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.... , , , - , , , . , , , r Page10 POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 5, 2011 Quotes to Note "The way to make coaches think you're in shape in the spring is to get a tan." -- 1961 Cy Young winner Whitey Ford "Third ain't so bad if nothin' is hit to you." -- Yogi Berra "The other teams could make trouble if they win." -- More Yogi Berra "Trying to sneak a pitch by Hank Aaron is like trying to snea. k the sunrise past a rooster." -- Joe Adcock "I never took the game home with me. I always left it in some bar." -- Bob Lemon "The baseball mania has run its course. It has no future as a professional endeavor." -- Cincinnati Gazette editorial, 1879 Roberto Alomar Newest Member of Hall of Fame Roberto Alomar was elected to baseball's Hall of Fame in Cooperstown on July 23. The Toronto Blue Jays retired Alomar's No. 12 on July 31 st. It's the first time the Jays have retired a number worn by .one of the team's players in their 35- year history. Team President and CEO Paul Beeston called Alomar "arguably the best second baseman of all time." In his five years in Toronto, he helped them win the World Series in 1992 and 1993. Alomar in a statement said, "This is an honor that I was not expecting. I knew my numbers were worthy of consideration for the Hall of Fame but for the Blue Jays to select my number 12 to be the first number they retire is a great honor. I am truly blessed to be a Blue Jay, and I'm looking forward to the (Cooperstown) ceremony." During his career, he was a 12 time All-Star and a 10- time Gold Glove winner. Old Timers Back in Bronx Growing up during those lean years watching the Bos- ton Red Sox lose season af- ter season until 1967, I liked the NY Yankees because they liked to win. Recently on June 26, Whitey Ford, Yogi Berra, Reggie Jackson, Goose Gossage, Bernie Will- iams and Joe Torre showed up for Old Timers' Day at the new Yankee Stadium. Will- iams said, "To me it was a reminder of the fact that we're just part of a family that's been growing for I00 years." By the way, Dave Cone, David Wells, Moose Skowron, Lou Piniella and Jerry Coleman were there. Piniella added that seeing EXTRA Innlnp by Sal Giarratani both Berra and Coleman who are both 86 years old made him "feel younger." Finally, Daryl Strawberry, who played for both the Yan- kees and NY Mets, summed up the whole day when he said, "Anyone who has been part (of all this) and worn the Yankees Uniform is a part of the tradition. Nobody else in sports has that." Meanwhile, I'm in Heaven That ... Daisuke Matsuzaka, aka Dice-K, was one of the most expensive mistakes the Red Sox ever made going back to Roman Mejias in 1963 when we traded batting crown win- ner Peter Runnels for him from the Colt 45s. I don't expect him to don a Red Sox uniform again if and when he is able to return to the majors. All in all, he was 49-30 with a 4.25 ERA. We dished out $51.1 million just to talk with him and another $52 million to sign him up. Chalk it up to high expectations that didn't pan out. Davey Johnson Back in Majors The Washington Nationals brought Davey Johnson back to the majors as team man- ager. He has been a senior advisor with the team for a couple of years and has managed the LA Dodg- ers since 2000. The 68-year- old Johnson has also man- aged the Mets, Reds and Orioles and in 14 seasons is 1,148-888 win-loss record. Bautista Looking Like the Babe Before Jose Bautista had his great 2010 season at age 29 when he hit 54 home- runs, he never hit more than 16 homers in a major league season. Until last year, he was a non-descript batter with a .244 career average. At this year's All-Star break, Jose was 31-65 -.334 for the Toronto Blue Jays. Right. now, he is on pace to become only the 6 th player to hit back- to-back 50-home run sea- sons joining Babe Ruth, Mark McGwire, Ken Griffrey Jr., Sammy Sosa and Alex Rodriguez. Thanks to the Steroid Era, any player who breaks out at bat is rumored to be on the juice and we have players like McGwire, Sosa and Rocket Roger to thank for this immediate suspicion. Lots of people often wonder about El Hombre Albert Pujois from the St. Louis Cardinals, too. This is unfor- tunate but part of baseball from now on in. Guilty until proven innocent is so un-American, isn't it? Recently, Luis Gonzales, Lic #017936 anical Heating & Air Conditioning Sales, Service & Installation Ken Shallow 617.593.6211 kenskjs @ "" ;;;:=;o " VIE WS. . . more than meets the eye :1 who hit 57 home runs back ********************************************** in 2001 for the Diamond- backs and had to battle persistent rumors that his slugging prowess was due to performance enhancement drugs, said of Bautista, "I went through the same thing ... Can we just give guys credit once in a while? ... people automatically as- sume you're one of those guys and doing something illegal. It stinks." Clemens was Lucky in the Courtroom but Cooperstown Remains Illusive Roger Clemens was a great pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. During his stay in Boston, he had a 192- 111 record. He had three Cy Young Awards. Had he retired after the 1996 sea- son when Dan Duquette said of him that he was in "the twilight of his career," he would have been easily elected to the Hall of Fame on the first ballot. He didn't retire but played elsewhere. After 1996, he ended up with a total of 354 career wins, seven Cy Young Awards, 4,672 strikeouts and two 20 strikeout games. However, he is now much further re- moved from Cooperstown than ever before. I think Duquette was right about the twilight's last gleaming for Clemens on the mound. Most Sox fans re- member his last four sea- sons in a Boston uniform when he went 40-39 on the mound. His best days were behind him or so we all thought. Now the question will linger as his repuICation continues to look soiled. Was he a cheater? Was he a liar? His amazing feats as an older pitcher, especially for Toronto and the Yankees, just makes a baseball fan wonder. Pirates Thinking "Win" this Year The Pittsburgh Pirates haven't had a winning sea- son since 1992 when Bill Clinton left Arkansas for the White House defeating President Bush and ending 12 years of a Republican- held White House. When I think of that team's glory days, I think of the late '70s and the "We are Fam- ily" Willie Stargell Pirates. Or I think of the '60s and Roberto Clemente, Dick Groat Vernon Law, Bob Friend and Dick Stuart. This year the Pirates are looking like the glory days may have returned. As of July 19, the team is a half- game behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central with a 49-44 record. Baseball is alive again in Pittsburgh. The Pirates are thinking Central Division, the pen- nant and World series, and it's not fantasy talk any- more. As the Milwaukee Brewers All Star Ryan Braum said, "I think they truly expect to win this year. You can see it in the way they carry themselves. You hate to see another team get good in your own divisior), but it's kind of cool to'see'i"" CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG: DOG DAYS OF SUMMER (DVD) Lionsgate Every summer day, Clifford sets out on fun-filled adven- tures with his friends and learns big lessons about friendship, loyalty and other ways to BE BIG! In these five playful stories, Clifford dis- covers that one of the best ways to BE BIG is to always be truthful. From Emily Elizabeth teaching Clifford that it doesn't help to hide things, to T-Bone learning to do the right thing, to Cleo learning a lesson when she plays tricks on her friends. Cuddly Clifford leads the way for neighbors and friends around Birdwell Island to learn how to BE BIG by al- ways being kind to each other and being truthful. (1 hr.) BROTHER'S JUSTICE (Blu-ray + DVD) Well Go USA In an attempt to reinvent his career, Dax Shepard decides to abandon comedy to pursue a martial arts career. Despite the fact he has no martial arts training, Dax enlists the help of his buddies, producer Nate Tuck and actors Tom Arnold and Bradley Cooper. Facing rejection at every turn, Dax journeys on a bizarre but hilarious path that becomes increasingly nonsensical and destructive, all at the expense and exploitation of his personal and profes- sional relationships. Oh well! (I hr. 20 mins.) ER: THE 15 TM AND FINAL SEASON (5-DVD) Warner Home Video Say goodbye, County Gen- eral, in the final season of ER, the groundbreaking series. With sirens wailing, an ambulance pulls into the bay. Doctors coping with too little sleep and too many patients, rush to help, mak- ing split-second judgments that can mean the differ- ence between life and death. And the final season of ER goes out as it came in 15 seasons before -- with an electrifying mix of complex characters, rich storylines, brisk pacing and kinetic style. Check in one last time at County General. (16 hrs. 35 mins.) BRAVE NEW VOICES 2010 (DVD) HEO Home Entertainment Hip-hop impresario Russell Simmons brings on the all-new, one-hour HBO spe- cial presentation -- Russell Simmons Presents Brave New Voices. The show captures the exhilarating verbal adrenaline of the freewheeling Grand Slam Finals showdown between four teams -- Denver, Albu- querque, the California Bay Area and New York City -- all performing in front of a raucous audience at L.A.'s Saban Theatre. Hosted by rap, SUlerstar Common and actress Kosflrlo uawson, tne talented artists and emerg- ing leaders compete before a celebrity panel of judges who will ultimately crown the Brave New Voices 2010 champion. (55 mins.) DOCTOR WHO: SERIES 6, PART 1 (DVD) BBC The Doctor returns, along- side newlyweds Amy and Rory, to face monsters, mysteries and adventures across all time and space. Together they find them- selves in '60's America, bat- tling the invasion the world forgot, then journey on the high seas of 1696 aboard a pirate ship, to solve the mys- tery of the Siren. In a bubble universe at the very edge of reality, the Doctor meets an old friend with a new face, and in a monastery on a re- mote island in the near fu- ture, an industrial accident takes on a terrible human shape. And waiting for them, at the end' of all of this, is the battle of Demon's Run and the Doctor's darkest hour. Can the truth about River song save the Time Lord's soul? Only two things are certain. Silence will fall. And a good man is going to die ... (5 hrs. 10 mins.) BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY- CHOCOLAT-AMELIE-THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS (Blu-ray) Lionsgate Lionsgate announces the Blu-ray disc debuts of Bridget Jones's Diary (Ren6e Zellweger/Colin Firth), Choc- olat (Juliette Binoche/ Johnny Depp}, Amdlie (Audrey Tautou) and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (Asa Butterfield). Movie lovers will be seeing stars this sum- mer as Lionsgate debuts four beloved, acclaimed Miramax films. Presented in 1080P High Definition, all four films feature award-winning casts and engaging story- telling. Each Disc is pdcked with special features includ- ing filmmaker audio com- mentaries, deleted scenes, featurettes, auditions and more! JOHNNY WINTER - LIVE AT ROCKPALAST (DVD) MVDvisual Johnny Winter and his three-piece band performed live on Germany's famous Rockpalast television show in 1979. At 35 years old he was already an established international star at the time, making his mark with his seminal 1969 debut -- a groundbreaking record following an unforgettable appearance at Woodstock. There was this, along with scores of sold-out arenas, a well-documented stint in rehabilitation and a steady stream of celebrated albums. Winter opens with "Hide- away," Junior Wells' "Messin' With the Kid," the bluesy "Walking By Myself," the lengthy "Mississippi Blues" and a super cover of The Stones' "Jumpin' Jack F]I" and,,more.." Excellent DVD. (I hr. 30 mins.)