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Another night at the ballpark

Another interesting night in the press box at Nat Bailey Stadium in Vancouver…

It was a night of predictions, extra innings, and … trying new snacks.

For starters, the local Vancouver Canadians were ahead of Boise 2-0 entering the sixth inning.

I looked over at the official scorer, Mike, and told him that the sixth inning seemed to be the C’s “trouble inning” as the team had just lost the previous night in Spokane by giving up back-to-back homers in a 2-1 loss. Plus, the week before, they’d lost a pair of games in Tri-City by giving up the lead in the sixth.

Sure enough, Boise scored twice in the sixth – thanks in part to an error – to tie the game.

As the night progressed, you could tell the pitching was dominant on both sides, and it might take some luck to get the tie-breaking run across.

So I told the scorer that the winning run – or go-ahead run – might come home on a wild pitch with a runner on third.

Fast forward to the bottom of the 12th, and that’s exactly what happened as a wild pitch allowed the winning run to come home. C’s won, 3-2.

And snacks… here’s what I ended up munching on as the game went into extras. I ended up opening the second bag after the game moved into the 10th.

Onion rings and cheesy garlic bread! What was it that Mark Messier said during those commercials from the 1990s? Something about how you can’t just stop at one?

So, who the heck is “Budd B.”?

There’s this retired journalist from a Buffalo newspaper by the name of Budd, who spends time reviewing sports books on his personal blog.

He proudly gave my book on John Cangelosi #twostars on Twitter, and his Tweet provides a link to his blog, where he criticized the book.

Two stars? Here’s an excerpt:

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Okay, let me get this straight. A professional athlete who’s been retired for more than 10 years shouldn’t be sharing his stories…. got it. That got me thinking: Did he ever rate the autobiographies on Grant Fuhr and Doug Gilmour, a pair of Sabres hockey stars? But more on that later.

(Regarding the all-time team comment, I’ll have to say that I recall reading parts of Felipe Alou’s book, in which he lists his all-time team in the middle of a chapter. I believe Mickey Lolich did the same in his book. So… what’s Budd’s point?)

First of all, shame on this fella Budd for suggesting that a guy who hit .250 doesn’t deserve a book. Excuse me, Budd, how many years did you play in the big leagues and what’s YOUR average? Your bio says you’ve written 11 books. How many of them were best sellers? So, should more than half of your books not have been written in the first place?

A search on Amazon revealed the following:

  1. Budd wrote books on non-superstars himself! One player he wrote about scored 41 goals and 91 points…. in his entire career! So, don’t pick on another writer and another athlete who didn’t measure up according to you.
  2. From a reviewer on Budd’s hockey book: “…there are multiple errors in text that should have been caught.” Well, I guess someone needs more editing himself, huh?
  3. Here’s another one: “sophomoric book….told like a 6 yr great stories…..after bob probert and dave Schultz books this really stunk..very good admired player..awful storyteller” – So, it looks like Budd’s own books aren’t that great, either, then.

Okay, moving on to the aforementioned ex-Sabres. So, if a book shouldn’t be written about a former athlete who’s been retired more than 10 years, I assumed he didn’t have good things to say about the books of Gilmour and Fuhr… and I was right.

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I mean, I can’t speak for the intentions of Gilmour and Fuhr along with their co-authors, but my intentions with John Cangelosi are pure: Inspire young kids through John’s stories. Anyone who’s been told “You can’t do this” should read this book and be inspired.

I hate to think that this Budd has any kids. Think about the message he’s sending. Well, you know, Babe Ruth was last relevant in the 1930s, so kid shouldn’t read about him, right? Or, some pro athlete who made it despite challenges hits “only” .250 and that’s not good enough. Okay. Good to know.

Like, for a “writer” to rip a fellow writer? That’s harsh.

Of course, when you read the following, you’ll know the kind of person we’re dealing with here.

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“no one cares”? Tell that to former Flames players, who all have very positive things to say about Harley Hotchkiss and the “family” culture he brought to the organization.

Budd B…? Gutless.

John Cangelosi story on Herd Chronicles


Here’s a story about John Cangelosi on the Herd Chronicles, a website dedicated to the history of the Buffalo Bisons.

John played for the Triple-A franchise in 1985, 1988, and 1990.

Interestingly, he was a member of two separate organizations during those stints.

You see, the Buffalo franchise was a Chicago White Sox affiliate when he first played for the Bisons as a 22-year-old.

In the next two stints, the Bisons were the Triple-A club of the Pittsburgh Pirates. John played for the Pirates organization from 1987 to 1990.

Of course, my book on John’s career can be found here.

Order John Cangelosi: The Improbable Baseball Journey of the Undersized Kid from Nowhere to World Series Champion

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Blast from the past: Interview from 10+ years ago

Here’s something I found online this week: an interview that I did back in Dec. 2008, talking about my early books. Wow! Talk about a blast from the past!


This will never happen again…

… John Cangelosi ahead of Mike Trout! Will never happen again – so it’s nice to have photos of this 😉