I went to Dodger Stadium tonight hoping to witness Barry Bonds hit a historic home run. It was a good time but no history tonight. Below is a photo I took of Bonds at bat.
I was able to meet the winning pitcher of the evening after the game. Barry Zito posed for photos and signed autographs after the game. Below is a pic with Barry.
Visions of sea turtles, dinners at sunset, drinks with live music.
I want to wish my Dad a very happy Father’s Day. He is a very special person and I am proud to be his son. I love you Dad! Happy Father’s Day.
I also want to thank my children who mean the world to me. I had a great day and I am very proud to have such spectacular children.
Perhaps I should be a reporter, I scooped all of the news outlets with the fact that Troy Percival wants to make a comeback. Unfortunately I’ve been so busy with Mother’s day, birthdays, Angels and Ducks games to write about it. My friends were told the story but I haven’t written it online yet. FSN reported some details the other day and the Orange County Register had an article today. They both left out some key bits of information, so I will post my conversation with Percival here:
I ran into Percy at Game 2 of the Western Conference Semi-Finals when the Ducks were playing Vancouver. It was Percival’s second Ducks game ever. The only other Ducks game he attended was during the regular season. He had a Ducks jersey on with PERCIVAL 40 written on the back. I told him how cool that was and he said that the Ducks just gave it to him. I asked him if he was working for the Angels in Arizona and he said that they have him working various locations. He said that his arm was feeling really good and he wanted to come back and pitch again. At first I thought he was joking. I asked if he was serious and he said that he was. I asked if he wanted to return to the Angels and he responded that he would only pitch for the Angels. He said he was hoping for an August return. I had him sign my ticket from the game, you can see it below:
Well I made the mistake of starting Ervin Santana in my fantasy baseball league today. He pitched in Milwaukee and I know his ERA on the road is horrible, but I was hoping that all the time off the Indians had would hurt them. The Angels-Indians series was shifted to Milwaukee because of the weather conditions in Cleveland.
The Mariners and Indians had to cancel their series because of snow. They actually started a game and were just an out away from making it an official game (5 innings) but the weather forced them to postpone it. Ironically Paul Byrd was throwing a no-hitter in the game.
There was discussion of bringing the series to Angels-Indians series to Anaheim. I was really hoping they would so that Santana would pitch here and because it would be fun to get to go to the games. The games would have been add-ons to the schedule and would have opened up seating options for anywhere in the stadium. In Cleveland, it was a first come, first serve seating arrangement for $10 per ticket.
Baseball is back. The Angels play the Dodgers in L.A. on Thursday and Friday and then in Anaheim on Saturday. I will be participating in the on field flag ceremony on opening day which is quite an honor.
My Dad helped my son’s Scout Den out last week by conducting a Flag ceremony for the kids. I have been meaning to post the photos before now but finally got around to it. Check out the images here.
Newly elected Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. has a column in the Baltimore Sun answering questions regarding youth sports. I sent in this question regarding my son. You can see the question and answer below as posted in the February 18th, 2007 edition of the Baltimore Sun.
DEAR CAL // My 7-year-old son played baseball for the first time this past fall. When he was younger he would always put his right-hander’s mitt on the opposite hand, so we got him a left-hander’s glove. I also encouraged him to bat left-handed. Now that he is older, I realize he is not a true lefty since he writes right-handed and even throws a football naturally right-handed. He now throws, catches and hits left-handed fluidly, but perhaps his arm strength would be better right-handed. Should he continue left-handed, or is there a test I can give him to see which way he should throw?
Rob Rohm, Orange, Calif.
DEAR ROB // It sounds like you have a good problem on your hands. Most of us wish that we were more ambidextrous or could do more things with our opposite side. I’m a very dominant right-handed person and have had to work hard learning to do things with my opposite hand. It’s difficult for most of us to do, so in some ways your son may be ahead of the game.
I would just suggest that you experiment. Put a right-handed glove on your son and encourage him to practice and to try to play that way. You might find that you have a very special and talented child. I’ve come across a couple of people at the minor league level who could catch and throw equally well with both hands, and I often have wondered how they might do in the big leagues if they could pitch twice as much as a normal pitcher.
Remember that your son is 7 and still developing. You should have him put a glove on the other hand and make an evaluation. Maybe you can find some other people whom you trust in a baseball or sports sense to give you an evaluation as well. Nothing works better than experimentation, so give him the opportunity and see if he feels comfortable. He already is comfortable playing the game one way, so it’s not a big problem if he can’t do it differently. Put a glove on the other hand and see what happens.
Today was the first day of Fan Fest. It was a great event. I got in early and got a pic of me and my buddy drinking with Mickey Hatcher signed by him. I also got a picture of my son with Scot Shields on the field at photo day.
The Angels alumni had some great names including Rod Carew, Doug Decinces, Clyde Wright, and Bob Boone among others. I was really pleased to get an 8×10 signed by Carew.
I was also excited to get a baseball signed by Alyssa Milano and got a pic with her (see below).
I capped off the day by winning an Erstad Game Used Batting Helmet at one of the Angels Care auctions.
The 2008 All-Star Game will be played at Yankee Stadium because they are tearing it down after the season. Bud Selig had this to say in the press conference announcing the stadium selection:
“When you think of Yankee Stadium it is the most, in my opinion, famous cathedral in baseball — and I think the most famous stadium in the world,” Selig said. “So we really believe that this is the way we can honor a cathedral that has meant so much to this sport for so long.”
So how is that they are tearing this stadium down! Doesn’t anyone have a sense of history? I can’t believe that this is being done. I hope to see a game at Yankee Stadium before they tear it down. I am not a fan of the Yankees but I do respect their history and the history of the ballpark. Ironically the new stadium will have less seating than the current stadium. Go figure!