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Monday, August 01, 2011

Designated Sitter: Daly: No Fear

“Wilkerish” run by Jon “GGC” Daly…as fear strikes out, with no mention of Malden, Mass.

Eventually, we settled down. Vinroe is in IT. Page teaches. Last I heard, Ladison was selling Amway. It took me years, but I settled down, too. I’m married now. Gave up snuff five years ago, drive soberly at a more reasonable speed. I push paper from pile A to pile B so that salesmen don’t have to. Now I worry about deadlines and commitments. What to leave in? What to leave out? But Leyritz was a jock and remained in a state of suspended adolescence. Mel Hall used to wear batting gloves in his back pocket to wavy bye-bye to pitchers as he circled the bases after hitting a dinger. Now he’s doing a stretch in the hoosegow.  Then there’s Lenny Dykstra. Nails has quite the rap sheet.

Given the money and adulation athletes receive at an early age, it is a wonder that there aren’t more cautionary tales like his. I think it is mainly the adulation. I knew jocks in high school. I wasn’t one myself, but I was athletic enough to escape the treatment they’d give to some of the nerds and other outsiders. I had no leaping ability or hand eye coordination, but I had a little speed and was willing to sacrifice my body. I went to high school with a guy who made it to AAA. His baseball coach was also the gym teacher and he’d help him and tyrannize some of the kids. One time I was hanging out with friends in Hartford. It was the offseason and he walked into the bar we were hanging out in. He had an entourage. He may’ve changed by now, but it is hard to mature when you were given a big head at an early age. It was hard for me and I was just some soldier; a chairborne Ranger in the 101st.

Repoz Posted: August 01, 2011 at 06:02 PM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Drew (Primakov, Gungho Iguanas) Posted: August 01, 2011 at 06:24 PM (#3890421)
Kevin Maas is a financial scammer.


Hadn't heard this one. Also, what's the reference to Malden (since I live there)?
   2. The Essex Snead Posted: August 01, 2011 at 06:46 PM (#3890441)
You haven't heard that one because it's, at best, a disingenous fib. As of 2008 (according to this article), Maas works for Charles Schwab. Unless there's other info out there, GGC is BSing big time.
   3. The District Attorney Posted: August 01, 2011 at 06:51 PM (#3890445)
Well, Maas did steal $760,000 by posing for three years as a major league first baseman/DH despite a 720 OPS...
   4. Drew (Primakov, Gungho Iguanas) Posted: August 01, 2011 at 07:08 PM (#3890458)
Wiki says: "As of 2008, Maas works at College of Saint Rose Print & Copy Center for Usherwood as a Print and copy Specialist in his hometown of Albany, New York."

That's slightly different than Schwab.
   5. The Essex Snead Posted: August 01, 2011 at 07:55 PM (#3890498)
And a Wiki page is slightly different than an actual newspaper article. An article that's actually cited at the end of that paragraph, despite the article saying nothing about that print & copy job.

Things I Didn't Think I'd Be Doing Today: fact-checking Kevin Maas' post-MLB career.
   6. Drew (Primakov, Gungho Iguanas) Posted: August 01, 2011 at 08:10 PM (#3890516)
despite the article saying nothing about that print & copy job


I missed that. Though I didn't intend to present Wikipedia as a definitive source. More for amusement value.
   7. GGC don't think it can get longer than a novella Posted: August 01, 2011 at 08:14 PM (#3890520)
i pulled the offending sentence.
   8. GGC don't think it can get longer than a novella Posted: August 01, 2011 at 11:21 PM (#3890648)
Aha! This is the info I was going off of.
   9. GGC don't think it can get longer than a novella Posted: August 02, 2011 at 12:10 AM (#3890684)
I'm not sure if you are still around, Drew, but Karl Malden played Jimmy Piersall's dad in Fear Strikes Out.
   10. GGC don't think it can get longer than a novella Posted: August 02, 2011 at 11:58 AM (#3890964)
This was actually a digression from a piece about how the 1993 White Sox were well connected, but it got bigger and better so I went with this instead. I'd been writing some autobiographical stuff since around Christmas and decided to incorporate it more in my writing. I'd been leery of that. Josh Wilker already does this and I 'm not sure how interested folks would be in my life, but I have received some encouragement to go for it and have thrown caution to the wind. If this post were like a book and had an acknowledgments section, I'd mention Craig Calcaterra and Dayn Perry.

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