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Page16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 9, 2013 by Sal Giarratani HOOPS and HOCKEY in the HUB by Richard Preiss George "The Boomer" Scott The Boomer is Gone We Will Miss Him "I still love the Red Sox. I have DirecTV and never miss a game. When they play great, I feel great. When they play bad, I feel bad." -- George Scott I was down at Dunkin' Donuts on Bennington Street when I heard that George Scott had passed away at age 69. I was seated with my friends. Some a few years younger, others a few years older. No one had a bad thing to say about the Boomer. He played a total of nine seasons with the Red Sox. He was just 22 years old when he came up in 1966. The following season, 1967 was our Impossible Dream season and he was a key member of that Dream team. That season, he hit 19 home runs, knocked in 82 RBIs and batted .303. He would eventually go to the Milwaukee Brewers, but would again return to Bos- ton: He finished his 14 year career with 271 homers and 1,051 RBIs. A great fielder, he won eight Golden Gloves, an amazing feat. Scott was a three-time All- Star, who in his rookie 1966 season hit 27 home runs with 90 RBIs, The only Red Sox rookie to do better was Ted Williams. Scott's best year was as a Brewer in 1975 when he hit 36 homers with 109 RBIs. I always thought he was so huge but he was only six-foot-two and at his max only 200 pounds. How- ever, in my mind I see him looking like Prince Fielder or his father Cecil. Dick Bresciani says of Scott, "We David "Big Papi" Ortiz takes a have lost one of the most talented, colorful and popu- lar players in our history." I am glad that Scott was alive to see himself en- shrined in the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame back in 2006. Word has it the Red Sox are thinking of having a statue of Carl Yastrzemski built outside Fenway Park. Not a bad idea but I would love to see the Sox build a George Scott statue too. For me, he was the best fan favorite ever. He played baseball for baseball's sake. He loved the game. He loved the fans. He had fun doing what he did as good as he was. He didn't play for the money, he played the game as it was meant to be played. I also would like to men- tion that George Scott died on July 28th, the same day that another ex-Sox player Frankie Castillo, who spent three seasons in Boston died on the same day at age 44. Peavy Will be Quite Helpful Jake Peavy The Red Sox picked up a good pitcher in Jake Peavy, SAVETHE DATE f V North End Athletic Association ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT 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 touma- ment 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 swing at the dugout phone. 32, with an 8-4 record in 13 starts with a 4.28 ERA. He is a three-time All-Star and won the Cy Young Award with the Padres in 2007 when he won 19 games. He is 36-29 with a 4.00 ERA in parts of five seasons with the White Sox. In 45 starts since the start of 2013, Peary has won 19 games and has a 3.61 ERA. The Red Sox gave up young shortstop Jose Iglesias but they still have Xander Bogarts down with the Pawtucket Red Sox. If the Red Sox hope to stay in the AL East fight, an- other quality starter is a must. Peavy threw a good game last weekend against the D'Backs going seven in- nings and giving up two runs. Now, if Jon Lester can only get his groove back and if Clay Buchholz can get back on the mound quickly, the Sox can hang in there against an impressive Rays team and the Baltimore Orioles too. Apparently, MLB Decided to Take an Intentional Walk on Big Papi Apparently, Major League Baseball decided not to rep- rimand Dave Ortiz for his ballistic rage after striking out. Destroying the bull pen wall phone in the dugout should have gotten him sus- pended but seemingly be- cause it happened, I kid you not, off the field according to MLB, there will be no sus- pension. Sounds like the big guys took a walk. Ortiz was smashing a phone to bits in front of the fans and next to his own teammates. He could have seriously injured Dustin Pedroia who was seated right next to the phone. His only reaction was that he lost control for a minute. It was for more than a minute but even say that was cor- rect, he completely lost it on a strike out which he often does in his at-bats. He re- portedly said the umpire in- terfered with his game but isn't it the job of the umpire to call balls and strikes? If he gets away with his antics, he and others will be more empowered for a repeat performance. As far as I am concerned, he hadn't entered the tunnel in the dugout. He was still on the field and he should at the least apologize to the umpire, his own team and most of all to the fans who had to witness his meltdown. Anyone out there have an opinion on Ortiz's ac- tions? Am I overstating what happened? The president was taking a break from his long and arduous working year. Back at the office there was always paperwork to consult, calls to deal with and an endless stream of people to meet with. It was a challenge being the leader of a nation, even a highly successful one. That's why he and his family en- joyed coming here every year -- to an island. Here he could relax a little, get away from some of it, experience some quiet before delving into the activity that he knew would resume in earnest after Labor Day when everyone who was anyone returned to town. But here it was different. Sure, he was recognized when he went out to eat or went shopping with his fam- ily. But it was always some- what different than being on the mainland. And here he could just drop everything and unwind. He was on vacation. Oh, and the golf, that other game they play with sticks. Yeah, over time he got pretty proficient with that game as well. It was a little slower than his former activity but then again, one gets older and time does march on. But there's still that com- petitive fire, whether he was back at the office or out here on the island. Why over time the president got so well versed in the game -- learn- ing its rules, traditions and strategies -- that he actually became the best golfer at the club. He is the reigning club champion at the course -- the Vineyard Golf Club on Martha's Vineyard, a par 72 layout that stretches to 7,084 yards from the back tees. Now, this president doesn't travel in motorcades and doesn't live and work outside our region. He walks among us in downtown Boston on most weekdays and regularly works some nights as well during the fall, winter and spring. His popularity in the region is super high and is rarely heard a discouraging word about him. He is none other than Cam Neely -- the Presi- dent of the Boston Bruins -- a de facto leader of Bruins Nation and one of the most popular people in New England. With President Obama and his family vacationing on Martha's Vineyard over the next week or so (August 10th- 18th) we wonder if the two presidents will meet, espe- cially since Obama likes golf and will undoubtedly play the Vineyard Club course (as he has in the past). In a match between the two presidents we wonder which one would win. We pick the one we know the best -- Cam Neely. HERE BEFORE YOU KNOW IT -- They are returning to the Hub even before the regular season begins. That's right. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett will make their first appearance on the parquet since being traded to the Brooklyn Nets even before the regular season gets under way. That's because the Nets will play the Celtics in a pre- season game on Wednesday, October 23rd at the Garden in what has the makings of an emotional return for the play- ers that meant so much to fans in the Hub over the years. What will be lacking, of course, is the presence of former head coach Doc Rivers who is now in charge of the Los Angeles Clippers. And it won't be the first time the two stars will play against their former team. That will actually come on Tuesday, October 15th when the C's travel to Brooklyn to take on the Nets at the Barclays Center. In another interesting twist, both matchups will fea- ture a battle of wits between two rookie NBA coaches -- Brad Stevens for the Celtics and Jason Kidd for the Nets. Kidd, of course, played in the league for a number of years before retiring at the end of last season. Stevens, on the other hand, is a true NBA rookie since he has never worked for a pro team in any capacity. All his success -- and there was plenty of it -- came in the college ranks. In addition, the Celtics will play the Nets twice on Causeway Street during the regular season -- on January 26th and March 7a. They'll also play them twice in Brooklyn--on Decem- ber l0b and March 21st. That December I0th match- up will be followed the very next night by the only ap- pearance of the year on Causeway Street by the Los Angeles Clippers. So, if ymi want to see Doc Rivers coach again in Boston, mark De- cember I I on your calendar. As of right now eight players from last year's team remain on the Celtics roster. If that holds true for four more months, that mid-December contest could be a very inter- esting and emotional one. ALL IN THE FAMILY -- Celtics coach Brad Stevens and his family will be able to retain even more of his in- come thanks to keeping his financial affairs in house, so to speak. You see, Stevens' wife Tracy, who is an attorney, also acts as his agent. Thus the family does not have to pay an agent's fee, meaning more income is retained in the household. A typical agent's fee is at least 10 percent. Since Stevens signed a six-year, $22 million contract that means that if he and his wife went out and hired an agent, they'd have to pay that per- son at least $2.2 million over the life of the contract. By keeping things in house they retain those funds -- or at least some of them. Remem- ber, income taxes must be paid. But at least there isn't a city income tax in Boston like there is in New York City. That's something to be thankful for here in the Hub.