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So I did a thing…

By on Jan 31, 2018 in Baseball, Featured | 0 comments

This whole “10k retweets for a first pitch opportunity” thing has been one of the most surreal experiences of my life. I half-jokingly threw out the question to the A’s twitter account, honestly expecting a little playful back and forth at best, and got so much more. You never really realize the impact you’ve had on friends and family till you hit the tough times. That’s one huge lesson I’ve learned the last year. I was literally in my oncologist’s office, waiting for my appointment when I saw the A’s came back with an incredibly gracious offer. 10k retweets and they’d let me throw out the first pitch. I should have thrown in a cool hashtag, or written more than I did, but Dr. Hu was walking through the door at that moment so I just hit the send button. By the time I got out of appointment I was sitting at 200 RTs, in part to some...

My pitch for making the first pitch for the Oakland A’s

By on Jan 22, 2018 in Baseball, Featured | 0 comments

A year ago, my life was a whole hell of a lot different.   A year ago today, some guy from the Cleveland area asked the Indians how many retweets he needed to get to be able to throw out a first pitch. It was coming on the heels of the whole “Wendy’s chicken nuggets” retweet thing. They told him 100 million. As a joke, I asked the Athletics how many I needed to get in order to be able to throw out a first pitch. I never got a response. That was one of the last things I tweeted before getting sick. It was about a year ago that I started the 2 week slide that led to me being admitted to the hospital and finding out I had stage 4 colon cancer. There’s been a lot of crap I’ve had to go through in the last 52 weeks. 7 rounds of infusion chemo (including an allergic reaction to the Oxaliplatin that damn near killed me) 2 surgeries to remove the tumors 1 surgery to put in a colostomy because...

A song for Susan! or The Trading Deadline

By on Jul 13, 2016 in Baseball, Featured | 0 comments

One of the things I love about Twitter is it’s ability to connect people that would never normally have a chance to cross paths. I realize that can be a curse at times, but it’s been a huge blessing for someone, like me, who is fairly introverted and doesn’t really enjoy interacting with people on a regular basis. Finding other Oakland A’s fans on twitter and connecting with them, as the A’s had that incredible 2012 season, has brought a lot of people into my life that I now would call friends. Some I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. Others, not yet. The song posted below comes from a man that certainly falls into that later category. @Boinkity_Boink is one of the funniest people I follow. His sense of humor is a bit off the wall, but never mean. I like that. You usually can’t help but smile after seeing one of his tweets. So when he told...

Evolution of a Photoshop – Space Jam Edition

By on Nov 26, 2013 in Featured, Playing with Photoshop | 0 comments

Last week I was browsing Twitter (as I often do) when someone tweeted about their love of Space Jam and how no movie collection was complete with out it. She then mentioned that she didn’t own it and that it was no wonder why she was single.   For me the best part about Space Jam was that it lead the Harvard Sports Analysis Collective to compile this box score from the final game. But I’m weird like that.   Now, I thought to my self, “Self (cause that’s what I call my self), she’s looking at this all wrong. It’s like Cinderella. She needs to find that person that already HAS Space Jam.”   Which lead me to look for images from Cinderella of the prince putting on the glass slipper so that I could Photoshop Space Jam over the slipper. I didn’t find any that I was happy with, but it did lead me to finding another image which, in turn, lead to...

Basic Statistics, or What Are The Odds I’m Getting Super Powers.

By on Nov 21, 2013 in Featured, Poker | 0 comments

A friend of mine recently posted on Facebook: You know in movies, when they wash a spider down the drain and it crawls out from that little overflow hole at the top of the tub? That just happened while the girls were in the bath. Only in real life, it didn’t kill anyone or give them super powers.   She later admitted, in response to disappointment that she had flushed the spider: Next time I’ll give it a shot at a bite and we’ll find out if I live in a horror movie or a superhero movie. (Or the harrowing tale of two children being taken from their insane mother, who allowed spiders to bite them in hopes of super powers for them.)   and Super powers are more likely than poison anyway, right?   It was at this point I felt compelled to chime in. Being someone with a “mild superpower” I am uniquely qualified to answer this question. It’s 50/50. Either it...