BLOHARDS lunch like champions.
Rodriguez Mentioned in Slideshow
Highlights of the Ray Duffy-narrated Henry Berry Memorial Slide Show included:
Wertz On State of Nation
Chris Wertz, New York Governor for Red Sox Nation, pronounced the state of the nation to be good. Equating prospects for the 2013 season with the prospect of a toilet breakdown on the BLOHARDS #1 Opening Day bus, Wertz went on to revel in how well things have actually turned out. An examination of the Sox' longtime rivals found their state to be less good. Wertz bemoaned the likelihood that the Yankees will be unburdened of their obligations to their highest-paid player simply because that player has proven to be a lying cheater. Quoth Wertz: "For the Red Sox, losing Alex Rodriguez would be like Colonel Hogan losing Sgt. Schultz. The war is not over yet. We need him."
Commenting on the tit-for-tat arms race that is the Sox-Yanks rivalry Wertz said: "When Captain Derek Jeter re-returned to the NY lineup, the Red Sox did not take it sitting down. They countered by signing their own 38 year-old no-hit, no-glove shortstop - John McDonald."
Randall Gets All Religious
Ed Randall's remarks veered in an unexpectedly theological direction. Randall noted that St. Paul was forever writing to the Ephesians, the Galatians and the Corinthians, but that they never wrote back. He also attributed the Cubs' shortcomings in recent centuries to their having been told by Jesus: "Don't do anything until I get back." On a more secular note, he recounted a conversation he'd had in the Yankee locker room with Robinson Cano whose contract is up this year. Cano evidently allowed as how, once his playing days were over, he was considering jogging for office.
Ed also said some stuff about prostates and cancer. We're pretty sure he was in favor of one of those things and against the other, but it's kind of hazy. You can probably find out more here.
Good Crowd has Good Time at the Yale Club
Deprived of the company of a Red Sox travelling party (at 40, the roster was evidently stretched too thin to accomodate us) and traditional headliner John Pizzarelli, ("gigs in Montana", which is a euphemism if we've ever heard one), it was all hands on deck as the BLOHARD "brain trust" struggled to entertain and inform a crowd conservatively estimated at 130 on September 9.
Collery goes on and on about some damn thing
So desperately short of material was the luncheon program that BLOHARD VP - Electronic Media and Subsidiary Rights, Peter Collery was called on to, more or less, extemporize. Predictably, he bombed. As near as anybody can recall, he talked about the prior night's triumph, and the satisfaction he took in observing his Yankee-loving neighbor at the game go through the five stages of grief, specifically:
Collery may also have noted that the Yankees, of all people, should understand that you can't win in the major leagues without a reliable closer. If so, his comment went unremarked by a then-slumbering audience.
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Flavin Offers Wisdom For the Ages
Under no circumstances, ever, give the mic to a Munchkin.
Sox PA announcer and de-facto poet laureate Dick Flavin offered pearls of wisdom in prose and verse.
In Other News...
Sox Pix Pick for Xmas;
Present at the lunch were representatives from St. Johann Press, which has published a nifty book of Red Sox photos called Red Sox Review. It looks like a great Christmas present, and if you email David Biesel at St. J's and mention the BLOHARDS, he'll give you a special deal on it.
One For the Archives;
Bryne Powers, son of BLOHARD co-founder Jim Powers, recently endured the hours-long liquidation auction of a watering hole in Steamboat CO with the singleminded purpose of acquiring an autographed Caroll Hardy picture. Like the mounties, he got his man. In due course, we expect that the picture may make its way to the BLOHARDS' already-bulging archives. In the meantime you can see it here.
Hardy, as has been often noted at our luncheons, is the only player ever to pinch hit for Ted Williams. He also pinch hit for Carl Yastrzemski. And Roger Maris. And caught 12 passes in the NFL. And was MVP of the Hula Bowl. To our knowledge, he contributed nothing to the search for the Higgs boson.
Mark Your Calendars
Trophy Party at the Yale Club. Friday, November 15, pending a couple of formalities.