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I posted a reply (or I thought I did) a couple of weeks ago. Not sure what happened but am sitting here watching some of the college basketball tournaments and thought of you so I checked into the site and don’t see what I posted. Anyway, that’s for reaching out. Exciting.
You know, of all the tons of baseball I played (high school, college and beyond) that is the one game, and the one play, that I still replay over and over. It is the game we should have had. And yes I remember it just as you said. When that guy hit that single up the middle (on a low inside fast ball that I thought had him) I said no problem, Jimmy will nail him if he goes for third. Sure enough, he goes for third. I go to backup and I had to go behind the bench because of where the bench was situated. Still no problem. Then I see the throw. A laser! One hopper to Teddy who was always reliable. Guy would’ve been out by 3 steps. Ugh, ball skips under Teddy’s glove, thru Mr. Lepines’s legs, but coming right for me. No problem, we’ll get ‘em in a rundown). Then the ball knicks a glove laying on the ground and scoots to my left. So many coulda woulda shoulda’s on that play. You’re right, when Mr. Lepine told me the county championships were my games, I was pumped. I knew they’d be tough games and that we could take ‘me. Oh well.
I have so many fond memories of you and I playing basketball in the Lafayette playground, stick ball, flippin’ baseball cards, those softball games where whenever you got up we just got ready to climb up on the school roof to get the ball after you crushed it. I could go on and on.
I didn’t know your wife worked at J&J Corporate. And I thought I knew everyone there. I knew Frank Torpe and Donald Bowers really well. I spent a lot of meeting time at corporate headquarters throughout my 31 years there. Yes, I was an Ethicon guy. Spend 17 years out in Somerville and got transferred out to Cincinnati to help startup the Ethicon Endo-Surgery franchise. Had an awesome career with J&J. They were always good to me. They couldn’t get me to move back to NJ though so I did a lot of travel back and forth. Retired 10 years ago and am enjoying finding challenges, golfing, biking, hiking, art, travel, etc. and still wishing I could throw a fast ball like I used to. And we’re back and forth between Cincinnati and North Carolina. Spending awesome time with family.
Sounds like you are really fulfilled with being the Dean of the College! That’s Outstanding and quite Impressive. Congratulations!
I’m probably not going to the reunion. April/May are busy months with grandkids birthdays and other stuff going on in NC. Getting to NJ in between all that will be difficult. Have fun if you go.
Let’s stay in touch. So good to hear from you. And say Hi to Pishioneri, my awesome catcher and overall great guy.