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Deep Thoughts 2-5-14
Category: FEATURED
Tags: UTPA Bronc Baseball David Gentiles Cleveland Indians Texas Rangers Ian Kinsler Josh Hamilton

 

Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. Last Saturday was a road trip to Beaumont, Tx to watch the UTPA Broncs take on the Lamar Cardinals. I have family in Beaumont, so the trip was an opportunity to catch up and see Blake and his team play. We got off rather late, but I was sure that I could get us there by first pitch. Those plans were altered by a flat tire on the outskirts of Austin. A driver rolled by and pointed out a tire quickly going flat. No worries I thought, I will pull into this gas station and grab some air. Of course, the air was out of order. Does it piss anyone else off that fewer gas stations offer air and water these days? They seem to only offer this at a cost now and frequently those companies servicing the equipment don’t keep it working. This is the first flat I have had on this car and was thrown off by the spare. For the life of me, I could not get the spare on…so, I ran across the highway to see if the oil change place had air. They did, so if you happened to be driving by Saturday on Highway 290 that was me carrying the tire across the street. Damn…that sucked. Got air and “rolled” the tire back across the street. I decided tire smudged hands were better than another “ab” workout. I asked the guy at the oil change place if there was a tire shop nearby…no you have to go back toward Austin, he said. Forget that…I decided to keep moving forward. Literally 3 miles down the road, I am saying to Julie…hopefully, we can find a tire store along the way. “You mean like that one, Julie asks?’ I look across the highway and there is Leal’s Tire Repair. A quick U turn, a short wait and the tire is being repaired…until it wasn’t. The dreaded words…the screw damaged the sidewall when the tire went flat. That’s okay…put the spare on the other rim, because the spare does not fit. “What do you mean it won’t fit…this is a universal rim.” Then, he spun it around so that it fit neatly on the lugs…damn. Oh, well…now I know. I paid the man and pushed onward.

We made it to Beaumont about the fourth inning..we only saw him strike out in his last at bat. With a runner on third, the pitcher let loose a wide slider that Blake was unable to jump out far enough to corral. The run scored and I suspected that Blake would not bat again. With two outs, the Cardinal Coach tried to steal a bag, but the throw down was on the mark and the runner was way out. Honestly, it was worth the trip to see that throw. A pinch hitter came on to hit for Blake in the beginning of the 8th and Blake’s day was done. The Broncs tried to mount a comeback, but came up short…losing 5 to 3. We said hello to Blake and then they were off to eat. As freshman parents…we are still figuring out the routine. We had hoped to get a chance to eat with our son, but instead we went with my cousin Scott to Pappadeaux and had an awesome meal. If you ever have the chance to visit this place, I promise you will not be disappointed… http://pappadeaux.com/home/. Anyway, we got to catch up with Scott and hear about his daughter Blair Richmond tearing it up at New Mexico Jr. College. Her team won their conference championship and they are gearing up to play their conference tournament next weekend. If they win the tournament, they are headed to Kansas to play in the National JUCO tourney…very cool stuff. Blair has earned a starting spot and is hitting 44% from three point range in conference…which is simply terrific. It turns out that the local college coach at Lamar had recruited Blair, but headed off to accept the head job strangely enough at UTPA. It would certainly be crazy if she ended up there next year. We managed a quick visit with Blake at the hotel before he had to leave to make his curfew. With the storm Titan headed in on Sunday, we decided to skip the Sunday game and head home. After spending Saturday without a computer, I was glad to be home with a chance to catch up on the blogs at the Gab. IHM’s blog was one that really hit home for me. It was simply a great blog, in case you missed it…here it is:

http://www.yougabsports.com/pt/Weekly-Grumble-with-IHM.3-1-2014/blog.htm

 

Reading about Coach Beck put me in a very good place and got me to thinking back on the people in my life that had an impact on me. Teachers and coaches and even a band director were important in shaping who I am. But, I could not point to one person like Coach Beck. Monday night, I was flipping through TV shows when I happened upon the NFL channel. It was one of those Football Life shows featuring Vince Lombardi. When it got to the part where Lombardi was announced to be terminal and described how all of his former players began to travel to see him to say goodbye. I was again remembering times past and mentally scrolling through people and events…but still, I could not pick “that” person. As I sat down to watch a bit of the MLB channel, the Cleveland Indians were being discussed. I suddenly knew who “that” person was…David Gentiles. You may remember back in 2009 that I wrote about my friend’s passing on TSN. David was a youth minister with a love for people and baseball. Our daughters were the same age and we ended up coaching fast pitch softball together. David played baseball at Baylor and had two high school teammates that played professionally. He knew baseball and loved to share his knowledge of the game. He had an amazing way of mentoring. He would teach or share and make it seem like you figured it out yourself. He was the most unselfish man I have ever met. He was a single dad…a father of three daughters. His ex-wife simply decided to leave one day and it was clear that David struggled at times to raise his daughters. But, raise them he did…without a single complaint.

 

 

 

 

As a youth minister, David knew kids of all ages and he liked nothing more than to go watch them play sports or perform at school. I had no idea until David’s funeral, just how many lives David changed. One of the tributes to David I found to be extremely accurate. “David had a way of making each person feel like they had a special relationship with him”. Driving home last weekend, my wife made a comment that caught me completely off guard. She asked me…”do you know who would have loved watching Blake play college baseball?” When she answered David, a broad smile broke across my face. Yes…indeed he would have. Each year, around this time of year, I always looked forward to talking to David about his favorite team, the Cleveland Indians. I asked him one time why a kid from Louisiana was an Indians fan; he looked at me and said I don’t know, they just seemed like a team that needed a fan. If you remember the Indians back in the 60s and 70s…they were not very good, but that did not matter to David. He loved underdogs and he loved his Indians. I don’t know if I have ever felt so bad for a team losing the World Series as I did in 1997. The Marlins beat the Indians and I knew that David was really disappointed. That was a very good Indians team and one that I thought would win it all. Typical of David, he did not complain…but rather talked about the plays made by the Marlins to win that series. December 18th 2013 was the fourth year since David’s passing and I still cannot bring myself to remove his number from my phone book. In the years since his death, I am just now realizing how much I learned from David about things like compassion and humility. It is why; I always keep an eye on the Indians and secretly hope that they will win it again soon. RIP David…we sure miss you.

 

This was David's service. How many people do you know that have a funeral service on a baseball diamond? It was so crowded that we were a hundred yards from the stands...

 

 

There is much more to David than I have laid out here. I am amazed to go back and read how David is remembered. I am including a few links to check out if you are so inclined. The story about the book 90 Minutes in Heaven is pretty amazing…

 

http://www.statesman.com/news/lifestyles/religion/beliefs-big-and-small-paint-picture-of-pastors-l-1/nRZyq/

 

http://www.divineinthedaily.com/2013/08/

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

I was surprised to read on Tuesday that Ian Kinsler wished 162 losses on his old Ranger teammates. Reading the he called Jon Daniels a “sleazeball” was of less surprise. The core of Rangers that twice made the World Series is slowly being replaced. The more I think about it, I really don’t have an issue with Ian Kinsler being pissed off at being traded. There was one thing in the article that did catch my eye: “Kinsler said in the story that he was asked to bear too much of a leadership role with the team after Michael Young left and didn't like being asked to move to first base in 2013 to make room for middle-infield prospect Jurickson Profar (something the Rangers didn't do after Kinsler voiced his reluctance).” Why would a veteran player like Kinsler have an issue with being asked to take a leadership role? I would have thought watching Michael Young all those years would have given Ian better guidance. I also thought the tweet that Josh Hamilton put out was lame…

 

Not any fun being in the Texas doghouse, is it @IKinsler3? Hamilton also commented that he won’t be the only villain in Texas anymore. Sorry Josh, I don’t think many Ranger fans will see Kinsler as a villain. You still have the top spot in the doghouse. More importantly, why can’t Josh Hamilton just let stuff in Texas go? It would seem that he would have his hands full trying to figure out how to not suck again this year.

 

 

That is all I have today, but will leave you with a bit of Jack Handey…

 

If a kid asks where rain comes from, I think a cute thing to tell him is "God is crying." And if he asks why God is crying, another cute thing to tell him is "Probably because of something you did."

The first thing was, I learned to forgive myself. Then, I told myself, "Go ahead and do whatever you want, it's okay by me."

 


Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a few deep thoughts of your own.

 

 

 

When hope turns to hopelessness...
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Albert Pujols Josh Hamilton Mike Trout Mark Trumbo Jered Weaver C. J. Wilson

 

“SHE’LL BE COMIN’ AROUND THE MOUNTAIN WHEN SHE COMES!!!”

 

(And I can’t wait ‘til she gets here!!!)

 

“SHE’LL BE COMIN’ AROUND THE MOUNTAIN WHEN SHE COMES!!!”

 

(She’s a comin’!!! I KNOW she is!!!)

 

“SHE’LL BE DRIVIN’ SIX WHITE HORSES WHEN SHE COMES!!!”

 

(And those are some pretty good horses she has...)

 

“SHE’LL BE DRIVIN’ SIX WHITE HORSES WHEN SHE COMES!!!”

 

(Hamilton, Pujols, Trout, Trumbo, Weaver, Wilson...)

 

“WE’LL ALL GO OUT TO MEET HER WHEN SHE COMES!!!”

 

(I got my Angel red on... Can’t wait...)

 

“WE’LL KILL THE OLD RED ROOSTER WHEN SHE COMES!!!”

 

(Hmmmm... She should’ve been here by now...)

 

“SHE’LL BRING US TO THE PORTALS WHEN SHE COMES!!!

 

(Me thinks she’s bring the World Series trophy, but she’s late!!!)

 

“WE’LL ALL SING HALLELUJAH WHEN SHE COMES!!!”

 

(Can’t wait to SING and SHOUT and CELEBRATE, but...)

 

“SHE’LL BE...”

 

(Maybe she’s at a rest stop...)

 

“COMING...”

 

(Had make a pit stop...)

 

“ROUND...”

 

(Her time of the month???)

 

“THE...”

 

(Did Pujols break down???) 

 

“MOUNTAIN...”

 

He’s gettin’ kinda old...)

 

“WHEN SHE COMES...”

 

(She’s comin’, ain’t she???)

 

“SHE’LL BE COMIN’...”

 

(What’s that you say???)

 

“AROUND THE MOUNTAIN...”

 

(Donner Pass???)

 

“SHE’LL...”

 

(YIKES!!!)

 

“BE COMIN’...

 

(I guess she ain’t comin’...)

 

 

 

 

(Until next year...  dvt)

 

 

 

 

 

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As a Public Service to the Players on My Favorite Teams...
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: Gout. Josh Hamilton Phillip Rivers Blake Griffin Jonathan Quick






Monday and Tuesday were really, really bad for me...

Had to stay home from work...

Not a cold...

Not the flu...

The pain was excruciating...

I’ve had it from time to time for about 15 years...

And it hit me again...

Real hard this time...

Right smack dab in the knee...

The left knee to be exact...

Ouchie...

Nine to ten on the pain scale...

No kidding...

And it was my own fault...

Not an injury...

But I brought it on myself...

You guess it...

Gout...


AKA, The Rich Man’s Disease...

Poor, poor pitiful me...

It really hurt...

Here’s a quick science lesson in case you don’t know...

Gout is a form of arthritis...

Uric acid crystalizes...

Builds up in the joints...

Mostly the big toe or ankle...

And it is incredibly painful...

Touch the skin where it’s inflamed...

You can tell...

Warm and reddish...

Not fun...

Out of work two days...

So the doc gives me this little purple pill...

Colchicine...

Take a half dozen the first day...

Inflammation starts to subside by the second day...

And the side effect???

Makes me ride the porcelain bus along the way...

Fun times...

And why is this happening...

Only myself to blame...

Eating high purine foods that increase the uric acid...

Which crystallize...

Then comes the pain...

So I did some research...

And found some pretty interesting stuff... 

The general low down on gout is...

Stay away from beef, shellfish, and alcohol...

But in my research, I found more...

I mean, some really exotic stuff...

So...

As a public service to the players on my favorite teams...

(Take notes Angels, Clippers, Kings, and Chargers...)

And because I don’t want you to go through...

What I went through...

Here are a few high purine foods...

Compliments of http://www.acumedico.com/purine.htm and http://daughterson.hubpages.com/hub/Gout-Diet-Made-Easy

With a few photos for impact...


 

For all you Spleen eaters out there...

You need to cut back on the Ox Spleen right away...

But Pig Spleen and Sheep Spleen are bad, too...

And while you are at it...

Lay of the Ox Liver, Pig Liver and...
 



Pig Lungs...

No wonder why Josh Hamilton is in a season long slump...

Chompin’ on those Pig Lungs...

Yummy...

Whetting your appetite, am I???

Now this one doesn’t sound nearly as enticing...

Sweetbread...



 

But this isn’t your regular every day sweetbread...

And it’s not from wheat...

We’re talkin’ Calf’s Neck Sweetbread...

Slice me up a loaf, will ya???

No wonder more and more people are getting gout...

And it’s mostly guys...

My dad had it, too...

And boy did he love to stink up the house with...
 


Canned Sardines in Oil...

Served best on Saltines...

No bueno...

But you can always substitute  those sardines...

For less than half the purines with some delicious...

Horse meat...

“Willll-burrrr...”

However...

If you want to smell up the place, Phillip Rivers...

But not get gout...

Try the low purine...



Limburger Cheese...



Great on a first date, Blake Griffin...

(I can’t believe I found that photo.)

But what ever you do, Blake...




Back away from the gravy...

High in purines...

Mashed potatoes without gravy???

How un-Midwestern can you get???

And I have good news for you...


 

Jonathan Quick...




Carrots are very low in purines...

And they’ll help you block more shots with your eyesight...

And for those of us who get gout attacks regularly...



We know that life...

(And gout relief...)

Is a bowl of cherries...




dvt

When to Yay and When to Boo...
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: Torii Hunter Josh Hamilton Chase Headley Junior Felix Greg Gagne Luc Robitaille Harvey Korman

 

 

So...

 

Josh Hamilton goes to Texas...

 

And he gets booed...

 

And...

 

 

The former Angel Torii Hunter goes to Anaheim...

 

And he gets yayed...

 

Wait a sec here...

 

The got it wrong...

 

Texas should be yaying...

 

Cus Hamilton is stinking...

 

And...

 

Anaheim should be booing...

 

Cus Torii is playing lights out...

 

So...

 

What makes a crowd decide to boo...

 

And another crowd decide to yay...

 

Did the booing crowd wake up on the wrong side of the bed???

 

Was it a bunch of women PMS-ing???

 

And the yaying crowd...

 

They are so happy their “hero” came back to town...

 

What are those people smoking???

 

Aren’t you supposed to boo the guy on the other team???

 

He’s the bad guy, you know...

 

Who borrowed the handbook on when to booo and when to yay???

 

And then sometimes a boo isn’t a boo...

 

 

It’s a Cruuuuuuzzzz...

 

Or in hockey...

 

 

It’s a Luuuuuuuuuuc...

 

Does this bug the “uuuuuuu” people???

 

Or do they know their fans are really happy to see them???

 

They have no one to blame but themselves...

 

And their parents...

 

Mommy and Daddy shouldn’t have given them an “uuuuuuuu” name...

 

I don’t boo much...

 

I prefer cute little clever lines...

 

 

Like when the announcer announces Chase Headley...

 

I say...

 

"Hedd-lehhhhh"...

 

 

Just like Harvey Korman did in Blazing Saddles...

 

 

Or when Junior Felix came to bat...

 

I’d yell “Hoon-yur”...

 

And always embarrass my brothers...

 

And then not too long after “Hoon-yur” retired...

 

My brother Scott told me Junior Felix and his wife had a baby boy...

 

And named him Junior Felix, Junior...

 

Can’t wait until he gets to the majors...

 

“Hoon-yur, Hoon-yur”...

 

 

And there was always Greg Gagne...

 

I would always respond...

 

 

“With a spoon!!!”

 

 

=====

 

 

So...

 

Whatever you do...

 

If you yay...

 

Or you boo...

 

Have fun at the game...

 

Then toodle-uuuuu...

 

 

 

dvt

 

 

 

 

 

 

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoM-ZC7uNnc

 

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http://geraldscarpenter.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/img_0978.jpg

 

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Deep Thoughts 2-20-2013
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Bill Russell/NBA Best 5 all time Josh Hamilton Octavio Dotel and the MLB.

 

 

 

Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. I will be honest, I am anxious for baseball season…if for no other reason than to have something to write about. Basketball is a great sport, but for whatever reason, I just do not seem to have much of an interest any longer. I watched the TNT broadcast prior to the NBA all star game, but turned the channel when it got close to game time. It looked very much like a Vegas show to me. They are trying way too hard to bring a show when really; it is just an all star game. Play the game and forget the flash. Perhaps the problem is that I am not part of the targeted market? Maybe the NBA is consciously looking for a younger viewer? One thing that I do enjoy is the guys on the TNT show…Barkley is unique and I never get tired of listening to him. One thing that I found very entertaining was the special that Chris Webber did on Bill Russell. I think that Bill Russell sometimes gets overlooked when thinking of former great players. In reading about Russell and watching old video, Russell was a complete player. He understood the game and was interested in one thing…winning. We have all heard the clichés about defense winning championships, but can you think of a player that more personified this statement? Russell won 11 rings. If championships are the mark of the best players, Russell wins hands down. Yes, it was a different time and the game has changed.

 

 

 

 

BOB had an interesting thought in his comment to me yesterday. He does not like playing the “who is the best player of all time game”. He prefers to look for the best 5 players of all time…as in team. If you were able to construct a perfect team of 5 players, who would they be? Here is mine..

 

G Magic
G MJ
F Larry Bird
F Tim Duncan
C Bill Russell

 

There are many great players. It pains me to leave off these guys… Oscar Robertson, Hakeem Olajuwon, Wilt Chamberlain, Jabbar and Moses Malone. But, can you imagine trying to beat my team of five? Can I be the coach? I would just sit and watch.

 

 



 

 

Much has been written about Josh Hamilton and as I wrote during the 2012 baseball season, many fans in Texas were tired of his perceived lack of effort when games mattered. The fly ball that Hamilton dropped against Oakland was truly the final straw for many Texas fans. As we all know, Hamilton signed with the Angels and is preparing to embark on a season that some think find the Angels in the World Series. I am mixed on Hamilton, he has great talent…but carries obvious baggage. It would seem that the best plan for Josh would have been to move forward and focus on being an Angel. Hamilton chose a different path. He decided to take a shot at the Rangers this week with this quote: “there are true baseball fans in Texas, but it is not a true baseball town.” Apparently, Hamilton thinks that the only true baseball towns are New York, Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia. Say what? Hamilton not only alienated any friends he had left in Texas, but probably pissed off a few undecided in Los Angeles. Notice that the list of true baseball towns did not include LA. I have no problem with Josh Hamilton signing a deal with the Angels. Were the Texas fans wrong to boo when Hamilton dropped the routine fly ball against Oakland? Not in my opinion. That was just the culmination of many things going wrong. I am pretty sure that had Hamilton been playing for New York, Boston or Philly and dropped a routine ball like the one in Oakland, that those fans would have booed him as well. Hell, in Philly booing would have been the minimum. Now fans across baseball have a reason to dislike Josh Hamilton. Fans in St. Louis, Cincinnati  and Baltimore will love to learn that they are not true fans. I am not sure why Josh Hamilton said what he did, but my hunch is that this is not exactly what Mike Scioscia wanted the first week of spring training. Welcome to Los Angeles, Josh...a not so true baseball town.

 

 

 

I read a quote a story on Tuesday that Octavio Dotel was frustrated with the leadership that Miguel Cabrera exhibited last year during the playoffs. Dotel was quick to point out that the Tigers would not even have been in the playoffs if not for the bat of Miggy. As a former coach, parent and fan…I have watched many games over the years. Leadership of a team is something that I have found to be a fascinating factor of winning teams. It is the one factor that cannot be quantified with numbers. How do you know which player has the ability to lead? I have watched coaches make excuses for talented players that don’t have leadership traits. They say that they lead by example…sound familiar? The best leaders are not always the best players, but they have to have the respect of the other players. Thinking of the Tigers team this year, I think that V Mart can be that leader. Or, maybe the guy that they just picked up from the Angels is that guy? Torri Hunter. Either way…you can’t win a World Series without having leadership. Take a look at your favorite team. Can you pick the leader? You might be surprised that it is not as easy as you think.

 

 

 

Here is a random thought on the coming baseball season. Most fantasy lists that I have seen have either Mike Trout or Ryan Braun listed as 1 and 2. If you had the first pick, which player would you choose? Do you pay attention to the testosterone spike that Braun had last year? The sportswriters certainly overlooked Braun for the NL MVP last year, but there was no question that he had the best numbers. It is amazing to me that Trout leaps to the top of the list without a full year in the majors. Do you think that Trout ahs a sophomore slump or is only scratching the surface of his talent?

 


That is all I have today, but I will leave you with a bit of Jack Handey.




“If you go parachuting, and your parachute doesn't open, and you friends are all watching you fall, I think a funny gag would be to pretend you were swimming.”


“I love to go to the schoolyard and watch the children jump and scream, but they don't know I'm using blanks.”

 

 

Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a few deep thoughts of your own.

 

 

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