Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Snow came today. Supposed to be about 2-4 inches. Northern Minnesota is getting a foot or more. I'm pretty sure our game Thursday is NOT going to happen. That's okay. I think we've rescheduled at least one of our first three games each season - usually because of snow (or cold).

We had an interesting day yesterday at practice anyway. Watched film on most of the varsity players hitting. I think it'll help. Quite a few of them found something that they can work on off the tee or at soft toss.
And then there was the incident with the lost teeth. JV went out to take some fly balls and work on cut-offs. I sent some varsity outfielders out to take some fly balls as well. Next thing I know, I'm watching two players come in to the athletic trainer's office - one with a balled-up shirt covering his mouth. Seems a shortstop and outfielder had collided going after a pop-up. Face/teeth into cheeck-bone. Two upper fronts knocked out. They found one of the teeth. The outfielder had scrapes on his cheeck. The shortstop no longer had either of his top two front teeth. Good news: neither one lost consciousness. We'll see how they are today at practice - inside of course.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

My son joins us at Pirate Baseball practice

On Friday, my son joined us for baseball practice. He's a natural ... and a "phenom" according to some of the Pirate ballplayers. He also happens to be a "ham" when it comes to picture taking - at least when he wants to get his picture taken.
He showed the boys how to hit from both sides of the plate off the tee. Some of them tried to duplicate his left-handed swing (each of the players who tried was right-handed). Needless to say, they were not as good. My son hit the ball ... the baseball players hit the tee.
So I don't have switch hitters. But they can hit! I'm happy with the progress we've been making in the cages ... and in conditioning and lifting. Now, we just need to get onto the field. Bunt coverages, cut-offs and situations just aren't the same in a gym as they are out on the field. Let's keep the sun out and hope the field is ready for Monday!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Park Center Baseball

This is the first post for the baseball blog. Hope everyone likes the "motion W" and the colors. Sorry. Maybe I'll change it to Park Center colors soon ... then again, maybe not.

Our season seems to be starting off well. I like the group of players we have. Baseball itself is just a blast... and we don't even have to have what you would consider a "fun" practice to actually have fun. Baseball is fun. Fielding is fun. Hitting is fun. Hard work is fun.

We were supposed to scrimmage Friday the 27th - instead it snowed this week. Gotta love Minnesota weather. Our first game is April 2nd. Anoka. We're getting after it! After all, it is our job to "Deserve Victory."

Check out the nice pic of my daughter and I modeling the nice black fleece pullovers with the PC logo in the nape of the neck. Nice ... real nice! :)

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Badger Women's Hockey National Champions!

3 out of 4 years! 2006, 2007, 2009

Jesse Vetter is a phenom in goal!

Go Badgers!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Yeah! The wife's coming home today!

Friday is such a great day. Has anyone expressed that lately? After today, baseball practice will be ready for normalcy to occur, all my family plus my mom and dad will be around, the snow will leave (hopefully), and spring can come (tomorrow - Saturday - right?). No picture today. Camera comes home today with the wife - so hopefully more pics to come. Nobody's reading this anyway, because I really haven't told anyone yet. I'll wait until I'm a better "blogger."

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Reinforcements Arrive, Yeah!

Gotta love Granparents!
Picture of the weather that we WISH we were having here :)

Saturday, March 14, 2009

All I want for .... Christmas?

Yes, he lost his tooth and the tooth fairy (a "girl" according to the young photographer) brought him a gold dollar coin. I think we got off fairly cheap. He loves the shiny coin and isn't expecting to get lots of "stuff" for losing something - which I personally think is totally awesome. On a side note, he does have a Cub shirt on before baseball season is even here. And he's totally comfortable taking the digital camera and taking pics of whatever he can - himself, his sister, the cat, the television - whatever claims his attention at the time. I guess this time he thought it would be cool to photo is "new smile." I like it!