One of the things I love about Arizona are the sunsets, here’s a photo I shot half an hour ago. Being in the wide open spaces of the desert southwest has a magical feel on perfect evenings like tonight – However, these days you need to travel a bit further to get to the open spaces on the outskirts of the sprawling urbanity that is Phoenix. There’s no better way to put it, the Cubs kicked ass over the White Sox today, got to love it! I wasn’t at the game or I would have passed along a report or photos.
Boys of Spring is actively involved and helping to sponsor the Fergie and Friends Celebrity game at Hohokam this coming Wednesday night the 25th at 7pm. What this means is that along with helping the Ferguson Jenkins Foundation raise funds for Juvenile Diabetes and Cancer Lymphoma I will be one of the Arizona All-Stars playing against Fergie and his Friends. Yes, joining a team something like the reconstituted Washington Generals taking on the Harlem Globetrotters in baseball form. Fergie’s Friends happen to be a number of Hall of Famers and former MLB stars, so I have no business playing against them. I’m going to try and not embarrass myself, and have fun. Maybe I can get a few tips from Milton Bradley on how to snap a bat or smash a helmet after I strike out. Milton, if you’re reading, I’ll take your ideas in comment form.
But seriously, I am extremely delighted and excited about playing in the game. I don’t want to make a fool of myself, and it may be my one chance to play against guys at this level, albeit former level, so I am practicing everyday down at the batting cage and nearby diamond. You may ask, who’s going to do the Public Address if I’m playing? Any takers? No, just kidding we have a local radio personality to donate his time for the evening.
The whole event is about having fun and getting to meet the guys. You can have your photo taken with, shake hands, $25 gets you on the field before the game to say hello to Ron Santo who is now confirmed to be there, along with Ryne Sandberg, Billy Williams, of course Fergie, and possibly Ernie Banks. All these greats on the same field at the same time with you! General Admission tickets are only $10, don’t miss it! Check out http://www.fergieandfriends.com/ for more info.
Seattle Mariners are headed to Hohokam tomorrow. Big Z starts against Erik Bedard, I’ll talk with you after the game.