Friday, December 11, 2015

R.I.P. Mr. Schayes

I was driving to pick up my kids yesterday afternoon when I happened to look down at my phone and see this tweet from Darren Rovell:
I saved the picture to my phone and sent it in a text to my father and his new iPad, hoping to make his day. I then walked into the daycare to pick up my daughter.
When I returned to the car with my daughter I had a reply from my father:

 Dad: That is when basketball was basketball. That is his autograph or at least a good forgery

 Me: Darren Rovell tweeted it out. I figured it would make your day.

 Dad: Yes it did. If there were a three-point shot in his day he would have averaged 5-6 more points a game. He was known for the two handed set shot. The radio announcer would go "Set shot Schayes, yes! yes! yes!" It is still the best autograph I ever got.

I knew it would make my father's day because Dolph Schayes resides on the Mount Rushmore of his childhood. There is Jim Brown, Willie Mays, Ernie Davis and Dolph Schayes.

I drove away in my car headed for home while listening to sports radio when I heard the bad news. Dolph Schayes had passed away. It all made sense now as to why Rovell would be tweeting about Schayes. Even worse it was clear my father did not know yet.

My father, with iPad in hand, started to google the name of that Syracuse Nationals radio announcer whose call he could still hear in his head six decades later. During this search my father got the bad news for himself. Mr Schayes was gone.

When I got home I texted my father the bad news that he had already discovered on his own.

Dad: He was my favorite player of all time. I copied his set shot as a kid growing up in Syracuse. He was the man. RIP Mr Schayes. Sad day.

I then went to the internet later that night to find some articles and video clips to send to my father. He responded a couple hours later:

Dad: Thanks. We were out drinking a PBR for Dolph. Great video of the high arching set shot on the end of PTI today. Lucky to have seen him play so many games. I used to sit on the stage behind the basket for 50 cents a ticket. Think about that for a minute. I was able to see the best, up close and personal. Dolph, Ernie, Jim and Willie. I wouldn't trade my time period with anyone!!

R.I.P.  Mr. Schayes


Here is a short video biography put out by the NBA  Great job by the NBA with this video.


Monday, December 7, 2015

Jose Fernandez and the Red Sox: Make it Hurt So Good

The Red Sox have made three deals so far this off-season. They got their fourth outfielder in Chris Young, their closer in Craig Kimbrel and of course there ace in David Price. Dave Dombrowski stated those were his goals this off-season and now says he is done with the major deals.

Does he really mean that? Dombrowski also made a statement that there would be some pain this off-season meaning that some fan favorites and touted prospects will be on the move. That has not happened yet. Dombrowski is known for trading prospects for superstars in their prime. Acquiring Kimbrel was a classic Dombrowski move but it wasn't really painful. The prospects the Sox gave up weren't the ones that have captured the imagination of Red Sox fans.

So when is the pain coming and could it be coming in the acquisition of Jose Fernandez? There is a report that the Marlins are listening to offers. The Dodgers are said to be one of the teams making offers along with two unnamed teams. I find it hard to believe that a team led by Dave Dombrowski is not one of those other teams. Can you imagine a rotation with Price and Fernandez at the top? How much pain would it take to get him? Is there a way the Sox could get him without giving up Yoan Moncada and/or Xander Bogaerts? If there is a way, Dombrowski has to make the move. The Red Sox starting rotation still needs to be bolstered. David Price was a huge piece, but the Sox need one more. Make it hurt so good.