John Strubel

“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” — Abraham Lincoln

Rob Concannon is in the position he’s in because of where he’s been – and where he’s been is now legend. The stories have been chronicled and preserved in a frame on his office wall.

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On Christmas morning I pulled up to the curb at my father’s house knowing well what I was about to face. Over the past decade our family has watched our father slowly slipping away. He suffers from what doctors call dementia. I, on the other hand, am confident it is Alzheimer’s disease.

My dad shuffled through the kitchen and dining area using a walker, a home health care nurse following closely behind. He looked thinner and his posture was deteriorating, not from age, but from the long-term effects of living with one foot. For the past 50 years my father has been walking with a limp from the prosthesis which, over time, effects your equilibrium, which effects your spine, which effects your muscles, which effects your balance, which effects your posture.

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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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