pulled muscles on the slightly soggy field.

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            It has finally arrived. Mr. Gaffney’s final week as a potato chip salesman and entrepreneur. Next Saturday will be his final day before he begins to devote full time to his baby, this web site, as we try to give the area the type of coverage it demands. We wish him well in his final week and admit a bit of jealous. We know Litchfieldcountysports.com is getting great full time guy and Frito Lay is losing one.    

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