Tuesday, November 19, 2013


It's hard for me to describe what the game of baseball means to me. It is the game I grew up with. The game I watched my dad play (softball). The game I watched my brother play. The game I played. The game my son and nephews both play. 

My earliest memories of baseball/softball came from watching my dad and his friends play. The fun they had together. I loved going to those games. I didn't always watch, I was young after all, but I knew what was going on. My dad always wanted me to play. At least that's how I remember it. So I started playing or learning to play at a young age. I remember playing wiffle ball in my backyard with my brother and my dad while our dog at the time would try and snag the ball.

As I got a little older I went to watch my older brothers baseball games as well. I was able to see what it meant to my brother too. My brother went on to play high school ball as he got older but had to quit for health reasons. I think it was rough on both him and my dad. My dad always had high hopes for us in the sport. What can I say? He taught us both to play and he wanted us to succeed.

Eventually I started playing and it kind of exploded from there. I remember my first couple of years just starting out. Not really knowing where I wanted to play and not a very good hitter. Honestly, the best hitter/player we had for the first couple of years was a girl named Carrie. She was a pitcher and could crush the ball. After those years I joined a team called South Side Press. Made a lot of fun memories with that team. I was with them all the up until high school ball. Two of my best friends played alongside me from then all the way through High school and one still plays with me. South Side was a fun experience. We mostly played in Carter Lake, at least until out last season. Had a couple of different coaches throughout the years. Ken, John, and of course, my dad. I know those were probably the most difficult for me. With my dad coaching me. He pushed me. A lot. To be a better player and to learn more about the game. Never the less, I learned quite a bit and fell in live with the game. We never won any titles that I can recall but did have several winning seasons. When I moved into high school ball things were a little tougher. I learned what it meant to work hard to earn my spot on the team. I developed my skills. More so defensively. My hitting was always average. But I prided myself on my defense. Both John and my dad ended up being assistant coaches for our freshman team, so I got to spend more time around the field with dad. My three years of baseball during high school will forever be my favorites. So many good memories with friends and teammates. Unfortunately, I stopped playing my senior year due to a couple personal reasons. My only regret. 

From there I started playing softball. I started out with my brother on his work team. I little different from baseball but not really. Just redefining your skills a little. I had a good time. I got the opportunity to play with brother. A blessing. I played on that team for a couple years then moved to a church league. Where I have been playing ever since. I have played in city leagues as well. It's fun to see the different levels of competition in both leagues. In one of the city leagues I was able to play with both brother and my dad. Who could ask for more? After a couple years in our church league I decided I wanted my own team. Rebel Scum was born. We have had several teammates come and go over the years but I cherish all of the time I as able to play on all those teams. All was good with my skills and learning and my love of baseball kept growing throughout all of this. Then, two years ago something happened that I thought would change my personal attachment with baseball. During a game in out fall softball league I took off from third base and tore my left calf muscle. I've never, ever, felt anything that painful.  After that I stepped away from baseball/softball. I figured I was done playing and that I would just enjoy watching my son develop and play. So, that's what I did. I started helping my son develop, well, as much he would let me help anyway. It was during all this that I decided I wanted to coach. Help young adults improve there game to make it at the next level. I want to go back to school and get a sports management degree and try to make it work. Which is kind of where I am now.

I've left out all the times I've been to St. Louis for games. College World Series trips with my dad and brother, and more recently my son. Then playing softball again this year, in three leagues. Probably having one of the best years I've had playing offensively. Crazy. 

Within all of this I thank God, my parents, my brother, my wife Connie, and everyone else who has had an influence on me or encouraged me to play this game. Without your support I would have probably given this up years ago. 

In my opinion there is no other game like baseball. Not even close. I look forward to seeing my son play in high school this year. To see how he has progressed. I'm hoping in the months to come I get the opportunity to go back and get my degree. Until then I will practice my skills and pass on what I've learned.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Ball, Ball and More Ball

Crazy weekend. Had a men's softball tournament all day Saturday. We didn't do to shabby considering the teams we were up against. Ended up 2-2. Four crazy games. Lots of runs scored. Very proud of the way our guys played. Lost the first game but didn't get down. Came back and one the next two. Lost a heartbreaker in the third game. How the game goes sometimes. 

Not to toot my own horn, but I was on fire! Went 10-14 with 5 walks. Ton of RBI's. Good times.

Then tonight we had our normal Sunday night game. Again got the win. Yay us! And I kept the fire going once again. Went 2-2 with a walk! My On Base Percentage is rocking the last two days.

I just hope I can keep it up. My body is aching. I can do this. Love this game!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Should I or Shouldn't I

I recently turned in a sample of my writing to a pop culture/geek website as they are looking for writers. Really wasn't expecting feedback or acknowledgement. However, the editor must have liked what he saw. I was offered a spot to write for them. Yay me! The downside you say? Well, the downside is there's no money in it. It's basically writing 3-5 articles/stories a week. I guess I would compare it to writing articles like I was for my website, WayStation/Bird Word. For fun and for the experience. The question becomes do I want to take this on and build from the experience or do I forego the whole thing based on lack of profit? I will have to ponder this as I still have no idea what I want to do.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Misc. Thoughts and Concerns

Hello all!

Been awhile. Well, looking at my last post I guess I need to update you on happenings. First off, I didn't get the Playstation gig. Oh well. However, I am currently working at a local comic shop...as well as that other retail place that shall not be named. The comic shop is small but it does decent business. They do most of it online. Been fun so far. I've been working there since June. There have been some recent events that have me kind of worried about my job security, but I guess I'll have to take it as it comes. I still have hopes of going back to school for a different degree and also for a coaches authorization at some point. Hopefully soon.

Also, I have a child in high school! How weird is that. Anthony is now a freshman. He is currently active in Band and will be doing Bowling in November. I'm hoping he still wants to play baseball in spring but I think he has some reservations. That might have been my fault. At least to a degree. I push him a lot. Mostly because I love the game so much and I know he can do it, if he puts his mind to it. Whatever his decision will be I will be okay with it. As long as he's happy with it.

I started drawing again. At least a little. Working on some commissions for a relative. Not sure if it will be a recurring thing right now or not. Trying to work on it them in between both jobs so it's taking more time than I'd like.

Still wishing I could open my own comic shop. Anyone know where I can find a bunch of money to open my own place? :)

Been getting back into softball as of late. Playing on two teams again. Thursdays and Sundays. Need to get back in shape a little more however. Haven't been to the gym in forever. Haven't had time. Or so I say. Soon.

I'll try to write more soon. Honestly I forget I have this blog half of the time.

Monday, October 8, 2012

News! Of A Sort

So, you know how I've been trying to find a job? I received a phone call last week from Sony Playstation. I had applied for a Playstation Rep. job a couple of weeks prior. I had a phone interview last week that was brief and vague about the job itself. However, it went well and I was to have a second interview set up for this week. Tonight, I get a text from Connie saying that Sony had called and left a message with a phone number to call them back. Naturally I did so. I talked with the District Manager of this area. She was super enthusiastic and genuinely excited to talk to me. It was awesome. We discussed the details of the job and if I still wanted to pursue it. YES! Provided the pay works out for my family, this job is amazing. Day hours, Monday-Friday. Working with video games! The call went well and I'm to meet with her next Tuesday or Thursday and have a face to face. I'm really excited but I'm trying not to get my hopes up..too much. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Time. Where for art thou time?

Holy crap! It's been almost a year since I've posted anything on here. Crazy.

Well, let's get into this, shall we?

A lot has changed since the last post. I do have a job. We'll leave it at that and revisit that another day.
Another year and no school. I really do need to get back. I finally figured out what I want to do with my life. Well two things really. I touched on the Sports Management thing last time so I won't go into all that again. However, it does tie in to one of the things I want to do. I want to coach. Baseball. I want to make a difference in young people's lives as far as the game is concerned. I've played my whole life. I've had great teachers. I know I can can be a good influence on young players. The other thing started out as a hobby and just a good time with friends. I am in the process of getting an entertainment website up and running. When I say entertainment I don't mean porn. Sickos. Get your mind out of the gutter. I mean movies, music, video games, comics, tv and maybe the occasional sports reference. I'm talking reviews, news, video, audio, polls, top tens and yes friends, a podcast. Some friends and I started a blog awhile back doing these very things. It was for fun and for me, making little jabs at some big entertainment sites for what they were posting. For what they were calling news. Ha ha. Funny still. Anyway, I got together with them and discussed the idea of a website. They were all on board. So the ideas started. It's still a work in progress at this point in time, but as soon as it happens, I'll be linking/hyping it here. I'm actually really excited about it. I know I'm not the greatest writer in the world but who really cares, right? As long as it's entertaining. This is really right up my alley. I have many loves in my life. My wife. My kids. But, I also have baseball and entertainment. Movies and comic books at the forefront. I've seen too many movies to count and there's still a huge list that I want to see. I'm no critic, but I love to talk about movies. It's the same with comics. I grew up with comics. I think it was a combination of being influenced by my brother and my uncle Mike. Both were comic fans. I'm just rambling now. The point is these are both things I want to see happen within the next few months. School might be the harder of the two to get started, but I'm not giving up. I'll try and keep you posted.

What else?

My kids are growing up faster than I could have possibly imagined. My son is in 8th grade! 8th! Where did that time go? He's slowly becoming a young man. I'm proud of him. Doing great in school. Enjoys band. Even got him playing baseball...bonus! My daughter is growing like a weed. She turns three in a couple months. Scary stuff. She is already half my height. Half! 3 years old! Weird, right? I love her. She's very much daddy's little girl.

My wife is great. Put up with me for 11 years now. I don't know what else to say. I love her. She means the world to me. Just wish I could see her a little more. Job thing. Again, touch on that another time.

Hopefully, in the days to come, I'll have some good news to share. Only time will tell.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

"Alright, now I'm a little worried."

So, it is now December 27th and I still haven't found a job. My current employment ends on January 31st. Starting to get a little stressed out. I've applied all over and will continue to do so. I really wish/pray something will come up that I can enjoy. I'm worried that I'm going to land a job that I'm not going to like and that it will change me some how. I really would rather get out of retail all together. I want to get into photography so bad. Unfortunately, it's out of my affordability right now. Coaching is the other option. Rather, Sports Management. A local college has a 4-year program that sounds like it would be right up my alley. Again, not sure I can afford it. Both time and money right now. I know God will lead me in the right direction. It's all about patience and calmness. I can do it. Keep me in prayer. As I can surely use it. Thank you to all who have tried to help thus far. It means a lot.