Thursday PM Notes 04.12.07

Today’s Red Sox/Mariners game has been postponed until May 3rd.

We’ve got something a little bit different from the norm here this afternoon. This came across my desk yesterday, and with the marathon scheduled for Monday, and the passing last weekend of a friend of BSMW from a brain tumor, I thought this appropriate to post here this afternoon:

Sarah MacCarthy, 25, of Back Bay, no longer qualifies as a casual runner. On April 16th, 2007, she will run the Boston Marathon to raise money for the Brain Tumor Society in honor of her uncle, Tim MacCarthy.

In March 2005, Tim saw a doctor for a seemingly minor symptom and was diagnosed with a stage four glioblastoma, the most deadly kind of brain tumor.

Tim had always been healthy and active, and the diagnosis was a shock to his family-including his niece, Sarah, who grew up spending summers with him and his wife. Sarah and her family rallied to support him. Very upset by Tim’s diagnosis but recently accepted to the Harvard School of Public Health, Sarah wasn’t sure how she could support her DC-based uncle from so far away. Being there for her uncle is important to her. She yearned for another way to express her love and support for Tim.

“Health is more than medicine,” said Sarah, who credits her uncle’s survival not only to talented doctors and technology, but also to the strong support of family and friends. To demonstrate their support for Tim, the MacCarthy family wears a bear charm for Tim “at all times,” Sarah said. “It’s the Native American symbol for spiritual power.”

Running the Boston Marathon is Sarah’s way of taking her health and “putting it to good use” for Tim. “I’m doing this to put an end to what Tim calls ‘the monster’,” said Sarah.

She wrote a letter to family and friends asking for donations, and the response has been tremendous. Sarah has raised more than $3,500 for the Brain Tumor Society (BTS), a national not-for-profit based in Watertown, Massachusetts. BTS funds promising brain tumor research, provides free informational materials, and offers access to psychosocial support for patients, survivors and families.

Please visit www.tbts.org to see Sarah’s personal fundraising page. Click on the ‘Upcoming Benefits’ link at lower right. Sarah’s Marathon effort is listed as ‘Boston Marathon for BTS’.

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Bob Raissman suggests that Mike and the Mad Dog might be WFAN’s replacement for Don Imus if the morning show host is fired.

Bill Simmons offers up a few things while musing over the performance of Felix Hernandez last night.

David Borges has more on Daisuke Matsuzaka’s Fenway debut .

Seth Wickersham of ESPN.com has a look at 19-year-old Louisville defensive tackle Amobi Okoye, who has his degree, having entered school and played as a 16 year old freshman. Okoye projects into a high first round pick in many circles.

Scott Zolak relates his memories of Drew Bledsoe’s NFL career to Mike Reiss.

Tom Curran has a look at the top inside linebackers available in the draft. Already this week he has profiled cornerbacks and safeties.

Jessica Camerato looks at the Red Sox plans to honor Red Auerbach at Fenway today.

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As part of its 16-day, multi-platform After Jackie initiative celebrating the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier, ESPN will televise SportsCenter Special: Jackie Robinson tonight at 8 p.m. ET. The one-hour program will be hosted by Baseball Tonight’s Karl Ravech, who will be joined by Dusty Baker, Peter Gammons, John Kruk and Eric Young.

The program will be highlighted by a roundtable discussion with three high-profile African-American players: Carl Crawford of the Devil Rays, Jimmy Rollins of the Phillies and CC Sabathia of the Indians.

A couple of quotes from the program:

High percentage of the black players are stars
Crawford: “If you ain’t an All Star, you can’t be black in the Major Leagues…it just seems like we always have to be the best player on the team and that’s the only way we can crack the door.”

What Jackie Robinson means to you?
Sabathia: “He means everything to me. I wouldn’t be sitting here today if it wasn’t for him. I always think about all the stuff he went through to help us get here. That’s why I think we need to be addressing this right now as far as the lack of African Americans in the game, just because of what he went through alone. So I think we need to pay him that much respect just to try to get something going.”

Rollins: “To me, he’s just a man of strength, a man that goes beyond what he did breaking the color line, beyond playing baseball…I worked too hard and the people before me worked way too hard for me to be out here lolly-gagging…Now it’s my turn, so if I want to keep what Jackie did alive, I have to make sure I do my part.”

Crawford: “…he opened those doors for a person like me…I don’t think I would have been strong enough to go through things like that so I’m happy that there was someone who stood up for us…I’m just glad he stepped up for us like that.”

The program also includes an obituary by Howard Cosell, which includes segments from one of Robinson’s final interviews.

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You probably have seen their ads here, but I want to thank the good folks at Kintees.com for sending a few Viva El Papi T-shirts this way. The company is run by the three Corcoran brothers, who were all raised just south of Boston. The shirts are very distinctive and of good quality. Check them out!

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Tonight

7:00pm, Versus – Flames @ Red Wings
7:35pm, TBS – Nationals @ Braves
8:15pm, TNT – Nets @ Cavs
10:30pm, Clippers @ Lakers

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