David Ortiz’s Hall-of-Fame Career

 

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David Ortiz
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After running a successful Ohio-based automotive financing company for over 25 years, Theodore “Ted” Catino moved to Boston, Massachusetts, where he has found great satisfaction in helping others start their own businesses as a coach and consultant. In his leisure time, Ted Catino enjoys following the Boston Red Sox.

The Red Sox have been one of Major League Baseball’s (MLB) most successful franchises in the 21st century, winning three World Series after not winning one since 1918. One of the catalysts behind those three recent championship wins is David Ortiz, the beloved designated hitter who retired following the 2016 season.

Originally signed by the Seattle Mariners as a free agent, Ortiz came to Boston in 2003 and immediately established himself as a middle-of-the-lineup power hitter. He hit 31 homeruns in his debut season with the team and went on to hit at least 23 in each of the next 13 seasons.

His career-best season was in 2006 when he hit an American League-best 54 homeruns and drove in 137 runs. He also led the league in walks with 119. Ortiz played a major role in all three Red Sox championships, including the most recent one in 2013, in which he was named World Series MVP after reaching base successfully in 19 of 25 plate appearances. He finished his career with 541 homeruns, which ranks 17th overall in MLB.

Proper Posture and Stance for Skiing

Skiing

 

In his professional life, Theodore “Ted” Catino serves as an investor and entrepreneur in Boston, Massachusetts. Outside of work, Ted Catino pursues a variety of hobbies, including skiing.

For the skier, good form plays an essential role in control and performance on the slopes. Good form begins with a strong stance, which functions not as a rigid position but rather as a base from which all other movement progresses.

The skier’s basic stance starts with a slight forward lean grounded with weight centered over both feet. The feet are wide apart and knees are bent, so as to absorb impact the best. The waist bends slightly, and the chest is aligned with the toes. The weight shifts slightly forward so that the skier can feel his or her shins pressing into the front of his or her boots.

The incline of the body changes with the steepness of the slope so that the skier can keep his or her center above the skis’ midline. This changes whenever the skier turns or crosses the slope, at which time the downhill or outside ski shifts lower and takes more of the skier’s weight. The body twists slightly toward the line of natural fall, while the head focuses on the skier’s direction.

Essential Snow Sports Safety Tips before Hitting the Slopes

Improving Your Snowboarding Skills

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Snowboarding Skills
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A longtime entrepreneur, Theodore “Ted” Catino founded Security National Automotive Acceptance Corporation (SNAAC) in the 1980s. Having sold the company, he is currently working as an interview and transition coach. Ted Catino also assists his son, TJ, with running 625 Investments, LLC. Outside of work, Ted Catino enjoys snowboarding.

Feeling like you’ve hit a plateau in terms of your snowboarding skills can rapidly kill your motivation to improve. However, there are several things that you can try to move past your current skill level. Below are just a few ideas:

1. Get new equipment. Many people may still be using their beginner-level snowboarding equipment despite being more intermediate or advanced. By using gear that does not match your strength or ability, you limit how much you can really improve. Try buying new equipment that better suits your current snowboarding level and style.

2. Get low. Not getting low enough is an issue most often seen among newer snowboarders, but it is something that can prevent seasoned snowboarders from fully improving their skills. By bending your knees and getting lower to the ground, you improve both your power and control while riding. This makes it easier to handle bumps and take turns, and it also improves your stability.

3. Learn switch riding. A great way to improve your overall skills and, more specifically, your ability to complete tricks, switch riding takes a bit of practice. It takes a lot of focus to complete basic snowboarding movements in the reverse position, but it makes you more aware of your regular riding and your movements, making it easier to tweak certain things that may be holding you back.

Patriot’s Nate Ebner First Super Bowl Champion to Play Olympic Rugby

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Nate Ebner
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A strategic financial consultant based in Boston, Massachusetts, Ted Catino is the trusted advisor of 625 Investments, an opportunistic fund managed by his eldest son, Theodore J. Catino. A huge football fan, Ted Catino supports the New England Patriots.

The New England Patriots’ Nate Ebner is the first Super Bowl champion to ever play rugby at the Olympics, and score a try while at it. Nate, who won a Super Bowl with the Patriots two years ago, played on the US national rugby team in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Nate scored a try in the United States’ 26-0 blowout victory over Brazil on August 9, 2016, before a bad tackle in the second half of the game earned him a yellow card.

Back in the United States, the Patriots stopped training to watch their teammate make history in the Rio Olympics. Nate recently signed a $2.4 million two-year extension with the Patriots.

While Nate is a professional football player, he started out playing rugby through the influence of his late father, Jeff Ebner, who taught him the game when he was young.

Returning to the United States after a defeat by Fiji barred them from qualifying for the Quarter Finals, Nate is optimistic of regaining his weight and form ahead of the coming NFL season.