ol's quintessential "Boy of Summer."
Having played admirably for Liverpool High School's baseball teams in the early-1990s, he went on to star at Le Moyne before ascending to the major leagues. A right-handed pitcher, he compiled a respectable 4.88 earned-run average over several seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays, the Boston Red Sox, the San Diego Padres and the Milwaukee Brewers.
When he was a set-up man for the Padres back in ought-six, I remember watching Cassidy on TV as he struck out home-run king Barry Bonds. Plenty of big-league hurlers pitched around Bonds, the San Francisco Giant who was walked a record 2,558 times, but not Cassidy. He toed the rubber, gripped and ripped. He went right at Bonds, challenging the slugger by deftly alternating fastballs and change-ups.
Sure, Bonds whiffed 1,539 times in his checkered career but no matter. Cassidy can proudly boast that he quickly and confidently set down the biggest, baddest batter of his time.
LHS inducts six Tuesday
On Tuesday June 7, Cassidy - now the head coach of Le Moyne College's baseball squad - will be inducted into the LHS Athletic Hall of Fame along with Eric Lipton, Eric Varney, Lauryn DePaul, Jennifer Taormina and Coach Bob Millett.
Protein is on the menu for the June 7 banquet hosted by the Liverpool Varsity Club at the high-school gym. Following the presentation of plaques at 5:30 p.m., dinner will be served by the Outback Steakhouse!
Kickball coming to Route 57
When I was a kid-before before Facebook, before Twitter, before e-mail -we used the telephone to organize after-school kickball games. I'd often spend an hour or more on the horn to call together the players, boys and girls alike, to gather under the big oak tree at Chris McKendrick's yard off Memphis Street. We liked playing there because the lawn was bordered by a wire fence. If you could kick one over that faraway obstacle, you had a home run.