Pirates alone in my heart without Dino

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As Robert Mann stated in is column: “The past can never really be retrieved.” Yes, it’s true, but we can still hold onto it as it is dear to us old timers.

I had it made growing up in Steubenville, Ohio, or the “ville” as those of us who grew up there would call it. The “ville” was great – prospering, very good restaurants, all the gambling you wanted, safe streets provided mostly by the people who ran the gambling spots or smoke shops where it took place, and a downtown that was thriving. Even shoppers from Pittsburgh would make the 39 mile drive to shop, eat and make a bet.

In case you missed it, June 7 would have been Dean Martin’s 100th birthday. For many years Dino’s and my hometown has celebrated his life with a great festival in the downtown streets and businesses. As many of my readers know, I am a huge fan of the Rat Pack and Dean in particular, so you can imagine how sad I was to read this past week in the Steubenville Herald Star that this will be the final year for the Dean Martin Festival.

While I’m sorry to see it go, I am glad it carried on for so many years. Congratulations, and many thanks, to everyone involved in keeping the memory of Steubenville’s favorite son alive for so many years. You’re the reason everybody loves somebody, and I still love the “ville” even though we can never retrieve the way it was.

As a young lad I became a huge Pittsburgh Pirates fan even though I was from Ohio and maybe should have been an Indians or Reds fan. It was the Pirates who I lived and died with, mostly because they were the very first live game I ever got to see.

My godfather Bill Saber was a huge Pirate prospect and his mom, Ann Saber, loved going to the games at old Forbes Field. We would hop the train in Steubenville and she would come and take us to the game. We always got there for batting practice. I had my 1960 Pirates year book that I had just purchased for I think 25 cents, and by the time batting practice was over I had every Pirate sign it, including the great Roberto Clemente. What a treasure.

If you are a big fan of a team like this bettor, usually we like to hang with people who are rooting and betting with us. Back in Steubenville we would all go to our favorite watering hole, Washington Bar, and watch the games.

Living in Vegas the majority of us grew up elsewhere but we still have fond affection for those teams. In Vegas if you are from Detroit or a fan of the Tigers, Red Wings or Lions, you can join in with other great Motown fans at the Longbar downtown at The D, which is owned by one of the greatest Detroit fans, Derek Stevens.

There is no better spot to watch the game and have a libation or two than the Longbar. We may not be able to go back home again but it’s possible to still enjoy the memories with fellow fans and also bet the games at The D. It’s a great spot even if you are not a Detroit fan. Even if you’re a Tigers fan, don’t give up as they are in a very soft division and start the week only 4.5 games behind the Indians.

The Cards were our series play last week and completely let us down. This week we will look for the Yankees to get back in the swing of things as they get back home after a horrendous West Coast road trip. We love them to sweep the Rangers at Yankee Stadium in a three-game series starting on Friday.

The Yanks are 22-9 at home while only 16-20 on the road and now have fallen into a tie for first place with the Red Sox. Texas is 20-15 at home but only 14-19 on the road.

Tip of the week

Now we will travel to Santa Anita for a play of the week, coming this Friday with the Great Race place racing only three days a week until next week when they run a five-day schedule from Friday, June 30 through Tuesday, July 4.

Santa Anita has another nice and difficult 10 race card on Friday and our play will come in the 9th race as a filly we have been waiting for comes back on the grass, No. 2 Queen Bee to You. She was up against it in the $200K Melair on the dirt last out and now gets right where she belongs going a mile on the grass versus Cal Bred $16K optional claimers. She won in her only turf race; it was at this mile distance with Kent Desormeaux riding. He is back on today.

Ok you Lions fans, get off that couch, take a drive down to The D and hit the Longbar. You could be walking around lucky and not even know it.

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