After firing his final warm-up pitch, Juan Padilla catches the return throw with a cocky snap of his glove. It’s a warm, humid night in Norfolk, so Padilla pinches his white jersey between his thumb and index finger and pulls it off his chest to fan himself. The 28-year old native of Levittown, Puerto Rico is fun to watch.

Between every pitch Padilla circles the mound like a shark, ceremoniously mocking his prey. He removes his orange-framed Oakley glasses, wipes the perspiration from his face, takes a deep breath, exhales and digs his reflective, high-top spikes into the pitching rubber and glares in at the opponent.

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Chuck Boyd stood in a long line. As he waited, he thought. The longer he waited the more devious his thoughts were. Little did he know it would be a defining moment in his life and career.

After graduating high school in 1957, Boyd having “no desire to go to college,” joined the United States Marine Corp during peacetime. In the wake of completing boot camp Boyd wanted no part of what was next: MP school. He was now looking this option straight in the eye.

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It’s been a busy weekend for the Voices Podcast team.

On the latest podcast we welcomed authors Matthew Silverman and Tom Stanton and Chris McShane to discuss baseball.

Silverman, author of 100 Things Mets Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die, joins us to share his guide to “all things New York Mets” including Robin Ventura’s 1999 Grand-Slam single, the 1969 shoe polish incident, and the history behind the names and numbers on the left-field wall.

Tom Stanton is the author of  Ty and The Babe: Baseball’s Fiercest Rivals: A Surprising Friendship and the 1941 Has-Beens Golf Championship. A finalist for a Quill Award, Ty and The Babe takes readers into the heart of the rivalry (and later-in-life friendship) of two of baseball’s most legendary stars. We discuss his book and research.

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The College of Charleston basketball season is six months away, but you’d never know it. Not here, anyway. Not if you’re walking the halls of 284 King Street, the side street office of Cougars head coach Bobby Cremins.

In this modest office space along the historic downtown Charleston district, the 2007-2008 College of Charleston basketball season is underway. Preparations for the season ahead are being fleshed out in a steady stream of organizational and strategic meetings.

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