August 2007

An incredible loss

You may or may not have noticed that my byline has not appeared on the website the last few days and there have been no blog entries until now. I’m afraid there’s a reason for that.

My family was hit with an incredibly tragic situation on Friday night. My father in law, Richard Dunne, of North Kingstown, Rhode Island, fell victim to a fatal heart attack just about an hour after having a nice dinner with my wife, two of my three sons, my sister in law and my mother in law.

You can’t prepare for something like this. All you can do is deal with it, and that’s what I’m trying to do. Richard was 64 years old. It was way too soon for his number to be up and there was positively zero warning for it. This is so unfair.

He meant too much to his wonderful wife, his four daughters who loved him so much, and his three grandsons who hopefully will never forget their grandfather, who basically defined what it is to be a grandfather.

As you all know, I travel quite a bit for my job and as great a job as it is, it can be tough on my wife and family at times. However, my kids have had a second home in Rhode Island since the day they were born, and that was because Richard and his wife Paula always made it clear that their door was wide open for the kids and all the wonderful chaos they can bring at times. That door will still be open, of course, but the void will be sizable and painful for a while. There will come a time, I’m sure, when the great memories will prevail over the excruciating feeling of loss.

My wife doesn’t know how she is going to get through this, but she will. I know this because I know what an incredibly strong person, wife and mother she is.

The only thing I can suggest to  every reader of this blog to fully appreciate all of those who are part of your life on a daily basis.

Other than that, I’m basically out of words right now and that’s saying something since I write them for a living.

Here is the  Providence Journal obit for anyone who wants to read more about Richard’s life. 

This blog has been a sounding board for me since I started it in April, 2006, and today I’m using it to sound my feelings on a subject that goes well beyond balls and strikes.

There will come a time, in the not too distant future, when I’ll be blogging away again. Until then, please understand my temporary absence. And by all means, fire away with your comments, game-related or anything else.

All the best,


Gagne arrives

Eric Gagne is wearing No. 83. And here’s at Fenway, along with Kevin Garnett, who will throw out the first pitch tonight. I’m thinking Gagne’s first pitch might mean more to the actual game, though Garnett’s arrival certainly means more to the state of a franchise.

These are indeed good times to be a Boston sports follower. Why 83 for Gagne? It’s 38 backwards. I don’t think he’d ask Schill to give up his number.

Speaking of Schill, he’s taking the ball Sunday afternoon in Seattle. Beckett will get the extra day of rest and go Monday in Anaheim. Timlin is available tonight, but Tito would rather stay away one more day.

J.D. Drew has been tending to a family matter, so he’s out of the lineup again. Here’s the starting nine:

Lugo SS
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz 1B
Ramirez LF
Youkilis 1B
Lowell 3B
Varitek C
Crisp CF
Pena RF

Tavarez SP

and how about this ‘pen at Francona’s disposal tonight?

RHP Papelbon
RHP Gagne
LHP Okajima
RHP Delcarmen
RHP Timlin
LHP Lopez
RHP Snyder

That’s all for now.