Monday, January 18, 2016

Pitch Patch Potch

A lot to talk about, bot enough time to write.
I'm happy Ken Griffey Jr and Mike Piazza made the Hall of Fame. I saw Piazza as a young unknown catcher in Bakersfield in 1991. Saw him twice actually. Once in Stockton and the other time in Bakersfield. In Stockton they were calling him, "Pizza, Pizza!" Now they would say, "Mr. Piazza can I have your autograph?"
In Bakersfield, he was on the on deck circle, and he was casually chatting with a fan. Then he hit a homerun.
As for The Kid, I saw his second game as a Major Leaguer in Oakland in 1989. He went 0 for 4, but he did quite well for himself!

I've been thinking about the Seattle Mariners hiring a 22 year old young lady named Amanda Hopkins as their "Four Corners" scout. I know 22 year olds who bird dog scout first, then work their way up the scouting chain.
Her father was a scout for the Mariners for many years. This is clear nepotism.
I think it's nice the Mariners sponsored her for her training at the Major League Scouting Bureau. I think it's nice she made quite an impression there.
I'm not criticizing her. It's just a little much to give someone so young so much responsibility regardless of their gender.
A 22 year old hasn't seen much baseball to get a feel for what a scout must truly look for. Just my opinion.

The Cheating Patriots forge on in the playoffs.....
I hope the Arizona Cardinals knock the smile of Cam Newton's face. I don't like his cockiness, arrogance and swagger.
I want to see him crawling off the field crying for his mama after the game!

Baseball is a month away. "Pitchers and catchers report" is my favorite sentence ever.

Television is going well. I'm more comfortable in front of the camera now. I love my small little role in the big sports television world.

I'm happy the Rams are now the Los Angeles Rams again. A piece of my childhood came back last week. I'll write more about that soon.
Thanks for reading!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Goooood Moooorning Naaaaappa!!

This morning I was on the Sports Vine Show on 1440 KVON in Napa with Arty "Party" Reyes, Steve Meyer and Mark McCloud.
We spoke of my transition to the Napa Show as Sports Director and my personal background in sports.
It was a funny half hour just telling funny stories and shooting the bull.
I was asked about growing up and how I became fascinated with radio and television. I also spoke about using my imagination growing up playing sports when no one else was around.
As I said it was a great half hour and I'm looking forward to doing it again!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Three Will Enter, One Will Win

The race for Los Angeles begins.
The San Diego Chargers, the Oakland Raiders and the St. Louis Rams filed papers to the NFL to move to LA.
Stan Kroenke, who owns the Rams, is already building a stadium in Inglewood. Talk about putting the cart before the horse.
The Chargers and Raiders are in talks to share a stadium in Carson. I haven't been to Carson in years, but I think it's too far away to drive to. I don't think it's going to happen. Just my opinion.
Why do I think only one team will end up in LA? Because LA is a one football team town. There's simply too much competition for the entertainment dollar in LA. There's also others things to do in southern California.
I like the Rams situation in Inglewood. Yes, it's in the hood, but I think an NFL stadium will revitalize the area.
I think the original plan of a stadium in downtown LA by Staples Center would have been a logistical and traffic nightmare. Loved the idea of Farmers Field, but I think it would have been a terrible situation.
All I know is its time for a team to return to LA. It's been over twenty years.
Come on NFL. Make the right decision. Allow the Rams to move back to LA so I can root for the Rams again!

You Can Succeed By Reading This!

I hate self help books. "Reach for the Stars", "Be the best you can be!", "Give 1000% everyday!", "You can do it! Go for it!!" the book titles exclaim.
What I really don't like is the pretentious athlete or coach who writes a book on how to succed. I think it's ridiculous.
They always have some cheesy title and the undertitle says, "My keys to success in life."
Think about it. An athlete or coach are totally different people than us. They have physical gifts that only a few people in this world posses. They use those gifts to rise to fame and fortune. Coaches lead on the sidelines, but the coach isn't doing it by himself. He has assistants who do the thankless grunt work and he or she takes all the credit if their team wins.
If they are very successful, they'll write a book on how we can succed like them. They always have this smug, smarmy look on their face on the cover of the book.
I don't buy into it.
These athletes and coaches are given opportunities none of us will ever have in life. We're not given millions of dollars to perform our jobs. We're not given the finer things in life. (Ever notice how wealthy people get things for free, while us working people have to reach for our wallets?)
When they get fired or released, they have another million dollar job waiting for them. Most of us don't have the business contacts they do to keep working.
Some use success to make more money. Contracts are torn up and big raises are given if a coach wins a championship. Players get incentive bonuses.
They'll tell you in their books on how to ask for that raise or get that promotion.
They'll make you think it's that easy. Allow me to tell a story.
In my twenties I was struggling to get by. I needed to make more money plain and simple. I read some coaches book that made me think I was going to walk into my managers office and ask for a raise. The coach said to prepare and practice how to ask for it. I was ready to ask for a boatload of money!
I was turned away just as quickly I asked for it. The manager said it wasn't company policy to give raises. I countered by listing all the reasons why I deserved a raise. I was told to have a nice day.
The only raise given was the coach who wrote the book. He pocketed $19.95 off of me.
It was then that I discovered these books were a crock.
The coaches and athletes should write a one page book that say this, "I was born with God given ability to do things no one else can and people pay to see me do it."
Not all of us can coach a winning team. Not all of us can score the winning touchdown or get the big hit to win the game. Why should I read about how an athlete or coach telling me I can do what they do. I can't and I never will.
You really want to succeed in life.
Here's how. Go out and work hard everday. No excuses, no whining. Life is tough. Life isn't easy. Forge your own path and walk past the 'How to be successful book written by a jock' section. It will save you a few bucks. Put it in your bank account and save for the future.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Expanding My Horizons

Happy New Year! 2016 is going to be an exciting year. I'm enjoying my television segment in Napa. Getting positive feed back from it.
I'm going to be on the radio in 2016!
Tune into KVON 1440 AM on January 9th at 9 am to listen to me and Arty Reyes talk about the Napa Show on the Sports Vine Show.
I'm looking into podcasting more with some friends on their show. I'm planning on doing my own podcast too. I already have one show recorded on Spreaker.
I'm planning on helping out in the front office for the Sacramento Stealth of the Great West League.
And finally I'm looking into going back to school and finish what I started many years ago. It's time to get it done.
I want more in 2016.