At 14, playing the game of life

Originally published October 3, 1995, by Mike Barnicle for The Boston Globe Yesterday, nearly all the excitement and most of the news revolved around games where scores are kept and losers are defined by the lower number. You had the Patriots and Boston College both reeling in defeat as the Red [...]

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Fehr strikes out

Originally published March 16, 1995, by Mike Barnicle for The Boston Globe FORT MYERS, Fla. ­­ "Know what the place reminds me of?" Albert Dupree asked. "What?" "The wake of a guy everybody thought was real popular but when he passed away only half the people you figured on showed up at the [...]

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Our true boys of summer

Originally published August 8, 1995, by Mike Barnicle for The Boston Globe As the Red Sox returned home from Toronto last night, having brought us to the edge of a wonderful summer climax, the true magic of baseball was actually located in Bristol, Conn., where the Parkway National All­Stars ­­ the [...]

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These players are real losers

Originally published February 9, 1995, by Mike Barnicle for The Boston Globe In my dream, the president settles the baseball strike by asking this arrogant, melon­faced dope Donald Fehr, lawyer for the players, to go to Waco to negotiate with Janet Reno. But when Fehr gets there, the attorney general orders [...]

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Baseball needs to wise up

Originally published July 9, 1996, by Mike Barnicle for The Boston Globe PHILADELPHIA ­­ Bill Giles ­­ who sure is older than the stadium where his team, the Phillies, plays its baseball, yet happens to be a lot younger in spirit than most men half his age ­­ stood yesterday in [...]

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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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