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Thoughts and prayers with Gammons

June 28, 2006

As most are aware, Baseball commentator Peter Gammons suffered a brain aneurysm at his home in Cape Cod, MA. As of this morning he is out of surgery but still in the ICU. He has been listed in good condition.

My colleagues and I here at the Duck are avid baseball fans. Speaking for myself, I can honestly say that Gammons’ Hall of Fame reporting over the last 15 years has made me both a more passionate and informed fan of the game. Always fair and balanced, Gammons never let the passion for his hometown Red Sox color his analysis. He always gave credit where it was due and would not hesitate to criticize his favorite team when it was warranted. I for one was happy for him the night the Sox broke the curse. He noted in his Hall induction speech that he found what he loved in baseball reporting. We as fans are all the better for it (ESPN has the full text of his Hall of Fame induction speech here–definitely worth your time).

I wish him the speediest recovery. Summer just wouldn’t be the same without him.

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Petti is Associate Director of Insights and Analytics at Alexion . Previously, he served as Lead Data Scientist in the Decision Sciences group at Maritz Motivation and a Global Data Strategist and Subject Matter Expert for Gallup.