Dine with Dan-o (and me), for a cause

May, 27, 2011
Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy and I both have roots in central Massachusetts. Dan grew up in Groton, I grew up in nearby Lunenburg, and we graduated from high school a year apart (He's the old one).

Our high schools played each other in sports. When I was hired by the Globe at the end of 1996 and first was introduced to Dan, I asked him if he knew one of my best friends in Lunenburg, a star athlete named Glenn Stillman.

"Stillman?" Shaughnessy replied. "Yeah, I know Stillman. He pitched a one-hitter against us. I'm the guy who got the hit. Tell him no hard feelings.''

Typical Dan-o. What makes the story funnier is that if you saw the Groton newspaper at the time, their high school correspondent was a kid named Dan Shaughnessy, who had no reservations about writing about himself. Some things never change.

Recently, Dan and I were approached by a bunch of friends who were looking to honor the memory of another Lunenburg grad, Jason Montgomery Rodgers, who died way too young, his life inalterably changed after a devastating head injury sustained while playing football for the varsity Blue Knights. Jason also played baseball for Lunenburg, and these friends decided that they would fix up Marshall Park, which has been Lunenburg's home field for decades, in Jason's memory.

As part of their fund-raising effort, they reached out to Dan and I, and have arranged to auction off a dinner with the two of us at The Gibbet Hill Grill in Groton, which I can say without hesitation is easily one of the best restaurants around. The date will be mutually agreed upon, but the winners can expect an evening of great conversation about the Boston sports scene, with a chance to ask questions of two guys who have had the privilege of having our words read by you at the Globe, and in my case now, ESPNBoston.com. The details of the auction can be found here.

I hope you consider making a bid. The cause is a good one, and the night promises to be a fun one.



Gordon Edes

ESPN Staff Writer



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