February 11, 2012
Fred Ferreira learned back in the mid-80s to never leave any corner of the baseball world unscouted. Talent is everywhere, and when Ferreira was a scout for the Yankees in 1985, it was on the tiny untapped island of Curacao. He heard of a hitter named Hensley Meulens, and upon seeing him play for the first time, Ferreira signed him to a free-agent deal. It wasn't unlike his first trip to Panama, where he plucked an outfielder named Roberto Kelly out of 150 players at an impromptu workout and signed him on the spot.
January 18, 2012
There's never been a major league baseball player to come out of New Zealand. And despite reports from the country that 17-year-old first baseman Pita Rona has signed a seven-year "major league" contract with the Orioles, it's actually far from that. The Orioles have signed the 6-foot-5, 175-pound Rona to a minor-league deal and he will report to Major League Baseball's developmental academy in Australia. Rona, who has played for the New Zealand men's national softball team (commonly referred to as the Black Sox)
December 31, 2011
Dr. John Butler MacGibbon, an internal medicine specialist who treated port of Baltimore mariners, died Dec. 24 at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson of complications of a stroke and a fall. He was 90 and lived in Original Northwood. Born in Christchurch, New Zealand, he was the oldest of four siblings. His late brother, Tony, was a well-known New Zealand cricketer, and his late sister, Jean, was a New Zealand tennis champion. He attended Christ's College in Christchurch, New Zealand, and then graduated from the University of Otago Medical School in Dunedin, New Zealand, in 1948.
November 17, 2011
Did you know that more wine is sold in November than in December? It's true! I doubt that people consider the Thanksgiving feast anymore wine-worthy than the Christmas feast, but rather that the holidays are upon us and we start drinking more wine at table as a rule. There are parties. We stock up. And we start stocking up for all of our festive events in November. Here are a few of my personal picks for 2011 in case you need some suggestions. Gobble, gobble The Drouhin Beaujolais-Villages 2009 ($12)
October 6, 2011
I touched down in Gisbourne, New Zealand, on a flying "cigar tube with wings. " The placards to that town read "First to see the light" and "First to see the New Millennium. " Having crossed the international dateline while in a more sizable bird and "lost a day" while flying, the signage seemed even more disorienting. This was the locale to which international observers flocked on Dec. 31, 1999, to see how the Y2K bug would strike because Gisbourne is the first place to see the dawn in the world every year.
September 11, 2011
Watching every match of the Rugby World Cup, is it on your bucket list? Well, get ready to scratch it off. Slainte, which has become a destination for English Premier League fans, is showing every RWC match from New Zealand including with the Oct. 23 final. Well, you may have missed a few already, but who's counting. All matches played between 6 a.m. and 2 a.m. ET will be shown live and replays will be shown on weekends at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. and on weekdays at 6 p.m. Slainte serves breakfast every day beginning at 7 a.m. And you never need to wonder what sporting event Slainte is showing at any given time.