Tag: Ted Williams

Angry Ward Wednesday: Derek, Zion, Freddie, and Super Bowl Ready

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BRONX, NY – I’m back from self-imposed exile and, to borrow from legendary sports enthusiast Barry Manilow, ready to take a chance again. There’s plenty to talk about today, and none of it involves a bunch of absolute losers in Virginia who like dressing up as G.I. Joes but would piss themselves silly if they ever […]

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Baseball Mom’s Legacy: From Pavarotti and Domingo to Joltin’ Joe, The Splinter and David Wright

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NOTE: The outpouring of support, particularly from the Meet The Matts team, has had this hardened sports gumshoe reduced to a teary-eyed mess… more than once. Wilmer Flores, eat your heart out. GORTEENAVEELA, CO. GALWAY – Mom’s parents, Nanny and Poppy, were from tiny towns in Ireland. Her dad, Bernie McGuirk (not the Imus pal) […]

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Angry Ward Wednesday: Like Ali and Gordie Howe, Grim Reaper after Your Sports Legends

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NEW YORK, NY – We’re barely halfway through 2016, and already it’s been a brutal year for deaths. David Bowie? Prince? Alan Rickman? Abe Vigoda? Death has been truly thinning the ranks of the entertainment industry, and sports is no different. Just recently we lost two giants in Muhammad Ali and Gordie Howe. And even one […]

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Muhammad Ali: A Bronx White Kid Remembers The Greatest

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ENGLISHTOWN, NJ – By now we have all read at least one obituary on the passing of “The Greatest,”  Muhammad Ali.  There is no way to do justice to the life and times of a polarizing figure such as the former Cassius Clay, Jr. in about five-hundred words, so there will be no attempt at […]

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Cancer Survivor Salutes Smash Hit Tony Gwynn

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SAN DIEGO, CA – As a player over a twenty season career, his batting average was ten points higher than Wade Boggs and Rod Carew. Think about that for a minute or two, folks. Boggs and Carew were thought to be the best hitters of their generation, yet  Tony Gwynn ranks among legendary baseball names […]

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Tony Gwynn and Teddy Ballgame? YES. US Open and Soccer World Cup? NO

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NEW YORK, NY– So my 83-year-old Father-in Law comes by the house on Sunday for a little Fathers’ Day celebration and BOOM! All hell breaks loose. I’m in the bathroom for maybe 3 minutes and when I emerge from my sanctuary, what do I find? My kids sitting in the den with their hands up… […]

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Sports Heroes: Kobe, A-Rod or Jack Morris? I’m Ron Burgundy

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CHEEKTOWAGA, NY – In Buffalo, they’re called “Subs.” In Philadelphia, they’re “Grinders.” In Providence the locals call them “Hoagies.” But here in New York they are called “Heroes.“ The word “hero” is thrown about so liberally these days that it has almost lost its meaning entirely. As the World celebrates Christmas Eve tonight, it is an […]

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Grote’s Gripes: Beat The Streak

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Thanks to my good friend Angry Ward, I have joined in on an MLB.com contest called Beat The Streak. The basis for the contest is to pick a player or two per day that gets at least one hit. If you can beat Joe DiMaggio’s streak of 56 consecutive games then you win $5.6 million. […]

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Grote’s Gripes: Motown MLB Triple Crown?

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DETROIT, MI – Where is the fanfare?  Why is Miguel Cabrera’s pursuit of  the MLB Triple Crown getting so little press?  Every time a horse wins the first two legs of the horse racing triple crown, you hear nothing but the pursuit for it for the three weeks leading to the ultimate letdown at Belmont.  […]

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CELEBRATING MEXICAN… STUFF

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by Dr. Diz FORT WORTH, TEJAS – Cinco de Mayo was last night, and numerous celebrants were out in force to mark the victory of Mexican troops versus French forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. That war started when the Mexicans borrowed a ton of money from a bunch of Europeans and didn’t […]

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