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Monday, May 31, 2010

Baseball Roadtrip!

Baseball roadtrips are a key experience for any baseball fan, but let me recommend something a little different than what you may be thinking. No, it's not a game following your favorite team on the road - It's a roadtrip to a small town called Dyersville, Iowa to visit the original movie sight of the Field of Dreams.
For any passionate baseball fan, the Field of Dreams is a movie we were mesmorized by as children and even now as adults. It's a movie based on the theory that baseball is more than just a sport...
It's a love. It's a lifestyle.

My sister and I had to drive out to Williamsburg, Iowa for our little cousin's high school graduation party, so we decided to plan a trip to the Field of Dreams on the way there. It was a couple hours out of the way, but completely worth it. We made sure the trip had no subjected time frames rushing us along the way. That we could stop whenever we saw something cool or even just to stick our feet in the Mississippi River. It was a perfect roadtrip... and as I mentioned, we definitely made some pit stops!

Driving along the US-20 highway, we passed by a giant barn with a sign covering the entire eastern side that read, "Little Cubs Field 13 Miles Away." Without even hesitating we agreed that this was a "necessary pit stop," and started looking for the detour signs. It ended up being about 15 minutes down the highway and only a couple miles through the town of Freeport, Illinois. When we walked around the little league replica of Wrigley Field I felt completely overjoyed. It was a direct example of the effect of Major League baseball on America's youth. We couldn't have chosen a better time to stop by the field as it was packed with it's 3rd Annual Pee Wee Classic. This place was so cool to come across and if you have a chance to see it, I would definitely recommend it! I mean, how cool would it be to have played on an almost exact replica of Wrigley when we were kids?! My mom wouldn't have been able to take enough pictures, thats for sure! But, I defintely got some good ones at this visit, so here are some pictures we took of the Little Cubs Field!

Me in front of the welcoming sign for Little Cubs Field!



The front and side views of the stadium. Notice the scoreboard in the second picture!

The front intersection was even honorarily named after the Wrilgey cross streets!


I had to include these, even though it is the bathroom! It was covered in Cubs baseball cards, some of which were signed. Plus, the 8x10 on the white wall is signed from Ron Santo, Pat Hughes and Fergie Jenkins with an inscription that you can see in the second picture!

After the pit stop we got back on route and headed to Dyersville! It was another 2 hours of driving but went by fast. As we got into Dyersville, I actually got a nervous feeling in my stomach. At first I was afraid that it wouldn't live up the expectations I had set on seeing this magical field from the movie that enticed my love for the game. But as we came up to the entrance, all that fear disappeared and I got an extreme case of giddy anxiety! It couldn't have been a better experience and I can't even put into words how much it meant to be able to see this preserved sight. It literally felt like I had stepped into another world. Coming from a bustling city of constant noise, it was surreal to be surrounded by a natural baseball site. At first I didn't know what to do. The site is so simple but it's almost like you're not sure what to do first- sit on the bleachers? kick around the infield dirt? Or even roam the outfield grass?! You almost have to remind yourself to take a step back and just take it all in, which is exactly what I did. It couldn't have been a better day - the sun was shining, kids were playing on the field, parent were unloading coolers and picnic baskets from their cars and everyone was there to be a part of the magic they believed in as a kid watching the movie. It was truly an experience I will forever remember.

The welcoming sign for The Field of Dreams!


The first two views I had of the field and land! The pictures don't do it justice!

The Field of Dream house!

I was completely in my world here, mesmorized by all of it!



I am reviewing my contract to buy the field and land & signing my life away to become the owner... justttt kidddding! I wish, though! Just signing my name in the guest registry =)

In front of the house, commemorating my visit!

No, no... THANK YOU, Dyersville! It was a pleasure!


The only thing I would suggest to others who want to visit the site is to wait until September when the corn stalks are fully grown! I will definitely be going back this September with friends to play baseball on the field and then "disappear" into the corn stalks!

Hope you enjoyed reading & leave a comment if you plan on going or have been there already and want to share your experience! Thank you! For more information on the Field of Dreams movie sight, please visit their website at http://www.fieldofdreamsmoviesite.com/. (All the pictures are my own, but feel free to save them or pass them along to friends!)

The Baseball Life,
-S

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Upcoming Events: Attention Brew Crew Fans!!!

June 7th, 2010:
The Davey Nelson Celebrity Golf Tournament
Davey is one of the FSN broadcasters for the Milwaukee Brewers as well as a former Major Leaguer for the Indians, Senators, Rangers, and Royals. He is currently filling in for his good friend, Bob Uecker as Bob recovers from heart surgery.
Davey lives and breathes the Baseball Life.


Davey's annual golf outing is very important to him, and us at the Doug Davis Foundation are very proud to support him! His tournament consist's of 18 hole's at the Blackwolf Run Golf Course in Kohler, Wisconsin (right near Milwaukee). Pre-golf events start at 9:30am, shot gun tee off starts at noon, and a fun celebrity filled cocktail/cigar reception closes out a perfect day!

This year, the proceeds from the tournament will go towards Open Arms Home for Children in South Africa, and will also benefit the Brewers Community Foundation.


Who is my favorite of all the celeb's attending, you ask? None other than Kenny Lofton! Other guests will include Robin Yount, Jason Grimsley, Bruce Froemming, and many more! Now if there's a tournament you want to have a good time at (and you don't want to wait until December for the Doug Davis Tourney!) then I would definitely suggest hitting up this one. All the celeb's attending are down to earth, fun, enjoyable, and you will most likely make a friend for life with whomever you get paired up with! Dead serious... these retired players are the absolute best to golf with, and that's coming from first hand experience. I'm not sure if Jon Wardon will be at Davey's (he's at ours every year in December) but I guarantee HE is the celeb you want to be paired up with. I promise you, it will be the best time of your life!

Schedule of Events:
9:30am - Registration
9:45am - Golf Clinic
10:30am - Brunch Buffet
11:15am - Introductions
12:00pm - Shot gun Start
5:00pm - Cocktail/Dinner Reception
7:30pm: Live Auction/Awards


Sponsorships/foursomes are still available. Contact Johanna Perrini at (414) 213-8671 for more information.

I will only post charities that I can personally vouch for. This one is a no doubter, and its run by great people who want nothing more than to support a great cause and they hope to motivate others to give back to those who need it! This cause is very close to Davey's heart and because of that it's a cause close to my heart. If you can, come out and support the cause or just enjoy the day golfing with good people. I promise you, it will be an event to remember forever... =)

The Baseball Life
-S

Friday, May 14, 2010

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Field of Dreams - FOR SALE!

Field of Dreams -193 acres of land-
On the market for $5.4 million


For anyone's who has ever seen the movie, Field of Dreams, you know how important this field is as a symbol of the movie and of our baseball lives. It's a representation of pure, clean baseball and the owners of the field have kept it just that way.

"Is this Heaven? No, it's Iowa..."

The Field of Dreams site is a relatively big tourist attraction, out of Dyerville, Iowa and is free to the public, with the opportunity to by souvenirs as a keepsake. They do not rent out the field, in order to keep it sacred to baseball lover's world wide. It's a place where the first words spoken are,
"Welcome to this home, this farm, this baseball field, this little piece of heaven on earth. Welcome to this place where reality mixes with fantasy and dreams can come true."

I'm hoping to get out to Dyersville at the end of this month, on a 3 day trip that will include a visit to Kauffman Stadium and Busch Stadium. My idea behind this trip is to be consumed in a baseball utopia and I couldn't imagine starting off a trip a better way than by visiting the very same field I saw in one of my favorite movies as a child. Field of Dreams, the movie, was one of the reasons baseball became such a huge fixture in my life. To this day, I still get goosebumps watching that movie... and that will never change.

(Images are from the official website, www.FieldofDreamsMovieSite.com)


So.... Who wants to go in on this with me? Haha =)
The Baseball Life,
-S

Royals fire Trey Hillman, hire Ned Yost

This morning I was listening to MLB on XM Radio (channel 175) and they had the Royals, now former manager, Trey Hillman on talking with the hosts of First Pitch. I happened to tune in right after the interview had started, so as I'm driving along the freeway listening to Hillman my mind is skipping around trying to understand what's going on. He's basically doing this interview and giving immense praise towards the Royals organization, front office, players, and especially the genreal manager, Dayton Moore. And the two things running through my head are, one, was this guy just fired? Or, two, did Dayton die??

(Trey Hillman, pictured)

Well, no need to read between the lines anymore. A few hours later, the Royals announced that they have fired Trey and hired former Breweres manager, Ned Yost to take his position.

In the interview Trey talked about the many privledges he's been granted in his life, like working for such great organizations, specifically the Royals. He also said that he never expected to be 12 games below .500 at this point in the season and acknowledged that it was his responsiblity to get these guys to play to their potential/talent. In hindsight, we all should have known what was going to happen. The rumors were flying around, and then this interview made everyone start talking. I think that Hillmen is a good manager, but the entire Royals organization has fallen far from it's glory days in the 80's when they won the World Series in 1985, etc.

(Trey Hillman, pictured)

As Jim Bowden said later today on MLB on XM after the annoucenment, "Unfortunately, you can't fire the 25 guys on the field." I loved that statement. When it comes down to it, it's the guys on the field not getting the job done. You can make trades, change batting orders, etc, but in the end the responsibility falls on the shoulders of the manager. He is in charge of the team that goes out on the field and the result that comes out from his guys. In the end, Trey was appreciative of his stint with the team and he took responsibility for the short comings of the organization.

Best of luck to Trey Hillman, this is definitely not the last we've seen of him.

Video of the official press conference annoucing the change in managers: (Dayton gets choked up, you can tell these two were very close and had a lot of respect for one another)

 

The Baseball Life,
-S

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Chris Capuano

Chris Capuano almost back to the big leagues...

After having his second Tommy John surgery in his career, Brewers starting pitcher, Chris Capuano has significantly progressed in his minor league rehabilitation assignment. Today (5/11/2010), the southpaw was promoted to the Brewers Triple A affiliate, the Nashville Sounds in the Pacific Coast League. Cappy was promoted from the High A Brevard County Manatees in the Florida State League where he made three starts, posted a 2-0 record with a 1.23 earned run average while recording 17 strike outs and no walks. And although he has not pitched in the Majors since 2007, he has shown major steps in coming back and maitaining a healthy career.


Cappy is one of our guys at the Doug Davis Foundation so I like to keep up with any news surrounding those guys. He's a stand up guy who all us who know him will vouch for. He's one of the guys who is always very appreciate of being a part of charity events and contributes a lot to our foundation. Last year's group that golfed with Cappy had a blast and have already rsvp'ed for coming up year.

Best of luck, Chris! We're all hoping for a comeback to the Majors and can't wait to see you at this year's golf outing in December!

TBL,
-S

 Information courtesy of http://www.mlb.com/ via this LINK (per Greg H, IL).

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Mothers Day/ Pink Bat Day!

Happy Mother's Day!
Celebrating Mom's with PINK BAT DAY

To all the mom's out there who make baseball possible for children, this day is for you! Without you, the world would be void of talent, and it would lack of the beauty of this perfect game of infinite possiblies. Thank you to all the mom's who raise their boys and girls to play baseball and carry on this thrilling American pasttime!


To my mother.... I love you! You are the best role model I could ask for and you've taught me so much over the past 23 years. And although I may not thank you enough, just know that the things I do each and every day I do in hopes to make you proud and represent the type of person you raised me to be.

My mother would walk to the ends of the Earth for me, and I know that by the little things she does everyday to prove to me that she loves me and cares about my interests. Mom, I know I have put you through hell over the years with this baseball obsession of mine, but thank you for accepting it!

Driving me to practices & games for 14 years, organizing the choas of travel team softball, sending me cubs stuff in the mail to make my Arizona apartment feel more like home when I was in college-- Surprising me with a life size Kerry Wood cardboard cut out after my team won the Championship in 7th grade... Supporting me this past year as I started this site and for visiting it all the time, even though you have no interest in baseball ....Pulling me out of school to see the Red Sox win their first World Series Championship since 1918 in person at Busch Stadium... THANK YOU!

Mostly though, thank you Mom for teaching me to stand up for what I believe in, to never accept failure as a solution, and for teaching me to always follow my dreams no matter what anyone says. You taught me to be a strong and independent woman, and I would not be who I am today without your advice over the years. I can not thank you enough.
I love you, Mom!


The Baseball Life,
-S

Will Ferrell's MiLB Debut



Not sure, but this debut may have beat out Starlin's.... just playin' =)
-S