Anthony Thomas Bongiovanni is the 17th oldest living former MLB player. He was born on December 21, 1911 in New Orleans, Louisiana and played from 1938 to 1939 for the Cincinnati Reds. Bongiovanni made an appearance in the 1939 World Series against the New York Yankees. When I interviewed Nino recently, he was in poor health, but I could tell from his demeanor that he enjoyed reminiscing with me about his memories of playing in The Show.
The sandlot days: â€œWe didnâ€™t have any little leagues like they have now. To make our own diamonds, we used to cut the weeds, and make baselines, and that... Read More
San Francisco can be proud of the job it performed as the host of this yearâ€™s MLB All-Star Game. I personally got a chance to attend many of the festivities surrounding the event. Wherever I went, I talked to fans that had traveled from long distances (Japan, France, Holland, etc.) to be at the game, and all of them mentioned how much they loved San Francisco. Yes, the City by the Bay really rolled out the red carpet for this one and it showed.
Of course, I did everything I could to participate in All-Star Week, except for the most important thing (at least to me) which was actually being... Read More
After stunning the Dodgers in the first two games of their weekend series, surely the Florida Marlins were thinking sweep. In their 14-year existence, sweeping the Dodgers in Los Angeles is something no Marlin team has ever done.
And after Sunday, they still haven't.
Mark Hendrickson pitched five strong innings and the offense gave him all the support he'd need in the first two as L.A. snagged their only win of the weekend over Florida, 9-3, on a picture-perfect Sunday afternoon at Dodger Stadium.
The win, coupled with the Padres loss to the Atlanta Braves Sunday night, brings the Dodgers... Read More
His voice reeks of Brooklyn.
His mid-afternoon radio show has been moving seamlessly in and out of topics such as the Sopranos, the hostâ€™s greatness, and the Marlins, the home team, not being on par with his Mets.
He tells his audience that Jason Stark, who like all of his guests is not only â€œgreatâ€ but also â€œhis great friendâ€, will be on during the next segment. Then he lets a belch flow into the microphone, and curses the Diet Coke that created the gaseous expulsion.
All of this is what makes Sid Rosenberg the sultan of sports radio. He, one of its greatest talents, and his show... Read More
With the All-Star Game coming to San Franciscoâ€™s AT&T Park next week, I thought now would be a good time to weigh in with my AL and NL all-star team picks. The fans actually did a very good job of getting the best players on each squad, but I do disagree with them in some instances.
Victor Martinez, Cleveland Indians
The fans blew it here, picking Ivan Rodriguez. Martinez is the number one catcher in baseball right now, with power, average and production. People have criticized his defense in the past, but heâ€™s improved in that area and should only get better.
Russell Martin,... Read More
Teams must have been hung over after swimming in the most talented draft pool in recent memory on June 28th. Seattle scored Jeff Green and Kevin Durant, giving them two possible future franchise players. June 29th, however, left no time for headaches and nausea as it signaled the beginning of the free agent wooing period. Some of the biggest fish have already been snagged. Who is left? Who is still looking?
Vince Carter has resigned with New Jersey for four years. He is a 25ppg, 5rpg, and 5 apg kind of player that most teams would love to have as their number two threat. He decided to stay... Read More
On July 10th Major League Baseball will hold its 78th All-Star Game.
I canâ€™t wait until July 11th.
It isnâ€™t that I dislike the All-Star game, or any of the weekendâ€™s events. In reality, I am among the growing number of sports fans that just arenâ€™t intrigued by the whole event. The home run derby is the equivalent to watching grass grow. Itâ€™s what the three point contest would be without a timer, a guy practicing.
What I canâ€™t wait for is the end of the incessant whining from fans, sports columnists, and radio personalities.
The first real wave of infant like behavior rolls out... Read More