A Newspaper Man’s Dying A-Rod Wish

From his hospice bed last month, James Callahan minced no words.

JamesCallahanPicA few weeks before James Callahan passed away at a Pennsylvania hospice after a valiant battle with cancer, his favorite baseball team – the Boston Red Sox – posted a message in his honor on the Fenway Park right-field scoreboard, during an April 14 game against the Washington Nationals. Callahan, who worked over the years as an editor at Bridgeport, Connecticut weekly The Bridgeport Light, Pennsylvania’s West Chester Daily Local News and other papers, died April 26 at age 62.

The Red Sox-Yankees rivalry is one of the greatest in all of sports, which Callahan faced additionally for decades in the form of his brother-in-law, Wayne, who cheers for the pinstripes. Today, Upper Dublin Patch’s Justin Heinze has shared a wonderful piece about Callahan.

Right up until the end, the baseball lines were drawn. Per Heinze, here is what happened when at the hospice in April, Wayne made the mistake of mentioning Alex Rodriguez:

Suddenly, the man on the bed’s voice seemed stripped of some of its weight, however revelrous had been its reminiscences. Something almost childish, eager, hysterical with pure delight entered his coarse hush: “That idiot, that son of a… That New York filth… I swear right now on my own grave that nothing would better ease the passing of this fan from this world than if that incubus, that despicable, that devil incarnate A-Rod failed utterly this year and baseball was wiped clean of his stench.”

The Patch article has plenty of other details. Online guestbook tributes to Callahan can be seen here. RIP.
[Photo of Callahan via: tributes.com]