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BOB ELLIOTT -- Toronto Sun

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RED SOCKS

Alan Wood grew up in northern Vermont, moved to New York and a year ago arrived in Mississauga. His passion remains his Boston Red Sox. Wood, 42, wrote Babe Ruth and the 1918 Red Sox and runs the popular Sox blog The Joy of Sox (joyofsox.blogspot. com/). Wood said during post-season play -- or during a Yankee series -- his site drew 800-1,000 visitors a day.

NO BUSH-LEAGUER

After going 16-for-16, Brewers closer Francisco Cordero coughed up a 2-1 lead in the ninth at Wrigley Field, to lose to the Cubs 3-2. Ex-Jay Dave Bush allowed three hits and one run in eight innings. He began the season as a fifth starter after being acquired from the Jays in the Lyle Overbay trade. He finished 12-11 with a 4.41 ERA. In 210 innings, he struck out 166, walked 38.

KEY TO THE CITY

Fernando Tatis won't miss playing in Ottawa, now that the Baltimore farm team has moved. "It's a great city, but baseball is dead there," Tatis said. "It's not good. It's not appropriate for playing baseball. The weather, the stadium, there's no (indoor) batting cage. They don't care. They don't deserve anybody to go there and play. It was the hardest place I've ever played."

CARRYING ON

Oshawa Dodgers founder Troy May died this summer in a car crash. His sons suffered life-threatening injuries which saw Dodgers players line halls of McMaster Hospital and The Hospital for Sick Children. May's dream was to fill Kinsmen Stadium and bring an Intercounty title to Oshawa. The Dodgers intend to operate next summer. For more info see (oshawadodgers.net).

WINTER-BOOK FAVOURITES

That's what the Whitby Chiefs are to win the 2008 peewee title. They went 56-4 this season, beating Windsor Riverside 15-2 to win the OBA title. Lefty Evan Webb gained his second win of the tourney. Ryan Collier beat Scarborough and Cambridge. Marcus Rozsa was the Chiefs best hitter, while JD Osborne was the glue of the infield. Riley Sewell pitched 55 innings walking only five.


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