Umpires Ultimately Get Rays Substitution Right

Umpires Ultimately Get Rays Substitution Right

In yesterday’s Red Sox at Rays game there was a substitution that ultimately led to Red Sox Manager Alex Cora protesting the game.  I did not watch the game so I did not see it.  I ultimately did see the box score, which ultimately can be corrected and came to the conclusion that umpires did in fact get it right.  Having dealt with double switches many times in my umpiring career I can say it can be confusing, especially when…

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Worcester’s Recycling Dilemma

Worcester’s Recycling Dilemma

So the Worcester City Council took up the issue of the City Manager’s new recycling plan at Tuesday night’s meeting.  Much to the chagrin to all this was not the slam dunk that it was once thought to be. The council postponed the vote until August after Councilor Khrys King threatened to hold the item if was not voted on as proposed coming out of committee, which was not to include the mandate of the clear plastic bag.  He saw…

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Missing the Younger Years – Life is a Beach

Missing the Younger Years – Life is a Beach

Among all of the things I do, the clear cut number one is being a family man.  I love being a devoted husband and father, nothing pales in comparison. Being a dad has given me the best stories of my life.  The heartache and quite possibly the funniest ones as well. We recently took a camping trip to Wells, ME and my wife and I reminisced about our girls younger days.  They are currently at a great age (7 and…

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How Candidates in Worcester Can Earn My Vote

How Candidates in Worcester Can Earn My Vote

As we head into July and the dog days of summer the election process will be ramping up in the city as we have a primary for both the City Council and the School Committee.  Will this year be the year we see change in our city? I used to be a political junkie.  I used to love reading up on candidates and throwing my support behind candidates.  I have been soured on this in recent years because of the…

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A Journey to a new Life

A Journey to a new Life

Tuesday February 13, 2018.  That was my day of clarity.  I had a sleepless night because it was my first night with a CPAP machine.  I had recently been diagnosed with moderate sleep apnea.  During a sleep study just after the New Year I had stopped breathing 23 times an hour.  So that Monday night was the first time I used the machine full time at home.  It was an adjustment that I didn’t think I could do. Most importantly…

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No! It’s not OK!

No! It’s not OK!

So I wake up this morning to see that a Comedienne Kathy Griffin was trending on Twitter.  I couldn’t imagine why because I never really thought she was funny, and then she proved me right.  The picture of Griffin holding a bloodied mask of President Trump as if she had just decapitated him is disturbing to say the least.  Is this the new normal in American society? Presidents being burned in effigy or portrayed as targets are not new and…

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2017 Oscars Preview

2017 Oscars Preview

By Nick D’Andrea In 2005, the Baseball Widow came home from work and said “Michael Graham just said something I thought was pretty cool”.  She went on to explain to me the tradition that Graham and his wife had going to see the Oscars Best Picture nominees.  I like movies and the idea and I said “Let’s do it”.  That year, “Crash” took the award and we haven’t looked back since. The biggest mistake that the Oscars made was going…

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We have all lost our minds

We have all lost our minds

By Nick D’Andrea Several weeks ago I wrote a post how we as a society needed to correct ourselves in light of what happened during the presidential election.  In light of recent news regarding four people attacking another over what could be argued as political vitriol, is appalling.   I am going to be very blunt in this statement, if anyone agrees or commends the four people who are now arrested, then something is seriously wrong with you.   This…

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Stop yelling at the refs

Stop yelling at the refs

By Nick D’Andrea I will open this up with full disclosure.  I am a sports official.  I won’t hide it and I am not ashamed of it.  Since I got that out of the way, let’s move on.   There has been a growing culture in sports, mostly at the lower levels, that the officials are incompetent and that they don’t know what they’re doing, they don’t know the rules and they should not be out there.   You can…

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