Saturday, November 3, 2012

Philadelphia Flyers' Legends: Bernie Parent and Pelle Lindbergh

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Headline Topic: Parent and Lindbergh

November had long been the month were all long-time Flyers' fans couldn't help but think about Pelle Lindbergh. That great young goalie was killed in an automobile accident in November 1985. 

For me this month has changed in its significance during the past two years, because of the opportunity I had to meet and then interview Bernie Parent (Lindbergh's mentor) in November 2010. 

That experience equaled the interview that I had with another childhood hero, Mike Schmidt, when I worked for the Phillies' Triple-A team that formerly was in Scranton. 

Speaking with Parent, for a significant amount of time during that fall day, provided me with a deeply personal insight into Lindbergh's life (and to Parent's as well) that I never would have had otherwise. 

Here is a link to Part 1 of my series about that interview: 
Philadelphia Flyers' Bernie Parent: Meeting a Legend  


Recent Headline Topic:  Phillies' free agent choices

The Phillies must make smart small moves this offseason. They don't have the payroll space available to them, as they did in past seasons. 

I hope that Ruben Amaro, Jr. follows the advice that his mentor Pat Gillick gives him and continues to allow Ed Wade's influence to restock the farm system. 

I'm aware that Gillick and Wade are background players, but each did a fine job within their areas of expertise while they held power. Amaro's record is very questionable at this time in history. He must do better starting right now.
Baseball cards

For those of us who are old enough to remember
When Baseball Cards were King, the spring is always a special time of year.

Bygone days spent with elementary school days and family members opening packs of Topps cardboard gold never truly fade away.

Recent Headline Topic:  World Series 

All I want to say today is: All hail to the San Francisco Giants and to their fans. No one, but them, say their World Series' victory coming. 

As a baseball fan it was a pleasure to see! Congrats from a life-long Phillies' fan to all involved. 

Classic Headline Topic: The Best Phillies of the Current Era

-->>Due to the volume of interest generated in this specific article, it has been re-posted. If you have read it, or choose to open this link now, I hope that you enjoy:  
The 10 Best Philadelphia Phillies of This Era

Classic Headline: Three Flyers' Legends

Each of these Flyers' legends (Brian Propp, Dave Poulin and Tim Kerr) deserved their own feature article:

Here is a link to the story about Propp: 

News Headline: Presidential Debates are Over, Now...

If you are an undecided voter after all this time that must mean that you are undecided about voting - rather than about voting for either President Obama, or Governor Romney (or a third party candidate).

All I ask, is that you do vote. Don't feel like your vote doesn't count. Don't think that you don't know enough to cast your opinion in a formal way and don't forget about the state and local elections wherever you live. 

Whoever you choose, for any office, makes you a part of the election process. 

You matter and you count. 
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Classic Headline Topic:  Hope for Phillies' Darin 'Babe' Ruf 

Seeing Darin Ruf hit numerous home runs out of a Double-A park in Reading was thrilling. Seeing him hit his first major league home run, during the first game that he started in left field for the Philadelphia Phillies was priceless (to coin an advertising cliche.)  

Will he actually develop into a major league player? Could that happen by next season? No one knows the answers to these questions, but personal stories have always drawn me to this specific game.

Here is my feature article about him.

Classic Headline Topic: The anniversary of Pete Rose's 4,192 hit.

Pete broke Ty Cobb's hit record on 9/11/85. The man was unique in the annals of baseball history. 

For those who are interested, my recent feature comments on Rose's time with the Phillies and the complex feelings that many of us have about his gambling issues:
Phillies' great Mike Schmidt, Pete Rose, and baseball justice

Recent Headline Topic: Tony DiLeo 

The hiring of DiLeo as GM promotes from within and represents another feel-good move that the newest Sixers ownership group has made. 

With Doug Collins seemingly likely to continue to have strong influence on this team, all signs remain positive for the resurgence of this basketball franchise. 

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