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,,* Page12 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, JULY 12, 2013 .,IF by Sal Giarratani Manny Gets Minor Role Manny Ramirez looks like he is trimming his dread- locks for another bite of the pie in the Majors with the Texas Rangers. The team announced that they have agreed to a Minor League contract with the 41-year-old slugger who last played in the Majors with the Rays. He has reportedly reported to Triple A Round Rock and will be the team's new D.H. Up until June 20th, he had been playing over in Taiwan. Gomes Ties Carbo This year on July 3rd against the San Diego Padres, Red Sox player donny Gomes tied Bernie Carbo's 1977 club record for pinch-hit homers (3) in a season. Meanwhile, Back at Round Rock While I was down in Austin, Texas on vacation, I was reading the sports pages of the Austin American States- man one morning and read a great baseball comeback story. The Round Rock Ex- press were looking like an express train to defeat fac- ing a four run deficit going into the ninth inning and rallied for seven runs de- feating their Albuquerque opponents 10-7. Better Late than Never Jackie Robinson won the NL Rookie of the Year Award for his rookie season 1947 when he batted .297 with 29 steals. In 1950, Sam Jethroe joined the Boston Braves and was NL Rookie of the Year with 35 stolen bases, Remembering Jerry Coleman at Second Jerry Coleman was re- garded as one of baseball's best defensive second base- men of all time. He played for the NY Yankees from 1949 to 1957. He played in six World Series and earned the 1950 World Series MVP Award. During both World War II and Korea, he served his country with the U.S. Marines. When he finished his baseball career with the Yankees, he was replaced at second base by another great NY Yankees legend Bobby Richardson. New Book on Mantle and Mays A few weeks back I men- tioned a new baseball book on Mickey Mantle and Roger Marls. However, I was in er- ror. The new book penned by Allen Barra is called Mickey and Mays and follows the ca- reers of these two sluggers who played during the same era. They were the two slug- gers of their generation and you could never mention one without mentioning the other. Barra said during their prime in the '60s and '70s, you could line them *up together to compete against all other players in the record books at the same age and under the same con- ditions, it would be obvious that they are the two great- est players in the history of the game." Mantle and Mays were, indeed, the two most written about players in baseball his- tory and the two of the top three along with Babe Ruth. Back on July 3, 1986 Back on July 3, 1986, Atlanta Braves pitcher Tony Cloninger became the first NL player to hit two grand slams in one game. He also added a single and ended up with nine RBIs in a 17-3 victory over the Giants. to Benefit Rumney Marsh Burial Grounds It has been referred to as the "crown jewel in Revere's history" and also "the best kept secret in Revere." We are describing the Rumney Marsh Burial Ground located on Butler Street. Historians have regarded this site with awe for decades. Here are interred not only soldiers and sailors from many of our wars, but everyday citizens from our community as well. Beginning with the burial of Mary Smith in the 17th century, the cemetery has been the final resting place for people from Deane Winthrop to a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor. We the members of the Committee to Restore the Rumney Marsh Cemetery sincerely hope you can help us in maintain- ing this hallowed ground by attending our bocce tournament on Revere Beach. This exciting event will take place on Saturday, August 17a between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm across the street from the State Police Station. Come and witness this skilled competition unique to the sands of America's oldest public beach. The Committee has been meeting monthly and we have created a DVD about the history and beauty of this cemetery which is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. For registration fees which include Competition, Awards and Lunch Under the Tent; tournament rules and other informa- tion, please visit or call 781-286-8119. 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 5% 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 Boston. For further information, please contact Louie Cavagnaro at 617-523-7410 HOOPS and HOCKEY in the HUB by RichardPre s Down the steps they came, in single file, quietly and almost surreptitiously, as if not wanting to disturb those waiting on the floor. If you were looking straight ahead you would have missed them. This nearly silent entrance of the Celtics ownership and management team at the start of new head coach Brad Stevens introductory press conference at the C's practice facility in Waltham summed up rather neatly the process that resulted in that day. Even in the this age of Smartphone cameras, blogs, Twitter and all manner of social media on the Internet, the Celtics had managed to keep a secret. Everyone knew they were looking for a coach, yet exactly who had captured their attention had never leaked out. Not until a media advisory from the Celtics flashed on the computer screen late in the afternoon of July 3rd did anyone in the media have any idea that the Celtics were pursuing Stevens, let alone having already lured him away from his beloved Buffer University team. But they had, thereby becoming the envy of corpo- rate America where leaks predominate and information meant only for boardrooms forms the topic of discussion in lunchrooms the next day. The courtship had gone on since June 25th with no one in Indianapolis (Butler is located near Indianapolis) or the Boston area becoming aware of it. Now, with the formal public announcement of Stevens' hiring taking place, there would be other surprises as well. From his opening remarks ("I am humbled to be here") you just knew this was all about the Celtics and not all about the person hired to be the coach. Make no mistake about it. This was not a "coronation" press conference such as the one that took place at the Garden in May of 1997 when Rick Pitino was formally introduced as head coach. Then the pursuit had been more open, the interest more intense and the media in attendance more impres- sive in number. The Celtics needed most of the floor of the Garden just to accommodate everyone. And it was soon revealed that Pitino was not simply the coach. He was also to be the general manager as well as the team's president, the later title being taken away from the iconic Red Auerbach. It was going to be Rick's way or the highway with all deci- sions being made by him. Fast forward to 2013 and it was plain to all that what was being stressed was col- laboration and collegiality, an emphasis on working with others and learning from them as well. Numerous times during the press con- ference Celtics GM Danny Ainge stressed that the new coach would have a good amount of support as he makes the transition from the college level to being a mentor in the NBA. The first support came in the form of a six-year, $22 million contract -- an impressive expression of commitment by the Celtics. It was also nice to hear that the Stevens family will be moving to the Boston area. One of the aspects of former coach Doc Rivers' tenure with the Celtics that we did not like was that Doc really never bought into the community on a full-time basis. He didn't because his family did not john him in Bos- ton. Supposedly he had told Celtics officials at his hiring interview that they would but it never happened. His wife and children remained at the family home in Florida dur- ing all of his years at the Celtics helm. What that meant was that Doc hired a private plane ser- vice to fly him to Florida, even at several points during the season. Because only a small plane was needed it could land at a small, non-commer- cial airport just minutes from his Florida residence. Doc claimed it was no different than taking your car for a three-hour drive. But, as it says in the Bible, no one can serve two mas- ters. We have a feeling that Celtics got the short end of that deal. It was an issue early in his tenure with at least two articles in the Globe centering on it. After the Celtics won the NBA Cham- pionship in 2008 the topic was rarely mentioned. So, the Celtics will have a full-time coach with a full- time presence for the first time in nearly a decade. Stevens' wife Tracy attended the press conference and in the unofficial interview time that followed she mentioned that she and her husband would be looking for a home and schools for their children. But we would be remiss if we didn't add that we are uneasy about how people can switch positions even though they signed contracts with an organization. Thus Doc Rivers, under contract with Celtics, can leave to take a similar position with the Los Angeles Clippers. Brad Stevens, under contract with Buffer University through the end of this decade, also can leave to join the Celtics. Stevens told the Indianapo- lis Star that informing the Butler athletic department of his decision to leave was the hardest conversation he had in his life. We don't doubt that, especially from the But- ler viewpoint, since the ne- gotiations with the C'cs were super-secret and his decision to leave must have been pre- sented out of the blue. But for those of a certain age, who were raised with the concept that when you give your word you mean it, these recent actions leave us with an uneasy feeling, one that remains unchanged as the decades march on. i