Good Morning all as itís Thursday and April is moving along in a fast pace motion. It has been acrazy busy week so far with practices and break up events.More on that later.
Hey John,Larry , Tom where is everybody?
Baseball is in full swing and it is crazy the Fenway sellout shame has finally came to end. We donít have hear about it and you can actually get a ticket at face value or below for a Red Sox game. Off course them not sellout is no big deal they will still go over 2 million fansand not selling out is 33, 000 in a 38,000 seat stadium. Unlike Tampa where it's easier to count who is in attendance then it is to count empty seats.
The Red Sox started out pretty hot 4-2 road trip and then winning again on opening day. The Baltimore Orioles came back late in the 9th last night and hammered new closer Joel Hanrehan welcome to the American League Joel. The Orioles scored 5 in the Ninth including one ona Wild Pitch a 20 year old Manny Machado hit a 3 run blast to cap it off. Chris Davis also had a ninth inning home run. Iím suspecting the 2013 may have afew of these nights but thatís baseball.
John Lackey is back on the †DL with a right bicep strain. It looked like his damn arm was falling off when it happened . he should be fine. Jackie Bradley JR. seems to be struggling a bit his this kid was the hot story in camp and after watching him a few times I bought in. However, I think he may end up going down and then coming back up later in the year.
Rob Gronkowski looks like he will be going under the knife again due to infection in his surgically repaired arm. They may have to take the plate out. Is Gronk one of those guys that will end up being he could have been great but injuries killed his career? Who are the guys that fall in that category on your list?
The Penguins have clinched the Atlantic Divison. They will be the number one seed in the East. I have to ask did the Rangers upset their own Applecart by trading Marian Grabonik? The Rangers are sitting in the eigth seed after a win last night . Thet are two points a head of Winnipeg. Take notice the third place Capitials have had the hot hand lately they are 8-1-1 in their last ten including a 5 game win streak. The Bruins got spanked a little last Saturday against the Canadiens but has shown some much needed offense beating the Canes 6-2 on Monday and The Devils 5-4 last night.
LIL Warrior Update
The boys season came to a crushing end on Saturday. They lost to ahot Nashua team 5-0. The boys skated there Butts off and just couldnít get it going. They went down 1-0 and the got behind 2-0 on power play. Nashua played well. This was the most fun group of kids I have ever been lucky enough to coach. They were fun and they all wanted the play all the time.
One of the really coolest things happened after the game. A kid from the Nashua team all sweaty after changing out of his uniform. He came into our locker room myself and the guy I coach with were the last two all the kids had cleared out. He came up to us shy and timid and said hey coach can you tell Caleb thank you for me. This kid and Caleb had a lot of back and forth and pushing in all 4 games we played them this season.
The kid went down in the playoff game and Caleb was the kid who gave him in encouragement. I talked to the kid from Nashuaís parents afterward they were as proud as peacocks of the kid. They said that Caleb fustrated this kid tono end all year. Thatís the class of Hockey at a young age. We told Calebís parents what happened †as well. Mrs Lanz did a very cool thing for the coaching staff she had all the kids sign a team picture for each of the coaches. The season ended with a Banquet on Tuesday turned in Lil Lanzís #44 Jersey and itís time to move into baseball and lax. One last lil Lanz story he some how conned teenage anti sport daughter Lanz to play NHL on the XBOX with him. She came out and said he had† his guy and whole bunch of guys with funny names that I couldnít prounce.He apparently loaded the team with Superstars with Russian and Swedish last names.
On Sunday Middle Lanz had his first Lax game in the 7/8 grade divison understanding for the past 3 or 4 years there have been 3 teams in this group since 4th grade and they have only lost 2 regular season games combined in that time frame both by 1 goal. The field narrowed to two teams this season both lost and Iím not sure the kids knew how to handle it. Middle Lanzís team came off with the deer in the head light look. To their credit they played a great first half not so good in the second half.
Has anyone checked the price of a baseball lately. Middle lanz has moved into Sr Little League which is the equivilent of Babe Ruth. I bought him a nice bat for Christmas that he can't use. They have to use BBCore (Ball to Bat Co efficent resolution) Bats† these are composite and aluminum bats that act like wood bats more or less. It takes the pop out of the bat so the ball does come off s fast. The prices on them are crazy. Finally found a discontinued model. It was still expensive but not has bad as some of the others.