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Memorial Day

As we celebrate Memorial Day this weekend, there are many things to remember and celebrate — either it be baseball or the history of this great nation. Baseball does play an important part in shaping America. When 9/11 happened, it was baseball that shaped theUnited States and brought it back on its feet. It’s baseball that brings smiles to so manysoldiers, sailors, marines, etc., serving this great country. It’s baseball that will be played today, as this holiday is observed, as many of the teams will be wearing theAmerican flag on their hat or sleeve.

This holiday weekend is all too familiar to this baseball scribe. Serving as part of a security force in the Navy Reserves, I was proud to wear the uniform. I was happy when people would come up to myself and my buddies in my unit and say “thank you for your service.” I was happy when we would just sit around, to make the time go by, and talk baseball — joke around about the best team of the century, either it be the Yankees, Red Sox, or now maybe even the Mets. It was when on AT that the bat, ball and glove came out and we hit fungos and played catch.

Coming from a military family, it means just that much more. My late Grandfather served in the U.S. Army, my Father served for 23 years (four Navy, the rest Army) and myUncle served in the Navy. So, as we flip burgers and hot dogs and listen to the game on the radio, let’s really remember what today is all about. Let’s remember the invasion ofOmaha Beach or the service people in Iraq and Afghanistan. We can’t turn our backs on them, but pray for them. If we do see someone in uniform, say “thank you” and see the smile you will bring to their face.

Let’s put all political feelings aside and remember this day, not for just baseball, but for themilitary.

Famous Quotes

From time to time, I’m going to be posting some famous baseball quotes from the very many that make-up the game of baseball. As the holiday weekend continues, I hope everyone is enjoying it.

“It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone.” — A. Bartlett Giamatti.

Until then, see ya at the park!

WBC ’09 Venues

On March 5, the World Baseball Classic is back with much of the fanfare it had in 2006. International teams will be playing on the International level to be bestowed the best team in the World. The WBC will take our minds off of the negative news that has been surrounding the game within the last couple of weeks.

Here’s a look at the venues and bracket breakdowns:

Round 1 Venues

Pool A Tokyo Dome
Pool B Mexico City
Pool C Toronto
Pool D San Juan

Round 2 Venues

Pool 1: San Diego
Pool 2: Miami

Finals Venue

Los Angeles

WBC Games Schedule (March 5th & 6th)

March 5th

Game 1, 4:30 AM (EST)

March 6th

Game 2, 4:30 AM (EST)

Game 3, 10:30 PM (EST)
Losers of Game 1 & 2
Loser is eliminated.

I’ll have continued updates on the World Baseball Classic throughout the tournament. Until then, see ya at the World Baseball Classic.

My Baseball Schedule

Many have asked about my travels, so here it is:

  1. 9/13 Long Island Ducks Fireworks end-of-season game — 7:05 p.m.
  2. 9/14 Baseball Talk Radio Show — 12:00 p.m.
  3. 9/21 Baseball Talk Radio Show WGBB 1240 AM — 9:00 p.m.
  4. 9/27 New York Mets vs. Florida Marlins at Shea Stadium final tribute — 1:05 p.m.
  5. 9/28 Baseball Talk Radio Show — 12:00 p.m.
  6. 10/5 Baseball Talk Radio Show — 12:00 p.m.
  7. 10/5-10/9 Cooperstown, NY Baseball Hall of Fame tour.
  8. 10/12 Baseball Talk Radio Show — 12:00 p.m.
  9. 10/19 The Writer’s Round-Up speaking engagement, deSeversky Conference Center, Old Westbury, NY., 6-8 p.m., discussing my baseball writing.

Until then, see ya at the park!

Ralph Branca on Baseball Talk

If you want to hear our EXCLUSIVE interview w/ Brooklyn Dodger legend
Ralph Branca, tune in to BASEBALL TALK w/ Carl the Cabbie & Dugout
Joe today, Sunday 9/7 at 12 Noon EST. If you have a question for him
just call in at 646-478-4570. He’ll be on from about
12:10-12:30 PM.

CLICK HERE to listen (live or archive)

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HOF Game: Saved or Not?

Save the Hall of Fame Game                                                Contact:

Kristian Connolly


Commissioner Selig Arranges Meeting Between Dupuy, Idelson and in Cooperstown

COOPERSTOWN, NY (July 21, 2008) — The campaign today announced that Commissioner Bud Selig has arranged a meeting between founder Kristian Connolly, Major League Baseball president Bob Dupuy, and Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson in Cooperstown during the Hall of Fame’s Induction weekend, which begins this Friday, July 25 and goes through Sunday, July 27.

The meeting will take place at the Hall of Fame at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday.

“While the ultimate goal was to sit down and talk with Mr. Selig directly, the opportunity to meet with Mr. Dupuy and Mr. Idelson is certainly a very positive development in the campaign to have the nearly 70-year-old Hall of Fame Game tradition continue,” said Connolly. “I thank Mr. Selig for arranging this meeting, and I cannot help but view the upcoming meeting as a validation of the campaign, as a recognition of the impact that passionate baseball fans from all over the country can have on the national pastime’s direction and future, and as a signal of MLB’s and the Hall of Fame’s willingness to rethink the decision to end the great baseball, American and Cooperstown tradition of the Hall of Fame Game.” had sent Commissioner Selig three separate letters asking for
“the opportunity to discuss with you the passion that exists for keeping a great American and baseball tradition alive … and have an open discussion about options for retaining Major League Baseball’s participation in the Hall of Fame Game, as it has been since 1940.”

Full text of’s three letters to the commissioner, as well as the prior two responses from Mr. Selig, can be found in the “Press Releases” or “Letters” sections of the

Save the Hall of Fame Game!

HOF Jerome Holtzman


Red Foley 1928-2008

For all the print people, the name Red Foley says it all. Someone I admired.

Celebrated official scorer passes away at 79

(Central Islip, N.Y., July 15, 2008) – Long time newspaper writer and baseball aficionado Red Foley passed away yesterday after battling illness for the past year. Red worked with the Ducks from 2000-2007 as an official scorer, something he had done at the Major League level for many years. Most of us that came in contact with Red have stories to tell or fond memories of time spent in his presence. There aren’t too many characters like Red Foley that you come across in life and we’ll miss him.
On Friday night, the Ducks will fly the flags at half staff and observe a pregame moment of silence in his memory.
Courtesy Long Island Ducks.

Homerun Derby ’08

Here’s this years field for the Homerun Derby. Who’s your favorite to win?


Lance Berkman

Houston Astros
281 22  <!– 400K–>
Ryan Braun

Milwaukee Brewers
56 22  <!– 400K–>
Josh Hamilton

Texas Rangers
39 20  <!– 400K–>
Evan Longoria

Tampa Bay Rays
16 16  <!– 400K–>
Justin Morneau

Minnesota Twins
124 14  <!– 400K–>
Grady Sizemore

Cleveland Indians
100 22  <!– 400K–>
Dan Uggla

Florida Marlins
81 23  <!– 400K–>
Chase Utley

Philadelphia Phillies
122 25


Past Winners of Homerun Derby:

2007 VladimirGuerrero 17 400K
2006 Ryan Howard 23 350K
2005 Bobby Abreu 41 350K
2004 Miguel Tejada 27 350K
2003 Garret Anderson 22
2002 Jason Giambi 24


Until then, see ya at the Homerun Derby!

All-Star FanFest

Finally in New York.

That’s right — finally it’s an All-Star summer in the Big Apple. Finally we have the glory to shine for America’s greatest game. Finally, we have the title of hosting the fan favorite All-Star game.

Went to the All-Star FanFest yesterday and I’ll be posting a ton of pictures from it. Had the opportunity to meet Billy Sample, Jack McDowell, Jeff Nelson and Harold Reynolds. Let me just say that Reynolds is a gentleman, McDowell funny as ever, Sample an historian and Nelson nice and engaging. Also met Mike and the Mad Dog and it looks like there’s no rivalry there. So, running until July 15th head over to The Javits Center get your tickets and enjoy a lineup of festivities — from a USA Today cover photo to the Homerun Derby to many other challenges and exhibits available.

Until then, see at the All-Star game.

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