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    Browns Board Fantasy Baseball

    Congrats to Rich! Well deserved, buddy. And thanks to Z for re-naming the league, that's a wonderful gesture and something that I suspect Kathy will enjoy from afar. The morning of the baseball draft became a ritual for the two of us. I'd gripe about not having a strategy and she'd beg to know the names of injured players. It was always a hectic few hours where we'd both want to throw our hands up and just auto-draft...but more often than not, we'd be there at draft time. I know it was always her favorite league (mine too) and I look forward competing again next Spring.
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    Kathy Hutchins (1950-2014)

    It's so great to hear from you John! I lost your email address over the years and would love to reconnect. If we can do that here via a private message (no clue) let's try. Thanks for the kind words.
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    Kathy Hutchins (1950-2014)

    You would have liked her, JG. She was a lot like you - bright, opinionated and always classy. And like you, she was prolific back in the AOL days too.
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    Kathy Hutchins (1950-2014)

    I somehow reached my quota of "positive posts" today, I tried to do that with your post. Thanks for the thanks. Thank you even more for being her friend, you're a good man!
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    Kathy Hutchins (1950-2014)

    Same goes for you, Ghoolie. I saw those beautiful pictures she took of your studio and she always spoke very highly of you. I guess we were all blessed to be a part of her life. I know she had a huge smile on her face watching the game today :-)
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    Kathy Hutchins (1950-2014)

    Just so you guys know, her service was beautiful and the Minister did make a point of mentioning her love of the Browns. That love includes every single one of you. Thank you all.
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    Kathy Hutchins (1950-2014)

    Yep, exactly that. A word that's often used to conveniently define someone while politely not mentioning their faults. Not in her case - Kathy was truly nice.
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    Kathy Hutchins (1950-2014)

    Sorry, sent too soon - meant to include that Doug's comment about following the various forms of this board was spot on - if Kathy was there, it meant it was home.
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    Kathy Hutchins (1950-2014)

    It's so great to read all of these wonderful messages. I have to tell you all that I was able to share many of them with Kathy a couple of weeks back. I haven't been here often over the last several years and I didn't recognize many of the user names, but Kathy would slightly shake or nod her head when I tried to guess the identity of the poster. She corrected me more times than I care to admit but it shows she was very aware of all of the great support. Just to address one thing that Rich mentioned up thread, I deeply apologize if any of you feel slighted by having to learn of this via the board and not personally. I asked John (Zombo) to keep things private and he did exactly that at my request and with Kathy's support. We had both hoped that there would be a time where her condition stabilized enough so that we could bring all of you in but that just never occurred. Rich, it was great talking to you today. Please know that all of the love you showed her over the years meant more to her than anything you could have done these last few weeks. Just a note to Doug (Furnier) - I'm really sorry you're having to go through this with your Mom. I did have to laugh about your "glue in the crazy jigsaw puzzle" line.
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    Kathy Hutchins (1950-2014)

    Hey Brett. Things are a bit fluid right now and the one thing she could most use is a prayer. I don't mean to be trite when I say that, it's simply the truth. Thanks so very much!
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    Kathy Hutchins (1950-2014)

    Hah, you've got a deal! I'm going to honestly tell her exactly that. She really struggles when it comes to showing emotion but her eyes come alive whenever we talk about the Browns. Thanks.
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    Kathy Hutchins (1950-2014)

    Thank you all so much for your wonderful support! I'm going to print out this thread and read it to her - it'll surely warm her heart. Just so everyone knows, nothing is imminent. She's absolutely in a fight but she's *also* absolutely a FIGHTER. She's been blessed with wonderful care every step of the way and has such a fantastic attitude that I can't even put it into words. She has a LOT going for, as this thread shows. Thanks again so very much for all of your thoughts and prayers. Take Care, Todd
  13. Eh, I don't really care if he makes it into Cooperstown or not. While it does take a special person to fail TWO tests after testing has been announced, I'm not at all comfortable digging a stake into the ground and saying one guy doesn't belong while another does, simply because it's impossible to know who used and who did not. I mean, would anyone be at all surprised to learn that any player once used? Thome, Pujols, Vizquel or Maddux? No chance I'd take that bet on any one of those players. The use was rampant and didn't at all discriminate against body type or position. It also obviously wasn't limited to baseball. When someone mentions that PED use ruined the sport for them, I can only assume that they no longer follow any sport above the elementary school level. There was actually a terrific article/column about why a subset of people somehow manage to wag their finger at baseball while they blissfully continue to follow football, basketball and even hockey to a lesser extent. Can't find it now, but it had to do with the human condition and its ability to more easily associate itself with baseball players while considering football players to be caged warriors wearing body armor. It wasn't as simplistic as that, but that was the general point. As for Manny himself, boy was he a terrific (every sense of that definition) character. A hitting savant who was clearly a child with a long streak of passive/aggressive behavior. There are the memorable stories about him forgetting to cash paychecks for months at a time, mistaking O.J. Simpson for Chad Ogea, refusing to use toilet paper and backing up toilets with wash cloths and of course shoving Jack McCormick to the ground after a misunderstanding over tickets. Curt Schilling has also talked about the time that Manny was due a day off on a Wednesday (followed by an off day on Thursday) and told Francona that he was going to follow that schedule even though Trot Nixon was injured that Tuesday evening. Peter Gammons also related the following story just recently: Pedro Martinez laughs when he tells his Manny Ramirez story. People often laugh when they tell Manny stories. "My sister cooked up a special batch of food," Martinez remembers. "It was a huge container of rice and beans and chicken and vegetables -- really healthy -- for the team to enjoy after the game that night. Manny didn't play, so he sent one of the clubhouse kids out to a local place (Papa Gino's) for a couple of spaghetti dinners. "He cleaned out the chicken and rice and put the spaghetti in its place. So when the team got in after the game, the players are all asking, 'What happened to our food?' Manny took it home, invited some friends over to his condo and had a party." So was he a good guy? Nah, probably not. Was he lazy? Depends on which part of his game you're talking about. The stories of him spending hours upon hours in the batting cages are legendary, as are the words of managers who openly wished that others would work as hard at their craft as Manny did. Snide? Nah, that involves desire and intent. I don't suspect that Manny had a calculating bone in his body. Here's a link to an old Outside The Lines piece that, I think, backs that up: http://sports.espn.go.com/page2/tvlistings/show38transcript.html In short, I loved watching the guy hit and especially loved when he was doing it for the Tribe. He was a complicated SOB to support and follow and he deserves whatever fate awaits him by the voting body in Cooperstown. What he doesn't deserve (not that it's happening here, but it is elsewhere) is people attributing all of his talent to drugs. That's the height of ignorance and simply shows that one didn't watch this kid hit in the early levels of his career. Beanpot
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    My Buddy Lives In Dayton

    That sucks, MBP. Thankfully, there are options though they do cost a bit of money. I don't know exactly what it costs for the audio feed only, but an account at MLB.com should give you access to some audio and video. After subscribing to Extra Innings on DirecTV for the last several years, I passed on it this year and follow the games through MLB.TV. There's a cost for an app ($15 for the iPad) and subscription (~ $100) for the season and the quality of picture is fantastic. I also subscribe to XM/Sirius to listen to the games in the car and know they have deals throughout the year. The best bet may be going with that $15 thing he had last year, though I don't where to get it. Unfortunately, MLB has been cracking down on all of their media, be it youtube or over-the-air broadcasts. Hope he finds something suitable. Beanpot