Spitting on decency

Originally published October 1, 1996, by Mike Barnicle for The Boston Globe On a morning when the sun arrived like a warm handshake offering the promise of a splendid day, a single green bench stood bathed in a yellow glow along the Commonwealth Avenue mall, between Berkeley and Clarendon, where apartment [...]

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Fewer Models, Bigger Roles

Originally published August 3, 1997, by Mike Barnicle for The Boston Globe   At Fenway Park the other afternoon, this total moron put his fat arse in a box seat during the bottom of the first and spent the rest of the day acting like a complete jerk. When he wasn't screaming [...]

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Like baseball? Avoid Fenway

Originally published July 28, 1998, by Mike Barnicle for The Boston Globe Boston owns an undeserved reputation as a city ­­ a region, actually ­­ that has the most knowledgeable and sophisticated baseball fans in America. This accolade may have been accurate until the fall of 1986, when one man's human [...]

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A Home Run for the Kids

Originally published June 1, 1997, by Mike Barnicle for The Boston Globe This was Friday, before the day turned to a night when the biggest star in town would burn three home runs across a dark sky and pull his team by the collar right into the win column against the [...]

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You could smile at clowns of yore

Originally published June 29, 1997, by Mike Barnicle for The Boston Globe Remember when baseball was a just a game? Remember when players and fans alike had fun following a simple sport that helped define this country's character? The dilemma of the Cordero family is merely the latest example of how baseball [...]

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Time to Replace Fenway Dearest

Originally published April 9, 1998, by Mike Barnicle for The Boston Globe  All week long, legions of workers have been busy putting a fresh face on an old friend in anticipation of an annual event that sends millions of New Englanders into short-term spasms of frenzied optimism. So, yesterday, five 18-wheelers [...]

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Remembering a Perfect Day

Originally published Oct 19, 1997, by Mike Barnicle for The Boston Globe   Yesterday, we all stood on the sidewalk in front of the MCM furniture store on Main Street watching the World Series on a TV that had been placed in the window as a display item. As the ninth inning [...]

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A Pox on this Bullpen

Originally published May 13, 1997, by Mike Barnicle for The Boston Globe   In a world where we often tolerate contemptible behavior by those we've known for years, it is weird how so many people -- like me -- hate complete strangers. Here's how Webster's defines hate: "Intense hostility toward an object (as [...]

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Public Servants Step to the Plate

Originally published March 12, 1998, by Mike Barnicle for The Boston Globe   Last word about the man on first. And it comes from the type of public servant we see all around us but who, oddly enough, remains invisible due to our take-it-for-granted society. Bob Kilduff is a Boston firefighter assigned to Ladder [...]

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Overreaction Is a Bad Sign

Originally published May 10, 1998, by Mike Barnicle for The Boston Globe   Somewhere this afternoon -- a gray, drizzly Mother's Day -- a pack of children will be playing baseball, many of them during the ritual of Little League, an idea that has flourished for nearly 50 years. And that's great [...]

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