Wooden Wisdom

June 29, 2009

Coach Wooden just visited an elementary school in my neighborhood a couple days ago…here are some nuggets of wisdom that he shared.

“Sports do not build character. They reveal it.”

“Be quick, but don’t hurry.”

“Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do the best of which you are capable.”

“Nothing will work unless you do.”

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”

“If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.”


June 26, 2009

A big hats off to Ivan Rodriguez.  A couple days ago, he took over the number one slot from Carlton Fisk by catching in his 2227th game.  In my opinion, this is a super human feat and as amazing as any baseball record out there….steroids or no steroids.

Although I don’t know him personally, I played against him a whole bunch.  He was always a pleasure to compete against. He played the game hard, with passion and respect. He’s a hard nosed guy who keeps getting up and coming back for more when he gets knocked down. A gifted athlete and a player’s player. Nice job Ivan.

Yep, you're numero uno.

Yep, you're numero uno.

Here’s the new top 10…

1   Ivan Rodriguez    2227

2   Carlton Fisk         2226

3   Bob Boone           2225

4   Gary Carter          2056

5   Tony Pena            1950

6   Jim Sundberg       1927

7   Al Lopez               1918

8   Benito Santiago    1917

9   Brad Ausmus        1898

10  Lance Parrish       1818

75  Brent Mayne         1143

San Fran

June 19, 2009

Well, just got back from a fantastic trip up to San Francisco. I went up with my son Noah and oldest daughter Dylan to check out colleges and take in a game at Giants stadium.

What a great city….where to begin. I’ll just give some highlights off the top of my head and follow with some photos.

Here goes. Stayed at a killer hotel, the Fairmont.  Had the best professional baseball watching experience of my life. The seats were dangerous close, 6 or 7 homeruns were hit including a splash down in McCovey cove, the guy behind us got down on his knee and popped the question (she said yes), great collision against the wall by T. Hunter, great weather, got recognized and ended up on TV, and bought a cool Seals hat.

We rode the trolley, drank tea at the tea garden, saw great art, visited Alcatraz, and ate great food highlighted by a restaurant called Gitane.

We gave money to bums, ate soup from a bread bowl, saw gay folks, hiked up and down many hills, visited colleges, and just had an amazing time. Thank you San Fran…..I’ll be back. Here’s some images.

Noah at the game.

Noah at the game.

Saw some great art.

Saw some great art.

She said yes.

She said yes.

The Japanese tea garden.

The Japanese tea garden.

Noah on the can at Alcatraz.

Noah on the can at Alcatraz.

They played baseball on The Rock.

They played baseball on The Rock.

Rode on the trolley.

Rode on the trolley.

Guess what city I visited.

Guess what city I visited.

I love watching games this close.

I love watching games this close.

Stan the Man

June 15, 2009

I found this neat treasure in a box marked “baseball junk” deep in the garage. It’s a photo of myself and Stan “The Man” Musial. Mr. Musial was a childhood hero of mine. Hold up, maybe the hero word is a little strong. I’ll reserve that word for Ted Williams, George Brett, and Tom Curren. Regardless, he was one of the greatest ever I and admired his talent.

I was really into baseball history as a kid and Stan, with his crazy left handed batting stance and harmonica, was an intriguing character to me. Watch him play the 7th inning stretch on the harp.

When I finally met him, I was star struck. Like a ghost, he showed up unannounced right before a game in Colorado. I recognized him, grabbed a ball and asked for an autograph. He was cool and said he loved watching me catch.

Here’s the photo….you can’t tell how nervous I am….what a thrill.

After I found the picture in the garage, I started wandering around the internet looking for more information on Stan. I stumbled on this great site by a guy named Chris O’Leary chrisoleary.com.

Mr. O’Leary was kind enough to let me use this footage of Stan the Man. Check out this funky, whippy, powerful, hack. Geez Stan get on top or something! Love the back foot off the ground move. Does this remind anyone else of Ichiro?

Also of note. Check out the upright stance of the catcher and how low he drops his glove as the pitch is coming. Classic stuff…enjoy.

Video Clip of the Swing of Stan Musial

Stan Musial


June 12, 2009