Lazzari’s Sports Roundup 5/5/10

Lazzari’s “Lopsided Score of the Week”: In a recent high school baseball game played here in CT, East Catholic annihilated Weaver 36-0 (I kid you not, folks); after leading 22-0 after just three innings, East Catholic tied a BIG bow on this one by adding 14 more runs in the fourth inning–during their final at-bat. Yes, after reading about that game, I no longer think that armadillos are as ugly as I once did……….TRIVIA QUESTION: The lowly 1982 Cincinnati Reds were led in RBI’s by a pair of players who each tallied a modest total of 57. Can you name these two individuals? Answer to follow……….Red Sox fans: Too bad that David Ortiz hasn’t aged as well as beautiful actress Jane Krakowski, huh?……….This week in sports history, May 3, 1980: Genuine Risk becomes the first filly to win the Kentucky Derby since 1915–covering the 1 1/4 mile course in a time of 2:02. The three-year-old had finished a disappointing third at the Wood Memorial back on April 18th–making her victory at Churchill Downs all the more surprising. Jockey Jacinto Vasquez brought Genuine Risk all the way back from a significant deficit on the home stretch–which ultimately resulted in a one-length victory over runner-up Rumbo……….”RAVEN” UPDATE: My good friend Robert “Raven” Kraft–the legendary “streak runner” from Miami Beach–recently celebrated his 35th anniversary of running his 8-mile beach route EVERY day; he has NOT missed a day of running since he started this outrageous streak on January 1st, 1975 (started as a New Year’s resolution to run every day for ONE year). He’s now run more than 12,800 consecutive days–covering approximately 103,000 miles. In addition, more than 1,000 runners have joined him over the years to take part in his daily celebration–aka the continuation of the streak. An amazing individual, an amazing friend, an amazing accomplishment. Learn more about this remarkable man–AND the streak–at; keep runnin’ Raven……….O.K.– just imagine if total wellness coach Melissa Redd married former MLB shortstop Frank White, divorced, then married ex-big league pitcher Vida Blue. Patriotic people would then delight in her full married name of Melissa Redd White Blue……….I hereby issue a formal invitation to actress Cameron Diaz for a tennis date, a golf date, a rollerblading date–ANY kind of date. I know–I have the same chance of THAT happening as the Orioles have of winning the AL East, right?……….Answer to trivia question: CESAR CEDENO and DAN DRIESSEN–who led the last-place Reds with 57 RBI’s apiece……….Saw a pic the other day of the lovely Charlize Theron drinking a beer courtside during a Thunder/Lakers playoff game. My first thought? BREW-TIFUL! (sorry, folks–couldn’t resist)……….Lazzari’s “Cheap Win of the Week”: Definitely goes to Diamondbacks pitcher Dan Haren–who recently gave up nine hits and SEVEN earned runs over six innings vs. the Cardinals. However, he picks up his second win of the season as his team pounds out 15 hits of their own during a 9-7 Arizona victory……….Happy birthday wishes go out to former major league first baseman Jack Baker–who blows out 60 candles on May 4th. If you can’t remember this native of Alabama, there’s a good reason: Baker played only parts of two big league seasons–’76 and ’77 with the Red Sox–and appeared in a total of only 14 major league games. The topper? In his very brief career, Baker came to the plate 26 times and tallied only THREE hits (one of them a home run)–thus going into the record books with a lifetime batting average of .115. Hey–they all can’t be Wade Boggs, right? Best wishes, Jack……….Finally, condolences go out to the family of former Kansas State quarterback Dylan Meier–who died recently from a fall of nearly 100 feet while hiking in the Ozark National Forest in Arkansas; he was just 26. Meier played at K-State from 2002-2006–starting 11 games while throwing for 2,287 yards and 12 touchdowns. A member of the 2003 Big 12 championship squad, Meier was known as the ultimate team player and graduated with a degree in business finance. Memorial contributions can be made to the Pittsburg High Quarterback Club, the Pittsburg YMCA, or the K-State football program by sending a check to: Brenner Mortuary, 114 E. 4th, Pittsburg, KS 66762. May Dylan Meier rest in peace.

About the Author

Bob Lazzari

Bob Lazzari is an award-winning sports columnist for both Connecticut's Valley Times and NY Sports Day--where his "Sports Roundup" column is featured weekly. He is a member of the Connecticut Sports Writers' Alliance and host of "Monday Night Sports Talk" --a cable television show on CTV/Channel14 in Connecticut. A Fordham grad, Bob is a regular contributor to ESPN Radio's "Inside Yankee Baseball"; he can also be heard weekly every Tuesday morning on WXLM/104.7 FM in New London, CT. He has a popular blog where many of his past columns have been archived.

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