It was between our beloved Pawtucket Red Sox and the Rochester Red Wings of the International League and was played on Saturday and Sunday (Easter Sunday), April 18-19, 1981 — with the 33rd and final inning played a couple of months later.

Barry makes much of the Easter Sunday connection and the fact that Jesus lived to the age of 33. Perhaps the PawSox could cash in on Barry's cheek and commission a large mural of Jesus pitching for the team in a Sox throwback uniform. My friend Tayo Heuser, the artist who did the original paintings of great PawSox players that used to ring around the turnstiles at McCoy Stadium (and is working on the Ben Mondor statue to be installed later this year), could do that one too.

Regardless of what you think about the mystical elements whipped up by Barry, this sounds like a great read and is on my Burgess Meredith dream book list. If I chose to play into the Christian/baseball allegory, I'd say that Bottom of the 33rd would make a great Christmas present this year.


RAPTURE A NO-SHOW

As you might infer from this week's cover story, I'll be at the Met this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening, performing with the not-so-Young Adults with (and here it comes for those who are counting) Miss Phoebe Legere & Sir George Leonard opening all three shows.

I think it was mere coincidence that the Adults were rehearsing "Eve of Destruction" at the moment the Rapture was supposed to occur last Saturday. Nobody present was lifted up to heaven, so I guess we'll make the shows this weekend.


SHORT STUFF . . .

. . . the great musician, pennywhistle virtuoso, community activist, and one of my favorite people, Phil Edmonds, the pride of County Clare and Providence, has a new book out, Taking Great Care: A Portrait of Community. Phil just sent me a copy last week and I've not had time to read it, but Phil is always inspiring and I feel that I can recommend it because it's Phil. You can order it by contacting Phil at 24 Dixon Street, Providence, RI 02907 or calling him at 401.461.3683.

. . . Brett Broesder, who managed Peter Kilmartin's successful campaign for attorney general and now works for Hill & Knowlton in New York City, had an interesting article on GoLocalProv.com about a potential Democratic party challenge to Little Chi Chi in the First Congressional District in 2012. He suggested that Patrick Lynch and Gina Raimondo would be strong candidates. My guess is that Patrick might run, but Gina will stay put and try to finish the job rather than rushing into another campaign.

. . . RIP former Family Court Judge Edward V. Healey, Jr. He was a good man who made a difference and had a huge and positive impact on that court from the beginning. Another thing to be thankful for: current Chief Judge Haiganush Bedrosian is cut from the same cloth.

Send Nixon's underwear and Pulitzer-grade tips to  rudycheeks@live.com.

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