Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Bruschi Alive and Well

Well, we were all freaking out last night in our house. One of the guys that works for me had gotten an email saying that Tedy Bruschi had a heart attach and died. Since we couldn't find anything to confirm it, we hoped for the best.

Then, around 9:30pm, my wife gets a call from a friend saying the same thing. Again, we couldn't find anything to confirm it. Apparently, it was just a rumor that was started by some freakin weirdo. Thank god. Can't wait for the season to start.

Speaking of football, I had my son and our QB at the field last night. I had then running a round a little and then trying out a few possible plays and routes. They did well and I am getting pumped up for the season. Hopefully we can find some lineman to block...

Looking forward to a fun weekend. We are leaving tomorrow for Saratoga New York. For those of you that don't know, every August in Saratoga all the best horses, jockeys, trainers, etc. gather for a month long meet. We are going to my father in law's house which is only about 20 minutes away from the track. We are going to the races on Friday, then my oldest son and I are going to go over to Cooperstown to visit the baseball hall of fame. I have never been there before, and as a life long fan, I am very excited about checking it out.

Being this this weekend is a double edged sword. It is induction weekend, which will mean that we will probably come across quite a few former players, both hall of famers and not. The draw back is that it is supposed to be amazingly packed this weekend. It just happened to be the weekend we were going up for the races, so we will do our best. I am sure we will have a great time, and my son is over the top excited about it. He has a special autograph ball that he is bringing with him. It currently has autographs of Nomar, Papelbon, Delcarmen, Timlin, Hanson, Dinardo, John Henry and a few other minor league up and coming Sox prospects. He is hoping to land some other heavy hitters while we are up there.

As soon as we get back, practice starts for our team. Monday is D day. I will try and keep updating here as the practices start and all that. Have a great weekend and thanks for those of you that are still stopping by.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Summer Update

Hi all. Hope everyone is enjoying their summer. It is slipping away quickly up here.

Quick update on what is going on here. Baseball ended at the end of June with my son's team finishing 9-4 in the regular season, winning a playoff game, then losing the next game. The absolute highlight was the playoff game they won. My son struggled at the plate this year. Not sure why (great coach huh?). His confidence was not real high and it resulting in him not hitting much.

His pitching was great though. He would pitch 3 innings most games before we brought someone else in to keep everyone fresh and ready for the playoffs. Also, there was a new rule this year in little league that limited the pitch count of each kid. As a 10 year old, he could throw up to 75 pitches, but that was it in any given game. The rule is supposed to help the kids, so they don't get worn out at an early age. It made it very difficult on us coaches though, because there was a lot more strategy to it.

Anyway, the head coach decided to start him in the first playoff game. He ended up cruising throughout. After the fifth inning, he had thrown 71 pitches, so we figured we could get one more batter out of him. We were up 3-0, but that is nothing in little league, especially when you bring in a new pitcher and he can't find the plate.

He went out for the top of the 6th and the first kid up swung at the first pitch and grounded out to short. The second hit the first pitch for a single. The 3rd kid hit a grounder to short and we almost turned 2, but got one instead. That left him at 74 pitches. Since the next pitch put him at the limit, he was able to finish that batter. He ended up striking that kid out to end the game with a complete game shutout. It was great to watch and I was very proud of him.

The coach started a different kid in the next game and my son got in around the 3rd inning but we were already losing. We ended up going down 7-4 and that team ended up winning the championship. All in all, not a terrible season.

We have pretty much just been chillin for July so far. We made it up to my mom's cabin in Maine for the 4th of July weekend. That was a good time. Figured I would include a picture of that, as you can see.

Anyone that used to keep up with this space knows that I coached football last year for the first time. I was an assistant and had a good time with it. Well this year is going to be a little different. The head coach from last year didn't really work out. They asked me to take over so here I am. We have paperwork and equipment day on Saturday and practice starts on July 30th. Like I said, the summer will be gone in no time. I have met with all the coaches, had our draft, and am now just planning for the upcoming season. I am looking forward to it, but I am a little nervous too. Luckily, some of the other coaches are more experienced that I am so that should help.

Work is going well and I am lucky because I have flexibility to be able to coach. I am also getting to go to Vegas September 17-21 for a conference, wOOt! I am planning on catching up with Don and Carmen for sure, but if you are planning on being out there at the same time, let me know. I can't wait for that. I haven't been in forever it seems like. I am looking forward to the craps tables more than the poker tables, since I am so out of practice, but I am sure I will see a donkament or 2. The Caesar's one treated me ok last time, so with the ones they have now, maybe I will give one of those a shot again.

I think that is about all that is new from here. The Sox have started their annual swoon, but hopefully they can get it back together. We don't need another '78. Enjoy the rest of your summer all!

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