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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

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Career Talk: Being a Major League Baseball Bullpen Catcher

The average length of a Major League Baseball playing career is just shy of six years. Casey Chavez has worn the cap and the jersey – shoot, he even has the shin guards – but he hasn’t stepped inside the lines once in nine MLB seasons. And the fans let him hear about it. “Every stadium you go to, you hear the crowd chanting BULL-PEN CATCH-ER like I’m just some bum and just some guy freeloading it,” Chavez, who has held the lesser-known role for the Oakland Athletics since April 2007. “They have no idea, but I’m not mad at them—because they really don’t have any idea.” To give the rest of us a window into his reality, ValuePenguin asked Chavez about life in the bullpen, where he mostly goes unnoticed among his millionaire teammates.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 09, 2015 at 09:44 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: human interest story

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


Sunday, June 14, 2015

Two blind Rockies fans still love a game they can’t see | Nine Innings - The Denver Post

Mark and Peggy LoRusso, married 30 years, sit in the front row and can’t see a thing. And there’s no other place they’d rather be.

“We have no idea what they think a baseball looks like, or a rainbow,” said the blind couple’s close friend, Dan Sauvageau. “It’s something we take for granted every day. It makes you realize how lucky you are, when we take them to a game. It puts everything in perspective.”

“We’re just like anybody else,” Peggy said. “We don’t see it all, but we can hear it…. I always say — somebody has it worse than we have it. That’s how I look at it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2015 at 08:13 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: human interest story, rockies

Saturday, April 04, 2015

College pitcher sacrifices his senior season to save a boy he’s never met | For The Win

Last October, when University of South Carolina Beaufort senior pitcher Jason Boulais had his cheek swabbed to enter the donor pool for the Be The Match bone marrow registry, he had a strange feeling that his name would come up one day.

“I told my dad about it, and we both just had a gut feeling I was going to be the one,” Boulais said to USCBathletics.com. “Reality kind of set in when I got the first phone call saying I might be a match.”

Boulais was a match, and after getting his blood tested, he found out that he was a young French boy’s best chance at survival.

By donating his bone marrow, however, Boulais ran the risk of missing the remainder of his senior season, which would mean the end of his baseball career.

He didn’t hesitate.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2015 at 05:39 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: human interest story

Monday, March 23, 2015


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Red Sox prospect J.T. Watkins soldiering on - Sports - The Boston Globe

J.T. Watkins isn’t your typical minor leaguer.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2015 at 08:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: human interest story, red sox

 

 

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