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A Fritch Fourth, Boat finds a home and a rude NY minute for Geltz.

POSTED July 04, 2015
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: It’s not often one goes to a picnic first thing in the morning but when it’s with some of the best people Torrington has to offer, you give it a shot.

Such was the case on the Fourth of July when my wife Deb and I accepted an invitation from Raiders girls basketball coach, Mike Fritch to join he and his wife Sue for a breakfast celebration that featured over 60 guests and began at 8 a.m.

From the outside, the guy whom fans may see going a little crazy on the sidelines during Raiders games may seem a little rough but when you get to know Mike Fritch Sr., you find that exterior comes off fast around friends and especially family.

Looking sharp in a high-top American Flag hat and matching red, white and blue outfit, Fritch manned the grill outside while flipping pancakes and sausages while the real boss on the scene, Mrs. Fritch, took requests inside for anything from scrambled eggs to over easy and more.

The Fritch house was filled with every type breakfast item imaginable along with a bevy of drinks and even some pretty good looking desert items. Who said desert was an after dinner item? Not me.

In the mix were some of the Raiders coaches including Eric Gamari (boys’ basketball), Christine Gamari (volleyball), Mike Fritch Jr (boys’ soccer), and Drake Waldren (cross country) along with folks you see at the Connie Donahue or on the sidelines of any number of sporting events.

It was a great way to start the weekend and from what I understand, once you are on the list, you remain there so I look forward to year two in a mere 364 days.

Thanks for the invite coach. Great morning and see you both in San Diego.

….After taking home almost every award that she was nominated for since her arrival at the University of Connecticut, three time NCAA Champion Breanna Stewart did not take home the 2015 Honda Female Athlete of the Year.

That honor went to swimming sensation Missy Franklin, she of Olympic Gold fame along with 14 NCAA All-American honors during her stellar career at UC Berkeley.

It’s not a knock on Stewart, who certainly has to have a large trophy case in her New York home or on campus in Storrs it’s just that it is a bit surprising when she doesn’t get an award.

A fourth National Championship in four tries might just take the sting off and before you know it, the Huskies will be back on the hardwood looking to attain that astonishing goal.

Don’t bet against them.

….Glad to see former UConn guard Ryan Boatright sign a 1.4 million dollar two-year deal with the Brooklyn Nets.

Boatright was a warrior last season despite getting very limited offensive support, literally willing his team to wins at times during the season.

Staying on the East Coast means trips in to the Barclay Center for the crew at LCS and we can’t wait.

Patrick Tiscia will have more on how he feels the “Boat Show” might play in Brooklyn.

….Former Gaffney house guest Steve Geltz has had a terrific season for the Tampa Bay Rays but Friday night in the Bronx was one he might soon want to forget about.

Geltz gave up a walk-off three run homer to Brian McCann in the bottom of the twelfth as the New York Yankees came back from down two to win 7-5.

To make things worse, Geltz refused to talk to the media afterwards and left the clubhouse.

It’s never easy for any player to stand in front of the media, especially in the Big Apple but it comes with the territory.

Geltz apologized when he reported to work on Sunday for his mistake.

Overall though, it’s been a pretty amazing campaign for the former Torrington Twister who set a club record when he retired 33 consecutive batters at one point over a two week stretch, a relievers “Perfect Game” plus.

In 37 games Geltz sports a 1-4 record with a 3.76 ERA in 38.1 innings that have seen him strike out 43.

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