Writing Samples - Sports

‘Baby-Faced Assassin’ Lets Live Fastball Do Talking

If Raymond Chandler was a PawSox beat writer, relief pitcher Cory Bailey might have been pegged as the "Baby-Faced Assassin.” Unlike some of his fellow relievers, Bailey doesn’t look the part of the menacing closer. Boston’s Jeff Russell sports an intimidating goatee – and even Ken Ryan has toyed with facial hair this summer – but Bailey’s All-American, clean-cut appearance does little to strike fear into the hearts of opposing batters.

Mondor’s Midas Touch Transforms PawSox into Major Minor League Success Story

After amassing a fortune as a bankruptcy turnaround expert, Ben Mondor was lured out of an early retirement by a former Boston Brave to rescue the then-Rhode Island Red Sox. After some tactical business maneuvering, the Pawtucket Red Sox were born, and Mondor and lieutenant Mike Tamburro went on to build one of minor-league baseball's greatest franchises.

Patriots Defuse Chargers, Roar Back into First Place with Win

From La Jolla to Mission Valley, word around these parts was that the Patriots wouldn’t pose a problem to the schizophrenic Chargers, who handled the Kansas City Chefs with ease a week earlier. But, as Bolts fandom soon found out, the Patriots aren’t a team to be taken lightly this year. Or as New England kicker Adam Vinatieri said, “You can’t take a team that has a better record than you lightly.”
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