Ruby Tuesday

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Tuesday, June 10, 2008

An update on Matt and his baseball...his team played yesterday and he played first base for them, giving his legs a rest as this Friday he takes the physical exam for the Police Force. In the last inning they were up by 2 runs and their pitcher was running out of gas, so Matt went in to relieve. Bases loaded, one out. First batter he induced a pop up to the infield. Two outs. Next batter... he struck him out, ending the game and earning Matt his third save in three chances.

Man, I miss watching him play!

Also, congrats to Ken Griffey, Jr. on hitting his 600th home run. Man, if this kid could have stayed healthy he might have the most home runs of anyone by now...He has done it right. Never getting into trouble, always being a good citizen, one of the sweetest swings in the game.

Our friend THE TEACH, aka Mary, aka the woman from NYC, aka The Poet, has a new thing going called RUBY TUESDAY. Here is how she describes it..."Got something RED that you've photographed? Join us on RUBY TUESDAY."

This week, we will show you something I did while associated with the West Windsor Little League. Out past the center field fence on our main field was the flag pole. The pole was dedicated to a young man who had passed at the age of 13 from Leukemia. His name was Chris Ciuffani and he had been taken from us before we had moved back to NJ and Matt had joined the Little League. There was also an annual award named for Chris which was given to the 12-year old boy and girl who exemplified true love of the game and sportsmanship.

There was just the flag pole and I suggested we build a walkway out there to allow people a better opportunity to view the tribute. It was readily accepted by the Board Of Directors of the league. Then it hit me...instead of just a walkway, we could sell bricks which would be engraved, as a memory of the boys and girls who played in the league and for the coaches who teams wanted to honor. The league made very little money on the bricks, as I did not look at it as part of a "fund raiser", instead as a tribute.

This picture shows you some of the bricks on the walk, including the brick purchased in Matt's honor. When I asked him what he wanted on his brick, he came up with the inscription.

"Matt Marini
1997 - 1999
Baseball = Life"

So, for this week's RUBY TUESDAY...we give you red bricks...we also give you a song which immediately came to surprise...

The photo can be enlarged.

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20 Of Your Sparks

  1. It's wonderful that your son has such a passion for something. There are too many people who wander through life with no passions, no loves that move their souls. How sad.

  2. DrillerAA Says:
  3. I loved baseball. As an adult, I played competitive softball until I was 40.
    I really like the bricks and I like the way the engraved ones are arranged. Typically I'm not a big memorial kind of guy, but this is a nice tribute to the game and those that love it. Well done.

  4. SONGBIRD: I totally agree...except for one year, he has played since he was 5 years old.

    DRILLERAA: Very cool...something new I have learned about you. Thanks.

  5. Schmoop Says:
  6. Break a leg tonight. No, seriously, break your leg. Cheers Vinny!!

  7. I know you say it because you love me...

  8. Travis Cody Says:
  9. That's a really cool idea with the bricks.

    Congrats to Matt on his pitching and good luck to him with his physical exam.

  10. TRAVIS: Thanks on the bricks and yeah, I was real excited by the report on his pitching last night. He said his curve ball was really breaking and the fast ball had a ton of movement.

  11. katherine. Says:
  12. you gotta get the game tapes...

    will try and catch the show

  13. That is a lovely tribute and your kid is a good egg, just like his dad =)

  14. KATHERINE: I wish I could...maybe ask someone to tape them

    STARRLIGHT: He is pretty cool...

  15. Well done by Matt ... and great job with the walkway.

  16. RWA: Thanks on both accounts my friend.

  17. Aw, geez, Vinny, you got me crying for that wonderful little boy, Matt, and the wonderful thing you did for him and the other kids who play ball... Thanks so much for posting for Ruby Tuesday - I really appreciate it! Glad you like the pix of the beach in the Bronx but you may not like the temperature up here - in the 90s maybe hit 100 today. Supposed to cool off tomorrow, keep your fingers crossed. Big Hug to you! (((HUG)))

  18. Way to go Matt!!!

    I just got my tix today to my final trip to the House that Ruth Built. Lower boxes between home and third, closer to home. My son Ben, his wife and my Dad are joining me. My brother(who along with my Dad hates the Yanks)got me the tix for nada. My Dad took me to my first Yanks game when you could walk on the field to cross the stadium. He hated them, but still took me to a ton of games. So I was happy when he accepted my invite to say goodbye to the place...

  19. Maggie Moo Says:
  20. Wow! That brick idea is way cool!

  21. THE TEACH: Mary, if only he still was a little boy! Temps are about the same here, but if I had Smith's Point or the Hamptons, the heat does not matter! Enjoyed Ruby Tuesday

    BUD: Damn man...I am jealous...I really wanted to get up there for one more visit, but it looks like it will not happen. Dad's always do things for their kids that they might not do on their ow...yours is way cool.

    MAGS: Thanks.

  22. RW Says:
  23. Very nice Ruby Tuesday!

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  27. j Says:
  28. Cool Ruby Tuesday Post!



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