Sunday, June 18, 2017

It's Summer Once Again

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!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Have You Ever Seen A Fat Skateboarder?

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.)