Thank you Gomes.
It’s hard to say goodbye to someone who has overcome so much himself and done so much for a city, especially when they’ve held a special place in your heart for so long. And despite all the mental and emotional preparation I’ve been putting myself through this past week, it doesn’t hurt any less now that you’ve been traded.
It was no secret that you loved it here, and if the last few days were any indication, it’s no secret that everyone here loved you too. You gave us incredible stuff on the field, with two championship trophies, a no-hitter, and a handful of trips to the all-star game to show for it, and you changed lives off the field with all of your charity work and kindness. Your dedication and perseverance are an inspiration to so many people.
Good luck in Oakland, my favorite bubble-blowing ace. I only hope you find your way back to Boston. It will always be your home.
Thank you for everything.
|—||Jon Lester with the trade deadline approaching quickly.|
I made an animated GIF. It’s called “The Ballad of the Montreal Expos.”
"I shined shoes outside the Hotel Somerset. The doorman was from South Boston, and he let one kid from Southie work the front every year. I was that kid for a few years.
Ted Williams lived at the Somerset, and the Yankees also stayed there when they came to town. One afternoon, the Yankees all were coming down from their rooms, heading to Fenway. They were waiting out front for cabs. I got a piece of paper and an old pen, and I went up to a couple of the players and asked for their autographs. The pen didn’t work!
Jerry Coleman reaches into his suit jacket and takes out a gold pen. He signs and hands the pen to someone else and someone else, and now Joe DiMaggio is there. For some reason, he thinks I’m Jerry Coleman’s nephew or something, and he smiles and takes the gold pen and signs.
While he’s signing, Ted Williams comes down. He comes over to Joe and me. He takes the gold pen and signs. They’re talking, Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio, how are ya, back and forth, and for some reason Williams thinks that I’m DiMaggio’s nephew or something. He says, ‘Hey it’s getting late. Let’s go to the ballpark.’ We get into the cab, Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, and me. I leave my shoeshine box right on the street because that would be a giveaway, ya know?
I ride in the middle of the backseat. I have Joe DiMaggio on one side of me. I have Ted Williams on the other side. I have both of their autographs. And I also have Jerry Coleman’s gold pen in my pocket. Who ever has made out better than this? Williams and DiMaggio figure it out by the time we get to Fenway that I’m nobody’s nephew, but for that short time…”
~Raymond Flynn, Mayor of Boston from 1984-1993.
Excerpted from Leigh Montville’s Ted Williams: The Biography of an American Hero.
Happy Birthday to Billy Martin. He’d be 86 today.
"Billy was a true Yankee — one of the truest ever. He always said he wanted to die a Yankee. He was his own man. He was fiery and could be charming. He was a great manager." ~ Bucky Dent
This, America, is why you should care about the Minor Leagues.
The Philadelphia Phillies Triple-A team, the Leigh High IronPigs, just announced their new jerseys and hats. This is the most genius way for a ball club to make a ton of money on merchandise.
Talk about bringing home the bacon.
Koji Uehara’s commercial for Suntory, a Japanese premium beer.
If only there was English subtitles. Can anyone translate?
The Stratton Story (1949)
Monty Stratton was a Major League Baseball pitcher for the Chicago White Sox from 1934-1938. His career was cut short following the closure of the 1938 season when he accidentally shot his leg with a holstered pistol while hunting. The wound was severe enough to require his leg to need immediate amputation.
After his accident, Stratton would try and teach himself to pitch with the artificial leg (he also tried enlisting when World War II started but was turned away). He’d experiment by pitching to his wife Ethel.
The Stratton Story (1949), starring James Stewart and June Allyson detailed his life and efforts to return to baseball. Gene Bearden, Bill Dickey and Jimmy Dykes all made cameo appearances in the film.
(Stratton is less known for giving up a homerun to Lefty Lefebvre during his first Major League at bat. It was the first time in history a player hit a home run on the first swing of his first Major League at bat. Later, Lefebvre would joke with Stratton, “You were so embarrassed, giving up a home run to me, you shot yourself.”)