THE MALDEN ADVOCATE–Friday, July 1, 2022 Page 7 MALDEN: TODAY | FROM PAGE 6 lated “Musings” from April 18, 1974, are truly priceless. I usually don’t attempt to explain John’s work, but I am making an exception this time, so I don’t lose too many readers: • I’d trade the nylons of Greta Garbo for one good sock by Bernie Carbo. [My note: Garbo was a Swedish-American movie star of the 1930’s and 1940’s regarded as one of the greatest actresses to ever grace the silver screen. In 1974 Carbo was one year away from immortality as a member in good standing of the “Buff alo Heads” – hitting his most memorable home run in the 1975 World Series for the Red Sox, a three-run pinch-hit homer in the bottom of the eighth inning of Game 6 off the Red’s Rawly Eastwick – tying the score at 6. The contest would end in the 12th when Carlton Fisk famously clouted a walk-off homer.] • Goodbye, Ken Brett, hello, Roger Moret. [My note: this was just a little play on words by O’B. Brett, who at 18 had been the youngest player to ever pitch in a World Series game (1967 Sox against the Cards), was traded by 1971 and was long gone when this was written in 1974. Moret’s star shone brightly for the early 1970’s Sox, culminating with World Series appearances in 1975; gone to the Braves the next year.] • Cepeda was a centipede when he hit a fl y. [My note: future Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda played the 1973 season as the Sox’ very fi rst Designated Hitter. The Baby Bull had a fi ne season, but being hampered by injuries made him a liability on the bases. Hence John’s snarky remark about Cepeda’s not running out every at bat.] • Louisville Slugger labels feature Babe in the wood. • Don’t sell Bob Short. [My note: owner of the old Washington Senators baseball team and an unsuccessful candidate for the U.S. Senate from Minnesota.] • Is the National Pastime past its time? • If the Museum of Fine Arts merged with Suffolk Downs, we’d have the mummies and the mudders. • Do you give a darn about the Sox? • Don Buddin, Don Buddin, nobody misses you. [My note: Sox bonus baby of whom at the time Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey boasted, “Buddin can become one of the top ballplayers of his time.” Out of baseball in six years with a .241 average.] • How can a fork ball miss the plate? • Aaron may have passed Ruth in the record book, but Henry will never pass aardvark in the dictionary. • Baseball is the national pastime. Hockey is the national present time. • Pesky would be great as a public address announcer at a funeral parlor. [My note: Johnny Pesky may have gone on to be a Red Sox icon, but his in-booth work left a lot to be desired.] • Juan Beniquez plus Juan Marichal equals two good ballplayers. • What’s so great about (Carlton) Fisk? I turned on my set and caught a whole game. • Is this the era of the E.R.A.? • Just think of the bonus they’d give to Honus if Wagner were alive today. “This is the end, beautiful friend, this is the end, my only friend, the end” – congratulations to Johnny “Meets” Mehos on surviving 35 years, fi ve months and 12 days working as a beast of burden for the USPS. A few months back, Johnny was preceded in retirement by Peter Myles, who also survived year after year of the most grueling working conditions known to civilized man – Peter and John getting out with their sanity and good looks still intact. These letter carriers are real heroes worthy of our admiration and praise. John, I wish for you many years of “retirement” happiness. You www.eight10barandgrille.com We Have Reopened for Dine-In and Outside Seating every day beginning at 4 PM certainly deserve it. “Meets” is one of the good guys (not only because he is from Edgeworth, insert smiley face). Maldonians, please remember these hardworking individuals around the holiday season. I’m talking lots of green stuff ed placed in an envelope with some kind words for these modern-day warriors. WE'RE OPEN! 8 Norwood Street, Everett (617) 387-9810 STAY SAFE!

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