If we ever needed a Hot Stove, now is the time

— How do you feel about this deep-freeze? Myself, I’m shivering like a mobster in an Internal Revenue office.

It’s so cold that I’m warming up the house by leaving the refrigerator door open.

Yeah, it’s so cold the pipes froze solid in the foyer of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church on Beechwood Avenue in Galeville.

In fact, it’s so cold that the snow angel on Second Street is begging to come in and get warm. Over on Hiawatha Path, it’s so cold that Christina Fadden Fitch had to chisel her dog, Nicky, off a fire hydrant.

Yeah, it’s so cold that Gena and Phil de Anguera over at the Family Music Center had to cut a piano up for firewood. They only got two chords.

And it’s so cold that Balsam Street resident Jason Smorol, the new general manager of the Syracuse Chiefs, scheduled the team’s 54th annual Hot Stove Dinner for this Friday, Jan. 31, at the Holiday Inn Convention Center on Electronics Parkway. Proceeds will go to the Challenger Baseball League of Syracuse.

Hot Stove here Friday

The annual Hot Stove gets local baseball fans warmed up for April 3, when he Chiefs open their 2014 International League season at 2 p.m., at NBT Bank Stadium against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, the top farm club of the New York Yankees.

Friday’s charity event includes dinner, a silent auction of baseball memorabilia, a 50/50 raffle and a chance to meet former Washington Nationals manager and 2012 National League Manager of the Year Davey Johnson. In his career as a Major-League manager, Johnson’s clubs won 1,372 games. His 1986 New York Mets won the World Series.

Other scheduled guests include new Chiefs manager Billy Gardner Jr., Post-Standard sports columnist Bud Poliquin and Nationals Assistant General Manager and Vice President of Player Development Doug Harris. WSYR-TV personality Tim Fox will emcee the dinner program.

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