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Finding heroes in Harford County

The best part of the Maryland Crab Cake Tour presented by The Maryland Lottery is bringing together good friends for the season. Erik Sauer and Bill Cole join Nestor at Conrad’s in Abingdon to discuss saving the lives of blood cancer patients and the incredible work of There Goes My Hero

After 25 years of writing about “heroes” #JennStrong and I finally get to meet a real one on Wednesday in Germany

I’ve been hearing about heroes in sports since approximately 1973. I’ve been writing and talking about sports since 1984 and every season a new “hero” comes along in every sport, in every city where championships are won and modern parades are held. Today I will ask a pair of questions with some “deep thoughts” for the day: What is a hero? And what do you say to them when you finally meet one? I’ve had a lot of time to think about what I’m going to write (and say) about my wife meeting the man who has (twice) selflessly saved her life via the bone marrow registry. We’ve also talked about it on the radio this week. The (then) 21-year old man in Germany who twice saved my wife’s life asked the (very Freudian) question two summers ago when he donated bone marrow to keep her alive. If you haven’t read his letter to her from 24 months ago, please read it. I called it the greatest letter ever written and I’ll stand by that. You’ve probably seen some aspect of the fight of Jennifer Ford Aparicio, whom I married 13 years ago on a beach in Jamaica. You’re probably

My wife’s leukemia has returned, our #JennStrong2 cancer battle has begun

Apparently, one miracle wasn’t enough for the most beautiful girl in the world. Now, my amazing wife Jennifer will try to repeat with back-to-back miracle seasons and beating cancer again with a second bone marrow transplant. “I don’t know how to tell you this but your leukemia has returned,” is what her doctor told her while she was standing at a lunch buffet in a supermarket in Hunt Valley at 1:30 on Tuesday afternoon. I was in the middle of a WNST radio conversation with baseball writer Bob Nightengale when she sent me a frantic text. Clearly, we were both floored – completely shocked and devastated by the news. That is not what we were expecting to hear on Tuesday when Jenn went to Johns Hopkins for what we thought was some routine blood work in the morning. Yes, she had been battling some low energy over the past few weeks. She didn’t feel quite herself in Denver two weeks ago when we traveled to Mile High to see the Ravens and Broncos. She came home with a cold, some sniffles and a sore throat. She got an antibiotic and was feeling better every day – almost normal and 100%

MLB #GiveASpit Ballpark Ranking: No. 4 Minnesota Twins

Minnesota – This trip had me looking only a handful of parks I hadn’t visited. I never saw a game at the Metrodome so this would be my first MLB game in the Twin Cities. Target Field is universally hailed as a great place and I had very high expectations and this place simply delivered in every way. There’s something cosmic about the giant neon state of Minnesota throwback logo in center field. The concourses are cozy and packed with great local food. The Twins have embraced every hero in their legacy chain from Harmon Killebrew, Tony Oliva and Rod Carew straight through Kirby Puckett and Kent Hrbac. The downtown is now bustling and this is another team that’s in the midst of a resurgence in the standings. Highly encourage you to take in Target Field on a summer night.

Screen Shot 2021 11 26 at 7.11.47 PM

Finding heroes in Harford County

The best part of the Maryland Crab Cake Tour presented by The Maryland Lottery is bringing together good friends for the season. Erik Sauer and Bill Cole join Nestor at Conrad’s in Abingdon to discuss saving the lives of blood cancer patients and the incredible work of There Goes My Hero

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