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Page16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, MAY 31 , 2013 ,.f by Sal Giarratani The Rocket's Red Glare and Very First Win North End~South End Little League Classic The fourth annual North2South Baseball Clas- sic will take place this June with a home and away series at Langone and Peter's Parks. This series began in the two neighbor- hoods in 2010 with State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz. The first game is in the North End on June 24m at 6:00 pm and the second game is in the South End on June 26th at 5:00 pm. Thus far, the South End leads the series 3-2 with one tie. Winningest Southpaws on Sox pitchers, Jon Lester already won 89 games. Reading All About Jolting" Joe has Roger Clemens I think Roger Clemens finished his career with 354 victories with 192 as a member of the Boston Red Sox but it all started against the Minnesota Twins back on the night of May 20, 1984 with Clemens on the mound, the Red Sox beat the Twins 5-4. Ortiz Hurt By PED Column David "Big Papi" Ortiz Red Sox slugger David Ortiz took great offense to the Boston Globe's Dan Shaughnessy suggesting that Big Papi might be on something. Lots of people are thinking the same thing. Shaughnessy said what most may have been thinking. I hope Ortiz is clean but many fans remain skeptical because of that whole steroid scandal when everybody was looking like the Incredible Hulk and whacking a hundred homers or so it seemed. Mel Parnell Mel Parnell is the all-time Red Sox lefty with 123 wins between 1947-56. In second place is Lefty Grove with 105 wins between 1934-41. Bill Lee earned 94 wins between 1969-78 for third place honors. In 5m place is Babe Ruth with 89 wins between 1914-19. In 7m place is Bruce Hurst with 88 wins between 1980-88. Among active Lefty Grove Joe DiMaggio Recently, I read two great pieces on the Yankee Clipper Joe DiMaggio. A great piece showed up in Investor's Business Daily by Bucky Fox and another great story showed up out in Cali- fornia in the weekly L'Italo- Americo by Alfonzo Guerriero, Jr. DiMaggio was perhaps along with Ted Williams and Mickey Mantle, the best natural players of all-time. He led the NY Yankees to 10 pennants and nine World Series victories in his 13 All-Star seasons. In 1969, he was named the Greatest Living Player of All Time. Have We Seen the Last of the 300 Game Winners? The latest issue of USA Today's Sports Weekly had a page one story asking the question, "Have we seen the last 300 game winner?" Per- sonally, I think with pitch counts and 5-6 man rota- tions, it is not impossible but highly unlikely that any- one could pitch long enough under modem baseball prac- tices to achieve 300 victo- ries. One would have to be the best of the best. There are no more Warren Spahns or Bob Gibsons out there to- day. Most starters are lucky to pitch 200 innings or make 30 starts. Even 20 game win= ners in a season are not easy to achieve today. North End Athletic Association ANNUAL GOLFTOURNAMENT IN MEMORY OF CARMEN "TILLY" DE MARTINO MONDAY, AUGUST 5,-2013 7:30 a.m. (shot gun start) ANDOVER COUNTRY CLUB Canterbury Street, Andover, MA More than 144 golfers participate in this sold-out tournament annually. It is important that you save the date and plan on joining us on Monday, August 5th. GOLF, LUNCH AND RAFFLE PRIZES ... The money raised from this tournament allows the North End Athletic Association to purchase uniforms and equipment for sporting events and add to the existing programs. The North End Athletic Association is a 52-year-old organization, which provides athletic, social, educational and civic activities within the community and the City of Bostoru For further information, please contact Louie Cavagnaro at 617-523-7410 HOOPS and HOCKEY in the HUB by RichardPre s Magic. It is the material of dreams, of thoughts come alive, of impossibilities attained. We have seen it twice so far in this postseason for the Bruins. The first came in the closing moments of Game 7 of the Boston- Toronto series when the B's scored two goals in the final 82 seconds to tie the game and then won it in overtime. The second came over the course of several games in the series with the Rangers as Torey Krug, newly called up from Providence to fill a defensive void caused by in- juries, more than fit the bill as he scored four goals. He was, as they say, one hot player. Or to quote Bruins Coach Claude Julien, "There is no doubt he was magic for us in this series." Magic. It is what's taken the Bruins down a road that already led them to the NHL version of the final four. But now, as the Bruins enter the Eastern Confer- ence finals against Pitts- burgh, the big question is whether or not the magic carpet ride can continue. If it does, the B's may well be able to slide by the favored Pens and into the Stanley Cup finals for the second time in three years. But even if the spectacu- lar doesn't occur, one should not count the B's out. They are rested and ready. One big difference, of course, is that this will be the first series that forces the Bruins to open on the road. The boost that comes from a start at home will not be available to them in this series. But they will be thoroughly prepared. "We'll go through everything," said Julien in a press conference a couple of days after the New York series wrapped up. "We'll look at our games and every- thing we did well, plus things that we can be better at. We'll look at all the playoff games. We'll look at every- thing. There's not much that doesn't get looked at. That's the way hockey is today." Another reality in hockey today is that the deeper you go in the playoffs, the more you may have to count on some of the players that have formerly played sup- porting, rather than major roles. That includes players who have been healthy scratches in a number of games thus far. "The further you go," noted Julien, "I think it's pretty obvious to tell players that we're going to need them. It's obvious that there's going to be some guys that are banged up. That's when you've got to rely on those extra guys to come in and help you." "That's what we've done with the extra guys," stated the coach. "They've worked extremely hard. They've got a great attitude. They're staying on top of their game as best they can. We've already had to call upon guys to step in. They've done a good job. Every team goes through these situations." Well, at least just about every team that makes it to the conference finals. "Playoffs are a tough time of year," stated Julien. "Everybody does what it takes to win hockey games and block shots. If you're not a big shot blocker during the year, well you're going to do it during the playoffs. You're going to hit a little more and take more hits than you would during the regular season. Everything does go up a notch because you know what's at the end." Although recently acquired veteran Jaromir Jagr's stats may not show it, Julien remains positive about the contributions of the 41-year- old skater. "When you look at his stats it may not be indicative of what he's done," ex- plained the coach. *But he's had some real good oppor- tunities to score and they haven't gone in for him. The good part is that he's cre- ated those opportunities. He brings a lot of opposing play- ers towards him because they know one-on-one won't do it. Because he's so strong they need a couple of guys on him. That makes room for other guys. He may have lost a little speed but he makes up for it with smarts. He makes good decisions out there. I'm happy with his play." Another aspect of the Bos- ton game this season is that fact that the B's have been able to play four lines con- sistently. And to do that you have to have depth -- depth that can carry you deep into the playoffs. "We're known as a team that rolls four lines, observed Julien. "I'm not a coach that rolls four lines because I want to roll four lines. I roll four lines because I know I've got the depth to roll four lines. If I was coaching a team that didn't have four lines then I would have to shorten my bench. (Boston GM) Peter Chiarelli has allowed us to have the players that give us the op- portunity to go with four lines. We're moving on and the fourth line deserves a lot of credit for that." Chiarelli offered his as- sessment: "When you've got depth in your existing lineup -- four lines and six defensemen that are all contributing and all playing well-- that's a bonus. And when you've got depth beyond that -- with our younger defensemen that came in -- that's an added bonus. With Pittsburgh they're deep and they have veterans like us that have been through the wars. It'll be a battle of deep teams. I always thought we'd have to go through them to get to where we want to go at some point." Let the battle begin.