Month: November 2016

Chase Blackburn: An Underrated New York Giant

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Chase Blackburn

In his role as a fund accountant at Grassi & Co., Kevin Martoken has provided a variety of services to hedge fund clients, such as financial statement and tax return preparation, capital allocation, audit assistance, and cash reconciliations. In his leisure time, Kevin Martoken enjoys watching New York Giants football.

Names like Phil Simms, Lawrence Taylor, and Eli Manning quickly come to mind when talking about the all-time great New York Giants. There are other important figures, however, who have played a key role in the team’s success over the year. Linebacker Chase Blackburn is one of those individuals.

Blackburn played eight seasons in New York, but perhaps his most memorable contribution came in a year when he wasn’t even in the league for a good part of the year. Desperate for depth at the position, the Giants called Blackburn to come back and play for them a few weeks prior to Super Bowl XLVI. The move would go on to pay massive dividends, as Blackburn provided a key play in the game, snatching an interception on a pass meant for Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. The turnover kept the Giants in the game–one they would eventually win in the final moments, ruining the Patriots perfect season en route to a Super Bowl victory.


Curtis Granderson Wins Roberto Clemente Award

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Curtis Granderson

Working out of New York City, Kevin Martoken is fund accountant at Grassi & Co, where he serves as an administrator for the firm’s hedge fund clients. Outside of his professional life, Kevin Martoken loves watching baseball and is a fan of the New York Mets.

New York Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson was recently announced as the 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner. This award is given each year to the major league baseball player who makes a significant off-the-field impact in the communities in which they serve.

Granderson was presented with the award during Game 3 of the World Series in Chicago. A native of the Windy City, Granderson played college baseball at the University of Illinois-Chicago. The Mets outfielder said he got particular satisfaction out of being able to receive the honor in front of his parents and in his hometown.

Roberto Clemente, for whom the award is named, was a Pittsburgh Pirates hall-of-fame player who tragically died in a 1972 plane crash. The flight was destined for Nicaragua and was carrying relief supplies to a country that was still reeling in the wake of a massive earthquake.

In addition to Granderson, three other Mets have won the Roberto Clemente Award: Gary Carter in 1989, Al Leiter in 2000, and Carlos Delgado in 2006.