Tonight will be filled with lots of emotion as I will see people that I have not seen in years at an event where I will be honored in the East Rutherford NJ area. My career in sports was formulated during my years as HS basketball coach at East Rutherford H.S We were blessed to win 4 SectIonal State titles in 7 years. We completed our run by winning back/back state titles ,finishing winning our last 35 games. Many of those players will be at the event & I can't wait to see them . Prior to the Gala at the iL Villaggio in CARLSTADT NJ the Mayor of East Rutherford will have the basketball courts at the Grove St playground named THe Dick Vitale courts/chasing dreams as I had many a moment there early in my coaching career. I have been so so BLESSED!
Today woke up to heartbreaking news as young pitching superstar Jose Fernandez died in a boating accident. The 24 year old was a pitching star on the scholastic level in the Tampa are & went on to fame as the ace of the Marlins staff. Nasny felt he was as good as any right handed pitcher in baseball. Our prayers go to the families of Jose & his friends that also lost therir lives in this accident. Today we will pray for them AT 5 PM Mass at Lady of Angels in Lakewood Ranch Fl. I spoke to Jose on his visits to the Trop & he was always so friendly. May he & his friends RIP!