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A FRANCHISE TIPPING POINT

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New York Mets president Al Harazin was less than two years removed from watching a ball roll through Bill Buckner’s legs; he didn’t need to be reminded just how fragile a post-season lead is. The Mets trailed by two runs and were reduced to a skinny strike on that fateful October night at Shea Stadium in 1986. No reminiscing necessary. The celebration of that World Series title season of 1986...

A CITY HEALS WITH THEIR SOX ON

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Boston Red Sox

In Boston, their Sox are Red and their hearts are broken. In Boston, the 2013 Major League Baseball season started with a new manager, a handful of questionable roster additions and a sense of anxiety. In Boston, the the good news was Bobby Valentine was out. In Boston, that created optimism along Lansdowne Street. In Boston, optimism means something. The city has a long history of baseball...

DYING TO WIN

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There is nothing in the playbook that could have prepared the Houston Texans or the Denver Broncos for this. What audible do you call when the head coach suffers a Transient Ischemic Attack — in layman’s terms, a stroke? That’s what happened to Texans coach Gary Kubiak Sunday. Kubiak is a young 52 years old, an athlete and former NFL quarterback, who looks as if he’s in...

BUCKNERS MOVED ON, WE SHOULD TOO

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Long after fans stripped Shea Stadium of everything not nailed down, Tom Seaver and Gary Gentry left the clubhouse and returned to the torn up field followed by Life Magazine photographers. “I realized for the first time that the ultimate joy is not in the clubhouse, spraying champagne … the biggest thrill is on the field, joining teammates in the competition to achieve one common...

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John Strubel

Hi. My name is John Strubel. I am a storyteller. I love to write. My writing is predominantly related to my greatest passion in life: baseball. Thanks for visiting my website.

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