Updates, upcoming events, the desk

October 18, 2009

Hope everyone is enjoying the playoff action. There’s been some seriously cold weather happening and some seriously good pitching going down. Like they say, good pitching trumps good hitting every day of the week.

Here is an update on some things happening in my world. First off, if you have XM/Sirius radio, tune in at about 6:35 AM PST/9:35 EST tuesday mornings for a little radio gig I’m doing with Buck Martinez and Scott Graham. It’s on XM Radio Channel 175/Sirius channel 210.

I’m doing a baseball card/autograph show titled The Backstop Boys in New Jersey on November 14. This show focuses on catching and some of the greatest to ever wear gear will be there signing – including Yogi Berra, Johnny Bench, Carlton Fisk and…me! Don’t ask how I got thrown into this mix. I didn’t ask. Aside from scoring a free trip back to NY, I’m really looking forward to rubbing shoulders with the giants of the position. I’m gonna bring my recorder and see if I can get a few little interviews (if I can muster the guts to approach these guys).

I’ve been doing a lot of work putting together the first Art of Catching video tip. I know I’ve been saying this for a while, but I’m getting dangerously close to revealing the first in what I envision to be a series of instructional catching video clips that you can download. This will debut with a brand new web site that’ll hopefully load quicker and be more user friendly. Keep your fingers crossed. I’ll believe it when I see it!

And the last thing going on is I just finished up a new desk. I know this is totally random (you should be used to this from me by now), but I made a desk. You see, I’ve got this odd shaped nook that I work at and I couldn’t find a desk that would fit. So I made my own. I went to the hardware store, bought some wood, cut it to fit, took the legs off the old desk and attached them, attached a little detail to the front, cut out some of my favorite images from some of my favorite books (among them The Science of Hitting .300), pasted them to the wood, then covered the whole shebang with this super high gloss varnish called Aristocrat.

I was kind of going for that 1970’s varnished photo on a wood plaque look. Or you know the tables you eat on when you go to an old seafood restaurant? The one’s where all the sea shells and nautical junk are varnished into the table? I’ve always been fascinated with those and that’s what I tried to build. I think I did it and am pretty happy with the results. Check it out…..

My new desk in the nook.

My new desk in the nook.

A close up of some of the images I varnished into the desk.

A close up of some of the images I varnished into the desk.

A detail of the front detail work.

A detail of the front detail work.

3 Responses to “Updates, upcoming events, the desk”

  1. Steve Trott says:

    Hey Brent,
    What was all that stuff going on with the Angels’ catcher yesterday. The Ump did not like how he was standing? Then the manager got into it, and the announcer kept saying that the catcher was trying to get lower so as not to block the Ump’s view. I had no idea that the ump could tell the catcher how to stand, but I guess if the catcher gets in the Ump’s way, the Ump can retaliate by making calls against his pitcher if the catcher doesn’t move. What the scoop on this?

  2. Brent Mayne says:

    Hey Steve,
    Yeah, I’m not exactly sure what the hell that was all about. I’m inclined to think it had nothing to do with the ump asking the catcher to change his set up, as I’ve never heard of anything even remotely like that.

    I’ll try and find out the inside scoop.

  3. Brent says:

    Hey Brent, I just wanted 2 ask u a question. Can u hit off a pitcher u hav cought before? Or at least is it easier?

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