Archive - Aug 2011 - Sports Article
As the associate head coach at Norwalk (Conn.) Community College, Patrick Vigilio enjoyed a front row seat to see Erik Bedard go from an unknown with tried-and-true Canadian roots to a bona fide staff ace.
â€śErik was a hockey player for the most part. Most kids in Canada are because they donâ€™t have high school baseball up there,â€ť recalled Vigilio in a telephone interview Friday. â€śHe was throwing in the mid 80s when he started out, but through hard work he was able to take his game to the next level, obviously.â€ť
LINCOLN --- Itâ€™s been nearly two months since Bruce Foster finished in a tie for second place with his brother, Jeff, at the 2011 Spartan Death Race, a 45-hour ultra-endurance test through a grueling 40-mile course in Pittsfield, Vt., but their accomplishment has still been the talk around Lincoln.
The brothersâ€™ success has also reached a point where workout enthusiasts of all ages, sizes, and abilities have asked them if they could train with them and follow the extra-tough training regimen they used to prepare for and succeed in the Death Race.
CUMBERLAND - It's always the same. For most of his 30-plus years playing softball, nothingâ€™s changed for Kirby Murphy each time he faces an opposing pitcher.
Before he approaches the on-deck circle, he takes three warm-up swings with three different bats. He then walks near the batterâ€™s box with the bat that heâ€™s going to use and swings that three times. He then signals for a time out and takes two more swings inside the batterâ€™s box before heâ€™s ready to go.
CUMBERLAND â€” After a much-deserved 10-day break from competitive baseball, recent state champion Cumberland American begins its quest for a trip to Williamsport, Pa., for the Little League World Series this weekend. The All-Star squad faces Massachusettsâ€™s titlist Andover National Saturday afternoon at 2 in the opener of the New England Regional Tournament at Breen Field in Bristol, Conn.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The topic was Ryan Lavarnway and the most prolific home run hitters to ever to suit up for the Pawtucket Red Sox. After all, when youâ€™ve amassed 13 round trippers in 43 games â€“ Lavarnwayâ€™s mashing rate heading into Mondayâ€™s action â€“ you start flashing back to names like Jim Rice, Sam Horn, Phil Plantier and Izzy Alcantara and the baseballs they made vanish.
WEST WARWICK â€“ As Jim Dawber watched a mentally and physically drained Ryan Oâ€™Dell unleash pitch after pitch, a conclusion to Sundayâ€™s marathon of baseball at McCarthy Stadium unfolded in his mind.
â€śOh wow,â€ť the Cumberland Post 14 manager thought to himself. â€śWeâ€™re going to win the championship, and heâ€™s going to win the MVP.â€™â€ť
Speaking through visible emotion a short while later, Dawber came to grips with the crushing reality.
â€śIt didnâ€™t play out that way in real life,â€ť he said.