Rick Porcello’s Cy Young Season

 

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Rick Porcello
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A former managing director with Aegis Capital, James “Jim” Ahern has served as head of capital markets with Laidlaw & Company since 2010. In this role, he has helped grow the firm into a prominent healthcare investment bank with three American offices as well as one in London, England. When he isn’t focusing his efforts on expanding Laidlaw’s investment portfolio, James “Jimmy” Ahern enjoys following his favorite Major League Baseball (MLB) team, the Boston Red Sox.

The 2017 regular season has not been kind to Red Sox’s pitcher Rick Porcello. As of September 11, the nine-year veteran led the American League (AL) in losses with 17 and hits allowed with 220. However, the year prior, Porcello was one of the league’s best pitchers and he has the hardware to prove it. The New Jersey native led the league with 22 wins, which was the most recorded by a pitcher since 2011, and recorded a career-best 3.15 earned run average (ERA). He also struck out 189 batters and allowed only 193 hits in 223 innings.

Those numbers earned Porcello the AL Cy Young Award, as he narrowly edged Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers and Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians. Porcello earned eight of the 30 first-place votes and finished with a total of 137 points. Verlander and Kluber had 132 and 98 points, respectively, while Verlander actually garnered the most first-place votes with 14, but was hurt by a lack of second-place votes.

Patriots Are First NFL Team to Buy Team Planes

 

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As a managing partner for Laidlaw & Company, James “Jim” Ahern advises and raises capital for public and private healthcare companies. When he isn’t busy working for Laidlaw, James “Jimmy” Ahern enjoys following his favorite National Football League (NFL) team, the New England Patriots.

The Patriots became the first NFL team to overcome a 25-point deficit in the Super Bowl when the team rallied to beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in 2016 and now the franchise has established another first. The Patriots recently bought a pair of 767 Boeing wide-body jets and, in doing so, became the first NFL team to purchase its own air transportation. The planes were purchased in the summer of 2017 and will be used by the team to fly to games throughout the upcoming season. First-class seats with reclining capability were added throughout the plane, while the exterior is decorated with the Patriots logo and five Lombardi trophies.

An ESPN source indicated that the planes are extended range, meaning they can fly nonstop for up to 12 hours. Depending on their condition, 767 Boeing planes can cost upwards of $65 million, while a brand-new one can be worth as much as $200 million. The decision to buy the planes stems from recent announcements from major airlines that they would soon be retiring the bigger planes used to accommodate NFL teams. Last year, American Airlines cut ties with six NFL teams, two of which began using Miami Air, a charter-only airline.

Red Sox Acquire Addison Reed from New York Mets

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Addison Reed
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An experienced financial executive, James “Jimmy” Ahern serves as head of capital markets at Laidlaw & Company, for which he raises money for and advises public and private health care companies. Beyond his professional responsibilities with Laidlaw, James Ahern is a passionate fan of Major League Baseball’s (MLB) Boston Red Sox.

Hoping to make the playoffs for the second consecutive season, the Red Sox bolstered its bullpen on July 31, MLB’s trade deadline day, by acquiring relief pitcher Addison Reed from the New York Mets in exchange for three pitching prospects. Reed, who is expected to become Boston’s eighth-inning setup man for closer Craig Kimbrel, first joined the Mets in the middle of the 2015 season. In nearly two years with the club, the 28 year old compiled a 2.09 earned run average (ERA) in 142 innings and saved 19 games while closer Jeurys Familia was injured.

Boston sent the Mets Gerson Bautista, Stephen Nogosek, and Jamie Callahan in the deal. All three were ranked among the Red Sox’ top 30 prospects by MLB.com. Bautista and Nogosek are still pitching in A-ball, while Callahan was most recently pitching for Boston’s Triple-A affiliate in Pawtucket.

Fishing for Bluefin Tuna – Eliminating Human Scents

 

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Bluefin Tuna
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As managing partner and head of capital markets with Laidlaw & Company, James “Jimmy” Ahern Laidlaw has helped grow the firm into a nationally recognized healthcare investor. When not working, Jimmy Ahern Laidlaw enjoys fishing for tuna.

The waters of the Atlantic just off the coast of New England are full of Bluefin tuna. People who regularly go out in search of them understand that catching the fish depends on paying attention to the smallest details.

Tuna have a highly developed sense of smell that they use to hunt their prey. This sense of smell puts tuna among the best hunters of all ocean creatures. The unnatural or unexpected smells associated with bait and line can sometimes make Bluefin tuna hesitant to bite. To minimize the human scents of a rig, you should clean terminal tackle with rubbing alcohol before setting the bait.

Then, when setting the bait, you should avoid touching the tackle at all by wearing gloves. This caution, paired with the use of rubbing alcohol, can help you land an impressive catch.

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Isaiah Thomas: Boston Celtics Dynamic Point Guard

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Isaiah Thomas
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A graduate of the Northfield Mount Hermon School, James “Jimmy” Ahern has over a decade of experience in investment banking, including his current position as head of capital markets with Laidlaw & Company. When he’s not seeking out or advising early-stage healthcare companies for Laidlaw, James “Jim” Ahern enjoys following his favorite National Basketball Association (NBA) team, the Boston Celtics.

After missing the playoffs in the 2013-14 season, the Celtics quickly established themselves as a contending team in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. Boston went from a 25-win team in 2013-14 to a 40-win team the following year with the help of an improving core group of players and the acquisition of point guard Isaiah Thomas. The Celtics traded Marcus Thornton and a first round pick to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Thomas, who was the 60th and final pick in the 2011 NBA draft. After the acquisition of Thomas on February 19, the Celtics went 20-11 down the stretch to make the playoffs.

Thomas, who is just 5-foot-9, has improved dramatically in each of the past few seasons and has been named to back-to-back Eastern Conference all-star teams. He averaged a career-high 22.2 points per game in 2015-16 and, in 2016-17, he has put himself into MVP consideration with a remarkable 29.9 points per game through the first half of the season.