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True fans only hear what they want to hear

By   /  January 16, 2014  /  Columns  /  No Comments

Last week’s revelation that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s administration may have used a traffic study to create gridlock and exact some political revenge have grabbed  big headlines across the country. Some have speculated that these allegations could lead to criminal charges and that they could surely tank his possible White House bid in 2016. […]

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Are all politics still local?

By   /  January 12, 2014  /  Columns  /  No Comments

In our house, most televised Red Sox games are at least a four-hour adventure. There’s pre-game, the game itself and then post-game coverage (“Extra Innings” followed by “Extra Innings Extra.”) I watch it all and love to chuckle at some of the ridiculous and nonsensical responses that players give to the media. One of my […]

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New year, same issues

By   /  January 2, 2014  /  Columns  /  No Comments

However short-lived, feelings of hope and optimism ring in the New Year. The gym is full of people determined to lose weight while politicians and baseball players are getting set for a long season. As the calendar changes, the Rhode Island General Assembly will reconvene on January 7 with plenty on its plate for 2014. […]

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Size doesn’t matter in Rhode Island politics

By   /  December 26, 2013  /  Columns  /  1 Comment

Last week State Treasurer Gina Raimondo ended months of speculation by announcing her candidacy for governor. I have to admit that I am almost as excited about this race as I am about the opening of the 2014 MLB season. As the mother of two girls and someone who has spent more than twenty years […]

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No place for boo birds

By   /  December 8, 2013  /  Columns, Opinion  /  No Comments

This fall I was in Milwaukee for a business trip and spotted Daniel Bard walking through the hotel lobby. When I said his name, he looked up, obviously surprised that he would be recognized – and likely horrified that a middle-aged woman was so eager to meet him. For those that don’t remember him, Daniel […]

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Making the most of the offseason

By   /  November 29, 2013  /  Columns  /  No Comments

Even though memories of the joyous 2013 baseball season burn bright, the truly fanatic baseball fans among us have already started think about the next season – the offseason – and all the excitement that it brings. The offseason officially opens with a variety of awards, continues with blockbuster trades and ends only when pitchers […]

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Let’s Hear it for the Clubhouse Guys

By   /  November 5, 2013  /  Columns  /  No Comments

Now that we’ve gotten a little rest and a little perspective, I think 2013 could be the best Red Sox season ever. I wasn’t around for the Impossible Dream team in 1967 or really aware of the great 1975 team, but let’s face it, if you don’t win the World Series, the season ends on […]

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Making the Right Call

By   /  November 1, 2013  /  Columns  /  No Comments

As I write, the last chapters of the 2013 World Series story remain unwritten, but between errors, missed opportunities and odd rules, there have been many moments to give Red Sox fans heartburn. Since so many Sox fans are true fanatics, there’s the game after the game where fans on the radio and on social […]

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We Need More Women at the Plate

By   /  October 23, 2013  /  Columns, Opinion  /  No Comments

Watching Shane Victorino’s grand slam fly over the Green Monster was the perfect way to cap off the Red Sox pennant-winning season. Victorino came to Boston on a contract that seemed far too rich for his resume to join a team that performed way too poorly for what they were paid. While the team showed […]

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The Math of Politics

By   /  October 16, 2013  /  Columns  /  No Comments

Whether its sabermetrics, moneyball or just old fashioned batting statistics, applying math to baseball has provided Major League teams with an objective way to assess talent that goes beyond the “gut” of a veteran scouts and managers. It also provides endless (and often useless) material for the commentators who love to string together previously unrelated […]

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