by Mike Lopiparo

Yes, I’m qualified to write a column.  My full name is Mike
Lopiparo and I produced sports for 17-years at 1010 WINS Radio.  You
know,  “All News All the Time” and “You give us 22-minutes, etc, etc,
etc.  I also did work during the Olympics at the ABC Radio Network.

Let’s start with the San Francisco Giants!!!!  Why????   I’m a
Giants fan since 1961.   I don’t have that much to show for it.  No
World Series titles; just three National League pennants;  divisional
playoff appearances on five occasions; assorted “chokes” and some
awful trades.   But I’m a happy man this year.  I’ve always wanted the
Giants to have great pitching.  I was always jealous of the Dodgers in
the 1960′s (Koufax will do that to you) and admired the Orioles in all
those years they won a pennant and had top-flight starting pitching.
Well…the Giants now have that and I consider this year a success even
though their chances of beating the Phillies is slim since San
Francisco hits like a team in the era when the baseball was similiar to
a rolled-up sock.  Of course I miss Barry Bonds.   Was he taking
steroids??? Probably.  Was he NOT a nice guy??  Probably.   But did he
hold up the Giants for more than a decade??  Definitely!!!!!. Continue reading »

Does The Boss Belong in the Hall?

by Eddie Mayrose

As talk of George Steinbrenner’s possible induction into the Hall of Fame swirled around Old Timer’s day at  Yankee Stadium, I was asked by Cheap Seater Jim Case if the late Steinbrenner had been good for baseball.  A difficult question to answer, no matter how you felt about The Boss during his reign in the Bronx.  While most Yankeee fans  are sure to point to the many championships won since Steinbrenner bought the franchise in 1973, his detractors make note of the mockery he made of the pinstripes with his endless firings of managers and pitching coaches as well as two suspensions that resulted from a felony conviction and an extortion attempt.  However, almost all will use the phrase, “George just wants to win.”

The thing I always found interesting about the “just wants to win” theory is that the Yankees never, EVER, won a title when the impetuous Boss had the final say about the roster.  His first championships were won under the watchful eye of GM Gabe Paul, who threatened to quit whenever Steinbrenner insisted on a ridiculous player move. When Paul had had enough, he resigned, leaving the reins in George’s hands and the fans with a drought that would last eighteen years. Continue reading »

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