Phillipe was on suicide watch when news broke that the New England Patriots had allowed Wes Welker to sign with the Denver Broncos. And when the Red Sox opened the season April 1 against the damn Yankees in New York, P. had his gun to his head once again.
Countless preseason previews, including one in that Bible of the Sweaty Sciences, Sports Illustrated, predicted the BoSox will finish last in the American League East. So your superior correspondents were expecting the team to be down 11-0 after three innings. Well, it seems the Sox hadn't read — or perhaps, weren't capable of reading — all the dire predictions. And the team took home an 8-2 win. Starter Jon Lester looked sharp. So did the bullpen. And nearly the entire lineup contributed to the beatdown of the Yanks' C.C. Sabathia, who is still a hell of a pitcher even if he looks like a walking bag of laundry.
One down, 161 to go. And for now at least P. was left reaching for his Pernod instead of a pistol. Hope springs eternal.
HALL OF FAME UPDATES
The Rhode Island Radio Hall of Fame recently announced its latest inductees. Kudos and congrats to former Providence mayor and local radio fixture Buddy Cianci — the mighty Bud-I; John "Coach" Colletto; Bill Corsair; and Newport's Bob Sullivan. But a special tip of the sombrero to the other two inductees: Mike "Dr. Metal" Gonsalves and Fred Grady.
For Jorge (Rudy Cheeks), the induction of Dr. Metal is especially poignant, as Mike started out in professional radio as a producer for the Fox & Cheeks show on WHJY in the mid-'80s. As many of you know, Mike perished in the Station nightclub fire, but his memory lives on for regular listeners to the late-night "Metal Zone" show he once hosted.
Fred Grady's show ran into the wee small hours of the morning in the '50s and '60s, on the way right-hand side of the AM radio band. His WPAW show was largely responsible for turning generations of Vo Dilunduhs on to jazz; Jorge used to go to bed with his transistor radio under his pillow. It's where he first heard Miles, Monk, Coltrane, and the Ellington band — a real education. Thank you, Professor Grady.
Also being honored with the Hall of Fame's Shepard Award is Barbara Smith, who started in the traffic department and continued to work in the business end of things for WPRO for an astounding 48 years. Congratulations to all.
Speaking of halls of fame, we urge you to get your tickets ASAP to the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame's second annual induction ceremony and concert on April 28. Last year's event sold out and this year's will likely do the same. An afternoon concert will feature tributes to George M. Cohan, Bobby Hackett, Sissieretta Jones, Jimmie Crane, and a special performance by original members of country music legend Eddie Zack's Hayloft Jamboree. Headlining the evening show will be inductees Paul Geremia, Steve Smith and the Nakeds, and the Cowsills.
BLACK AND WHITE
With the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia just around the corner, P&J are reminded by RJ Smith's biography of Mr. James Brown, The One, that the Godfather of Soul also called Augusta home.