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NashLumber last won the day on November 13 2016

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About NashLumber

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  • Birthday 11/1/1961

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    Durham NC
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    O's baseball, music, birdwatching.
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    self-employed musician / semi-retired
  • Favorite Current Oriole
    Mancini, Bundy
  • Favorite All Time Oriole
    Brooks Robinson

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  1. Re: the breaking in of a glove with shaving cream. I’ve definitely heard of it. I’ve read in more than one place that Brooks did it and so did Ozzie Smith. Brooks: http://www.danielleflood.com/id36.html “Yankee pitcher Ron Davis uses shaving cream on his, any kind he can find in the clubhouse. He just sprays the foam on, and lets it soak in, then repeats the process every now and then. "It makes the leather darker, softer, smooooth," he says as he runs his fingers over his glove.Where did he ever get such an idea? "I saw Brooks Robinson do it." Ozzie (and a tidbit about Brooks that I *didn’t* know) https://www.si.com/vault/2003/03/17/339796/for-love-of-leather-finally-the-baseball-glove-gets-the-recognition-it-deserves “Brooks Robinson kept his glove fingers firm with tongue depressors; Ozzie Smith broke his in with shaving cream.”
  2. Strike. Ball. Ball. Ball. Ball. Take me out OF the ballgame Please. I beg of you.
  3. On the street behind me, I had a Thomas Thomas and a Harry Ball (of Harry Ball Fence Co.).
  4. There is another letter in the mail bag. “Dear Chris, Have you done anything to change your approach at the plate in 2019? Sincerely, Mary Chestnut”
  5. Fair enough. I just don’t have the same gut reaction to the whole Babe Ruth story as you. And this whole exchange is because of my joke which fell flat regarding John Angelos’ wife and Nashville. It’s not been my best day.
  6. Any opinion on Montville? Shaughnessy wasn’t alone in this opinion. I’m only familiar with Montville due to his Ted Williams bio.
  7. Apparently it was a 1919 play that was later adapted to music as No, No Nannette. “A popular myth holds that the show was financed by selling baseball's Boston Red Sox superstar Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees, resulting in the "Curse of the Bambino."[1]However, it was My Lady Friends, rather than No, No, Nanette, that was directly financed by the Ruth sale.“ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No,_No,_Nanette?wprov=sfti1 “Neither the lore, nor the debunking of it, entirely tells the story. As Leigh Montville wrote in The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth, the production No, No, Nanette had originated as a non-musical stage play called My Lady Friends, which opened on Broadway in December 1919.[12]That play had, indeed, been financed as a direct result of the Ruth deal.[13]Various researchers, including Montville and Shaughnessy, have pointed out that Frazee had close ties to the Yankees owners, and that many of the player deals, as well as the mortgage deal for Fenway Park itself, had to do with financing his plays.[12]” Montville, Leigh (2006). The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth. Random House. pp. 161–164. Shaughnessy 1990, p. 33 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curse_of_the_Bambino?wprov=sfti1
  8. Well, smack my head. I’ve been perpetuating this myth since about 1919.
  9. I think she was the one who convinced the Red Sox owner to part with Babe Ruth to help finance the musical No No Nanette.
  10. Was looking at some similar comparisons. https://mlbraleigh.com/the-data/ There’s a MLB in Raleigh movement and the data page shows Austin #1 and Raleigh- Durham #2 as fastest growing. And they use the MSA numbers (Metropolitan Statistical Area). As far as expansion, the Raleigh group makes the arguments that the Raleigh MSA area is: - larger than both Milwaukee’s and Kansas City’s - just behind Pittsburgh and Cincinnati - largest TV market in US without a locally or regionally broadcasted team (#25th market overall) - #1 richest area in continental US without an MLB team within 100 miles - Duke, NC State and UNC are all part of the metropolitan area They make several other supporting arguments and show mockups of four locations in the downtown area (and all within a mile of the new train station and under construction city park). https://mlbraleigh.com/#stadiums I’d love for an expansion team (or Oakland or Tampa Bay relocate) here in my area, but I’m not counting any chickens. I do know that when I go to downtown Raleigh, it’s as bustling as any place I go with millennials and Gen-Xers all bustling (with plenty of expendable income) in an out of the entertainment centers, restaurants, music venues and bars. There are condos and apartments under construction downtown every time I go down there. Red Hat is located there, State government and several banks, advertising and energy corporations.
  11. The estate of Roy Acuff may push hard for the move. And they have a name, too. Though The Nashville Great Speckled Birds sounds more like a college team to me.
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