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Thursday, November 15, 2012 2:30 PM

This is, indeed a dream in the making.

I was surfing the Internet the other day — it’s fun to see what’s out there — and came across this item.

I am sure they won’t mind me sharing it.

It is entitled, literally, “A Dream in the Making.”

It is the story of a Hudson, New Hampshire, youth named Zachary Tompkins.

The broke ground — after two years of red tape! — on “Zach’s Stadium” in honor of the former honor student at the Presentation of Mary Academy and member of the Hudson-Litchfield Bears football team.

He had wanted to build a stadium for his team when he grew up but, alas, he never “grew up” because he died March 10, 2010, from an undiagnosed genetic mutation called Long QT Syndrome.

Of course, he loved football and not too many weeks before he died, he made a ceramic plate that reads “Zach’s Stadium – Home of the Hudson Litchfield Bears”.

Thanks to several members of the community, including members of his family, a senator, a newspaperman, a congressman and others that make up Zach’s Field Committee, ground was broken just three weeks ago.

They are hoping to raise a million dollars as part of the fundraising and have raised $300,000.

There is also a crowdfunding site — never heard of that before but apparently, it’s a rising phenomena in the business world — named www.fundageek.com/project/detail/597/Zachary-M-Tompkins-Memorial-Fund.

His family figures it’s a fitting tribute to their son and the field will be a reminder, a “visit” if you will, to her son.

I don’t know how common this Long QT Syndrome is — basically, I just looked it up and it’s a disorder of the heart’s electrical activity that can cause sudden, uncontrollable and dangerous arrythmias. Now I know why I was attracted to this story after an episode with something very similar — though I don’t believe it was genetic — a couple of years ago.

It seems that Davidson Day High School defeated Harrell’s Christian 104-80 in North Carolina the other day.

It was a typical boys basketball game — except that it wasn’t; it was a high school state playoff football game!

Davidson’s Will Grier set a national high school passing mark of 837 yards — breaking the previous mark of 764 set in 2000 — and 10 touchdowns.

Descriptions of the game consisted of crazy, explosive, incredible, etc.

One that I subscribe to is ridiculous.

That isn’t football anymore. I know I’m a bit old-school but these type of numbers are just nuts.

I like to see a bit of defense and teams having to earn points somewhat.

By the way, Grier is being recruited by some of the biggies — Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, Wake Forest, East Carolina, Alabama, Duke, N.C. State and Oregon, among others — and he is only a junior.

You don’t see baseball trades like this too much anymore but the Miami Marlins have pretty much completed their fire sale from last season by trading All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes, left-hander Mark Buehrle and ace right-hander Josh Johnson to the Toronto Blue Jays for a cup of coffee and a pack of cigarettes — oops, top “prospects” — shortstops Yunel Escobar and Adeiny Hechavarria, right-hander Henderson Alvarez and several top minor-leaguers.

Unfortunately in trading for prospects, far too many never get beyond that.

I am not saying that these moves won’t pan out and I thought owner Jeffrey Loria had a hole in his head for adding that type of payroll — $191 million — in the off-season last year to coincide with the opening of the Marlins’ new state-of-the-art — and publicly-funded — park.

My Orioles went for years relying on their farm system and were right there every year until they tried the free-agent route — even before Peter Angelos owned the team — and look where it got them prior to this year.

Of course, as usual, that kind of remaking of the Marlins’ team failed miserably and the payroll purge began midway through this last-in-the-NL-East season — Loria earlier traded failed free-agent closer Heath Bell, NL batting champion Hanley Ramirez, Omar Infante, Anibal Sanchez and other higher-priced players when the season spun out of control and after.

The fans never have really followed this team, even through two World Series titles, and thinking they were going to by this payroll binge was dubious at best. They anticipated 3 million fans and instead got 2.2 million for whatever reason.

I understand that manager Ozzie Guillen didn’t help matters by being quoted as praising Cuban dictator Fidel Castro — in an area of many Cuban exiles because of Fidel — but for them to think that all of a sudden, baseball was going to be a hot ticket in Miami was a stretch — more like a leap of faith.

The Marlins are going back to their more thrifty ways of old and maybe this trade will rebuild their farm system — to me, even in this day and age of “quick-fix” free-agency, that is the way to go to build long-lasting success.

The fans have already weighed in and found Mr. Loria wanting. They are referring to the team as Triple A, among others.

The payroll is expected to be $34 million next year.

I am one that thinks that there does need to be some fiscal sanity brought back to baseball but you also do need to pay for productive players.

Who knows? Maybe in the near future, I will have to apologize to the Marlins for making a very smart — and easier on the wallet — trade.

Think they are waiting with baited breath?

 

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