Greats left out
Whenever we get into lists of the “greatest” or the “best” in recent memory, we invariably leave out one or two names. Well, last week here in Under The Lights, we mentioned many of North Andover’s long list of Div. 1 hockey prospects over the last three decades. We were reminded that we omitted two pretty good ones in Rob Cheevers and Ron Pascucci, who both attended Boston College on scholarships.
Tweet for Josh Hamilton
Vanderbilt senior Michael Yastrzemski, of Andover, had an insider Tweet for his followers (@mikeyaz18) on Wednesday. Yastrzemski’s tweet read: @joshhamilton how about a couple of bombs tonight? Yastrzemski was referring to Texas Rangers Josh Hamilton’s race for the home run lead. He had 43 and Miguel Cabrera had 44. Why did he want Hamilton to beat out Cabrera? If Cabrera won the home run race it would clinch the Triple Crown (most homers, RBI and highest batting average). Yastrzemski’s grandfather, Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski was the last to turn the trick in 1967. Hamilton didn’t get a hit and Cabrera, indeed, copped the honor.
Yaz big on Ben
Speaking of Carl Yastrzemski, we had an exclusive Page 1 story on “The Captain” and his response after Miguel Cabera won baseball’s Triple Crown for highest batting average and most HRs and RBI. But what really struck us was how high he was on Red Sox GM Ben Cherington. He went out of his way to say Cherington will turn this around, quickly. Interesting.
Fantasy wrestling camp
It’s back and has the UTL seal of approval: The One-Day Fantasy Wrestling Camp, taught by “Straight Edge” Brian Fury and “Fabulous” Johnny Vegas gives individuals the chance to experience in-ring work as a professional wrestler. It only costs $79 and takes place in North Andover at 100 Belmont Street. Campers will learn basic wrestling moves along with the art of promos.
For more information go to www.neprowrestling.com, call 978-852-8534 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy Birthday FleetCenter
The famed FleetCenter, now known as the TD Garden, turns 17 years old today. While it took its lumps as being “stale” early in its tenure, we had come to find out the tenants inside were the ones where stale. By the way, that facility was built by MorseDiesel International, whose president was Merrimack College graduate Ed Collins. One of his top engineers at the time was another Merrimack grad, Michael Hunter of Andover. Hunter is one of the better amateur golfers out of Indian Ridge Country Club.
Dumb Belichick question of the week
We could make this a weekly nugget in UTL, because there are many, many questions that we know the answer before the question is asked. Here was Friday’s question from a media member: “Is having Aaron Hernandez back at practice encouraging?” Belichick’s response was equally as informative, “Yeah, good to see him back out there of course, always. It’s good to see all the players back out there.”
Gilles Gilbert in town next Sunday
Former Bruins goalie Gilles Gilbert will be in Methuen next Sunday, 10 a.m. until noon, signing autographs at the monthly card show at the Gaythorne Knights of Columbus on Broadway in Methuen, near the Salem, N.H. border on Route 28. The show goes from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with about 25 tables of cards and sports memorabilia on sale.