Monthly Archives: August 2008

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Annual Oldtime Baseball Game is a big hit

CAMBRIDGE – St. Peter’s Field map
In memory of Todd Schwartz:
For the 15th consecutive year, players and hundreds of fans gathered on St. Peter’s Field for an oldtime baseball game and to support a great cause. This year all funds went to the Todd Schwartz Memorial Fund, which helps support the Jimmy Fund Clinic. Todd was a young man who lost his battle with cancer in 2002.

It was a beautiful evening and each team had an incredible collection of oldtime uniforms. This year pitted Team John Hancock versus Team Shapiro.

Hundreds of baseball fans settled around the foul lines on both sides.

Team John Hancock watches from the bench.

It was a great night to watch some baseball and catch up with some of my old friends, and even see one of my colleagues in action. My friend Anthony Galluccio, for Cambridge City Councillor and State Senator representing parts of Cambridge, Somerville, and the surrounding cities, suited up for the game in a classic Puerto Rican uniform:

Anthony Galluccio gets ready to take on Cambridge’s own Bobby Fournier.
He went to bat against Cambridge pitcher Bobby Fournier and made solid contact, grounding into a putout from former Red Sox player Lou Merloni.

The game brings together college players and baseball stars from Massachusetts, the country, and even abroad. Cambridge and Somerville were well-represented by Danny Nugent, Bobby Fournier, Billy Fitzgerald, James Likis, and Senator Galluccio. Red Sox legend Johnny Pesky was an honorary manager, taking pictures with fans and signing autographs. I even spotted sportswriter Dan Shaughnessy in the crowd, watching his son Sam play outfield for Team Shapiro.

The annual game is a great time for a great cause, and it seems to get bigger and more popular every year!

Poll #1: East Somerville Soccer Stadium

What are your thoughts on the rumors of Robert Kraft building a soccer stadium for the New England Revolution in East Somerville?

56% – Great idea! I can’t wait to walk to a Major League Soccer game!
31% – Not sure. I haven’t heard enough about it yet.
9% – No thanks.
3% – Depends–can Bob Kraft do for the Revolution what he did for the Patriots?

The Cambridge Innovation Center

CAMBRIDGE: Cambridge Innovation Center, 1 Broadway – map

For anyone who may have missed it, this past Sunday‚Äôs Globe has a fantastic article highlighting the Cambridge Innovation Center. The CIC is one of the most important buildings in Cambridge. Tim Rowe has created an atmosphere that allows young start up companies to share ideas, feed off each other’s energy, and drives them to success. Cambridge has a history of innovation and the CIC is a reflection of the entrepreneurial attitude that has made Cambridge a hot bed of activity for over a century.

Read the Globe Article: The Idea Factory