Dan Shaughnessy

Things picked up along the way

Sound advice for Henry? (File/ Chris O’Meara/ Associated Press)
By Dan Shaughnessy
Globe Columnist / July 18, 2010

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Picked-up pieces while ordering a box of vuvuzelas for New Year’s Eve . . .

When John Henry bought the Red Sox, George Steinbrenner called Henry (who still owned a small piece of the Yankees at the time) and told Henry that he should keep general manager Dan Duquette and manager Joe Kerrigan. Henry was rightfully suspicious of the Boss’s intentions and the Duke and Nutty Professor Joe were both gone by the start of the 2002 season.

Bill Madden of the New York Daily News ripped into the Yankees when not one player, past or present, showed up for Thursday’s funeral for legendary public address announcer Bob Sheppard.

And can we just try to imagine what Steinbrenner would have done if he’d seen his manager give away home-field advantage in the World Series?

A Globe reader wants to know why Frank Zappa is sitting in the Rangers’ dugout. Actually, that’s Texas pitching coach Mike Maddux.

Jacksonville Jaguars vice president Bill Prescott to our own Albert Breer: “Our biggest competitor, everyone’s biggest competitor, is HDTV. There’s no doubt, to view a game in your own living room, the beer is colder and cheaper, the restroom is closer, and there’s no line.’’ Well said. It begs the question, “Why go when you can stay home and have a better experience?’’

Since he made the All-Star team last year, Tim Wakefield is 3-10 with a 5.67 ERA.

Heavy-duty makeup on female athletes (tennis, golf, NCAA softball, etc.). OK or no?

Carl Crawford told Sports Illustrated he’s gone from the Rays at the end of this season: “Me and Carlos [Pena] are the only two guys that are going to be leaving.’’

Peter Gammons in Baseball America: “What if Red Sox ownership had allowed [Theo] Epstein to close out the [Mark] Teixeira deal in November 2008? Epstein and manager Terry Francona visited the Teixeira family, and to hear Tex and agent Scott Boras tell it, the deal could have been done the next day for $180 million. Then something happened when owner John Henry and CEO Larry Lucchino visited Teixeira, and the player had soured on the Red Sox.’’

The starting lineup for the National League All-Star team in 1966 included an outfield of Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and Roberto Clemente. Willie McCovey was at first base and Sandy Koufax on the mound. How come they only won by a score of 2-1?

Bravo to Sox executive Jeremy Kapstein (running for Rhode Island lieutenant governor), for ripping the state’s proposal to give 38 Studios (Curt Schilling’s company) a $75 million loan guarantee to bring the company to Rhode Island. “I have serious questions about the viability of that kind of offer to a company that is full of questions,’’ Kapstein told WPRO-AM.

Props to Theo: ESPN’s Buster Olney polled baseball GMs asking who they’d hire if they could pick one of their own, and Epstein came away with eight votes, lapping the field.

Adam Liptak of The New York Times reported on the importance of baseball in the Supreme Court. Stephen Breyer is a Sox fan, Sonia Sotomayor ended the baseball strike in 1994, Samuel Alito is a Phillies fan, and in 1973, during the NLCS, Potter Stewart passed a note to Harry Blackmun that read, “V.P. Agnew just resigned! Mets 2, Reds 0.’’

Baseball has lost some great ones this year, starting when Ernie Harwell passed away in the spring. Harwell’s connection to the Red Sox? When the Sox gathered in their clubhouse to hear (radio) the outcome of the Tigers-Angels game on the final day of the 1967 season, it was the voice of Harwell telling them that Dick McAuliffe grounded into a double play, ending the Tigers’ season and delivering the pennant to Boston.

In case you missed it, three days after the Celtics lost Game 7, there was a full-page ad in this newspaper, thanking the team for a job well done. The ad was sponsored and signed by, among others, Maria Menounos, Donnie Wahlberg, Dane Cook, Ellen Pompeo, Wes Welker, and Vince and Bianca Wilfork.

Pete Carroll’s new book is titled, “Win Forever: Live, Work and Play Like a Champion.’’ Hope there’s a chapter on getting out of Dodge before the sun goes down.

Political nuggets culled from James Hirsch’s biography of Willie Mays: Willie’s dad, Willie Howard Mays Sr., was named after president William Howard Taft. Mays went to Fairfield Industrial High School in Birmingham, Ala., where one of his teachers was Angelina Rice, mother of Condoleezza Rice.

UMass lost one of its all-time greats when Milt Morin passed away last week.

Two great Reggie Jackson quotes. In the New York Daily News on George Steinbrenner: “George made owning his team feel like a contact sport’’; and in The New York Times on Mariano Rivera: “For what he does, he’s maybe the most dominant athlete other than Bill Russell that I know.’’

Thoughts and prayers to the family of Arthur Moscato, longtime Sox ticket czar, who passed away last week.

Stop by Jeep Jones Park, next to the Timilty Middle School (205 Roxbury Street) from 3-5 this afternoon to see the finals of the Score4More basketball tournament. A “Save R Streets’’ memorial ceremony will preceed the games. Score4More was created to enhance the life skills of boys and young men ages 11-19 by way of tutoring, mentoring, and athletics, while developing a strong work ethic, enforcing self-accountability, and setting a foundation for life after sports. Score4More can be reached at

The great Father Gerry Barry, onetime youth baseball coach of Ray Flynn and the late Will McDonough, was voted into the South Boston Sports Hall of Fame this summer. The hall raises money for college scholarships for young men and women.

Dan Shaughnessy is a Globe columnist. He can be reached at

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