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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...

Meeting Amanda McCarthy and Brooke Sizemore and a return to my home away from home

By on Jun 16, 2012 in Baseball, Featured | 0 comments

Or: That awkward moment when you meet someone that you’ve interacted with on Twitter and can’t think of even 140 characters to say.   I have this friend Becky.  She’s a lawyer, but I try not to hold that against her.  She’s also my baseball buddy and a diehard Padres fan. So, it was only natural that when the Pads came to Oakland to play my beloved Athletics that we go to the game.  I managed to score a 4 pack of tickets and off we went, with her boyfriend and my buddy Cody to my home away from home, the O.co Colesium.   By the third inning, with the A’s leading 5-2 behind a Josh Reddick 2 run triple and a Brandon Moss 2 run homer, we decided to make a beer run.  One of the hidden gems in the Coliseum is The Field House Irish Pub.  It’s the one place you are certain that you can get a good beer at an A’s game.  You can’t go wrong grabbing a Ruben sandwich and your choice of a Guinness,...

Why does the pig have to be you?

By on Aug 4, 2011 in Featured, Poker | 0 comments

I do need to get off my butt and write up part 3 (or more) of my Vegas Vacation recap, but I’ve been swamped and haven’t had a chance.  I did feel the need to write something so I’m taking the opportunity to showcase a couple of incredibly nerdy things that I like and think you should too.   The first is obviously The Micros.  If you haven’t watched the series then stop right now, Taylor Caby would not approve.  Go fire up Youtube and remedy that immediately, if not sooner.  I’ll be the first to admit that it’s probably not for everyone.  If you’re not knee deep in the online poker world then many of the jokes are going to fly right over your head.  My favorite moment though was in Episode 5.  I’ve chatted with John Wray, one of the co-creators of the series, on twitter and we both expressed a deep affection for the movie Searching for Bobby Fischer.  So when Pierre the Flamingo Hat...