If you ever attended a Lowell Spinners’ game early in the life of the team, buying a hot dog from one of the roving vendors, Dogman, was often more exciting than watching the game. Dogman, now known to all as Del Christman, rivals only the Canaligator when it comes to icons of the Spinners. He served “blood hounds” (hot dog with ketchup) and “Irish setters” (hot dog with relish) and I wish I could remember all the other combos (a little help in comments if you please). Today the Boston Globe features Del in a moving article about his life struggles and how his work with and for the Spinners turned things around. As a dismal Red Sox season nears an end, this is a nice reminder of why baseball will always be viewed affectionately by the people of America.