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Weekend Activities

We have been having a lot of fun the past few weekends. They have been wonderful occasions to unwind after busy school weeks. One day trip that we went on was to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

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The boys were all smiles.

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Don’t let the photo of the boys above fool you. Stephanie might be the biggest baseball fan in the family.

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Grandma and Grandpa met us there too. Somehow, we neglected to get a picture of Susan and Dave who also joined us at the hall.

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One could spend days at the Hall of Fame just going through the displays containing memories and stories of great yankee legends. There was some memorabilia from other teams as well. It was a great day.

Steve and the boys have also taken the opportunity to do a little fishing around the region in recent weeks.

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Here is Sean on the shore of Cayuga Lake. The most recent header for our blog shows Nate on the pier of Seneca Lake.

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Nate landed this nice largemouth bass.

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At Cayuga Lake Sean landed this beauty!

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Sean was gracious enough to let Steve hold his bass so that he would know what it is like to hold such a big fish.

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As the days went by Steve’s 5 o’clock shadow got more and more pronounced. So, when the week of camping came to an end, he had a decision to make, to shave, or not to shave.

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Perhaps a goatee?

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“Hmmmmm… there is something I don’t like about this look.”

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“Oh yeah. That’s what it is.”

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How about a moustache?

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“I like this look better… to shave or not to shave, that remains the question.”

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Well, the formal league and post season play has now come to an end for Sean’s baseball season. The season culminated with his All Star team earning second place in the double elimination district tournament made up of 10 regional teams.

The team they faced in the championship had beat them earlier in the week in the semi-finals, putting Sean’s team in the position of needing to win the final game of the loser’s bracket on Wednesday night, which they did. 

As Thursday’s game time approached it was revealed that Sean was going to get the ball as the starting pitcher in the championship game. The opposing team in the championship game had scored 18, 21, 11, and 11 runs in the games leading up to this one. Needless to say, we, along with his coaches and teammates were anxious to see how Sean would manage this challenging situation. While they ultimately were not victorious in the end, Sean pitched the best game of his young career. He took a 1-1 tie into the 5th inning before giving up a few hits and turning the game over to the bull pen.

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What a wonderful season it has been!

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Sean had the first All-Star game of his young career. His team played an outstanding game getting the win 14-2.

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He personally had a great pitching outing, securing his team’s first win.

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Well, the spring sports season has been going strong for over a month now for the boys. Sean is playing his third year of Little League baseball, and Nathan is in is first year of Lacrosse.

This morning there was a “Lax on the Lake” lacrosse tournament in Penn Yan – which was a confusing title since you couldn’t see any lakes from the fields.  Apparently Keuka Lake was just past the trees. The boys played three games throughout the day and played great, finishing the day 2-1.

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The best win of the day came against Ithaca 4 to 3. Here Nathan, or “Nate” on the lacrosse field, puts a move on one of the Ithaca players.

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Here Nate is on attack!

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Sean’s team is off to a great start this year with a record of 7-2. Above, Sean is catching. We are very proud of the leadership that he is demonstrating on the field with his younger team mates.

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Sean has helped his teams in many aspects. Here he is on the mound.

While their participation seems to keep our family busy this time of year, the boys both seem to be thoroughly enjoying themselves.

Hope you and your families are having a wonderful Spring too.

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Family Pilgrimage

As with many Yankee fans out there this season, our family made the pilgrimage this past weekend to what is soon to be known as the old Yankee Stadium. This would be the first and last time our family made the trip to see them play at the legendary field.

As we sat in the stadium we couldn’t help but realize that we were seeing a historic transition to a new era of Yankee lore, as the nearly completed facade of the new stadium fills the outfield horizon.

As an added bonus, it just so happened that the first 18,000 fans under the age of 14 received a complementary Yankee calculator. “What a deal!”

We made the trip with Grandma and Grandpa on a Yankee Trails bus tour leaving from Albany at 7:45am.  The bus was air conditioned.  The stadium was not…..

Aunt Susan was also along for the trip.

Here is “The Captain” as he makes his move to second.

It really turned out to be a great day. The kids had fun riding in the front seats of the bus. While it was a little hot in the Bronx, it was great to be in the presence of this year’s ensemble of stars and future hall of famers, and to reflect on all of the great moments that had taken place in this historic stadium.

 

 

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There were a number of events last week, each in and of themselves that could be worthy of their own blog entry. But for the sake of efficiency, which is what we are all about in our household, we are going to try to combine them all into one.

At the top of the list, we have Sean’s recent performance in a school play.

The play was based on the book “Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH.”

Sean played the role of Leroy, one of the sons of the family that the rats had been taking advantage of since their escape from NIMH. He did a great job.

Here is Sean with his friend who played his fictional brother in the play. We’re pretty sure that they have the same barber which helped significantly in playing them off as brothers.

Moving on to the next event, over the weekend we had the oportunity to take in a AAA Rochester Redwings game as they took on the Scranton-Wilkes-Barre Yankees.

For those readers who follow the yankees closely, the starting pitcher for the SW Yankees was Jeff Karstens, who has spent some time up in the Majors. Other players of note were Heath Phillips and Alberto Gonzales. The yankees won the game 5-2 in 10 innings.

One of the highlights was when Stephanie caught one of the few promotional NY Lottery ducks that were tossed into the sea of thousands of fans. Catching the duck entitled the bearer to a NYS Lottery prize package which included a whole bunch of scratch off lottery tickets and various lottery promotional items. Although we didn’t win the $25,000 prize, we did win enough to cover the cost of our snacks and souvenirs. That was really cool!

One last event that we are including in this blog entry was a short video that Steve caught when he was home for lunch one day last week.

It appears to be a juvenile grackle that took delight in bathing in Carmella’s outdoor water dish. I guess we should add a bird bath to our landscape.

 

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