Saturday, May 30, 2015

Jeckel and Hyde

The same team that committed a minimum of 9 errors in a 14-7 thrashing on Thursday against the Braves just beat the first place Nationals 17-2. Totally different team on the field today. Sam pitched the entire game, throwing 83 pitches (85 is the max he's allowed to throw in a game), striking out 9 and only walking a couple. He also showed great baseball awareness by fielding a ground ball and turning immediately to throw to second base, leading the shortstop by a few feat so that the shortstop could touch the base and continue his momentum with a throw to first for a double play. It was late in the game and put the final nail in the coffin. It looked effortless, an amazing play. Sam was a little off at the late going 1-3 and getting a walk.

Dylan went 2-4 at the plate and played first base perfectly. He fielded a hard grounder down the line and caught everything coming his way. It was much more fun watching this game than the game Thursday.

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Pot of Gold

A pot of gold would be nice since we got Nicole a new car today and I bought an iMac for the family room because I refuse to waste anymore time battling the Window 8 machine that was there.

We are picking up Nicole's new "blue" Infiniti tomorrow. She will no longer be a minivan driver when that happens. The new suv is almost as spacious for you visitors. Getting blue was difficult for some reason but that's what she wanted. It's a nice vehicle.

The windows 8 PC in the family room was the biggest piece of trash ever created and I decided that I would not waste another minute trying to make it behave and will only buy macs going forward. The iMac is more expensive but the ease of use and stability is well worth it. I'm going to move the 8 machine downstairs and experiment with it but it's not going to get in the way of accomplishing goals going any longer.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Blue and Grey

The Manassas Blue and Grey won the tournament last weekend. it's the only team we didn't play and we were glad they beat the Prince William Reds.  The Reds were good but we let them off the hook the first time we played them and then went into the second game exhausted from a game right before. More baseball starting tomorrow. 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Pool Season

Two days of baseball stopped us from going to the pool the first couple days it was open but we got there today for a bit. It felt good to get in the chilly water after a couple days on a hot, dusty baseball field.

Sunday, May 24, 2015


The boys had a good couple games again today. They won one and lost another but the team was starting to work together better. Sam had 4 more solid inning on the mound and had a few singles and a triple. Dylan had a couple singles and spent a couple innings on the bench. (11 players and everyone gets time). He played well at second base and caught a crucial pop fly in game one. I think it's tough on him when Sam has a great tournament while he had a good tournament but he is always complimentary of his little brother. Dylan is always offering encouragement to his team mates and is the first to celebrate a good hit or play. He's a leader and a really good ball player, amongst other things. He makes me proud.

Saturday, May 23, 2015


Dylan and Sam love being part of a team. It is so obvious that they draw tremendous energy and joy from being with other kids in the pursuit of glory. They are always right in the middle of the group, cheering people on and goofing around. Win or lose they are team players and have a ton of fun regardless of the outcome. I like that about them.

The Legend Begins

The 12u Pioneer Legends Tournament team had its first tournament games this morning. Sam pitched the first four innings, striking out 7 and only allowing 2 runs. Both boys were getting the bat on the ball but Sam only reached first once with a single (1-3) and Dylan was thrown out twice and struck out once (0-3). The pitchers are better in tournament ball but they were just a little off in the hitting department. The relief pitchers for the legends struggled and ended up surrendering 4 runs for a 6-5 loss.

The second game of the day was a disaster. I stopped counting errors at around 8. The pitching was rough and hitting was anemic. Dylan sat the first couple inning and struck out while Sam went 1-2 but got picked off at first. They ended up losing 14-3 to a pretty mediocre team. We have anywhere between 1 and 3 games tomorrow. I hope they get their mojo back and get in the win column.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Double Shot

The Orioles got back in the win column today with a 12-7 victory over the Dodgers. Sam pitch a couple semi successful innings, striking out 4 but giving up some walks and 2 runs. He went 2-2 with a single, walk and three run home run. Dylan was 1-3 at the plate with a three run homer as well. They have been batting at the 4 and 5 positions the last few games and have been delivering the power that's expected in those slots. Good game boys.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Heading Home

Arizona was nice but it will be good to get home. I learned some things and met some new people and got a couple hours of sun. All good.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Desert Dinner

The conference dinner tonight was somewhere way out in the desert. We stayed in the lights to avoid the rattle snakes. Good times.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Winging It

I'm happy I was on a plane to Phoenix instead of a train to New York today. I had uneventful flight and some nice views on the way down.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Strong Hitters

They boys 12u tournament team played the 11u tournament team last night and the boys did a good job at the plate again.  Dylan hit his first (inside the park) home run with a frozen rope shot over the center fielders head and all the way to the fence, they had a throw to home but it was too late.  He also made nice plays at second for easy outs.  Sam had a hit and a pop out and played well at catcher.  He did not fair so well on the mound but he's been pitching  a lot lately and was due a bad inning.  More baseball this weekend.

Monday, May 11, 2015


Our California visitor arrived in a big box this weekend. He's going to have to find a new place to hang out in the house.

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Close one

Both boys went 2-3 with Sam getting two singles and Dylan getting a single and a double. We ended up losing 8-7 with some sloppy base running by the team and some bad calls by the umps. My least favorite ump is the one that will make a call based on a coaches complaint. If the ump didn't see it, it didn't happen even if a coach said it did. Control the game ump. Anyway, Sam pitched a couple solid innings with 5 K's and Dylan pitched a very good inning, picking off a runner at first. They are at the tournament team practice now. They will be tired tonight.

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Night Ball

It was a beautiful night for baseball and it just seems better under the lights.

Twin Production

Nicole and I missed last Saturday's game but from all accounts, it didn't go well. Sam pitched a 9 pitch inning with two K's and got a hit but the team was a little off. They ended up losing 9-1.

A lot can change over a few days. They came roaring back last night with a 12-6 win over the Dodgers. Dylan went 2-2 with two triples and played well in the field. Sam went 3-3 with two home runs and a single. He also pitched a near flawless three innings, facing 9 batters, striking out 7 of them, fielding a bunt and throwing to first for the out and forcing a pop fly to short.

It helps when the other team can't get a runner on base in the first three innings. The rest of the O's hit well too and while our fielding and pitching is a little suspect, they made enough plays to win.

Batting practice tonight then another game on Saturday. We are in full swing.

Monday, May 04, 2015

Anyone Having Fun?

Acela, Kinky Boots, Bar Centrale, perfect weather, the High Line, brunch at Trestle on 10th Ave, Soho, drinks in Little Italy, the Tenement Museum, great Italian food, the Comedy Cellar, Jeffrey Ross and David Attell, Adams apartment, Elaine staying with the boys and good friends. We had a great couple day in NYC.

Sunday, May 03, 2015

New Hats

Nicole and Mike picked up some sweet hats in the village today. We visited the Tenement Museum after these beers.

Kinky Boots

We got into New York Saturday afternoon and proceeded to Kinky Boots, which was a fantastic show. Had some dinner late at Centrale Bar then wondered our way back to Adam's apartment at around 1. We miss the boys but are having a great time.

Washington Square

We started the day with a stroll thru the Village and up onto the Highline for a half mile or so to a place for brunch. It's been a gorgeous day in the city.