David Ortiz http://ripr.org en Scott MacKay Commentary: We Remember: Patriot's Day 2014 http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-we-remember-patriots-day-2014 <p>It’s been a year since bombs and blood in the streets shattered one of New England’s treasured civic celebrations.&nbsp; RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses the lessons of the Boston Marathon bombings as this year’s race approaches.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:35:06 +0000 Scott MacKay 31921 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: We Remember: Patriot's Day 2014 Former Rep. Peter Wasylyk heads back to RI Statehouse http://ripr.org/post/former-rep-peter-wasylyk-heads-back-ri-statehouse <p>On occasion the best way to pick up Rhode Island political tidbits is to head to Boston, specifically to Fenway Park on the afternoon of the home opener, aka the Big Papi show.</p><p>As usual, former Providence Democratic state and devout Sawx fan Rep. Peter Wasylyk was in his seat near the first base line cheering on the team. During a brief conversation, he confirmed that he is going back to the Statehouse to become legal counsel to the new House Majority Leader, Rep. John DeSimone, D-North Providence.</p> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 17:36:42 +0000 Scott MacKay 31585 at http://ripr.org President Obama and Boston: What the president was right about http://ripr.org/post/president-obama-and-boston-what-president-was-right-about <p>The Red Sox duck boat parade streamed through the streets of Boston&nbsp; as fans by the hundreds of thousands lined up to cheer on the improbable dream team that won the 2013 World Series.</p><p>While no athletic accomplishment can ever leaven the horror of the Boston Marathon bombings for survivors and the still-suffering families shattered by this cowardly act of terrorism, it was nonetheless grand to see the simple majesty of a gesture made at the road race finish line by Red Sawx players.</p> Sat, 02 Nov 2013 15:40:45 +0000 Scott MacKay 24195 at http://ripr.org Lessons we can learn from the Red Sox http://ripr.org/post/lessons-we-can-learn-red-sox <p>The Boston Red Sox, New England’s most beloved sports team, are the world champions of baseball. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders what we can learn from these men who played a boys game with joy.</p><p>Fifty years ago, the French-born cultural historian Jacques Barzun wrote a lyrical paean to baseball. His most noted passage was that ``whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball, the rules, and reality of the game.’’</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 20:41:42 +0000 Scott MacKay 24104 at http://ripr.org A Red Sawx win in game 6 would clinch it http://ripr.org/post/red-sawx-win-game-6-would-clinch-it <p>Tomorrow’s game at Fenway Park is the crucial one in this World Series. It is an advantage for Boston that the Old Towne Team has two games to win one; the Cahdinals backs are against the proverbial wall.</p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 20:49:37 +0000 Scott MacKay 23968 at http://ripr.org Providence’s David Ortiz Is Rhode Island’s Little Papi http://ripr.org/post/providence-s-david-ortiz-rhode-island-s-little-papi <p>As the Red Sox prepare for Wednesday night’s World Series opener at Fennway Park, one Rhode Islander is feeling the love being shown Number 34, big slugger David Ortiz. &nbsp;</p><p>David Ortiz, the Red Sox designated hitter, is known as Big Papi. David Ortiz, the spokesman for Providence’s mayor, is known as Little Papi. “You know it’s funny, Mayor Taveras gave me the nickname Little Papi,” said Ortiz.</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 20:29:59 +0000 Catherine Welch 23611 at http://ripr.org