Thursday, October 09, 2014

This Sunday, Raynham, Bombers!

I'd like you to try a little experiment. Don't move, in any way, for just one minute.

Aggravating, isn't it? If you have an itch, you can't scratch it. Something in your eye? Too bad. Nose running? Tough.

You now have some idea of what Chad Larivee has been going through since July 29th.

Chad is a 43-year-old Taunton firefighter with a wife and three kids. He spent eight years as a hoseman, routinely entering burning buildings. More recently, he drove Taunton's Engine 1, the city's busiest pumper. During the past 17 years, he put his life on the line. That's what firefighters do. But, while helping a fellow jake with some roof repair on his day off, Chad fell 30 feet from a ladder and suffered a severe spinal cord injury. He was immediately paralyzed.

He was medflighted to Rhode Island Hospital, where he underwent 9 hours of surgery. After almost a month in their ICU, eating via a feeding tube and unable to speak because of a tracheotomy, he was moved to Spaulding Rehab in Charlestown. He remains there today, doing the hard work to try and regain some mobility. Currently, he is a tetraplegic. He has limited left arm movement only.

Since the injury, Chad's fellow firefighters say he has remained tremendously upbeat despite his troubles. And they'd know because they've been there for him. In Rhode Island, there was always at least one of the Taunton crew by his bedside 24/7. At Spaulding, a Taunton firefighter stays overnight, every night – 10pm to 6am – so Chad never wakes up alone. They scratch those itches and do whatever else is physically needed. Some firefighters in Worcester known as “The Ramp Gang”, assisted by their brothers from Taunton, Scituate, Franklin and Northbridge, donated their time and skills to build Chad an ADA-compliant wheelchair ramp at his home. It is hoped Chad will be able to return home in November.

But there's a lot more work needed and the funds to do that work are staggering. Chad will need a specialized wheelchair and a chair van, a residential elevator, a mounted lift in his home, conversion of his bathroom and other spaces. It will cost hundreds of thousands and none of that specialty equipment is covered via insurance.

To raise what's needed, his friends in Taunton have set up a fundraising event on Sunday October 12th. Starting at noon, at The Jockey Club in Raynham, there will be five live bands; fun games like jump houses, bowling and face painting for kids (children 12 and under get in free); food and drinks; some superb items up for bid via auction (for example, all-expenses-paid trips to San Diego to see the Patriots play the Chargers or to California for the USC – Notre Dame game.) And you won't miss the Pats game if you go; you can see them take on the Buffalo Bills via a huge projector. More information is available at!blog/c35h (or, if you can't make it that day and the spirit moves you, you can make a donation anyway.)

I'll be there on Sunday. I hope you will, too.

Monday, October 06, 2014

Single Season & Lifetime Records

The Bombers have existed since 1995. The 2014 season was the Bombers 20th season.

Two players have been on the team all 20 years - Ron Johnson and Jim Sullivan. Next in line for longevity is Fred Goodman (18 seasons) and then Jack and Jay Atton (14 seasons each).

Here are the team record holders entering 2015 when we will defend our championship (BOLD = records broken or tied this past season, or a new leader in a lifetime category.)


Wins - 11, Jay Atton, 2010 & Brian Pacheco, 2014
W-L% - .917 (11 - 1 - 1), Brian Pacheco, 2014
ERA - 1.60, Brian Pacheco, 2014
SOI (Shutout Inning %) - .735, Brian Pacheco, 2014
Games - 27, Jim Sullivan, 1995
AB - 80, Jeff Scott, 1995 & Scott Sarro, 1997
Plate Appearances - 94, Scott Sarro, 1997
Hits - 43, Billy Botting, 2008
2B - 10, Jimmy Botting, 2014
3B - 6, Charlie White, 2005 & Cam Zirpolo, 2009
HR - 10, Conrad Pacquette, 2007
RBI - 42, Conrad Pacquette, 2007 & Tom Resor, 2012
AVG. - .717, Jay Atton, 2009
BB - 21, Pat Atton, 2013
R - 35, Scott Sarro, 1997, & Pat Atton, 2013
Most Plate Appearances, No K - 86, Stu Stone, 1996
OB% - .750, Jay Atton, 2009
SLG% - 1.639, Charlie Conners, 2010
OPS - 2.353, Charlie Conners, 2010
Plus/Minus - +30, Jay Atton, 2009
TA - 1.833, Charlie Conners, 2010


Wins - 39, Jay Atton
Hits - 331, Jim Sullivan
2B - 44, Jim Sullivan
3B - 22, Jay Atton
HR - 29, Ron Johnson & Jay Atton
RBI - 242, Ron Johnson
BB - 199, Jim Sullivan
R - 262, Jim Sullivan
Most Plate Appearances, No K - Longest Streak, 166, Tom Resor
Plus/Minus -  +115, Jay Atton
AVG. - .536, Jay Atton (minimum 125 AB for % categories)
OB% - .590, Jay Atton
SLG% - .960, Tom Resor
OPS - 1.490, Tom Resor
TA -  .964, Jay Atton