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BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 21,2012 Page 15 Boston Signs Mike Napoli for Catcher and Over at First Base Too The Boston Red Sox have been looking for a right- handed power hitter and someone who is a natural pull line drive hitter for the friendly confines of Fenway Park. The team had been looking at a few prospects but kept coming back to Mike Napoli from the Texas Rangers. They now have signed Napoli to a 3-year, $39 million contract which is probably more than any other team was willing to offer him. Rumor had it that Napoli wanted four years. I personally thought two years was more than enough. In the end, everyone compro- mised which is more than our leaders in the Nation's Capitol can do and both sides agreed to three years. Last year wasn't his best year as he batted .227 with 24 homers and 56 RBIs. The Sox are hoping he can re-do the 2011 season when he hit 30 homers, 75 RBIs and batted .320. He's a lifetime .259 batter but at Fenway life- time he bats .306. He won't win any Gold Gloves so for $39 million we are buy- ing Napoli's Fenway at-bats. Most believe the Sox now are EXTRA Innings by Sal Giarratani in the hunt for a right fielder and a starting pitcher to patch up holes that need filling. I hope we don't trade Jarrod Saltalamacchia be- cause he is good with the pitchers, has a big bat and I just finally learned how to spell his name. Just kidding on that last feat of mine. Nats Add Span from Minnesota The Washington Nationals acquired Denard Span from the Twins for minor league pitcher Alex Meyer, giving the 2012 NL East champs a great centerfielder. A career .284 hitter with 90 steals and a .357 on-base percentage, Span will allow the team to move 20-year-old wonder Bryce Harper to most prob- ably left field. Span has two seasons left on a 5-year deal, $16.5 million contract with a $9 million club option in 2015. Yanks Keep Mariano Mariano Rivera and the NY Yankees have agreed on a one-year, $10 million contract after Rivera missed most of 2012 with a knee injury. He accepted a cut in pay from his 2-year, $30 million deal that just ex- pired. Not bad for a reliever at 43 years old. Meanwhile, Andy Pettitte is returning to the Yankees for one more season. He'll probably make somewhere in the neigh- borhood of $2.5 million which isn't a bad neighbor- hood for someone who will be 41. Red Sox Draw a New Dr,o for 2013 The Red S, - have signed up a new Drew, Stephen Drew, brother of ex-Sox out- fielder J.D. Drew as a free agent and temporary solu- tion at shortstop. He was given a one-year, $9.5 mil- lion deal. He comes to us after a career with the Diamondbacks where he played since 2006 until this past August. His best sea- son was 2008 when he hit 21 homers. There are two good future shortstop pros- Stirpe Nostra (Continued rate the silver, but treated it as a combined metal. Asia was also a source of gold from the days when Alexander and his captains seized the enormous hoards laid up during many genera- tions by the Babylonian kings and their Persian suc- cessors. In the city of Perse- polis alone, Alexander cap- tured a treasure in gold and silver of 120,000 talents. The weight of a talent varied but LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE TO TRADE CONTRACTORS REQUEST FOR TRADE CONTRACTOR QUALIFICATIONS The MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY is solicifing Statements of Qualifications from TRADE CONTRACTORS interested in pedorming work for MPA CONTRACT NO. Ll129-C3-3, RENOVATIONS & IMPROVEMENTS TO TERMINAL B FIRE PROTECTION TRADE PACKAGE, LOGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, EAST !BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS. The Authority is seeking Qualification Statements from Trade Contractors who have a demonstrated experience in the construction and implementation of similar work in terms of scale and complexity. The project includes fire protection systems in support of a new secure concourse between Terminal B, Pier A and Pier B. The new concourse consists of 8 new holdrooms, 24 ticket counter positions, a renovated security checkpoint with additional passenger queuing and 4 additional lanes, concessions space, toilet rooms, airline operations space and vertical circulation. In accordance with Massachusetts Construction Manager at-Risk requirements, MGL Chapter 149 Section 44F, Qualification Statements are being requested from trade contractors capable of performing the following classes of work: (a) fire protection. The estimated cost of the Contract is $1,517,000 and the estimated construction duration is twelve (12) months. The estimated value of work to be performed by trade contractors is as follows: Fire Protection- $1,517,000 The Authority is implementing this project in accordance with MGL Chapter 149A, Sections 1 thru 13. This selection of trade contractors conforms to MGL Chapter 149A, Section 8, subsections (b) to (k) inclusive. This Request for Qualifications (RFQ) will be utilized to prequalify trade contractors capable and experienced in the renovation and construction of airline passenger terminals. The Authority shall utilize a two-step process including the prequalification of trade contractors based on an evaluation of the Statement of Qualifications received in response to this solicitation, followed by an Invitation to Bidders that will only be issued to the prequalified trade contractors. A Prequalification Committee consisting of four representatives, one each from the Designer and the CM at Risk and two Massport staff. This Prequalification Committee will be conducting a qualifications-based evaluation of submittals received from interested trade contractors in order to identify prequalified trade contractors who will be invited to respond to a written Invitation to Bidders. Please note that the Authority is not utilizing this process to prequalify subcontractors who are not trade contractors which shall be done separately in accordance with MGL C149A, Section 8, subsection (j). Qualification Statements shall be evaluated in accordance with the following criteria: (1) Management Experience: (2) Project References including a Public Project Record and (3) Capacity to Complete including a demonstration that the contractor has the financial stability and long-term viability to successfully implement the Project. A Supplemental Information Package that discusses these Evaluation Criteria and the Prequalification Process in more detail as well as any other requirements for the Qualification Statements will be available to interested parties beginning Wednesday, January 2, 2013, by contacting Cindy Monahan at 617-568-5978 or via email at cmonahan@ A Project Briefing will be held on Wednesday, January 2, 2013, at 11:00 AM in the Capital Programs Department, Logan Office Center, 2nd floor, 1 Harborside Drive, East Boston, MA. Attendance at the briefing is not mandatory, however, it is strongly encouraged in order to best familiarize your firm with the project details and the prequalification process. The qualification statement document, as detailed in the supplemental information package shall be addressed to Mr. Houssam H. Sleiman, P.E., CCM, Director of Capital Programs and Environmental Affairs, and received no later than 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at the Massachusetts Port Authority, Logan Office Center, One Harborside Drive, Suite 209S, Logan International Airport, East Boston, MA 02128-2909. Questions regarding this RFQ shall be directed to with the MPA project number referenced in the subject line. MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY THOMAS P. GLYNN CEO AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Run date: 12/21/12 was somewhere around sixty pounds making the captured treasure worth about fifty seven billion dollars at today's market price. Not bad for a day of labor including over- time. Croesus, the fabulously rich Lydian king, presented a gift to Delphi of more than one hundred solid bricks of gold. The richest source of all, in the opinion of the an- cients, was in the country of the Arimaspi (a legendary race of one eyed men from What Happens When You Don't Advertise? Nothing! For information on advertising in the Post-Gazette, call 617-227-8929. pects in the minors in Jose Iglesias and Xander Bogaerts but neither are ready for prime time yet and Drew appears to be a safe stop-gap addition. The 29 year-old Drew was dealt from Arizona to Oak- land late in 2012 and had marginal success batting .250 with 5 homers and 16 RBIs in 39 games. Dickey Goes from Mets to the Blue Jays After Winning the Cy Young Knuckleball pitcher R.A. Dickey has been traded to the Toronto Blue Jays and is saying good-bye to New York Mets fans. He was part of a seven player swap. He thanked Mets fans for making him feel wanted and he is "looking forward to a new chapter with the Jays." Mets general manager Sandy Anderson stated, "It was an extraordi- nary privilege for us to be a part of his career. The final chapter has not been written." Dickey was already signed for 2013 for $5.25 million. His new Jays con- tract adds two more seasons for $25 million. There is also a club option of $12 million with a $i million buyout for 2016. This past season with New York, Dickey was 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA winning him the Cy Young Award and he now joins the likes of Roger Clemens, Pedro Martinez and Dave Cone to be traded after winning the award be- fore the start of the follow- ing season. from Page 2) the Black Sea area called Scythia), where the gold was guarded by griffins (eagle headed winged lions). An in- teresting story is told or in- vented regarding the gold of ancient India - namely, that it was found in a country in- fested by huge ants from whose pursuit men could only escape when riding on swift camels. This story was effective for many years in keeping away those tourists and souvenir hunters. The worst crime against man is said to have been committed when a person first put gold on his fingers. The early Roman name for a ring was "symbolum" meaning mark or token. It was the custom to bestow gold rings officially on men who were about to go as en- voys to foreign nations in order that they might be rec- ognized as highly honored foreigners. The gift of a ring being a mark of high honor is said to be the reason that it was sent to a woman when betrothed. This was called "anulus pronubus" (the gift of a ring to the patroness oi  marriage) and was sent by the bridegroom. The first gold coin in Rome was struck about 217 B.C. and was stamped with the head of an ox or sheep "pecus" which is probably the origin of the term pieces of gold or silver. Many people have done many things to or with the precious metal. King PhiUip slept with a gold goblet under his pillow. A Prefect of Alexander the Great had his sandals soled with gold nails. We are told that gold was never so cheapened, defiled or de- based as it was by the Roman Triumvir whose name was Antony. He used vessels of gold for his "daily dooties." "Che cafone!" I@2012