Sunday, April 28, 2013

Baseball is a Simple Game

“Baseball is a simple game.  You throw the ball, you hit the ball, you catch the ball.  Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains”  from the movie  Bull Durham .

You throw the ball

You hit the ball

You catch the ball
Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.  

Well not actually true in this league.  In this league every game ends in a tie, outs are not counted, and no one strikes out  : )  Recently saw one of my grandson's Little League Tee Ball games.  Their games are three innings, each team bats through their lineup each inning, outs do not count - even if the happen to occur.  Batters get three pitches and if no hits by that point, the ball is put on the Tee for them.

And afterwards...

good game, good game, good game,...

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Gwinnett Braves vs Norfolk Tides

First game of the season - well for me.  I am lucky - really, really enjoy minor league baseball and the Gwinnett Braves (AAA affiliate of the Atlanta Braves) are less than 10 miles away on all back roads!  And to make things even better, a lot of their games are 6:05 PM first pitch during the week.

Now it is very early in the season and I'm sure as they get further into the season, the crowds will pick up.

Gwinnett Braves vs Norfolk Tides
I do have a ritual that I do every year in the first game of the year:  hot dog, beer, boiled peanuts!  And I was in luck because they did have all three of those :)  The hot dog & beer would be standard stuff at all ballparks, the boiled peanuts maybe not.  Not sure about other parts of the country, but in the south, boiled peanuts are typically available.  Although I'm not a southerner by birth, once I moved here and was introduced to boiled peanuts - well. there is no going back!

With AAA baseball being one step away from the majors, these guys are really good ballplayers.  Saw a lot of good baseball during this game.  But at the same time, minor league baseball is a tough business to be in.  One of the random pictures I took during the game was of Matt Pagnozzi on first base in the third inning:

Pagnozzi base hit third inning
Just out of curiosity I looked his stats up on .  This is his 11th season in the minors, as of today he's played in 713 minor league games for the following teams:

New Jersey Cardinals (New Jersey)
Peoria Chiefs (Illinois)
Palm Beach Cardinals (Florida)
Springfield Cardinals (Missouri)
Memphis Redbirds (Tennessee)
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Colorado)
Columbus Clippers (Ohio)
Gwinnett Braves (Georgia)

and he has played 33 games in majors during that time also:

St. Louis Cardinals
Colorado Rockies
Pittsburgh Pirates

This guy has been around baseball!  Oh yeah, he is also the nephew of the former St Louis Cardinal catcher Tom Pagnozzi ( I knew I had seen that name before).

Going to baseball games is a release for me, it is an escape for me - can't wait for the next game!

One other thing, this is somewhat of a habit now, started years ago when my son first played baseball, I've got to do the book when I'm at a game...

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Race 34 IAF Superhero Virtual Half Marathon

On September 3rd, 2010, Isaiah collapsed in front of his parents and was rushed to the hospital. There were no prior symptoms but he suffered severe brain damage as a result of complications from lymphoma which wasn't diagnosed until that day. He never regained consciousness and he took his last breath on September 10th in his mother's arms.

Isaiah was a true superhero and would often be seen wearing costumes of his favorites, especially his batman costume. He also loved to dance to MJ songs. Isaiah had a contagious smile that would brighten any room and was truly loved by all who were lucky enough to have known him…

The information above and picture below are from The Isaiah Alonso Foundation website.

Isaiah Alonso - Superhero
A walking buddy of mine mentioned the IAF Virtual Superhero Run/Walk hosted by The Isaiah Alonso Foundation, where you could sign up and do different race distances (5K, 10K, half marathon) and it would support families battling childhood cancer.  It was a virtual race meaning you could do your race anywhere during the month of April.

So for my race number 34 I did the IAF Virtual Superhero Half Marathon.  The location I picked was Suwanee Greenway/George Pierce Park in Suwanee, Georgia.  The date that I picked was Saturday April 13, 2013.

For this race I did not bring my iPod.  I wanted to focus on thoughts of Isaiah Alonso, his family, others battling cancer, and their families.  These things are so sad, so unfair, and it is way beyond my comprehension why things like this happen.  It also reminded me of the brevity of life and that there really is no guarantee of tomorrow, for any of us.