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Page 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, OCTOBER 18, 2013 ~qlb. | f by Sal Giarratani Joe Girardi Resigned as Skipper in '14 his 30s. He missed 28 games this year, 88 in 2012 and 144 in 2010. The best I would give him is a 4-year deal but you can be sure as a free agent, his agent Scott Boras wants a longer contract and there are teams out there willing to sign him up for six or seven seasons well over $100 million too. Ellsbury is a good player and some team would definitely sign him up if we give him a pass. I say "Let it be." 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA second lowest in the Majors behind Kershaw? Becoming Mr. October Cy Young Has to Go to Kershaw Joe Girardi The NY Yankees have resigned Joe Girardi to a new four-year contract as manager of the NY Yankees through 2017. The team missed the playoffs this year but the Yankees felt highly of all that Girardi did with a hurting team. The manager is 48 years old and was com- pleting his second three- year deal since taking Over for Joe Torre after the 2007 season. The Yankees fin- ished a tie for third place with the Baltimore Orioles in the AL East going 85-77: Ellsbury: Stay or Go? Clayton Kershaw The Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw at 16-9 with a 1.83 ERA should win the Cy Young Award hands down. He had one of the best pitching sea- sons in more than a decade and is the first pitcher since Pedro Martinez in 2000 who went 18-6 with a 1.74 ERA. Going back to 1968 only 15 pitchers finished with an under 2.00 ERA. In 1968, there were five out of the 15 total. In 1968, Bob Gibson went 22-9 with a 1.12 ERA with the Cardinals. By the way, a much younger E1 Tiante went 21-9 with a 1.60 ERA for the Indians. Reggie Jackson Reggie Jackson has put together a great tell-all book called "Becoming Mr. October (Doubleday) and it sounds like a great read for a real baseball fan. From start to finish, from, Oakland to New York. The NY Post did a great two page article on the book and I can't wait to get my hands on this book. It might be as good as "The Summer of 49." So Long Andy NL Rookie of Year? Jacoby Ellsbury Jacoby Ellsbury had a great ALDS against the Rays going 9 for 18 with a pair of doubles, seven runs and four VIP steals and is a lifetime .310 hitter in post-season. How- ever, he gets injured lots of time. He is now moving into Jose Fernandez How about Jose Fernandez with the Marlins. He went Andy Pettitte Andy Pettitte in his final game of the season and of his amazing 18-year Major League career pitched a 5-hitter beating the Astros 2-1. He retires as the oldest starting pitcher in baseball going 11-11 and never had a single losing season. Hall of Fame material in five years at Cooperstown. A PHOTO TO REMEMBER Robin Roberts was the ace of the Phillies staff for most of his 14 years in a brilliant 19-season Major League career. The durable workhorse with a superior fastball and pinpoint control won 286 games and compiled six consecutive 20-victory seasons. In 1950, he paced the Phils to their first flag in 35 years with a 20-11 record. A tough competitor, he was a frequent league leader in victories, innings pitched, com- plete games, shutouts and strikeouts, topping the National League in wins from 1952-55. Robin Roberts HOOPS and HOCKEY in the HUB by Richard Preiss CAMPUS VISITS -- It's home sweet home for many of the players on Boston University's men's hockey team this year. Some 14 of the 25 players on the active roster haft from the Bay State compared to just 5 on the 2011-2012 team that played 2 seasons ago. And it's a young team. Only four players on the roster have more than four career goals at the Division I level. Of course, a significant num- ber of them are freshmen and if the opening weekend is any indication, BU will be a place to gain experience this year. On opening week= end, for example, every skater played in at least one of the two victories -- a 3-1 win over UMass-Amherst and a 3-2 triumph over Holy Cross. But they have a ways to go to climb up in the polls. The Terriers ranked 19ta in the U.S. College Hockey Online poll, their lowest ranking to start the season in the 17~ear history of the poll. And with new Head Coach Dave Quinn behind the bench for those opening wins at Agganis Arena it marked the first time that some- one other than Jack Parker was coaching the Terriers in a season opener in 40 years. The man before Parker? Leon Abbott -- who was directing BU back in 1973. Meanwhile over at North- eastern, the Huskies also emerged from opening week- end undefeated at 2-0-0 for the second straight season, the first time that's happened since 1993-1994 and 1994- 1995. Coach Jim Madigan's bunch took down Alabama- Huntsville 9-1 in the season opener and followed that up with a 3-2 win over that very same UAH team the next night. The start of the sea- son has been very good to the Huskies over the years. They haven't lost a season opener at Matthews Arena since the fall of 1995. It's later in the campaign that history has recorded the derailment of the Huskies. We'll see if this year's squad can write a different chapter. And what can be said about Boston College? The Eagles earned a split on opening weekend, losing 3-1 at No. 11 Michigan and then coming home to down Rensselaer 7-2 at Kelley Rink. But there might be a good omen. The last time BC lost to Michigan in a season opener (4-3 in overtime back in 2007) the Eagles went on to win their third national championship on April 12, 2008 by beating Notre Dame in Denver. There's additional excite- ment throughout the confer- ence this year with the addi- tion of Notre Dame plus the increased number of games that will be available on tele- vision. In all, a record 92 games involving Hockey East schools will air on a variety of television outlets during the 2013-2014 season. Some 36 will be carried on national networks, the most of any Division I conference in the country. In addition, every school will have most of its games available via live video streaming on the Internet. Highlights of the schedule include two outdoor double- headers at Fenway Park with Merrimack facing Providence and Notre Dame taking on Boston College on January 4th. Those games will be fol- lowed by the January 11th twin bill that has UMass- Lowell meeting Northeastern and Maine meeting Boston College. The first night of the Bean- pot Tournament on Febru- ary 3rd brings another double- header as Northeastern faces Harvard and BC takes on BU. The two winners will meet in the championship game on February 10ta. The final doubleheader comes on March 21st when the two Hockey East semifi- nal games will be played at TD Garden. The champion- ship game of the 30ta anni- versary season will be played the next night -- March 22na. VICTORY IN ALL FORMS -- The recent Columbus Day Weekend saw the winged spans of classical Victory touch all the Boston profes- sional teams in a special way with each one coming away with a triumph over the course of the three days. The Bruins skated to a 3-1 road win on Saturday after- noon over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Then that night saw rookie Celtics Coach Brad Stevens claim his first NBA victory, a 111-81 thrashing of the New York Knicks in Manchester, NH. Granted, it was only a pre- season win and it came in a contest where the Knicks rested several of their top players. But it sure felt good after three straight defeats and it somewhat atoned for a 97-85 setback against the Philadelphia 76ers the previ- ous evening. Sunday brought the center- piece of the weekend, with two memorable come-from- behind victories by the Patri- ots and Red Sox respectively. Quarterback Tom Brady's completion to wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins in the final seconds delivered a thrilling 30-27 win over the New Orleans Saints. That was followed just hours later by David Ortiz's dramatic eighth inning, game tying, grand slam and Jarrod Saltalamac- chia's winning ninth inning single that lifted the Sox to a 6-5 triumph over the Detroit Tigers. Monday saw Detroit and Boston meeting again, this time at the Garden, as the Red Wings clipped the Bruins, 3-2. The B's scored late but could not tie it in the final 1:20. It was a valiant effort that fell just short. But all in all, a very successful weekend. One that will be recalled with plea- sure by fans throughout New England during the coming months of winter.