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Hall of Famers, A-Rod, Man-U, Hunt....

POSTED August 19, 2013
BY Rick Wilson
Twitter: @scribewilson


                                    Hall of Famers, A-Rod, Man-U, Hunt ....... 

 

 

          As always, it is a worthy group that will be inducted into the Tri-State Baseball League Hall of Fame Wednesday night at 7 p.m. before the best-of- three championship series between Tri-Town and Naugatuck begins at Fuessenich Park. You can read all about the exploits of the current inductees on this web site but needless to say, Bill Liefert, Tim Hamel, Rich Thomson, Jay Rocca, Chris Clark, Pat Murphy, DJ Reese and Ed Gadomski set a level of excellence during their days that is difficult to match. Congratulations guys!

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            You may not be a Red Sox fan but there are few better places to be on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park. And it is still something to behold to hear 37,000 plus sing `Sweet Caroline’ with marked passion. By the way, my wife Caroline, still thinks they are singing for here (it’s not worth arguing about).

            While we are at Fenway, I discourage my son from booing but I let it go when Alex Rodriguez came up to the plate. The guy is a plague on baseball and deserves to go away. He deserved every boo, and they were heard, he got and more. Go home A-Rod.

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            Is there such a thing as too much coverage when it comes to high school football? Just asking.

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            Nice night for Gregg Hunt at Beehive and the Rock Cats game Thursday where a lot of friends gave him a little party for his retirement from teaching at Wamogo and he threw out the first pitch.  Sorry I missed it, but congratulations Gregg and nice job to all of those you have touched along the way.

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            If the start of football Wednesday didn’t give you a clear sign that summer was on its way out, the rest of the high school fall sports programs start this Saturday.  What happened to July? Hey, let’s see if we can get through October this year without some sort of catastrophic storm.

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            I see nothing wrong with the Torrington Titans selling beer at Fuessenich Park, but it is hardly a cure-all.  It is an ingredient, a means to an end. But, the Titans have vast concerns that won’t be solved by beer. Really.

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            According to the Waterbury Republican, a New England Football League game between the Central Mass Sabercats and Waterbury Brass City Brawlers held Saturday night at Crosby was stopped in the third quarter because of several scuffles that broke out after a late hit on Brass City QB, Tanner Bachand.

            Gee guys that will bring attention to your game. I’m assuming most of you have to get up and go to work on Mondays. Time to turn down the testosterone level I would think.

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We were sitting in Game On Restaurant right outside Fenway Saturday which has the usual multitude of screens. Sports Center was on several screens, a replay of the 49ers-Chiefs game from Friday night on another and the Little League World Series on several sets.

What are my son, Jonathan, and his friend Will watching? How about Manchester United against Swansea. Out of baseball, soccer and basketball, soccer is probably their least favorite sport yet it is one of my son’s favorite to watch.

He has become a big Man-U fan and has his jersey from when we were in England in June. Who would have thought it? The power of television exposure rules. Now it is on his bucket list to go to a game.

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Kyle Guisto was a member of the Thomaston High boys basketball and baseball teams last school year, making significant contributions to both programs. But Guisto’s lasting legacy may have been his leadership of the THS girls basketball team’s vocal student section, ‘The Cave.’ Guisto was there for as many games as possible leading the passionate contingent.

Sunday, Guisto left to begin his enlistment in the U.S. Marine Corp. As has been said it isn’t the beginning of the end but the end of the beginning. We wish him well as he ends the days of childhood.

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Finally, as you have heard us refer to numerous times in recent months, as of Saturday at about noon, the founder of Litchfieldcountysports.com, Mr. Tim Gaffney, officially ended his career with Frito Lay and will devote full time this web site. Congratulations Mr. Gaffney on a job well done, now let’s go get `em.

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