A GREAT view of the field at AT&T Park in Chattanooga during their pre-season open house!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Wild Pitches

I do vaguely keep an eye on which of my posts get the most hits.

As you can see, I don't put adds on my blogs or anything like that. I am doing this very simply for my own enjoyment.

Still, it is nice to see that people are reading the articles, and looking at the pictures.

Well, I had a lot of hits over the last week. I think it is good to know that, shortly after the passing of Gary Carter, HUNDREDS of people were looking for info on him. I had a lot of people come here simply to look at the book reviews I posted on him.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Reds Great American Ballpark Tour

We recently took a tour of Great American Ballpark again! It is cold and snowy, but the season is just around the corner! Still, it felt good going out to the park, even with snow on the ground!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Wild Pitches

Take a moment today to think about "The Kid". Number 8 for the Mets was my favorite growing up, and I am very sad to hear that Gary Carter is no longer with us.

Thanks for being a great player and a classy guy! I can't think of another in baseball like you!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Mark Dewey

Mark sent a great note recently about his career pitching in the majors, and coaching in the Frontier League!

He says that growing up, his favorite team was the tigers.

In his MLB debut, he was at Candlestick Park pitching against the Phillies. His first batter faced was Darren Daulton. He swung at the first pitch for an F-8. He recorded his first strike out- Dale Murphy.

He was coaching for the Washington Wild Things in the Frontier League, but he has moved on to the Brewers organization. He says that he is glad that he had the opportunity with Washington.

He says that he has read several books on baseball. A couple that he has really enjoyed over the last couple of years include "Sixty Feet, Six Inches" with Bob Gibson and Reggie Jackson and he also like "Moneyball."

Mark mentions playing and coaching some in the area. He played in Kentucky in the NABF finals on a couple of occasions. These are held each year in Louisville and he played with the Detroit team Jet Box.

He has fond memories of playing across the river in Cincinnati. He pitched at Riverfront a number of times. He mentions a specific time in Cincy when some friends and family got to see him pitch for the first time. He says he was a bit too pumped for the game and was throwing fast. He walked the pitched with 2 on and 2 outs to load the bases for Barry Larkin! Luckily for Mark, Barry flew out to center to end the inning!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Keith Hughes

Keith Hughes played pro baseball from 1982-1995, making it to majors several times with several different clubs.

He sent a note recently telling me that his favorite team growing up was one of his future teams, the Phillies!

He mentions making his MLB debut with the Yankees in 1987. He says that, in his first at bat, he lined out to Jose Canseco.

He says that he loved playing in Louisville. He remembers the park being great for left handed hitters, as it was only 280 feet to right!

I asked him about his time with the Columbus Clippers. He mentions that he was there parts of 4 years and he has many great memories and played with many great players.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Chuck Scrivener- 1975-1977 Detroit Tigers

Chuck Scrivener spent 3 seasons with the Tigers and nearly a decade in professional baseball.

Chuck let me know that he still follows the Tigers. He played ball with Jim Leyland, Gene Lamont and Tom Brookens.

Right now, he is a fan of catcher Alex Avila, and he thinks he could be a star!

I asked him specifically about playing for the Evansville Triplets. He says that he enjoyed his time there. He mentions winning the AAA Junior World Series in 1975.

His favorite baseball book is Bouton's "Ball Four."

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Bush Stadium- Indianapolis IN

Victory Field in Indianapolis is one of my all time favorite parks. I have talked before about how much I love that city, and how much I love the Indianapolis Indians.

For me, it is hard to think about a time when Victory Field was not the home of the Indians.

Well, they actually played at Bush stadium from 1931-1996!

I did drive by recently, and I took a few photos. I was told that they still use the park for games and other events. There is a sign up that they are going to make the old park in to apartments! I think that is very cool! I know the city did use some of the old seats at bus stops too.