WE GOT BLUE SKIES … NO, WAIT …

So as a newbie blogger I have made a stunning realization. The longer I go between entries, the harder it is to create a new one. You might think it would be easier … so much more to write … but instead it’s a little overwhelming.

I’d been slow on the uptake partly because I was (and this is really hard to admit) … *I was on dial-up* … I know, I know. Dinosaur. But now that I have discovered the joys of high-speed internet (thank you Comcast) I have no excuse.

So here I sit in Syracuse (again!) vowing that this time it will be different. You know, like all 1,876,342 diets I’ve been on in my (mumble/deleted) years.

I’ll take it slow. One blog at a time. Starting … now.

So, I’m ready to take bids from all of the communities across our great country that have been suffering from drought conditions. That’s right, bids for me to come to (YOUR PARCHED TOWN HERE) to cover a Minor League Baseball game. Because apparently all it takes to bring “steady soaking rain” to a town is for my bosses to send me there to cover a game.

I am buying stock in Pep Boys windshield wipers because I am giving mine a serious workout. So far, in the last few days, I have driven 11 hours. And I am not exaggerating when I tell you that it has rained for every single second of those 11 hours on the road.

Maryland to Ithaca (a detour en route to Cooperstown to visit my awesome sister), Ithaca to Cooperstown, Cooperstown to Syracuse. Rain rain rain rain rain.

But even in the rain, can I just say that Cooperstown is one of the most amazing places I’ve ever been. If you are a baseball fan, it’s just nirvana. For those of you who are fans of “Twilight Zone” think of the episode about “Willoughby” (one of my favorites) … just a throwback in time about 100 years. But with streets lined with dozens of shops filled with everything a true fan could imagine. Not crappy cheap mass-produced souvenirs, but unique ones (for example, when I came here 20 years ago, I got a Seattle Pilots ashtray!) … and cafes, ice cream parlors, quaint B&Bs and inns all in a gorgeous pastoral lakeside upstate New York setting …

Oh, and did I mention the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum?

A day trip here is simply inadequate. It would take a few days just to experience the Hall of Fame on its own. To truly soak in the atmosphere, you need a few days. I am really hoping to get back here as a visitor and vacationer soon.

I also had the rare treat of sitting in on a chat with Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk, presented by the Hall for its members on Saturday evening. Though of course I knew Fisk’s awe-inducing numbers (24 years in the bigs and 2,226 games caught and he still has knees, not to mention at 60 years old an amazing head of hair!!!) I really had no clue to his personality before Saturday. The man is hilarious … self-deprecating (though not in a fake manner), funny, clever and very very frank. It was one of the most enjoyable Q&A sessions I’ve had the pleasure of attending in quite awhile.

Unfortunately, his subsequent appearance throwing out the first pitch at the Cooperstown Classic game this afternoon between the Syracuse Chiefs and Rochester Red Wings was not in the cozy confines of the Hall of Fame Grandstand Theater but rather on the cold and wet field at Doubleday Stadium.

The game was, as they say, banged in the second inning to be allegedly picked up Monday as a double dip between these same teams. I say allegedly because I am still here. Which means … well, you know.

Sorry guys, Enjoy your night off.

And hey, maybe next entry I’ll try to graduate to … graphics. And pictures. Woo hoo!!!

 

3 Comments

“So, I’m ready to take bids from all of the communities across our great country that have been suffering from drought conditions. That’s right, bids for me to come to (SALT LAKE CITY) to cover a Minor League Baseball game. Because apparently all it takes to bring “steady soaking rain” to a town is for my bosses to send me there to cover a game.”

OK, Lisa, you’re on! Here are three reasons why you should come out to visit, like, . . .right now!
1) We’re 33-14, best record in the minors. Like you don’t remember our red-hot April?
2) Where else will you see a batter’s eye like this? (Scroll down to “Franklin Covey Field”)
3) I have a 2nd row seat reserved for you, right next to the home dugout.
😎 ~~ BeesGal, Salt Lake City, UT

Chiburibird, I would TOTALLY love to take you up on your offer!!

In fact, it’s funny you mention in … I have indeed had the pleasure of being at Frankling Covey Field twice … once for the 1996 Triple-A All-Star Game and once more, the next summer, when Albuquerque first baseman Paul Konerko was named Baseball Weekly’s Player fo the Year in 1997 and we did the interview with him IN Salt Lake city.

Both times I fell in love with the city and the site. Despite being about as far removed from a Mormon as you could imagine, everything about the place appealed to me … great stadium, great weather, gorgeous view from the seats, the whole nine years.

And I will say from a personal standpoint that the 1996 AAA ASG was one of the most FUN FUN FUN times I have ever had at an event … a group of characters ranging from Dustin Hermanson, Dmitri Young, Casey Candaele, Billy McMillon, Jaime Bluma etc. … well, you won’t have any trouble luring me back there to sit next to you in the second row and talk baseball.

And if Brandon Wood is still there he might not mind my being there either. I was there when he hit his four homers in the AFL game. He jokes I am his lucky charm. I know his amazing gift is his lucky charm. But I’ll be happy to take some credit if he wants to give it🙂

Hi Lisa,
Ha, ha, ha! I’m a transplant, so no worries there. Salt Lake is a lot more diverse than you might expect, h*ll, we even have espresso!

Brandon is up with the Angels right now, although I suspect he’ll be back when Howie Kendrick finishes his rehab in SLC.

On the other hand, you should come watch Bobby Wilson (C), BA/OBP/SLG, .306/.384/.396. Or Matt Brown (IF) BA/OBP/SLG, .357/.405/.675.

If you’re looking for surprise stories, there’s Giancarlo Alvarado (RHP), W-L/ERA/IP/, 3-0/2.96/45.2, who spent 2007 in the Mexican League. He was spotted during winter workouts in Puerto Rico and signed right before the season started.

Shane Loux (RHP) was “out of baseball” and coaching high school in 2007. He was signed after a Tempe workout at the end of fall instructional league. Loux finished April with an ERA=2.05. He’s had some rough outings since then, which have brought his ERA to a modest 4.15.

Just let me know when to expect you! . . .BeesGal

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