Saturday, May 10, 2008

Check out the News-Leader for May 10th, 2008

At 3:22 a.m and in search of something to offset the storm outside I decided to check the website for the Staunton News-Leader (newsleader.com)in hopes of finding the story that Shaun Cox was working on. Not only was the story there but Mr.Cox really did a great job sizing up the idea and Mrs.Kay Snyder shined as well with her quotes in the story!

Every article or radio interview that has taken place has went great and now with both the Augusta Free Press/ Sports Dominion and the News Leader on board to the South we are well represented in Augusta County.Please enjoy the story and both Shaun and the Snyder's- please take a bow!

1 Week closer to Opening NIght !/ Strasburg Book

Another exciting week is in the books and it was quite a week! The sister project to Around The Valley in 60 Days is a book written and designed by my daughter Sabrena, John Galle of the Shenandoah Valley Herald and myself. The book covers the remarkable 28-0 season completed earlier in the school year by the Strasburg Rams volleyball team.

The finished product was ready to be passed out to the coaches, players and parents of the school and with the help of Athletic Director Matt Hiserman and former coach as well as proud parent Judith Smoot, that took place this week.

Head Coach Suzanne Mathias and company will hopefully have a way to remember their journey for years to come. The book is titled "A Season of a Lifetime" and young Mr.Galle added a great recap of the season as well as providing the picture for the cover of the book.

We have all been invited to share in the Strasburg sports banquet on Monday June 2nd and hope to do so before heading off to Warrenton for the Fauquier game.

The board of directors meeting for the Luray Wranglers brought up quite a few interesting questions for the distribution of the VBL passports.I have prided myself on trying to cover each and every angle for the promotion but the Wranglers presented some gaps I will hope to fill between today and the final pre-season owners meeting next week.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Mr. Shaun Cox and John Leonard strikes again!

Life is good today in the world that is "Around The Valley in 60 Days". I just finished reading John Leonard's post on his blog from the Friday night dinner in New Market and the recap was excellent! Please take the time to read it at All Things Valley League.

The post came early this morning- I imagine sometime between breakfast for his girls and his first period class at the High School.

The second pleasant surprise came in a phone call from Mr.Shaun Cox. I was able to talk with Shaun (News Leader) for nearly a half hour about two things I love- baseball and the Valley League. I need to pass on a thank you to Boyd and Kay Synder from the Braves organization for their help with getting the News Leader on board.

Mr.Cox is new to the area having moved from the Lexington, Ky. area recently and would appear to be a big time baseball fan! When he mentioned Lexington it gave me one more opportunity to talk about what I call the greatest baseball game not many know about.

Waynesboro fans will always remember the night that Jimmy Stanley came in to close out the ninth and was still closing in the 16th!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

All Time Pitching Victories in M.L.B

As I follow the pursuit of Greg Maddux and his climb up the All-Time wins list in Baseball History I wanted to take a moment and share the rest of the list with you.All great sports conversations about un-touchable records should start with Cy Young. Young racked up 511 wins during his career and Walter Johnson finished in second place with 417.
I am not a gambling man by nature but I would bet the farm NO ONE will ever see 511 wins in the history of the game!

#3. Christy Mathewson- 373
#3. Grover Alexander - 373
#5. "Pud" Galvin - 364
#6. Warren Spahn - 363 (Spahn and Sain and pray for rain!)
#7. Kid Nichols - 361
#8. Roger Clemens - 354
#9. Greg Maddux - 349
#10.Tim Keefe - 342

25 wins away from finishing 3rd on the all-time list...

2007 Wrangler Lefty Wayne Dowling & DBU

Former Luray Wrangler (2007) Wayne Dowling is in the middle of a succesful senior campaign back at Dallas Baptist University. The Patriots (30-15) are coming off a victory versus #5 Texas A&M by a 12-6 score on May 1st.

The crafty lefthander from Loveland, Colorodo has appeared in 16 games and has a record of 2-0 with an E.R.A of 3.58. Still working back into his old pitching form following major arm surgery, Dowling has pitched 27.2 innings this season.The stats all look and Wayne reports the arm feels great!

Dallas Baptist has nine regular season games remaining including a three game trip to San Francisco to face the Dons.Three of Dowling's Patriots team mates will be making the trip to Wranglerville this season to play for skipper Mike BoCock. Chris Haney (Freshman catcher), Clay Kelly (Junior outfielder) and Josh Wilson (Freshman outfielder).

Just one question for young Mr. Dowling- whats up with that one error?

A swing and a miss - No #350 in South Florida for Maddux

Greg Maddux was in trouble from the end of the baseball game on Saturday night. The
offensively challenged Padres had scored seven runs to defeat the Marlins late Saturday and back to back days of run support are far and few between.The final score was 10-3 and Maddux left in the sixth inning after surrendering four earned runs.

While the outcome was not what I hoped I still enjoyed watching the effort on MLB.com and will be back for more in five days. Dan Uggla put on a hitting clinic against #30 and is now 7 of 12 lifetime against the Professor.

Greg will be back at it on Friday or Saturday at Petco Park against the Colorodo Rockies and lets hope the fifth time is the charm!