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POST-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 23, 2011 Page 11 EXTRA Innings by Sal Giarratani December Baseball History On December 13, 1996 Roger Clemens left the Red Sox for the Toronto Blue Jays after 13 seasons, as a free agent. Clemens left the Sox tied with Cy Young for wins (192) and shutouts (38) and also as career leader in losses with 112. Cy Young lost 111. Four years later to the day, the Red Sox signed Manny Ramirez as a free agent from the Indians to an 8 year, $160 million contract, on the same day the Rangers agreed to a 10 year, $252 million contract to Alex Rod- riguez. A few years later when he left Texas for the Yankees, he got a new $275 million contract. That $275 million mark is still tops in the majors with brand-new Angels first baseman Albert Pujois right behind him with his new $254 million, 10 year deal. If only America was as strong as the American League, huh? Inflated Salaries Exhibit Number 1 ? The Houston Astros just signed catcher Humberto Quintero to a one year, $1 million deal and pos- sible bonuses. Last season, he hit .240 with two homers and a career high 25 RBIs. Not exactly Cooperstown material. Brewers Turn to Ex-Cub Ramirez The Milwaukee Brewers picked up free agent third baseman Aramis Ramirez and he will add some punch at the plate. The Brewers can probably use his big bat with the expected loss of free agent Prince Fielder. NL MVP Ryan Braun might miss the first 50 games of 2012 if he loses his appeal for test- ing positive for a banned sub- stance. Ramirez played 149 games for the Cubs this past season hitting .306 with 26 homers and 93 RBIs. Pujols Maybe Greatest Since Babe Ruth Brand new LA Angels first baseman Albert Pujols may be the greatest player in baseball history compared only to Babe Ruth. He just signed a fantastic long-term deal with the Angels after 11 great seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals. Today at age 31, his career numbers are supersonic. He has a .328 career average with 445 home runs. This past season was probably his worst to date, only hitting 37 homers with a .299 aver- age. If not for a bad April, his numbers woul have been even better. Fenway to Celebrate Centennial in '12 Fenway Park will live to see its 100 th birthday in the upcoming season. Larry Lucchino says, "This place deserves to be celebrated and celebrated in a major way. History and tradi- tion seeps through its every pore." Mayor Menino added in, "Fenway Park is more than a ballpark. It's a sports monument." Over a hundred years of boos and cheers, this park has seen it all and persevered through good times and bad. For every 2004, there seems like a hundred 1966 sea- sons. From Babe Ruth to Ted Williams, from Captain Carl to Captain Veritek, from Roger Clemens to Luis Tiant, from Papelbon to Dick "The Monster" Radatz, from Pinky Higgins to Tito Francona to Bobby Valentine and from the Impossible Dream team of 1967 to the Great September Collapse of 2011. Distractions Are Not Solutions (Continued from Page 6) of asking them to do so. What I fear we will get out of this process is a last-man- standing president, who takes the oath of office and has all the constitutional power contained therein, but can't achieve real solutions with the consent of the people because he didn't earn that consent by focus- ing on the right problems and real solutions. We have a president like that already: We can't afford another one. 2011 North Star Writers Group _ Happy 7"HE" CHILDREN O " Holidays KIWANIS CLUB OF EAST BOSTON Marisa Di Pietro, President P.O. Box 83 East Boston, MA 02128 617-797-2683 NORTH E N D300] YMCA of Greater Boston "P Keeping Families Strong EAST BOSTON Wishes &00ergone Jlappg Jlolidag s Please visit us today! Learn more about all the YMCA has to offer! A Full Service Gym Free Personal Training for Y Members Mind & Body Classes East Boston YMCA 215 Bremen Street, East Boston, MA 02128 Phone: 617-569-9622 www.ymcaboston.org/eastboston Owned and operated by Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher, Post-Gazette Quality Printing for all your Commercial and Personal Needs Stationery Business Cards * Menus Flyers Program Books * .Wedding and Party Invitations Announcements Business Forms and Documents COMPETITIVE PRICES m 617-227-8929 Opening Night Tickets Start at $15r *(Excludes Front Row. VIP Floor, and V1P seats. No double discounts.) D EC. 26 - 29 I i!I'00AM I I !:00AM j " 12=00 PM ' 3:00PM .... I 3:00PM ] I0PM [ GARDEN ,:,o,.,,, Save $5 when you purchase tickets at the Box Office by showing your or buy online at Ticketmaster,om using code MBTA (Exdudes Front Row, VIP Floor, and VIP Zs. No double discounts.) www.disneyonice.com