I just got home from watching some great summer college league baseball.
Tonight I watched the Yuba City Bears take on the cross town rival Marysville Gold Sox.
The Twin City Rivalry. I was expecting a very large crowd. I got my tickets early.
I rushed through dinner to get to the ballpark on time. Walking up to the stadium it looked like the game was over.
The place wasn't jumping with excitement. No crowds milling about.
Get inside the park and the place was 3/4 empty!
What's going on here!?
It was the first day of a very long heat wave coming into northern California.
The heat alone couldn't keep people at home. I was kinda disappointed there wasn't a big crowd.
I've blogged about this summer league before two years ago. I spent the evening in the radio booth with the Gold Sox announcer Geoff Flynn. The Gold Sox were in the Horizon Air Summer League then. Now they play in the Great West League. Yuba City is an expansion team owned by baseball Hall of Famer Pat Gillick. He once had his hand in the Gold Sox and the Chico Heat.
Looking at the game program, I noticed the Gold Sox had players from big name schools, whereas Yuba City had a roster constructed with players from local junior colleges.
You could see a definite difference in experience between the two teams.
The Gold Sox were obviously the better team.
As I mentioned before, the last time I was at Colusa Casino Stadium I was in the radio booth chatting with Geoff Flynn, keeping score and scribbling notes for the blog. My attention was diverted.
One thing that stood out was when TJ Dove hit a double to deep center and the thought popped in my mind that the stadium outfield reminded me of Cashman Field in Las Vegas. Big outfield fences that really require someone with power to reach the fences.
Another thing that stood out was someone on Yuba City that was from the same hometown as me. His name was
Andrew Fuentes. He's a 6' 4" lefthanded pitcher who I think was hitting 90-92 miles per hour on his fastball. He only pitched an inning, but I was impressed. I'll have to keep my eye on him. Might be a diamond in the rough.
It was a great evening of baseball and I plan to return to Yuba City/Marysville to see some great baseball!
Sunday, June 18, 2017
I just got home from watching some great summer college league baseball.
Saturday, June 3, 2017
I've been on a workout kick lately. Running, bodybuilding, swimming.
Trying to beat the middle age spread.
As a teenager, I was skinny. No matter how much I ate, I couldn't gain weight.
Then I became an overweight 20-something. I mean I was FAT!!
In my 30's my body weight fluctuated a lot.
Then I hit my 40's. No matter how much I worked out or ran, I couldn't lose weight.
Then I started bodybuilding. The weight came off!
I would go lift weights during my lunch hour. There's an In-Shape behind my store. It's about a ten minute walk to the gym. That leaves me 40 minutes to workout. I got to thinking of faster ways to get to the gym so I could squeeze in a few extra minutes at the gym.
Then it git me. Skate to the gym.
So I bought a skateboard. I wasn't much of a skateboarder growing up. Probably won't be much of one now. But I plan to skate around the neighborhood.
Wish me luck!
(Sorry to be a stranger the last few months. Real life took control of my life. Things are back to normal.)
Monday, May 22, 2017
Thursday, December 15, 2016
The professional locker room is a private sanctuary for the professional athlete.
It's like a very private and exclusive club. Things go one that aren't intended for the public to know.
In every Major League Baseball clubhouse there is a sign that says, "What you see here, what you hear here, what you say here, what you do here, leave it here."
That was possible before the 24 hour news cycle, social media and smartphones.
Now EVERYTHING is under a microscope.
There are too many reporters with a nose for news. (My high school journalism teacher Mr. Ginsburg's term. A reporter always asks "who, what, when, where and why". Still remember that almost 30 years later!)
It was a tradition to have a few beers and talk about the game with teammates in the locker room. Now a days after a few athletes have been arrested for DUI, alcohol is banned in most locker rooms.
Back in the 50's, reporters didn't dare write about an athletes drinking. Mickey Mantle had several DUI incidents not reported by the New York press. Can you imagine that happening now?
We live in a world where no one can mind their own business.
This world has gotten too sensitive. Too politically correct.
Yesterday, Major League Baseball announced that rookie hazing will be banned. Hazing as in men dressing as women.
Today on my Facebook I posted a picture of men in a locker room taking part in rookie hazing. They were dressed as women like they were going to a night club. They're all laughing and smiling.
It's a tradition to have rookies dress ridiculous and walk around in a public place such as the hotel lobby or the airport. It's inclusion into a special club. A club that says, "You're in the big leagues now!"
But some people too smart for their own good say that it's demeaning to the athletes self confidence and demeaning to women. So stop it, you're hurting someone's feelings. (Insert whiny voice.)
There was a lengthy report about how it seems men make women inferior. That wearing pink in self ridicule will cause further damage to the athletes mind. May cause depression and PTSD.
I can guarantee you that ANY minor leaguer would gladly wear a woman's dress, cheerleader outfit or Hooter's girl outfit and wear it with pride! It would be a badge of honor. It would say, "I'm a big leaguer now!"
It's not insulting, it's not humiliating and no harm is intended. It's a joke. It gets a few laughs in MLB Network and ESPN. Hell, teams even tweet out the pictures!
But people who don't play sports, but know what's best for us have taken away another baseball tradition.
Start handing out skirts and tampons to newborn baby boys. They're going to need them to survive this world they will live in.
Monday, December 5, 2016
A friend put up an interesting Facebook post the other day. He mentioned it's time for female sideline reporters, studio analysts and pre and post game hosts to go away.
I know a lot of guys who say they don't like seeing women talking about a sport they never played. I have another friend who gets irritated at the sight of them.
One time he said, "What do they know about coming up the middle and have their ass handed to them?"
I think that's why I stopped watching football. It is quite irritating to see women talk about a sport they never played.
(I talk about sports on TV, but I played the sports I speak of).
This phenomenon grew in the 1990's when ABC Sports had Leslie Viser roam the sidelines on Monday Night Football. She was great at it though. She was a journalist at the Boston Globe in the 1970's. She's very well respected in sports television.
Then she moved on and Melissa Stark took over. She was horrible. Then along came Lisa Guererro. Not any better.
Then it was the thinking, "Let's put a hot chick on the sidelines and let her talk. Who cares if she doesn't know what she's talking about?"
Then there's the queen bee of female sideline reporters, Erin Andrews. She's informative and insightful, but so irritating! It's that voice!!
Now she's everywhere! She's a celebrity now.
Then there are the talking heads at NFL Network. There's always a female on the panel on most of their programming and it's a reason to keep the TV turned off.
But they're not going away anytime soon.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
"Beaten by the queen of hearts everytime." - Little River Band
I'm sitting at my kitchen table drinking champagne. The Chicago Cubs won the World Series!
We all know the story, they haven't won in 108 years.
I'm thinking there was no radio or television back in 1908.
The Cubs were known as the lovable losers as long as I've been alive.
I'm thinking back to 1984. I ride my bike as fast as I can from Douglass Jr High School to get home so I can watch the San Diego Padres play the Chicago Cubs for the NL pennant. The Cubs were sure to win.
I get home in time to see the ground ball go through Leon Durham's legs. Padres win the Series.
Fast forward to 1989.
I'm a senior in high school. I'm in 7th period yearbook class. We're watching the San Francisco Giants play the Cubs for the pennant. The Cubs were winning. Our teacher Mr. Ginsburg turns the TV off as class is about to start. 50 minutes later, the Giants won the pennant. Another heartbreaking loss.
Move on to 2003. I'm 31 years old. I'm a working stiff on night crew at a grocery store. I had to go to bed early so I could be up by 10pm so I could be at work by 11pm.
I go to bed with the Cubs beating the Marlins in the NLCS.
I wake up and the Marlins won the pennant.
Last year, the Mets swept the Cubs.
My point is the Cubs could never win the big one.
But this year was different since day one of Spring Training.
You just knew it was going to be a special year.
I went to a Spring Training game in Mesa, Arizona. It was an electric atmosphere.
I saw the Cubs in San Francisco and Oakland. It was like attending a Cubs home game.
You just knew this year was gonna be special.
Now I sit on my couch watching the World Series post game show and it's a historic celebration in Chicago.
A friend joked on Facebook that the city of Chicago is shut down until further notice.
There have been jokes that Chicago will run out of booze win the Cubs win it all.
It's not a curse or a dream no more.
The Chicago Cubs are the 2016 World Series Champions!
Party on Chicago!