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Jeter, Jimmy V and Applebee's. Ramblings from the desk of Mr. Gaff.

POSTED July 16, 2014
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: No matter what team you root for, it’s pretty impossible not to admire the career Derek Jeter has had.

I may be a Mets fan but Jeter never fell into the category of players I had a hard time not liking.

Clutch is clutch and year after year, big spot after big spot, Mr. November came through and delivered in a way young players today should try their best to immolate.

On and off the field, Jeter handled the very humbling game of baseball (the sport that rewards you for failing 7 out of 10 times) with grace and dignity.

Think he has lost some of his passion? Think again.

In last night’s All-Star Game, his last as he wraps up a glorious 20-year walk into the Baseball Hall of Fame, the first play of the game features a hot shot by Pittsburgh Pirate star, Andrew McCutchen to Jeter’s left.

A couple of fast steps and a dive later, Jeter has the ball, jumps up like he was 20-years old again and throws on to first, just missing getting the speedy Pirate.

Even I had to say “come on blue, give ‘em that one!”

Jeter responded with the enthusiasm that he has shown all these years and even got a smile from the Pirate standout.

While other New York baseball players have wilted under the intense scrutiny of the NY media, Jeter has always known how to act, how to stay out of trouble and how to keep his private life just that in a city that makes it pretty hard to do so.

His .311 lifetime batting average is nothing to sneeze at and would you rather have anybody else up in a big spot with the game on the line?

Thanks Derek, it’s been a fun ride. Enjoy the farewell tour!

….It’s been 21 years since former North Carolina head coach Jim Valvano gave his truly remarkable “Never give up, don’t ever give up.”

To this day, people from all walks of life take heed to the words spoken by a man who would be gone from us just eight weeks later when cancer won the battle but by no means the war.

I listen to this whenever I get a chance, we have it in our archives on the site.

The following excerpt is one of many highlights that are words to live by.

 “To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special.”

Thanks Jimmy V. Works every time.

….A terrific Litchfield County Sports Show at the Torrington Applebee’s this past Monday night.

A three-part night that featured Gary Mercier talking about the upcoming Tim Considine Golf Tournament on August 23 at Fairview Farms, Luke and Lance Pepper talking about Camp Moe and Scott Salius and Mark Douglass on the upcoming “GN” Golf Tournament which will tee off on Friday at Greenwoods Country Club.

The LCS Road show continues to gain momentum and thanks to John Bongiorno, quality recordings as well.

For an idea that started as a way to bring a podcast back for the site, this venture has grown in leaps and bounds from a one speaker (very small) operation to a two massive speaker operation that was recorded for the first time on Monday and can be seen on the site later today.

Nobody, I mean nobody, talk’s local sports with the folks that play and coach them like we do. We call it ‘work’ but it’s hard to justify that term sometimes.

Finding people doing the right thing is something we pride ourselves on and will continue to do so every day.

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