September 22, 2014


Derek Jeter’s fabulous baseball career with the New York Yankees is winding down.

The Kalamazoo Kid will be hanging up his cleats at the end of this week.

Nineteen years in the big leagues with the same club.

Think about that for a minute.

I know there are a few New York Mets fans who read the blog so I figure they have stopped reading this entry by now. (I wonder what Carmine would think of Derek Jeter?)

The Baltimore Orioles are in town for a four game series. Thursday will be Jeter’s final appearance at the stadium. The Bronx Bombers then head to Boston to end the season with a weekend visit with the Red Sox. Some people are wondering if Jeter will play against the Red Sox or will his appearance at Yankee stadium vs the Orioles on Thursday be his last?

“His last at-bat should be at Yankee stadium,” someone said to me.

Sorry, butI don’t agree with that at all.

If Jeter decides to play in Boston, look for the Red Sox to show their appreciation. The city of Boston knows winners, and Jeter is a winner.

In an outstanding New York Magazine article Jeter’s former manager Joe Torre had this to say about him: “Even though it was his first year in the big leagues, Derek was a finished product as a person. Very mature, responsible.”

Torre credits Jeter’s parents for a psychological grounding that sounds simple, but isn’t. “He felt comfortable in his own skin. Other players need to be validated. Derek doesn’t need the attention.”

Jeter’s parents did a wonderful job raising their son. Saw a sign at the Yankee game on Sunday, “MRS. JETER, YOU DID THE BEST JOB!”

You don’t have to be a Yankees fan to respect Jeter and his accomplishments.  I understand some people are tired of the farewell tour but he will be missed.

I am going to treasure these last few games. So much that I ordered MLB premium so I don’t miss his last few at-bats.

Jeter did it the right way both on and off the field.

He has never been involved with steroids or crime. Has never been involved in a domestic abuse situation. His mom and dad taught him how to respect people.

The way Jeter plays the game every day should be an example to all youth athletes. On ground balls, the guy still sprints down the first base line. I mention that only because there are major league baseball players who jog.

He not only hustles, but he plays hard and is a great teammate.

Currently I work with high school basketball players. I am always looking for examples of athletes who do it the right way, it’s important. It’s important for kids growing up in today’s society to see someone who worked hard like Jeter, who stayed out of trouble and who persevered.

I’m going to miss #2 playing shortstop in the Bronx.



September 20, 2014


Filed under: Bobby Corbett — hoopscoach @ 8:27 pm
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Bobby Corbett award

September 19, 2014


Filed under: Derek Jeter — hoopscoach @ 7:46 am
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Back in the mid-90’s, when I moved from Brooklyn to Michigan there was a pretty good baseball player named Derek Jeter who moved from Michigan to the Bronx.

Not a bad trade, right?



September 18, 2014


Filed under: Holy Name — hoopscoach @ 5:38 am

I have been informed that the Holy Name stickball game and family BBQ which was supposed to take place this weekend has been cancelled.


There was not enough people signed up for the event.



September 17, 2014


Filed under: Children,NFL,Wife — hoopscoach @ 8:02 am

I once read a quote from a sportswriter whose name escapes me now, “Frustration leads to anger; anger to violence. Don’t get frustrated.” 

For some, frustration can be difficult to overcome. But I am sorry, there are two things in life men should not do no matter how they feel.

Men should not hit women and they should not hit children out of anger or for discipline reasons.

A couple of years ago a friend told me I was being too preachy here on Container Diaries.

Well if I’m sounding “preachy” today, I am sorry.

In the NFL there has been a few stories about domestic abuse. I am sure you have heard. (If not just Google Ray Rice, Greg Hardy and Adrian Peterson) but how can you not? It’s been all over the news.

Now, I am sure your parents back in the day did things their way and if you are a parent, you discipline your kids your way. (I often ask friends the difference in how you were raised and how you raise your own kids?)

I have a 15 year-old daughter and have been married for twenty-years. Not once have I ever thought of striking the two most important people in my life. I experienced this criminal behavior in my own home growing up – I learned from it despite what studies show. That someone who sees abuse as a child will be an abuser. That’s crap!

Have my wife and argued?


We’ve even raised our voices, of course, who doesn’t?

My daughter and I disagree on things too, she’s a teen! But hitting them? I don’t think so.

I totally understand things were different in the 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s and the 1980’s. This is 2014 people, to a man, you don’t put a finger on a child or a woman, I am sorry.

Only a coward hits a child.

A man doesn’t strike the woman that he supposedly loves.

Don’t get frustrated. It may lead to anger…


September 15, 2014


Filed under: Pat Fenton — hoopscoach @ 11:00 am
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My friend and frequent contributer to Container Diaries Pat Fenton, will be hard at work once again…

On Tuesday, September 16, I will be doing a short, twelve minute reading from my one man play in progress on Jimmy Breslin at the Cell Theatre, 338 West 23rd Street in the Chelsea area of New York.

It is a second reading of my play in progress (almost finished).


The night, which starts at 7 P.M. (to 10 P.M. ), will also include on the bill other readings and musical entertainment by members of the Irish American Writers and Artists Salon.

Admission is free.
Pat Fenton

September 12, 2014


Filed under: Farrell's,Holy Name,Stickball — hoopscoach @ 8:30 am
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Stickball game flyerHooley and Mike Purdy sent me a reminder about the stickball game coming up on Saturday, September 20.

Double click on the image, should get a bit bigger.

September 10, 2014


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September 7, 2014


Filed under: Nicholas D'Elia — hoopscoach @ 7:33 am

Thanks to Frankie P. for passing along this sad story.

Nicholas D'Elia

In the article it says that:

“Nicholas worked at Holy Name Elementary School in his home borough for six years teaching social studies and later taught social studies at New Utrecht High School, Brooklyn, for 13 years, where he supervised the debate team.”

September 6, 2014


Filed under: John Corrar — hoopscoach @ 7:58 am


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