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About The Owner And Website

About The Owner

ABOUT THE OWNER

I grew up in Brooklyn New York where my childhood was spent playing organized baseball and football.  When I didn’t have games or practice I would go to one of the many schoolyards to play more.  Whether it was baseball, sponge ball, wiffle ball or punch ball my days were filled with baseball.  My mother will tell you stories of how my pants would be ripped before I set one foot in the school because I was playing ball before school.  Or how I would want to get to school early not for the love of learning but to make sure no one else starting playing on the good baseball diamond in the schoolyard.  I was so obsessed with baseball as my best man at my wedding said in his speech I would keep score watching my beloved Mets from home with the scorebook and a notebook to chart pitchers thrown.  In true compulsive nature, I would don the baseball cap and glove when the Mets took the field and quickly switched to the batting glove and helmet when they were up.  I even ate a baloney sandwich before all my little league games. Not just a baloney sandwich but it had to be on either white bread or a poppy seed roll with lettuce and mustard.  It was not uncommon to see me sitting on the bench at 8 in the morning eating my baloney sand which.  I also played football too.  My father was the best coach I ever had.  Being his son if I ever got caught goofing off during practice I would pay dearly.

My favorite baseball team is the Mets and I am probably the only one who thinks Davey Johnson was overrated as their manager.  That team should have won multiple World Series titles back in the ’80s.  In football, it’s the New York Football Giants.  This is the only team that I root for that my father passed down to me.  I can remember watching the games in the living room on Sunday afternoons where my father would get so annoyed at Phil Simms that he would just shut the TV off for a few minutes and stared at a blank screen.  Ahh, those were the days.  My father could have been a great college football coach if he chose that path. I like Notre Dame football.  Same with them they should have won more during the Lou Holtz Era.  I do love the direction Brian Kelly has this team going in.  Now for basketball, I am a Lakers fan.  I have been called a front runner for being a Lakers fan.  My simple explanation is that I can’t be a fan of a team I can’t watch play.  In the 80’s it was either the Celtics on at 12 PM or the Lakers on at 330 PM.  That’s it.  Cable wasn’t big yet so I took what I could get.   I am also a wrestling fanatic.

On a personal note. I am a proud supporter of the American Heart Association.  They do an amazing job and the talented and dedicated doctors at NYU Langone in NYC saved my life.

ABOUT THE SITE

I created this website because I have a love of sports.  I love reading about it, writing about it, watching it and studying the historical significance of sports.  Most of all I love debating sports.  I encourage anyone to post comments and we can get into a healthy debate over an article or issue. When I was a teenager the biggest debate was who was better between “Keith Hernandez and Don Mattingly.”  Or even Jet fans would debate on who was better Mickey Shuler or Mark Bavaro.

I always considered myself a big sports fan but once I discovered fantasy sports my knowledge tripled.  I am constantly evolving this site with new cool stuff and ideas as they come to me.  I not only want to entertain you but also give you some facts and information.  Like the logos and throwbacks, I post.  It has been a lot of fun researching them and learning new facts every day.

The “And More” part is just that.  I am leaving my option open to post about politics, entertainment or any other non sports news that I want.  Writing has always been a passion of mine and I now find myself making the time to write new stories and posts.

ABOUT MY LOGO

To clear up any confusion my logo spells out the name of the website.  It may be hard to figure out by looking at it but the idea was to show you teams from the 4 major sports. I have since changed my logo to something more easily identifiable.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I would like to acknowledge my father for teaching me how to play sports.  I didn’t always understand the lessons he taught me growing up but I do now.  I would also like to acknowledge my mother who took me to practice all those years and for always supporting whatever I do.  Special acknowledgment to PegTones who brought me to Met games and steered me away from the evil empire.

Shout out to all the boys (Bri, Putski, Crabtree, Big Balls, Rock, Spock, Sally D, Chuckie, Fat Rat, Joe Owe, Lewus, Blackie The Bear, Double A, Beauty, PR, Magoo, Buttermaker, Shot Down, G Money, Don Cheech, Buzz Off Buzz, T Bone, Stressed Out and Bam Bam) I grew up with on the avenue.  All of us like different teams and those passionate arguments will stay with me forever.  Who can forget the famous Kurt Gouveia playoff interception streak?  Who can forget the famous Rob Deer, Frank Viola, and Eric Metcalf bets? Who can forget the magazine we made featuring the genius?

Special thanks to Dick Bonnefield.  My IT guy and my webmaster.  Thanks for always answering my questions and thanks for pushing logos on me.

This site is dedicated to all the players past & present, old & new, active & retired, good players & bad players and all those players that are no longer with us.

COLUMNS

I have many columns that I would update a lot a few years ago.  As I am now getting back to operating this site I may start to update those columns.  But I do have new columns that I use several times a day.  Please feel free to check out all my columns.

LOGOS–An old logo from teams that no longer in play or have moved to new cities.

MASCOTS–An obscure team or school mascot.

THROWBACKS–Throwback uniforms from yesteryear.

MINOR LEAGUE LOGO–A new logo from the various minor league and independent teams.

PHOTOS–A timeless or crazy or just cool photo from all around the world.

SPORTS PLAYS OF THE DAY–My picks for the day.

WWE WOMEN’S WEEKLY SHOW—My fictional WWE Women’s TV Show.  I have created a show and do all the writing for it.

PODCASTS–I do sports and wrestling podcasts.

LAST WORD ON SPORTS ARTICLES–I write for a website called Last Word On Baseball.  These are all articles that can be found on www.lwosbaseball.com.

MOUNT RUSHMORE LISTS—My Mount Rushmore lists on various topics.

MEMORY LANE—Was designed to share my childhood memories.

AND MORE—A fun column where I post anything not sports related.

SPORTS BLOG—My stories about any sport.

WRESTLING—My stories about Wrestling.

ABOUT US—About the owner.

ALL STAR FANTASY BASEBALL LEAGUE—My all-star fantasy baseball league featuring WWE wrestlers and baseball movie characters.

Happy Birthday In Heaven Dad

A SON, A HUSBAND, A FATHER AND A FRIEND

Dominick Cantatore was a great son, husband, father and friend.  He was a great provider for his family.  He was a dedicated and loyal worker to Chase Manhattan Bank.  He loved his involvement with Parkville, the 3B League and Federation.  My father loved to coach and educate children.  He coached his sons and others for many years, and he loved every minute of it.  Those he coached always remember him.  But I didn’t really feel that impact until this week.  A couple of my friends who I grew up with and that he coached called me to say I’m sorry to hear about your dad.  And friends of his called me to say I’m sorry about your father.  But in reality, he was their father too.  He was their brother too.  And that’s the kind of ma he was.  He had 3 children with his wife, but he loved so many more like they were his own.

My father had a way of letting you know he cared.  He would either make up nicknames for you that would instantly stick, or he would just bother and annoy you.  That’s when you knew you were in his heart.  He was loved and respected by so many people and he loved them back.

I want you all to know something.  The last 5 weeks were very hard for him.  He was fighting a lot of problems.  Some of those problems were irreversible.  But he fought to the end.  His spirit never gave up.  His body did.  He never let on how much he was hurting.  This last year wasn’t easy for him.  He kept asking my mother when is he going to feel better.  When he saw all of you, he greeted you with that same loving smile and said I’m fine.  He told my mother he was not afraid to die.  He would miss his family and his friends.  But he wasn’t afraid.  If he were still alive today he would be suffering.  He always knew how important he was to everybody.  He was always there for everybody.  He fought so hard because he loved all of us.

As I greeted many of you the last 2 days, your faces full of tears I wondered what my father would say to you.  Would he be embarrassed by this show of emotion?  Maybe.  He did so much for others because he wanted to.  All he wanted in return was your friendship.  I want to tell you a story which sums up the kind of man my father is.  He just had a stroke and could not move the right side of his body.  His speech was slurred, and we could not make out what he was saying.  My mother and I were talking to him, and she told him about some very bad news she received about a good friend’s wife.  His immediate thoughts went out to that person.  His condition seemed secondary to him.  Throughout that day you could still see him thinking about his friend.  As I saw his friend this past Tuesday, I felt it was important for him to know my father was thinking about him even though he had his own problems.  But that was how my father is.

During this week some have said there is a piece of their own heart gone with him.  Some have said I can’t believe he is gone.  Some are angry that he’s gone way to soon when there are others walking around who commit crimes.  And some have asked why god couldn’t give us a miracle and keep him with us.  Well I feel all these things too.  Yes, there is a hole in all our hearts because he is not here with us.  Yes, the world is losing a great person.  And yes, he’s gone, and we’ll never see his smiling face grow older.  But just remember he is not gone.  He is still here.  He’s here now.  We just have to look for him in a different way.  Look up at the stars at night and you will see him.  Yes, we are all angry because he went way too soon.  You can’t explain this.  You really can’t.  God took a great man from us.  I don’t have the words to explain this.  As my brothers and I have told all of you this past week there is no way to even try to figure this out.  We need to be happy for him that he is not suffering anymore.  And god has already given us a miracle.  He was the miracle.  He touched all of us in many ways.  We should all feel honored and privileged to have had him in our lives.

My father was special.  My father was unique.  My father was one in a million.  My father is irreplaceable.  Nobody did it better.  The world just got a little bit darker today.  But heaven has never shined so bright.