May 3, 2006


Mirabelli ’s trip picks up steam (Michael Silverman, May 3, 2006, Boston Herald)

Doug Mirabelli’s midday journey from San Diego to Boston in time for Monday night’s game is gaining fast on Paul Revere’s midnight ride in local lore.

Mirabelli would probably not have made it to Fenway Park in time to catch Tim Wakefield’s pitch had it not been for Mass. State Police (Troop F) trooper David O’Leary. He took the catcher from Logan Airport to the ballpark in about 10 minutes.

According to traveling secretary Jack McCormick, the Red Sox paid $160 ($40 an hour per body for a four-hour minimum rental) for O’Leary to step on it while Mirabelli was changing into his uniform.

McCormick did assure curious minds that had O’Leary seen a crime while en route, “he would have done everything in his power to intercede and stop the crime in process.”

Better be a least a homicide, preferably genocide.....

Lowell savors rivalry (Dan Ventura, May 3, 2006, Boston Herald)

He’s been a big league ballplayer for nearly a decade, but Mike Lowell couldn’t remember being part of a one-game series. [...]

Now, as the Red Sox third baseman, he couldn’t believe the intensity a two-game series in April could generate.

“I’ve never been a part of anything like this,” he said. “It was totally different than any other regular-season game that I’ve been a part of.”

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 3, 2006 8:18 AM

$160 for four hours? Hmmm, maybe my niece should rent a state cop for her high school prom instead of the limo companies.

Posted by: pj at May 3, 2006 10:17 AM

I have this feeling of deja vu.

Go Blue Jays!

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at May 3, 2006 11:12 AM

Police officers can't break speeding laws for stuff like this you know. It has to be an actual emergency. (Spare us the obvious response OJ.)

If this reckless cop had killed someone, well greater good and all that.

Posted by: Bob at May 3, 2006 1:17 PM


You sound like Bill Bradley when I worked in NJ politics.

Posted by: oj at May 3, 2006 1:21 PM

Rhodes Scholar, NBA star and multi-term US Senator. Thanks for the comparison but I stunk at basketball.

Posted by: Bob at May 3, 2006 2:43 PM

We were late for an event one time--he was riding in back with me--and our cop was racing up the Turnpike as the Senator gripped his knees so hasrd all the blood left his hands. Finally he couldn't take it anymore and shrieked: "Must you drive so fast!"

The cop and the candidate thought he was kidding and laughed at first, then noticed he was sweating like Norm Petersen.

When we got there the cop and I spoke to his driver--another cop--who saif he was never allowed to exceeed 55 mph.

Quaint, but sissified.

Posted by: oj at May 3, 2006 2:52 PM

There wasn't any reason to hurry up to the ballpark. How fast can Wakefield throw a knuckleball anyway?

Posted by: John at May 3, 2006 5:07 PM