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Monday, February 08, 2016

The time my family invited itself to Gaylord Perry’s house for lunch – HardballTalk

Craig Calcaterra shares the memory of a childhood visit to Gaylord Perry’s farm.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 08, 2016 at 06:07 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: gaylord perry, human interest story

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

White Sox to name Jason Benetti as Hawk Harrelson’s half-season replacement

Good news for anyone with ear drums and a brain:

Ken Harrelson will be working a reduced schedule. With a few exceptions, the 74-year-old announcer will be calling the Sox road games, saving him the 180-mile, round-trip grind of commuting to games at U.S. Cellular Field from his home in South Bend, Ind. Analyst Steve Stone will be back, working with Harrelson and Benetti.

That’s from the Trib article (registration), so I’ve linked to a blog post that quotes the story extensively.  Benetti has an interesting story:

The story is even more unlikely given the challenges Benetti has faced. The only child of Rob and Sue Benetti, Jason was born 10 weeks premature. After being diagnosed with cerebral palsy, a condition that primarily affects body movement and muscle coordination and often is caused by damage to the brain before or at birth, he went through three extensive surgeries that left him in casts from the waist down. Benetti spent part of first grade in a wheelchair and eventually had to wear braces on his legs.


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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Edinson Volquez father dies before WS Game 1 | MLB.com

“This is a family, and we respect each other’s families,” Moustakas said. “This is one huge family, this organization, and when someone loses a family member, that takes priority over everything that happens. Baseball’s baseball. But family, things that happen like that, that’s something that is more important than baseball.”

Before the game, Yost conferred with bench coach Don Wakamatsu and catching coach Pedro Grifol about how to handle the situation. They all agreed to honor the family’s wishes, and Yost kept a close eye on Volquez as the night went on. He saw him laughing, smiling, like he always does, and figured everything was fine.

“There’s no road map,” Yost said, “but you just do what the family asks you to do. It was really special to them that he goes out and pitches this game.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2015 at 06:04 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: edinson volquez, human interest story, royals, world series

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Tom Goodwin lost son to suicide — and found a family on the Mets | New York Post

A nice story about a terrible tragedy.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2015 at 01:26 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: human interest story, mets, tom goodwin

Friday, October 23, 2015

Unraveling the mystery of Marlins Man: The fan who is everywhere | NJ.com

The guy really is everywhere.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2015 at 11:57 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: human interest story

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Confessions of a Former Diehard «

Quitters.

I’m so far out that I don’t feel right about coming back in. The enjoyment would feel phony. Real fans draw the deepest satisfaction from living and growing with the players: forgiving their failures, watching their growth, rejoicing in small achievements that only the diehards notice during a random game in June, and finally basking in it with them — very much with them — when it all clicks. One of my best friends from college is a Royals fan, and we made grandiose plans 15 years ago to fly back and forth for games if they ever met in the World Series. It was fanciful — dreams for a reality that would never happen. Now that moment is almost here, but the universe in which those two guys made those plans is long gone.

I made a sports fan choice, and I’m living with it. Almost everyone I know over 35 has given up following at least one of their favorite teams. Life intervenes.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2015 at 02:45 PM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: human interest story, mets

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Still mourning father’s death, pitcher Chris Young gives his all for Royals | The Kansas City Star

How can you not pull for Chris Young after reading this story?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2015 at 09:46 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: chris young, human interest story, royals

A bright new world out there for me | The Real McCoy - daytondailynews

Here’s some great news about Hal McCoy.

Thanks to eye surgeon Dr. Michael Snyder of the Cincinnati Eye Institute, most of the vision in my left eye is back. It is a new, bright, wonderful world for me.
Over the last few years I had developed cataracts on top of the strokes of my optic nerves that left me legally blind for the past dozen years.

The cataracts became so bad over the last year that I thought I might have to fully retire. I couldn’t recognize neighbors across the street. My son, Brent, walked up to me at a Reds game late last year and I looked him directly in the face and didn’t recognized him.

DR. SNYDER NOT ONLY removed the cataracts in my left eye, he implanted a lens. The right eye? Hopeless. Too far gone from the optic nerves stroke. So nothing was doe with it.

It didn’t matter. The surgery took 15 minutes and when I walked out the door of the Cincinnati Eye Institute I nearly broke out in tears. Everything was clear. I could see a long distance. And I wasn’t wearing glasses. I don’t have to wear glasses any more after wearing them for 33 years.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2015 at 09:38 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: beat writers, human interest story, reds

Saturday, September 26, 2015

At 85, she’s a valuable member of the Rockies’ team at Coors Field - The Denver Post

“We all get along,” Bender said of her teammates. “The Rockies are my team, win or lose. I love my job. What else am I going to do? It keeps me young.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 26, 2015 at 11:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: human interest story, rockies

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Baseball Lifers Make The Game Go - BaseballAmerica.com

John Manuel gives a little attention to some guys who don’t get enough of it.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2015 at 10:19 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: human interest story, minors

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Mike Moustakas reflects on mother’s passing after career day at plate | FOX Sports

But my, how she loved her son.

“Every day, I miss her,” Mike said. “It’s weird not being able to pick up the phone and call, hear her voice.

“I always let her know that anytime I did anything good, it was for her. Even if I didn’t do anything good, she was always proud of me. She’d let me know that I was still in the big leagues, to keep having fun going out there. That’s what was awesome about mom. She was always proud of me, no matter what happened.”

Last October, when Connie could not attend postseason games, she kept telling Mike, “I’ll be out there soon. When I can get up and walk around, I’ll be out there.”

She never made it, at least not in person. But on Saturday, when Mike hit a two-run single to tie the score, 4-4, he looked up and pointed to heaven with both arms after reaching second on the throw.

“She’s out there with me every day now,” Mike said. “She held up her end of bargain.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 13, 2015 at 01:35 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: human interest story, mike moustakas, royals

Friday, September 11, 2015

GWB remembers “The Pitch”

It was a powerful moment.

Edit: Original intro removed.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2015 at 09:57 AM | 113 comment(s)
  Beats: human interest story

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Silverman: Terry Francona here to help John Farrell through chemo | Boston Herald

Together, the friends for more than a quarter century will follow the signs where they lead.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 18, 2015 at 07:52 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: human interest story, john farrell, terry francona

 

 

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