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Thursday Thoughts from Mr. Gaff.

POSTED July 17, 2014
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: So, someone somewhere had to be listening to the legions of fans who have watched or played a game at Fuessenich Park over the last 30-years.

A broken down, windows broken, paint chipped nightmare known as the old Nidec building at 100 Franklin Drive in Torrington, may be gone as soon as September if plans go according to plan.

I know that doesn’t always happen, but boy, it would not be missed.

Fuessenich Park is the crown jewel of Litchfield County when it comes to ball parks but the view across the Naugatuck River could never be mistaken for the skyline of New York City or Camden Yards.

….Congrats are in order for the Overlook Blacksox 8 and under baseball team who have punched their ticket to McDonough, Georgia from July 24 to the 27th to play in the Roberto Clemente World Series.

The team ended the season with a superb 25-1 record and took the top honors in both the AABC Roberto Clemente Connecticut Little League Title and the North Atlantic Regional Title to boot.

A trip to Georgia isn’t free so the players are looking to raise $1000.00 each to cover tournament and travel costs.

A special donation page on the popular “Go Fund Me” link is where folks can go to help out.

I remember the day back in 1972, New Year’s Eve, when the news came in that the brilliant right fielder from the Pittsburgh Pirates had been lost in a plane crash.

What an arm and what a great man. Good luck kids.

….Does Flight Tracker 24 scare anybody else but me?

The ability of anybody to keep track of where any airplane on the planet is at any time seems a little counter-productive in the whole Homeland Security situation.

For the record, they can offer LCS a lifetime of free flights but we will never fly Malaysia Airlines.

Thoughts and prayers go out to the families involved in this disaster.

…..If the Torrington Titans don’t make the 2014 post season, it will be mostly due to their starting pitching which came into action on Thursday night with an ERA of 5.25.

After getting within a game and a half of first place after a 5-0 win over Brockton on Saturday night, the Titans have lost three straight.

The top six teams (by overall record) make the post season and Torrington is right there with the fifth best (tied) record but cannot afford to be beaten by teams in the bottom of the FCBL.

The Wachusett Dirt Dawgs (13-22) have beaten the Titans three out the teams four meetings while the Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide (12-23) have taken the first two meetings going into the second game of Thursday night’s twin bill.

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