Monthly Archives: September 2015

Welcome MLB Playoff Fans


Welcome MLB playoff fans! Come on in and sit yourself down. Someone get them a beer and a dog.

For you Dodger fans, we have the classic Dodger Dogs.

For those enjoying the Cubs, we have the best version of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”

Here is a quick bio of Harry Caray. Do not go to WRIGLEY FIELD and not know Harry Caray.

Baseball playoff season is upon us. In the NL, the Cardinals are already in. The Dodgers are in, thanks to Clayton Kershaw. The Mets are coming in from the East.  A battle for the wild card is going on between the Cubs and the Pirates. Will this finally be the Cubs’ year? In the AL, the Blue Jays are in, as are the Royals, who have been dominant this year. There is a battle in the West for who will go on to win the division, who will play the Yankees in a one-game winner-take-all and who will just go home.

Now here come the FANS. You know the fair-weather fans, the ones who about the end of August realize that people are playing baseball. They flip on the channel and suddenly become fans, watching the teams get better and better.

The fair-weather fan comes into our house. For the die-hard fans, it feels like an invasion of privacy, and honestly, there’s a little bit of jealously. We suddenly become bitter girlfriends.

“Oh no, you cannot come in here. This is my team. You just need to step off. I have been cheering for them all season. You think you can just come in here and think you are as good of a fan as me!”

I have always been a die-hard Rangers fan. But last year, with the Rangers nowhere near the playoffs, I turned my attention to my favorite player Jayson Nix. He was picked up by the Royals, and so I picked up my fandom and became a Royals fan. For the first time, I was a fair-weather fan. Social media and fandom can be a wonderful combination. I was embraced by the Royals fans online, forgiving me for being a Nix fan once they found out I met him and that’s why I cheered for him.

The Royals went on an impressive streak, and the fair-weather and die-hard fans were sent into a frenzy. And I was so excited I even bought a shirt and had it customized for Nix. I like being unique. I wore my shirt proudly and was again embraced by the real Royals fans. High-fives and”love your shirt.” They made me a real fan, while the Rangers still have my heart. The Royals brought me back to baseball.

Baseball can be an elitist sport sometimes. We have our own jargon and rules and no real reason of why we do things. Our job as the die-hards is to show the fair-weather fans what they have been missing, encourage and teach them all about what makes the team great. Let’s embrace the fair-weather fans, and maybe they will become real fans.


Fun Fact Friday: My AL and NL Standing Predictions


AL Predictions

NL Predictions

Today for fun, I thought I would see how my predictions turned out.

My Predictions                                                                                            Current Standings

East.                          Central.                   West                              East             Central          West
Orioles.                      Royals.                   Angels                       Blue Jays    Royals            Rangers
Red Sox.                    Tigers.                    Rangers                     Yankees      Twins              Astros
Blue Jays.                  Indians.                Mariners                    Orioles        Indians           Angels
Yankees.                    White Sox.              Astros                        Rays           White Sox      Mariners
Rays.                          Twins.                     A’s                               Red Sox        Tigers             A’s
Wild card: Rangers                                                                      Wild Card: Yankees, Astros
ALDS: Royals
East.                          Central.                    West                          East          Central            West
Nationals.                 Cubs.                       Dodgers                    Mets        Cardinals        Dodgers
Marlins.                    Cardinals.                 Padres                Nationals    Pirates             Giants
Braves.                      Reds.                        Giants                    Marlins       Cubs                 D-Backs
Phillies.                      Brewers.                   D-Backs               Braves        Brewers         Padres
Mets.                          Pirates.                     Rockies                Phillies         Reds              Rockies
Wild Card: Padres                                                                     Wild Card: Pirates, Cubs
NLDS: Cubs

I admit I was wrong on some of my guesses, which in February that’s all they can be. Who would have guess what the Astros would have done?  I didn’t think what the Padres did during the winter meeting of moving over 70 players was good but I thought they would at least have a better showing. I could not have predicted what happened with the Red Sox collapse. On a positive note, my World Series prediction is still intact and I think would be a really exciting one to watch so lets see what October has in store.

Rest in Peace Yogi Berra


Each morning I wake up and look at the news, and there is news that just makes us stop. Yogi Berra has died.   We stop, we put away the rivalries and we unite, we are baseball fans. We think of our favorite yogi ism; and smile My favorite is

“Baseball is 90% mental the other half is physical.”

Doesn’t quite seem so funny now, maybe to be a great baseball player it take more than 100%. There is a line from the movie the Sandlot that brings me comfort:

“Heroes get remembered, but legends never die.”

Yogi is a legend.

To Yogi Berra’s family, friends, the New York Yankees organization and to baseball fans everywhere, peace be with you.

To all MiLB, You are not a failure!


I have been reading several stories online as the Milb season came to an end.


There were other stories of course from other  players who felt they weren’t good enough. I am always saddened by these stories, I like to read more postive stuff. Like my brother from my Kap Lifestyle family. Matt Fields, in his most recent post he talks about staying positive. Matt is real and open and positive. He talks about being released and going to independent ball. He is honest in his emotional journey. He talks about feeling like a failure and then he uses his positivity to make the decision to go into independant ball. I admire the drive and determination. But there was a line in the post that  has gnawed at my heart for several days now. To quote matt

” On top of that, I was feeling like a failure. I knew I still wanted to play, and I had put up great numbers last year. I knew I could still do it, but psychologically, getting released twice and not getting an opportunity had me feeling like a failure.”

While Matt turned these emotions around it made me think of all the other minor leaguers out there. Sitting at home, playing on the net or video games. a little pissed off and feeling like a failure.

You are not a failure. Even if you never pick up another bat or glove you are doing something amazing; something most people will never do, you are chasing a dream. I played one season of softball and hated it, I wanted to play baseball, and because I have different body parts I wasn’t allowed. I still love the way the bat feels in my hands and I love to stand at the plate and image the crowd cheering for me. To me it is an illusion something that will never happen. But to you my minor leaguers the dream is real and you feel it and see it and sliding into a bag you can taste it.

After spending the best year of my life working in the promotions department for the Texas Rangers, I moved to San Antonio. I became a fan of minor league baseball;The Double-A affiliate for the San Diego Padres,  the San Antonio Missions. As a fan, I took these players to heart, i wanted them to all come up to the majors.  I called them my baby ducks. In the early days I saw the likes of  Nick Swisher, Hunter Pence. Two minor leaguers I became life long fans Jayson Nix and Shin-Soo Choo. Even before any of these players stepped in a major league park, I believed in them. I cheered for them.

Whenever you feel like a failure please remember these things:

  • Do not confuse setbacks with failure, in life sometimes you have to go a different direction to move forward, and sometime you have to stand still and wait before you can go.
  • Take time to think about what you are going to do next, are you going to stay or are you going to  go to another team, another league, another country?
  • Worrying about problem never solves it, create a plan. Figure out what is wrong with your game, listen to your coaches, your gut. You know what you need to do.

I am not saying I completely understand what it’s like to be a professional baseball player but what I am saying is simply this. I do not think you are a failure, I think you are awesome and I am going to cheer for you, my minor leaguers.

Fun Facts: Who should be NL MVP


Everyone has an opinion on who should be MVP in each league. HOF Pedro Martinez has his opinion.


// is a heated argument between Bryce Harper

or Yoenis Cepedes
The New York Times says its unlikely in their article. but some have called for Cespedes’ numbers from the AL to count.

My opinion, well I am all about you dance with the one that brought you and Harper has been leading the NL and the award is and should be his.

What says you? Tell me here, on Twitter or Facebook.

Fun Fact Friday: Bryce Harper got NOTHING!



Bryce Harper was at the plate four times yesterday there is video proof but you wouldn’t be able to tell from a scorecard. Harper had no official at bats last night when the Nationals played the Braves. He was walked four times and he even got 4 runs and an RBI. According to

“Harper joins Ricky Henderson, Joe Morgan and Larry Doby on an exclusive list of players to go 0-for-0 with at least four runs and walks.”

Another fun fact, This is Harper’s 2nd time to do this, the last time that happened was in 1914.

Amazing Slides


We have all seen a slide across the bag, the purpose is different depending on the game situation.  Avoid getting tagged, break up a double play, get to the bag faster all have a purpose. Some are normal just slide your foot or hand, (watch out with the head first hand slide can be very dangerous and an injury likely) Then there are the amazing slides. Where you wonder how does a ball player twist his body into that position or how did he avoid the tag, Such as the case with Dodger’s Justin Turner.

// slides happen, hat comes off or for some reason you have the presece of mind to twist your body to avoid the tag such as the case with Cub’s Anthony Rizzo, who some how makes his legs tuck under his body to avoid the tag.

There are some I even question if it is truly a slide. Blue Jays’ Josh Donaldson just looks like he did a belly flop instead of a slide to home.

What are some awesome slides you have seen this year?  Let me know here or catch me on Twitter or Facebook