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Warriors football, the MLB Trade Deadline and Rodney Purvis. Ramblings from the desk of Mr. Gaff.

POSTED August 03, 2016
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: Great to see the Torrington Warriors football program back in action at the Torrington Middle School field Monday night as they began conditioning for the upcoming season.

The program is one of the best feeder systems in the area for developing talent on the gridiron that will keep the high school team well fed for years to come.

Our own Rich Elliott, a guy who simply loves the game and is eating up the opportunity to coach his two boys, Chase and Tanner, was out there (with the pigskin firmly tucked under one arm most of the night) motivating the group of players he was helping.

The support these kids get from the community is always terrific to see. Parents and friends pack the perimeter of the field, encouraging the players to work hard and give it their all.

A light rain fell most of practice which sure beats the heck out of the 90 degree days we just came from last week.  

-The Mets, again desperate to find runs, picked up Jay Bruce from the Reds just before the trade deadline on Monday.

Just like last year, the team is struggling to score runs and all measures to date have failed.

I could probably hit as well with runners in scoring position as the Mets at this point so anything should help.

Bruce, 29, leads the league in RBI’s with 80 and has cranked 25 home runs. He joins a team that likes the long ball. They are third in the National League with 133 but last in batting average at .237.

Also coming back is an old friend in Jonathan Niese who led the Pirates this year with eight wins but posts a 4.91 ERA for the year.

I still don’t think it will be enough to make a run in the post-season, if they even get that far.  

-Yankees just got a whole lot younger. Good for them. Trying things a different way than just buying players. Had not worked so well over the past couple of years.

The may now have a top three farm system to work and trade with.

They then went out and beat the Mets, 6-5 in 10-innings. Sigh…..

-Nice gesture by University of Connecticut senior Rodney Purvis who will be wearing the number 15 this season in memory of a friend he considered a brother, Tyrek Coger who passed away on July 21 following a workout with his Oklahoma State team.

Coger passed away after a workout in high temperatures at the Oklahoma State football stadium where he was involved in a 40-minute workout.

Purvis and Coger were both from Raleigh, North Carolina and the two lived at the Purvis household at one point.

Purvis’ mother, Shanda McNair, was Tyrek’s godmother and the senior guard considered him a brother.

The Huskies open their 2016/2017 campaign November 11 when they host Wagner.

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