Adam Wainwright back for another year of ‘Was this your final start for the Cardinals?’ questions

first_img“I didn’t feel like today was my last day. I feel like this team’s going to get me back home and give me a chance to hopefully close it out.”The Nationals, of course, wrapped up the NLCS at home. Wainwright didn’t have a chance to close out the series at home, but with Tuesday’s news, it’s clear that wasn’t his last start for the Cardinals. MORE: Six logical landing spots for Madison BumgarnerIt’s a move that makes a lot of sense for both sides. Wainwright is clearly a fan favorite; his legacy began as a rookie reliever in 2006, when his ninth-inning dominance in the postseason helped the Cardinals to a surprising World Series title, the 10th in franchise history, and continued through four seasons with top-three Cy Young finishes and a stellar October track record — 2.81 ERA in 105 2/3 career playoff innings. And he was solidly reliable in 2019, too. In his Age 37 season, Wainwright made 31 starts, was second in the rotation with 8.0 strikeouts per nine innings and posted a 4.19 ERA, with a 4.36 FIP. He’s not a top-of-the-rotation guy at this point in his career, but those are numbers any team would welcome from a fourth starter. Especially if that fourth starter is a solid clubhouse presence, a fan favorite and a pillar in the community. Just for fun, though, let’s look at how Wainwright dealt with those “do you think your time with the Cardinals is done?” questions. In his final regular-season start, on Sept. 28, the Cardinals had a chance to possibly clinch the division title against the Cubs. Wainwright wasn’t good, to say the least. He didn’t survive the fifth inning, allowing six runs on 12 hits in a game the Cardinals lost 8-6. “I couldn’t be more disappointed in me,” Wainwright said. “I feel good, but my front side’s flying open. I’ve got to keep that closed way longer to keep me on target. That’s why my breaking ball’s hanging and my fastball’s up a little bit. I’m trying to correct it mid-game, but having a hard time doing it.”Did he think it was his final start?“Yeah, that’s not my last start. But it doesn’t make it any easier for me. It really ticks me off, actually. I really hate not coming through for the team. Everybody believed in me to go out there and deliver a good game, and I didn’t do it.”Wainwright started Game 3 of the NLDS against the Braves. He was brilliant this time, striking out eight and allowing just four hits in 7 2/3 shutout innings. The ovation when he left the mound at Busch Stadium was intense. “The crowd made me feel pretty good, walking off the mound today,” Wainwright said. “That was a cool time of mutual respect out there. I was loving every minute of that game. That’s one of the most fun games I’ve ever pitched, against a great lineup, in a great atmosphere at home.”The Cardinals lost that one, too, though. Closer Carlos Martinez gave up three runs with two outs in the ninth inning and the Braves pulled off the stunning 3-2 win. That gave Atlanta a 2-1 advantage in the best-of-five series. Did he think it was his final start?“I never once felt like today was it. Either we’ve got more games to win, or I’ve got more games to pitch.” The Cardinals, as you know, rallied to win Games 4 and 5 to advance to the NLCS. Wainwright took the ball for Game 2 of the NLCS against the Nationals, again at home. He was again brilliant, allowing just one solo home run into the eighth inning. This time, though, he didn’t make the necessary pitch, and Adam Eaton’s double scored two to put the Nationals up 3-0. In his 7 1/3 innings, he struck out 11 — his October career high — and didn’t look like a pitcher who was planning to retire after the season. “I feel as good or better right now than I have in, I can’t even remember how long,” he said. Did he think it was his final start? If the Cardinals wanted to find a way to fund Adam Wainwright’s return to the rotation for the 2020 season, they should have charged television reporters $10 every time they asked the veteran right-hander whether he thought he’d just made his final start in the only big league uniform he’s worn in his outstanding 15-season career. Turns out, a franchise that has drawn more than 3 million fans in 21 of the past 22 seasons didn’t have to pass the hat through the press box — even though a player who’s honest and insightful with his interviews is worth his weight in journalistic gold — and the Cardinals and Wainwright agreed to a one-year deal that will keep the 38-year-old starter in the family for at least one more year. Terms were not disclosed, per team policy, though the number will be reported soon. last_img read more

Ex-NBA player David Vaughn’s fall after NBA riches

first_imgPUTTING LIFE BACK TOGETHER—David Vaughn, 36, a former NBA power forward, stands outside his apartment in Orlando, Fla., Oct. 29. His story, he says, is one of a young man with sudden riches, manic spending habits and little advice from those who should have given him direction. It’s also one of a man whose friends are coming to his aid this weekend.Drafted by the Magic in 1995 as the 25th pick out of Memphis, he bought a Yukon, a Corvette, a Mercedes Benz, a Range Rover, a Lexus and another Yukon.The Corvette, especially, was ridiculed by his teammates.“They said, “Hey rook(ie), get rid of it, it’s too small,” Vaughn recalled in an interview, calling toll-free from Orlando.“I should’ve just bought a Buick.”He purchased a $250,000 house in Orlando, which he had two loans on; paid a note on his grandfather’s house near Nashville; bought a $212,000 home in Nashville; and invested in a construction deal that went sour.“The money just exhausted itself,” Vaughn said.His financial advisers, he said, “never stepped in and never made anything last a lifetime; I was left to make my own decisions.”These days, there’s a mandatory NBA rookie transition program designed to head off such problems.His NBA pension, he said, won’t kick in until he’s 48. He also played for the New Jersey Nets, Golden State Warriors and Chicago Bulls, averaging just under 10 minutes and 2.9 points a game.“I wouldn’t trade my NBA experience for anything in the world,” Vaughn said.After his release from the NBA in 1999, he played briefly in Europe, then ended up back in Orlando with little money and working a series of blue-collar jobs: a FedEx package handler, and warehouse work at a supermarket and then a furniture store.Before long, his marriage deteriorated and last year he was living out of his 2000 Impala on the streets of Orlando. He took showers at the Salvation Army where he got free meals. He’d go to a fitness center to get a shower and do stretching exercises so he wouldn’t feel so cramped in his car.“It was a very lonely situation,” he recalled.Vaughn recently reconciled with his wife and rejoined her and their two sons, aged 11 and 8.“Basically I knelt down and said a long prayer,” he recalled. “Later I read all of the New Testament, and it gave me strength.”Said wife Brandie: “Even though we may not have material things, we have the love of God which is more priceless than that.” But he’s still “looking for work,” just like millions of Americans. He was laid off over the summer by a furniture store that employed him as a warehouse worker and delivery man.Friends and family in Nashville, where he grew up, will have a fund-raiser for Vaughn on Saturday.“He’s made mistakes that we all do as human beings,” said Earl Jordan, a community activist who arranged the event after being touched by Vaughn’s plight. Jordan is president of Partners in the Struggle, a nonprofit that advocates against gun violence and helps families of murder victims.Vaughn’s life has revived memories of another Nashville pro athlete, Joe Gilliam Jr., who won two Super Bowl rings as quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers but ended up drug addicted and living in a cardboard box under a bridge for two years. He died in 2000.Vaughn, grateful for the help, blames most of his woes on himself.“I bought houses that were too big and too many luxurious cars,” he said. “I wish I’d have lived more simply because I’d be better off. I lived like there was no tomorrow.“I appreciate people stepping forward. It’ll help me put some of my life back together.” by Joe EdwardsNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)—David Vaughn knows the adulation of NBA crowds. He also knows the humbling task of maneuvering his 6-9 frame into his Chevy Impala to sleep.Less than a decade after the end of a four-season NBA career, the former power forward spent six months on the streets of Orlando, Fla., having run through the $2.2 million he earned in the league. These days, the 36-year-old Vaughn is looking for a job in Orlando, where he spent two seasons playing for the Magic.last_img read more

New Special Needs Community Center to Benefit Thurston County

first_imgFacebook188Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Kelsey Hartsell for Seeds for Growth Community CenterAs summer comes to an end, students begin to prepare for the next school year, many for whom this will be the last. After their senior year of high school, most students continue to further education or find their callings in volunteer or career opportunities, but what is there for students that have special needs and feel they can do neither? What about adults already aged out of the school system and aimlessly floating day to day with no real sense of purpose? Tracy Westberg has a solution.The Board of Directors: President Tracy Westberg, Secretary Jessie Green, Public Relations Liaison Kelsey Hartsell, Vice President Sheila McCarten Treasurer Phillip Hall. Photo courtesy: Barbara Potter Photography“I saw a vision to offer a safe, fun, and relaxing place for people who are differently abled” Tracy, who has worked with special needs students in North Thurston School District going on sixteen years, says, “I was inspired by my special needs students. I want to see them continue to grow and live once they finish high school, not just drop into a category of existing day to day.” Thus Tracy sat down, and with the support of her board of directors, built the plan for Seeds for Growth Community Center. Key statistics show that there is a substantial population Seeds for Growth Community Center will serve:According to the Disability Planning Data, there are approximately 21,000 people between the ages of 16 years and 64 years old that document having a disability living in Thurston County. This does not include individuals who are living in group homes or in an institution, nor does it take into consideration individuals not yet diagnosed nor individuals who decline to disclose a disability. Updated statics from the 2013-2017 Thurston County Regional Consolidated Plan confirms that 13% of Thurston County residents document having a disability.  People with special needs are offered to attend public school until the age of 21 years. Upon graduation, the opportunities and social support exponentially declines with very few consistent options left.Seeds for Growth President, Tracy Westberg posing with former student, DJ Geary Photo courtesy: Barbara Potter Photography“It doesn’t matter the visibility or invisibility of the disability, it doesn’t matter the severity or subtly, Every single individual who is differently-abled or special needs has the right to a sense of community and importance; and that is what Tracy provides” (Kelsey Hartsell, Board of Directors Public Relations Liaison speaking of Seeds for Growth President, Tracy Westberg).  The mission of Seeds for Growth speaks to the dedication this community center has for all its members: “To offer community-based activities and programs for individuals who are differently abled (ages 14+) by:Providing programs for personal enrichment and enjoyment through a variety of activities.Creating an environment that promotes the cognitive, social, and emotional growth of community members.Assisting participants to increase their involvement in the local community.Empowering individuals to strengthen their independence through daily living and life skills”Dylan Kuehl rocking out the drums at a Seeds for Growth block party event. Photo courtesy: Barbara Potter PhotographyNot surprisingly Seeds for Growth has received a lot of support from local companies who agree with the value in inclusion. Lacey’s Costco, Martin Way’s Cricket Mobile, Mystical Cupcakes, Olympic Cards and Comics, Deschutes Print & Stitch (formerly Mantis Graphix), and South Sound Parent to Parent, to name a few, have all donated to support the development of the new teen to adult special needs community center. The community center will operate out of South Sound Parent to Parent’s activity room until they find a location of their own. They will also host various activities in the community including an afternoon of bowling at Tumwater Lanes.Seeds for Growth has launched their new activities calendar, which will begin Monday, October 2nd, 2017. The calendar can be viewed on their Facebook page and their website. A copy can also be requested via email.  Seeds for Growth is also seeking board members and volunteers. If you would like to get more information on any of the participation or volunteer activities, Seeds for Growth can be contacted through email at:  [email protected] In the meantime, they ask that the community spread the word of the new center.last_img read more

Fort Monmouth 2019 Forecast: More Growth, More Jobs

first_imgBy Laura D.C. Kolnoski “Approximately 50percent of the Army’s overall utilities are being replaced with new, which is abig milestone for us,” said Bruce Steadman, FMERA executive director. “We havea budget to eliminate and replace all old utilities.” Steadman said the primarygoal “is to replace the 8,000 jobs lost when the Army left. Our goal is 10,000jobs. It will take several more years to bring back all the tax ratables. Weproject $1 billion in tax ratables for the three towns within five to eightyears.” The former U.S. Army base spans portions of Eatontown, Oceanport andTinton Falls. OCEANPORT Building 2719.Includes 6,574 square feet of administrative space and a 2,448 high-bay garage constructed in 2006. EATONTOWN Requestsfor Offers to Purchase will be issued in 2019 for: The Bowling Center. A family-owned bowling firm from North Jersey began the purchase process with FMERA in 2017, but the deal was never finalized. The 17,500-square-foot facility on 2.8 acres has 20 lanes. “The Bowling Center is staying and probably will be expanded,” Steadman revealed Jan. 16. FMERAis in negotiations for the sale and redevelopment of two high-profile propertiesalong the Avenue of Memories (Route 537) in Eatontown: Thefollowing properties are currently in negotiations for sale and redevelopmentwith the top-rated bidders. FMERA is prohibited from revealing specifics onbids and bidders until negotiations result in a formal agreement. FORT MONMOUTH – More parcels willbe offered, construction will commence and new ratables can be expectedthroughout Fort Monmouth’s 1,127 acres during 2019. That was the message at theyear’s first meeting of the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority(FMERA) Jan. 16. The Commissary. The fort’s 53,700-square-foot former Army supermarket and Post Exchange complex. Barker Circle. The 19.5-acre site in the historic district includes the Main Post Firehouse and Kaplan Hall.  Warehouse District. Five general purpose administration buildings and two warehouse structures. Alsoexpected to be offered in Eatontown this year on the Avenue of Memories areVail Hall, slated for office and/or commercial use, and Mallette Hall, a 57,000-square-footoffice building across from Vail Hall intended for reuse or replacement. center_img Earlythis year, FMERA plans to issue Requests for Offers to Purchase for the McAfeeCenter, a 90,000-square-foot research and development building on 47 acres thatdrew significant attention during an open house for potential buyers last year,and what’sknown as the “400 Area,” an 80-acre site along Oceanport Avenue zoned forhousing and commercial use. Due to its proximity to the Little Silver trainstation, officials anticipate a transit village occupying that site. Fort Monmouth’s former Pulse Power Building in Tinton Falls will be offered for sale this year.  Photo courtesy FMERA TINTON FALLS “1000 Area” Parking Parcel. Parties bidding on the Commissary, PX, and/or Warehouse District had the option to bid on this five-acre lot that will provide off-street parking. Figures released to The Two River Times Jan.22 regarding tax revenue for OceanportBorough are based on actual tax dollars collected in 2017 and 2018, as well asthe anticipated revenue based on the assessed values per Monmouth County’s taxassessment and Oceanport’s tax rate, according to Sarah Giberson, FMERA seniormarketing and development officer. In 2017the borough collected $226,956; in 2018 $274,687. The 2019 projected taxrevenue is $832,890. Anticipated total taxes for 2019 through 2029 are $23.3million. ITALPost Office Area. Five buildings constructed between 1941 and 1971. Nurses Quarters.A 24-unit residential complex adjacent to the former Patterson Hospital. “Asmore projects come online and residential parcels are further subdivided,revenue will continue to grow,” Giberson said. “These values only account forprojects that are completed or under contract, so it is expected that thesenumbers will change as development continues.” Pulse Power Building. A facility consisting of 15,690 square feet of administrative offices and 10,786 square feet of lab and testing space. “Seventy-four percentof former fort parcels are now sold, under contract, in negotiations, orentering the Request for Proposals process,” said Dave Nuse, FMERA deputyexecutive director and director of real estate development. Work on the100-year-old fort’s infrastructure is ongoing. The Expo Theater.The 18,883-square-foot entertainment facility built in 1968 was used by the Army for live performances and films. Dan Field is adjacent and included in the parcel. Interested parties can sign up to receive notices of newly available properties at fortmonmouthnj.com.last_img read more

DONEGAL SENATOR SLAMS GOVERNMENT REFUSAL TO SUSPEND TOWN COUNCIL ABOLITION

first_imgDonegal Senator Fianna Fail Brian O Domhnaill has accused Fine Gael and Labour of “ploughing on” with plan demolish Letterkenny, Buncrana, Bundoran & Ballyshannon Town Councils.The Government last night failed to accept an emergency plea in the Seanad by Senator Ó Domhnaill to suspend the Local Government Bill 2013 pending wide-ranging public consultation across the country in 2014.Speaking in the Seanad on the issue the Donegal Senator asked how can any Government continue to “bulldoze” through legislation which will abolish the local government structure at the point closest to the citizen. In Donegal’s case this includes the abolition of Letterkenny, Buncrana, Ballyshannon and Bundoran Town Councils.“The government is pressing on with this agenda without any local community public consultation.“The Council of Europe has since 2007 been consistently warning that there is a general shift towards greater government centralization.“What we are witnessing in the Local Government Bill 2013, at this point in time, is not “Reform” but a drastic move towards centralising Power away from the ordinary citizen,” he said He added the response which he received from the Environment Minister and delivered by Minister Of state Dinny Mc Ginley represented an “affront to democracy.”“The Minister tried to contend that adequate consultation has already taken place and that somehow people in Ireland are over represented in the democratic context. I find this contention outrageous to the extreme and shows how “out of touch” this Government really are.“The Minister failed to answer as to why Minister Hogan has failed to meet Local Councils or community groups in Donegal.”He said reform by its very definition should mean improvement or making things better and changing with the modern era.Abolishing the level of democracy closest to the citizen, without consultation, certainly does not represent reform, he adds. “The congress of the local and regional authorities of the council of Europe, on 31st October 2013, recommended to the Irish Government that they revise their Local Government legislation in order to ensure that the subsidiarity principle is better enshrined and protected in the law. The principle of subsidiarity is established in Article 5 of the Treaty on European Union.”“The Council of Europe stated that the importance of the principle of subsidiarity is not adequately reflected in the Local Government reform legislation. They further encourage the government to revise the legislation in order to ensure the subsidiarity principle is better enshrined and protected in the law and to promote this crucial principle in practice in Irish public administration.The principle of subsidiarity is fundamental to the functioning of the European Union (EU), and more specifically to European decision-making. In particular, the principle determines when the EU is competent to legislate, and contributes to decisions being taken as closely as possible to the citizen.“This new legislation will see a dramatic reduction in representation for the 14% of the population who live in areas with Town Councils. Where there is currently on average one councillor for every 865 people, there will now be one councillor for every 4,830. The new level of democratic representation in Ireland will compare exceptionally poorly to other OECD countries. For example, Ireland will be left with 31 local authorities, with each serving an average population of 139,800. This leaves Ireland as the second least democratic country in the OECD. France for example, has one local authority for every 1,500 citizens, Switzerland has one per 2,500, Austria one per 3,500, Germany one per 6,500, Poland one per 13,500, Sweden one per 31,500 and Finland one per 15,500.” “The question must be asked as to why our Government is so determined to close down democratic forums,” concluded Ó Domhnaill.DONEGAL SENATOR SLAMS GOVERNMENT REFUSAL TO SUSPEND TOWN COUNCIL ABOLITION was last modified: November 13th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Senator Brian O’Domhnailltown councilslast_img read more

North West Cancer Centre launches step-by-step video guide for patients

first_imgAn information video has been launched to guide new patients attending the cross-border North West Cancer CentreThe video was produced to give patients an opportunity to prepare for what to expect before and during their radiotherapy or chemotherapy treatment at Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry.The video follows two patients (actors) from their arrival at the Cancer Centre, through the treatment planning process and shows what can be expected from the treatment itself.  It also highlights the support available from Macmillan Cancer Support, both at the Cancer Centre and at the Macmillan Support Centre on the Altnagelvin site. Watch the video here: Una Cardin, Assistant Director of Nursing at the North West Cancer Centre, said: “The new video was developed to assist our patients, especially those with a new cancer diagnosis and visiting the Cancer Centre for the first time.  We incorporated all the relevant information on what to expect when attending for diagnostic scans, pre-treatment appointments and the treatment itself.“The video also features staff and volunteers from the Centre and lets patients know the range and many different staff they will meet during their cancer treatment journey.” Useful information on parking, support services and other facilities in the hospital are also covered to ensure that the patient has all information available before their first appointment.Una added: “A person’s cancer journey can be a worrying and emotional time. We hope that the video will help break down some of the fear, uncertainty and misunderstanding that can come when faced with having to receive treatment for cancer. It will provide people with information so that they know where to come and what to expect. We hope this will also give people the time to think of questions they would like to ask staff when they arrive for their treatment.”Staff at the North West Cancer Care CentreThe North West Cancer Centre opened in November 2016 and has treated over 2000 radiotherapy patients across a range of tumour sites over the past three yearsThe video can be accessed via the Western Trust’s Website.http://www.westerntrust.hscni.net/NorthWestCancerCentre.htmNorth West Cancer Centre launches step-by-step video guide for patients was last modified: November 1st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

CBS Reportedly Snagging ESPN Announcer To Eventually Replace Verne Lundquist On Top CFB Broadcast

first_imgA pylon with the SEC logo on it.ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 07: An ‘SEC’ logo is seen on an end zone pylon before the Missouri Tigers take on the Auburn Tigers during the SEC Championship Game at Georgia Dome on December 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)CBS reportedly has its replacement in place for Verne Lundquist on its top SEC game broadcast. According to Fox Sports’ Clay Travis, long-time ESPN announcer Brad Nessler will be leaving the network for CBS. He’ll call NFL games until Lundquist retires, when he’ll then become the play-by-play man for CBS’ top SEC game each week. Lundquist has called SEC games since 2000. Told Brad Nessler will leave ESPN and do NFL for CBS, until he takes over SEC for Uncle Verne.— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) April 25, 2016Nessler has been calling college football games for ESPN since 1997. He’s been with the network since 1992.last_img read more