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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

An Alzheimer's Poem

Recently I wrote a poem about Alzheimer's Disease. Many caregivers out there may recognize its significance and even though it's short and simple, it hits the nail right on the head. Not bad for coming up with it while taking a shower one afternoon. Let me know what you all think in the comments section below.

She stares at me like I’m a stranger
As if her life is now in danger.
I say hello and say her name
As if her mind were still the same.

She stares at me still confused
In her company she’s not amused.
I tell her stories of our past
Knowing this moment may not last.

She stares at me with more fervor
An hour longer we go further.
We share a laugh, a hug, and a kiss
A time I did not want to miss.

She stares at me now with a smile
It has made my trip so worthwhile.
She says goodbye and says my name
As if her mind were still the same.

Monday, April 30, 2012

2012 Tri-State Preseason Writeup

The Tri-State Baseball League opens its 79th season of play on Sunday May 20th with all eighteen teams in action. Each team will play a 20 game regular season with the ‘Top Twelve’ teams qualifying for post-season play in August to determine a league champion. In addition, five teams will qualify for the AABC Stan Musial ‘State’ tournament to be held the last week of July to determine a state champion. One Tri-State team will also qualify for the AABC ‘Regional’ tournament in Wallingford, CT beginning on Thursday August 2nd with a chance to qualify for the AABC World Series to be held in Port St. Lucie, Florida beginning August 9th.
Tri-State has also joined the National Amateur Baseball Federation for the 2012 season and will send one team to the NABF Regional tournament held in West Haven, CT beginning Thursday August 9th with a chance to advance to the NABF World Series in Buffalo, NY beginning on August 16th. There is no state tournament for the NABF.
Parity is the name of the game in the Tri-State Baseball League as there have been five different league champions in the past five seasons. The Litchfield Cowboys (2011) are the defending league champions while the Bethlehem Plowboys (2010), Brass City Brew (2009), Winsted Whalers (2008), and Torrington Rebels (2007) will all be gunning for another championship. Equally impressive are the Tri-Town Trojans whom have advanced to the Tri-State World Series each of the last two years and the 2011 AABC state tournament champion Naugatuck Dogs. The Wolcott Scrappers and Watertown Blaze, who finished in the top 5 rankings in each of the last two seasons are also in the hunt for their first league title as well as the Waterbury Wild whom qualified for last year’s AABC Regional tournament.
The Ansonia Valley Vikings will be playing their inaugural season in 2012 as the eighteenth member of the league and will be coached by Mark Georgia. Rounding out the league will be the Bristol Greeners, Terryville Black Sox, Amenia Monarchs, Thomaston Threshers, Prospect Chargers, Burlington Hunters, and Lakeville Outlaws.
For the second year in a row, the Tri-State all-stars will take on the Torrington Titans in a ‘Fourth of July’ game at Fuessenich Park – game time is 7pm. The mid-summer classic will be filled with festivities including a pre-game skydiver carrying the American Flag and a Home Run Derby. A Public Home Run Derby will begin at 3pm sharp with the winner joining the Tri-State stars and Titans players in the Main Home Run Derby beginning at 4:15pm. More announcements will be forthcoming on the day-long events.
Tri-State will host a Campership Fundraiser on Saturday July 14th with three games being played at Fuessenich Park – game times will be 10am, 1pm, and 4pm. Admission will be FREE at the door but donations will be accepted all day long to benefit the Glen E. Winn Campership Fund. The Torrington Rebels will host the Sandy Hooks Vintage Baseball team on Saturday July 28th at Fuessenich Park. Game time is 1pm. The baseball game will be played under 1867 rules. The Easton Banjo Society Band will provide old fashioned entertainment during the game featuring music from the 1860-1880’s era. Admission will be FREE but donations will be accepted at the door for the Campership Fund.
The 2012 Old Timers Day game and Hall-Of-Fame ceremony will be held on Sunday June 3rd at Community Field in Litchfield. Batting practice will begin for the Old-Timers at 11am sharp followed by the Hall-Of-Fame ceremony at 12noon and the start of the Old Timers game at 12:30pm. The Litchfield Cowboys will host the Amenia Monarchs in a Tri-State regular season game at 3:00pm to round out the day’s events. This year’s Hall-Of-Fame class includes Rich Blazek, Fred Bunnell, Jeff Merchant, Mark Murphy, Bob Clinch, Don Rhynhart, sportswriter Rick Wilson, and umpire Jim Shove.
Tri-State will also participate in the first annual CT Classic Showdown which will showcase 2011 league champion teams from (Tri-State, Wallingford, Housatonic, and Bridgeport) in a ‘friendship’ fundraiser for charity on Saturday June 16th to be held in Danbury. A Breast Cancer Awareness fundraiser is also being planned in Mid-August in Wallingford, CT which would feature ‘all-star’ teams from the ‘four’ regions as well.

Friday, February 17, 2012

R.I.P. Gary Carter (1954-2012)

Yesterday Gary Carter passed away at the age of 57 from brain cancer. Carter will always be remembered for his never say die 2 out base hit in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series which thanks to Bill Buckner helped the Mets win one of the most memorable World Series in history. Carter was a fan favorite throughout his career spending a majority of his time with the Montreal Expos and the New York Mets. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Gary's family and fans during this extremely tough time. Cancer has once again claimed another life way too early.