Monthly Archives: February 2014

Vin Scully arrives for work at Camelback Ranch in Glendale

The greatest baseball announcer of all time is looking dapper on a Thursday morning in Arizona.

Vin is entering his 65th season with the Dodgers. That is not a typo — it’s his 65th season with the Dodgers.

(photo courtesy ThinkBlueLA)


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Posted by on February 28, 2014 in Uncategorized


Maisa’s new ‘do

She got her hair curled a bit after her haircut yesterday.

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Posted by on February 25, 2014 in Uncategorized


Cool picture from Camelback Ranch

Thanks to Tommy Birch for sending this photo. It’s Dodgers legend Tommy Lasorda talking with Dowling Catholic graduate Spencer Navin at spring training in Arizona. The Dodgers drafted Navin last year.


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Posted by on February 24, 2014 in Uncategorized


NLCS regrets

When the Dodgers lost to the Cardinals in the NLCS last October, I was ticked off but I got over it pretty quickly.

I haven’t even thought much about that series since then, at least until the last week or so.

But the start of spring training has me thinking more about that disappointing six-game set. And I’m more upset now than I was four months ago.

Game 1 haunts me. Coulda shoulda won that extra-inning thriller. It angers me that our best hitter, Hanley Ramirez, was hit in the ribs with a pitch in his first at-bat that night. The beaning broke his rib and he was ineffective the rest of the series.

I really enjoyed visiting with Jill and Maisa, brothers Tom and Dan, sister Jayne, and my Mom that night. The game itself, however, broke my heart. I just didn’t realize it till recently.

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Posted by on February 23, 2014 in Uncategorized


This song just sounds like the 1970s

It’s a great song, though. “Magnet and Steel” by Walter Egan.

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Posted by on February 20, 2014 in Uncategorized


Maisa thinks long kisses mean you’re married

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Posted by on February 19, 2014 in Uncategorized


Sledding in Ankeny

Maisa and I bought a $7 sled at Menard’s yesterday and had a blast with it. Great idea by Mommy to do this.

Here is a video of one of Maisa’s first attempts down a smaller hill (notice that the little daredevil took her hands off the sled).

She quickly graduated to a much bigger hill and went down about 30 times. She loves these types of activities.


USA Today baseball writer Paul White said yesterday that this year’s Tampa Bay Rays might be the best Rays team ever. That’s awesome.

I can’t wait to watch those 6 p.m. Rays games followed by the 9 p.m. Dodgers games all summer long. (While I play with Maisa and help Jill around the house, of course.)

I got Maisa hooked on the Rays last summer. This year, my goal is to turn Jill into a Tampa Bay fan. 🙂

God, I love baseball.


Jill and I have enjoyed watching Creighton play basketball the last few Sundays. They’re a fun team to watch, and I love the Dubuque County connections (coach Greg McDermott is from Cascade; his son Doug is one of the nation’s best players).

The Bluejays destroyed #6 Villanova yesterday in Omaha. Doug scored 39 points.

After the game, Jill served up another terrific Sunday night meal. She is a marvelous cook.

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Posted by on February 17, 2014 in Uncategorized