Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. We are entering that special time of year known as the “dog days” of summer. We are now well into the second half of the MLB season and the July 31st trade deadline looms. MLB teams are scrambling to try to determine if they are buyers or sellers this year. Of course, my Astros have known for months that they are sellers and got another deal done on Tuesday sending Wandy Rodriguez to the Pirates for 3 prospects. The Pirates are trying to finish what they started last year and the addition of Rodriguez should give them the added arm to compete for the NL Central this year. Did you happen to see what happened in Greinke’s latest outing? He pitched a 7 inning gem and turned left the game with a comfortable 6 to 1 lead. After a late inning comeback the day before, the Phillies did it the Brewers again, scoring 6 in the 8th inning to allow the Brewers to snatch another loss from the jaws of victory. The Phillies look like a different team with Ryan Howard back in the lineup. Maybe it is too early to write off the Phillies? If you are counting...the Phillies took three another game from the Brewers on a walk off hit by Jimmy Rollins. Oh and forget about the Phillies shipping Hamels away. He signed a multi year deal worth $144 million.
A day after acquiring Ichiro, the Yankees will be looking to fill the 3 spot in their batting order. Alex Rodriguez suffered a broken hand and will miss 6 to 8 weeks. There will be some that give a nod to the Karma god for this development. Of course, the Yankees will probably figure out a way to fill ARod's spot temporarily. It helps that Eric Chavez is waiting in the wings...
The bloom is definitely off the rose in Miami. Hanley Ramirez and Randy Choate are now Dodgers. The Marlins get Eovaldi and a prospect to be named later. If this were a fantasy trade, the league would probably veto the trade. I wonder how the city of Miami will feel about their new stadium being used by AAA players? Many of us predicted this team would be blown apart in a few years…hell, the Marlins did not even make August before they began to disassemble this team. Good thing the city of Miami did not have to pay for the new stadium…oh wait, but they did. Boy does that ever suck for them!
You may recognize the name Stryker Trahan. He is a young catcher that was recently drafted in the MLB draft. After watching a recent video of him, he is my new favorite minor league player. Now that is how you handle a base runner! By the way, Trahan played a bit of football in high school...
I promised pics of our trip home from Atlanta, here is the rest of our trip.
I am not sure who Dr. Ballinger is, but this was next to the battlefield in Marietta, Ga.
This was part of the battlefield in Marietta. The fence was leftover from the Civil War period.
Can you imagine Rebel soldiers boiling out of this bottom?
This is the military cemetery in Marietta.Soldiers from every war back to the Civil War are buried here. Amazing place...
Sully told us that this was the original KFC. The chicken's beak opens and closes.
Some people should just not drive a scooter...
On the way home, we stopped in Opelika, Ga. to grab a bite. The magazine we picked up said Chucks had great BBQ.
I knew immediately that we would like Chucks...
I ordered a spud loaded with cheese and chipped pork loin. The guy at the counter said it was one of his favorites...I know why now. It was great!
This is downtown Opelika. This spot made me do a double take...
Not far from Opelika was Auburn. We stopped by for a few minutes to check it out....
Auburn has a nice baseball park...
This is what it looks like throughout the south east. Green everywhere...
Coming in to Mobile, Alabama.
We stopped by to see the USS Alabama. As we entered the park, I was transfixed by this bracelet. It was amazing that I had not thought of these since I was a kid. I thought it was very cool, but sad at the same time.
This is the USS Alabama
This is a very cool memorial to war dogs. I have never seen one like this.
We forget that dogs have served our country too.
On the way to Biloxi, MS...headed into a bad ass thunderstorm.
You will be happy to know that the casinos have recovered from the last hurricane.
We would ave stopped here if we had not had BBQ at Chuck's for lunch.
We opted for seafood at The Bonefish Grill. I know it is a chain, but they had a great lobster special Thanks Carl!
This is the next morning at the memorial of Jefferson Davis (in Biloxi) Does it look like he is reading a text?
We left Biloxi and headed to New Orleans the next morning. This is New Orleans in the distance.
Julie in front of Jackson Square. Interesting note...she is related to Andrew Jackson.
There is a joke about a losing your head here somewhere...
Of course we had to go by Pat O'Briens!
You have to love truth in advertising!
Time for lunch. We decided to go with the seafood mufaletta. It was terrific!
Shrimp, oysters, fish and an olive relish...what a sandwich.
We stopped in several shops along the way. I got a kick out of these antique guns.
Of course it rained on us, so we grabbed a table under cover for a bit of music. The bird must have liked Louie Prima!
Al Hirt and Pete Fountain are two great names in New Orleans history.
We got lost and stumbled upon some Madri Gras floats.
Leaving New Orleans, headed for Austin. I drove it straight through. What a great trip. Sorry to bore you with all of the pics, but thought some of you might enjoy the scenery.
Summer is winding down, but the good news is football is around the corner!
That is all I have today, but I will leave you with a bit of Jack Handey:
"What is it about a beautiful sunny afternoon with the birds singing and the wind rustling through the leaves, that makes you want to get drunk?"
"Probably the saddest thing you will ever see is a mosquito sucking on a mummy. Forget it little friend."
Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a few deep thoughts of you own...