For two years in a row now, I’ve created, managed, and recruited people for my charity; Snagging Baseball for Puppies. It takes an insane amount of time and work to keep a legitimate charity up and running. If you’ve read my most recent blog entry here, you’ll know my 2012 baseball season was cut short due to life not really working with me but alas, working against me. I put an insane amount of time and energy into two jobs thus working 60+ hours a week. It wasn’t fun and it wasn’t worth it. If I could, I’d give every red cent back to those places of employment to get my summer back. The only thing I can do now is to look forward and make better decisions concerning my livelihood and what’s important to me.
I’ve been using Crowdrise.com as my main donation page for the past two seasons. For the 2013 season, I will be using a better format and a page directly from the Seattle Humane Society. You can take a look at it here and leave me comments on how I can make it better or if you think this will be a better choice for my charity. Here, check it out! For those of you who have pledged a monetary amount towards Snagging Baseballs for Puppies, and as I have stated in my last blog entry, hang onto your change. Unless you are seriously wanting to donate, you can at Crowdrise.com. Be mindful that the minimum donation is $10. And since I only snagged 50 baseballs in roughly 25 games, your donation will actually be under that minimum $10 amount. Your second option is to just hang onto your money and I’ll tack it onto next years snagged baseballs.
So the plan is this; attend Mariners Fanfest this season and then I’m headed to Houston for their home opener! Last year I went to the Mariners fanfest and it was literally the most exciting fun I’ve done in a long time concerning baseball. Also, I posted a blog about a Mariners ticket giveaway. (This is in no way affiliated with Mariners baseball, it’s my own contest.) Well, since I never really followed through with that, I’m going to make up for it. (Yah, I’m a great guy, right?) Every new baseball stadium I visit, I’m going to purchase two “cheap-seat” tickets for you and a friend, leave them at will-call and we can catch up inside and shake hands, BS around, or whatever you’d like. You’ll have to win the contest (which is a simple baseball trivia game on Twitter) so make sure you follow me on there! And make sure you can attend that evenings game as well.
There’s more. I still have a ton of signed baseballs I’m looking to get rid of. It’s a simple $10 dollar donation to get one and all proceeds go to my charity. I can give them away in contest form or you can just email me at WaynePeck@yahoo.com and claim one when I get things up and running again. This is important to me, so don’t ask for one if you can’t donate. Okay? Thank you.
Anyway, I have a lot of work to do for next years season. I have to get into physical shape, I have to make sure my gear is good to go for snagging baseballs and I have to make sure my links, websites and everything else is up to par. Get the word out, folks! I may be coming to a stadium near you to snag some baseballs for puppies!
With all the buzz of the Zack Greinke trade finally dying down we have a new set of news buzz to address. The Hall of Fame. On the the ballot right now is Astros slugger Jeff Bagwell, Rafael Palmeiro, Tino Martinez, and Juan “Going Going Going” Gonzales. People are already speculating that Palmeiro probably wont make it due to his activity in the steroids scandal. Which is fine with me. As far as the other guys, I think that Gonzales and Bagwell have the best chance for first time ballot.
With Doc Hallady’s playoff no-hitter topping the charts of the 2010 best gems of the season, the Phillies were still not done wheeling and dealing. With a missed opportunity to aquire Zack Greinke the Phillies moved on to signing free agent J.C Romero. J.C Romero is a left hander that is needed in the Phillies bullpen since Dennys Reyes failed to come onboard earlier in the season. Coming off an injury plagued 2009 season, Romero posted a 3.68 ERA but walked 29 batters in 36 2/3 innings.
Trevor Hoffman, the all time saves leader is protecting his return for 2011. Although he states that his health is holding up fine it is his emotional state that he is concerned about. There is also that problem if any team is willing to give Hoffman a job. If anything is for sure Hoffman claims that memorable game at Miller Park on Sept 7th that got him his 600th save will be never forgotten.
Another pitching legend looking to make a return in 2012. Jamie Moyer. Moyer pitched 19 games for the Phillies last season, and went 9-9 with a 4.48 ERA. With a career win/lose record at 267-204, and 24 big league seasons under his belt, Moyer is confident that he will get a spring training invite from someone. “Its hard to get a job at the age of 49. Or maybe its not.” Stated Moyer to the Seattle Times. “Throughout my career, Ive always had to earn the situation Ive been in. I dont expect anyone to give me anything. Its never been that way, so why now?” Moyer stated. Moyer fresh off elbow surgery will try to gauge a comeback possibility as he is expected to miss the entire 2011 season due to recovery time.
Brad Hawpe could be the latest addition to the San Diego Padres. Hawpe has spent the majority of his nine seasons in the Majors in the outfield. But posting some mediocre numbers last season has idealy been what the Padres have been looking for. A career .279 hitter, who knocked in 116 runs in 2007 with the Rockies, and hit .245 with nine dingers, and 44 RBIs between the Rockies, and the Rays in 103 games last season. Hawpe has some potential, and thats what the Padres are seeing. With the missing hole at First Base since the Padres delt away three time All-Star Adrian Gonzales to beantown, the Padres are looking to fill that hole with Hawpe. With some very impressive numbers at Petco park, not a friendly stadium for left-handed hitters but Hawpe has been able to post a .281 BA, five home runs, and 21 RBIs in 153 AB there. Not to mention a .371 OBP. Impressive? Ask Petco park.