The weather was perfect, in the mid-70s, no humidity, light breezes and blue-black skies above the lights of Citi Field.
I was where friends tell friends, “I’ll meet you at the Apple,” a plaza centered around the big red structure that once rose slowly beyond the centerfield fence of Shea when a Met hit a home run. Waiting for Dr. Z., who was running late, fighting traffic, I was the smart one, driving to my sister’s place in Queens, parking the car, and taking the 7 train to the ballpark. Getting onboard, I was already at the ballgame, with the train packed with Blue and Orange fanatics. (more…)
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Alex Volpi, who broke the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League home run record this season while leading the Bucks into the post season.
On July 20, Shelter Island Bucks first baseman Alex Volpi hit his 14th home run of the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League (HCBL) season, breaking the league’s single-season record. But he wasn’t finished. The next day, Volpi set the HCBL career home run record with his 15th homer of the season. (more…)
When I started dating my wife in July 2010, my timing couldn’t have been better.
The Mets were 47-39. While not a bad record, it was the point in the season when my favorite baseball team’s annual slide was set to begin.
You see, the Mets were not contenders that year, and I knew that at eight games above .500 things could only go downhill from there, allowing me maximum time to focus on this new relationship. (more…)
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO Some of the tools of the trade for a pro scout.
Larry Izzo was the first scout to arrive at SUNY Southampton College one morning last week.
He wanted get a jump on “Scout Day,” evaluating talent playing in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League. (more…)
BOB DeSTEFANO PHOTO | Proud papa Michael Ryan with two of his favorite athletes, daughters Madeline (left) and Elizabeth.
When I was a young golf professional on Shelter Island about 40 years ago, I always tried to say the right thing. In other words, no matter what I thought of what you were saying, I would just smile and say something agreeable.
That was until I was at a Lions Club meeting with Bill Ryan Sr. (more…)