Denker Had A Feeling

Ever get a song stuck in your head that won’t go away?


(I already know the answer – it happens to everyone)


Well, right now, that song for me is “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas.


It’s #1 on the Billboard Top 100, but if you’re not familiar with the tune, you can listen to the song and watch the video here.


I bring it up because it came on over the stadium loudspeakers while the PawSox were taking batting practice on Saturday and Travis Denker began singing along with his own lyrics.


The actual lyrics are:


I gotta feeling.

That tonight’s gonna be a good night.

That tonight’s gonna be a good night.

That tonight’s gonna be a good, good night.


Denker’s version went something like this:


I gotta feeling.

That tonight’s gonna be a good night.

The PawSox will score 13 runs tonight.

We’ll do high fives after a good, good night.


(If you sing along, it fits quite well.  And if you haven’t watched the video yet, Fergie looks quite good)



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(photos courtesy of Kelly O’Connor)


Incredibly, Travis Denker nailed it!  The PawSox scored 13 runs – with Denker driving in 4 – in a win over the Columbus Clippers.


Unfortunately, it was too-close-for-comfort.  Pawtucket led 10-1 after the third inning and had to hold on for dear life before winning 13-11.


There were plenty of offensive standouts.  Denker had a pair of doubles and 4 RBI.  Chris Carter crushed a 3-run HR to center field and also finished with 4 RBI.  Ivan Ochoa hit a 2-run HR and wound up with 3 RBI. 


It’s just the second time the PawSox have scored 10-or-more runs in a game.  They scored a season-high 15 runs in the game played at tiny Doubleday Field in Cooperstown on June 14th.


The series is even at a game apiece with Game 3 coming up Sunday at 1:05.  Hopefully, Denker will weave some more lyrical magic before the game.


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Yesterday I blogged about the loss of our pal Jonathan Van Every to the Pittsburgh Pirates. 



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Today I received the following e-mail from his folks:

Thanks for the nice goodbye tribute to JV.

We had a fine old time with the Sox, both at Pawtucket and in Boston. 

It was a wild, fun ride, and we’ll always remember the people we met. 

The Pawsox family is the greatest, most hospitable bunch of minor 
league folks we’ve encountered while trailing around behind Jonathan – a real class act. Please share that with the group since we won’t have a chance to thank them for all their kindness.

We’ll miss visiting up there and we’ll especially miss the “radio 
guys”. Thanks again and take care,

Gene & Paula Van Every


Thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Van Every for the kind words and for taking the time to write.  We look forward to rooting for JV with the Pirates next year.

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I received a few responses about my previous post in which I asked the following question:  “If you could have any piece of sports memorabilia in history, what would it be?”

Hyder said it would be the part of the left field foul pole at Fenway where his childhood hero Carlton Fisk hit his game-winning HR in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series.

E-mail suggestions included the footballs that Adam Vinatieri kicked through the uprights to win Super Bowls XXXVI and XXXVIII for the Patriots.

George Brett’s pine tar bat.

Wilt Chamberlain’s black book (it had to be pretty thick to include 20,000 names).

Any more suggestions?  Add them to the comments section or e-mail them to me at

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This series continues on Sunday afternoon at 1:05.  I hope you’ll join us for the radio call beginning with the pre-game show at 12:50 on the PawSox radio network and


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