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September 1, 2009 - 2:51 pm

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Lunch Draws Nigh
Pizzarelli Knocks Em Dead At Fenway

Prior to August 21sts 14-1 blowout of the Evil Ones, BLOHARD Poet Laureate and 2009 Ella Fitzgerald Award Winner belted out the national anthem at the Fens. Wearing a vintage #8 jersey from the 67 season in honor of Yazs 70th birthday, Lifetime member John Pizzarelli was the second member of the BLOHARDS to perform the National Anthem at Fenway Park (former Sox fan, former Massachusetts resident, and former aspiring BLOHARDS executive, Suzyn Waldman, was the first).

"oer the land of the free..."

Electing to join 120 of his fellow New York-based citizens of Red Sox Nation on a bus to the game, Pizz missed the morning soundcheck while the bus toured Cambridge, but still managed to hit all the right notes in crooning the Sox to a one-sided win. The victory broke a five-game losing streak for the Olde Towne Team vs. the Bastids from the Bronx.

Pizzarelli now holds the highest average run differential (+13) in the Sox favor among Anthem singers in the history of the Sox-Yankees series at Fenway.

Despite being booked at the Cafe Carlyle during the scheduled weeks of the ALCS, Pizzarelli insists he stands ready to jump in for the National Anthem "should the team need me in a Yankees series." Asked how he would juggle an 8 p.m. Anthem in Boston with an 8:30 hit at the Carlyle, Pizzarelli conceded, "Itll probably take a Mirabelli police escort, a private jet, and a long drum solo." Note to Sox: the recently-released ALCS schedule has the Wild Card team at home for Game 3 on Monday night, October 19th , an off-night at the Carlyle. (Click on picture for a larger version, here for video.)

9/25 Seen As Date for Sept. 25th Lunch

Yale Club Event to Feature Hilarity, Potato Croquettes
The BLOHARDS are proud to announce that the club will wrap up its 44th season of luncheons with a humdinger on Friday, September 25th at the Yale Club. Infield practice at 11:30, first pitch at 12:23. Formal invite here.

The guest list is taking shape, with the Sox player once again TBD, pending some last-minute arm-twisting. (Rosters having expanded by that point, it promises to be, shall we say, a fresh face.) We have semi-firm (no jokes, please) commitments from WFANs Ed Randall; Fenway Anthem singer and slump-buster, John Pizzarelli; the authors of Miracle Ball, following the trail of Bobby Thompsons HR ball from the 1951; trivia with October "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?" contestant, John Quinn; New York Governor of Red Sox Nation, Chris Wertz; Ray Duffys slideshow; 8/22/09 Fenway scoreboard trivia answer and former Sox hurler Jerry Casale; and Christine Pedi, with a new take on "Casey At the Bat," as performed by fifteen different divas.

Tickets are a screaming bargain at $75 and are available online or by mailing a check to:

Julie Powers Killian
42 Forest Ave.
Rye, NY 10580

Mills Kills
The latest book by our old buddy Bob Mills, Baseball--Then and Now, which apparently features a chapter on the BLOHARDS, has just been released by Infinity Publishing. You can learn more about it here, and, if you like what you see, you can get an autographed copy direct from the author for twenty bucks.

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Our discussion today addresses ESPNs decision to move the 9/27 Sox-Yanks game to 8 PM....on Yom Kippur.

Viewing Party Tonight
On seven of eight previous occasions this year when the BLOHARDS have gathered to watch the Sox play, their heroes have come home winners. Tonight (which is to say September 1) our good fortune is likely to be extended against the Kazmir-less Rays. 7:05 first pitch in the BLOHARD skybox at Professor Thoms.

BLOHARDS Acquire Priceless* Artifact
Having been alerted to the availability on eBay of one of the earliest known documents in BLOHARD history, a 1969 call-to-arms by club founder Jim Powers, the BLOHARD subcommittee on accessions recently conducted an emergency fundraising effort to to secure its purchase. Happily this effort was successful and the document has been preserved for posterity.

BLOHARD Archivist Peter Collery noted that the communication "raises as many questions as it answers. For instance, it establishes pretty convincingly that 1968 marked the date of the first opening day bus trip. On the other hand, it seems to imply that something favorable to the BLOHARDS, and, by inference, to the Red Sox, occurred in 1967. Were not quite sure what that might be. Safe to say, we have our work cut out for us..."

Document here, cover sheet here.

* Technically speaking, it cost $8.

In The News
Keep your eyes peeled for a lengthy article by award-winning reporter Wayne Coffey in the Daily News over the weekend of September 19-20 on the Sox-Yanks rivalry. Were told that the piece will feature extensive coverage of the BLOHARDS and Professor Thoms... We got a nice, albeit erroneous mention at the very end of the "Red Sox Notebook" section of the Globe on August 23rd.

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