Dustin Pedroia’s Career with the Boston Red Sox

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A founding partner and managing director with Boston-based 625 Investments, LLC, Ted “Theodore” Catino is an accomplished public speaker who also works as a transition and interview coach. When he isn’t spending time on one of his several professional endeavors, Ted Catino enjoys cheering on the Boston Red Sox.

For the past decade, Dustin Pedroia has been a staple in the Red Sox lineup, while holding down his spot at second base for the majority of that time. The diminutive California native has played less than 100 games in just two of the past 10 seasons and, entering the 2017 season, has played in a total of 1,398 games for the Red Sox since debuting with the team in 2006.

The four-time All-Star has been a consistent offensive threat throughout his career, hitting for no worse than .278 average in each of his 10 full seasons. He won American League (AL) Rookie of the Year in 2007 after hitting for a .317 average and driving in 50 runs. The following season, Pedroia led the AL in runs scored, hits, and doubles en route to winning the AL Most Valuable Player award. He also won his first of four Gold Glove awards that season.

Cincinnati Named One of America’s Most Affordable Cities

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Theodore “Ted” Catino is an entrepreneur with an active consulting and mentoring career. In 1986, Ted Catino and his wife Becky founded Security National Automotive Acceptance Corporation (SNAAC), which was sold in 2011 after having won the Community Service Award from the Thank You Foundation and the 2002 Small Business of the Year award from the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce.

The Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce works hard to support the economic viability of the city of Cincinnati and recently reported that the city was named in 2015 by Forbes as one of America’s most affordable cities to live in. The list considered median income and housing affordability for cities with populations of 600,000 or more.

Cincinnati’s median income is $68,500, while the national average is $63,900. Median housing prices are valued at about $133,000, making housing affordable to 83.9 percent of the population. Groceries, utilities, and transportation all come in at lower costs than elsewhere in the US. A city’s affordability is a major factor in how livable a certain place is and contributes greatly to the health and success of its citizens.

Cincinnati Reds Trade All-Star Frazier for Prospects

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Theodore “Ted” Catino is an accomplished entrepreneur who cofounded and led Security National Automotive Acceptance Corp. for 25 years and now maintains a business consultancy. An avid sports fan, Ted Catino supports teams such as the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cincinnati Reds.

The Cincinnati Reds are currently in a rebuilding mode and made a number of strategic moves in late 2015 to position itself for future success. One major deal involved the trade of veteran third baseman Todd Frazier, who has 2015 All-Star credentials. His 2015 stats included 89 RBIs and 35 home runs, and he impressed local fans by winning the Home Run Derby the night before the All-Star game in Cincinnati.

In a three-team arrangement involving the Dodgers, Frazier will go to the White Sox, and the Reds will receive a trio of prospects from the Dodgers in return. These include outfielder Scott Schebler and infielder/outfielder José Peraza, who were minor-league standouts in 2015 and both gained big-league experience with the Dodgers late in the season. The third player, infielder/outfielder Brandon Dixon, is coming up from a AA affiliate of the Dodgers.

The trade of Frazier, who makes $12 million a year, was not a complete surprise to Cincinnati fans. It follows a recent trend of the team trading high-salary players to make room for up-and-coming talent on the roster.

David Ortiz’s Hall-of-Fame Career


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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



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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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.