Red Sox triple play takes Massachusetts bankruptcy lawyer back to his roots

The Boston Red Sox turned a classic triple play at Fenway Park last night, when Tampa Rays slugger Sean Rodriguez hit a sharp grounder to Jed Lowrie, who tagged third, flipped the ball to Dustin Pedroia at second, then on to Alex Gonzales at first for the triple kill:

Shortly thereafter, it was announced that this was the first triple play for the Sox since 1994 (when John Valentin handled a line drive and made all three outs himself), and that’s when my personal flood of memories really began.

In the summer of 1994 I had just started my bankruptcy law offices in North Andover and Salem, New Hampshire, and I was handling my very first bankruptcy cases for individuals in the Merrimack Valley.

The filing fee for a bankruptcy in those days was not even $100, and legal fees for bankruptcy lawyers were similarly small. I liked the work though, because, unlike many other kinds of legal cases, I could get an immediate positive change for my client over the course of just a few weeks, instead of say, a divorce case where years of litigation just leaves everyone poor and bitter.

I won’t bore you with stories of how everything has changed since ’94 (especially the price of tickets at Fenway), and I surely don’t want to conjure up memeories of later that summer, when baseball went on strike and cancelled the World Series, but every once in a while a little nostalgia is good. As for the legal end of things, I’m very glad I went into bankruptcy practice.


By Doug Beaton

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