4-1 at state tournament

The Diablas lost in the semifinals of the state tournament this weekend. They finished with a 4-1 record. We are 28-7-1 for the season.

Maisa pitched well in the semifinal game but our defense was not strong. We have built our team on defense, so that means we have a hard time beating good teams if we don’t catch and throw the ball well.

Maisa is really maturing as a hitter. She’s hitting more balls with authority and putting them in the outfield. Today she had an excellent at-bat against a good pitcher, fouling off a bunch of pitches before driving a nice single to left field. Here it is…

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Posted by on June 17, 2018 in Uncategorized


All of our teams won today

Today was a great day on the diamonds …

–Maisa’s Diablas softball team won all three of its tournament games.

–The Dodgers won again.

–And the Farley Hawks won the Farley Tournament. Congrats to Farley’s Dillon Gotto for winning the Leon Kramer Memorial MVP award. He pitched two shutouts in the tournament.


The Diablas’ third and final victory was very exciting today. Maisa came in to pitch with the bases loaded and one out. She struck out the next two batters to get out of that jam.

Then she pitched another scoreless frame, and we went to the bottom of the last inning trailing 2-1. We rallied to score two runs on a walk-off double by our slugger Sicily. Maisa was the winning pitcher.

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Posted by on June 16, 2018 in Uncategorized


The Dodgers have won 19 of their last 25 games

They’ve been playing this song a lot at the end of the night at Dodger Stadium.

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Posted by on June 14, 2018 in Uncategorized


Probably my favorite player of my lifetime

Here’s a great story by a great writer about the great Adrian Beltre.

I remember watching Beltre as a rookie on the TV at Blue Jay’s Tap in Epworth. Now he’s pushing 40 and headed to the Hall of Fame.

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Posted by on June 12, 2018 in Uncategorized


A crummy weekend for softball

The Diablas’ tournament run came to a merciful end today after a long rain delay. The tournament director finally called it quits after about four hours.

We won two of our three games on Saturday but it was mostly a day of frustration. Maisa had a couple of nice hits to the outfield — including a two-run single that proved to be the game-winning hit in an 8-6 victory over Dubuque. But that was about it for highlights this weekend.

The girls will no doubt remember the weekend, however, as they joined a bunch of other teams for a “dance-off” during the rain delay. They had a blast and that’s what it’s all about.

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Posted by on June 10, 2018 in Uncategorized


Cantonese food in downtown L.A.

You can bet that my next trip to Los Angeles will include a stop at Paul’s Kitchen.

Fred Claire was the Dodgers’ general manager when they won their last world title in 1988. And Tommy Lasorda was, of course, the manager of the Dodgers from 1977-1996.

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Posted by on June 10, 2018 in Uncategorized


One last post about Bobby

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Posted by on June 8, 2018 in Uncategorized