Monday, February 2, 2015

An Open Letter To MLB Commissioner Manfred (And A Bit More)

Aloha readers and trade partners,

How about that Super Bowl? What a game and what a finish. I'm glad to not be a Seahawks fan today. 

It seems my old adage for baseball remains true no matter what the sport: When two teams are evenly matched, it all comes down to the coaching. Seattle play-callers blew that one big time. Ouch! 

My choice for the best Super Bowl ad was seeing Machete as Marcia and Steve Buscemi as Jan Brady. Genius! I laughed out loud on that one.  

"An eye for an eye. That's what dad always says."

 Well, football is over and now I can get back to focusing on my favorite sport - baseball. 

As the title above suggests, I wrote an an open letter to the new baseball commissioner, titled: 

Commissioner Manfred, You Don't Have To Destroy Baseball To Save It.  

I wrote the piece for the website Lasorda's Lair, so I won't republish the entire article here. However, I do wish you would give it a read, as it's not a Dodger-centric piece, and I think all baseball fans have a stake in the crazy ways the commissioner seems to be willing to experiment with the game. 

In the name of hype and hoping to entice you to follow this link to the article, here is a teaser excerpt:
 (Thanks in advance for dropping by and giving it a read) 

"An open letter to new Baseball Commissioner Manfred,

We can all appreciate that every new man in a big position wants to look action-oriented and intends to make his mark in his own way. You’re now the tenth man to sit in that big Commissioner’s chair, and that number ten holds some weight.

Of course, we who love the game know the significance of the tenth man in baseball.  Oh, he’s not a world-class athlete at the ready in center field, but still he’s very much a part of the game. That’s a little bit like a commissioner, wouldn’t you agree?

I read your letter to us, Commissioner Manfred.  I love your commitment to supporting home-grown athletes, and I particularly appreciate your focus on youth league baseball in urban, underserved areas. As a kid who grew up playing baseball on concrete, but loved the game so much I never noticed the lack of grass, that one hits close to home.

That said, I’ve got to speak my mind and let you know although I agree with many of your main visions for MLB, I’ve heard about a couple of new ideas coming down the pike that I thoroughly disagree with...."

 That's the teaser. I hope you'll click here and give the rest of the article a read! 


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Wallet Card Visits Downtown L.A.!

Aloha everybody,

I had to venture out to downtown L.A. today, and you know where I go, Wallet Card goes.

Parking being what it is downtown, I ended up parking about five blocks away from my destination, but that worked out alright, because it afforded me a great chance for some unexpected exercise on a very nice day to be out walking around. 

I was born in downtown L.A., and I love this little chunk of cityscape that we have here, so I took advantage of the opportunity and whipped out ol' Sandy Koufax to join me on my city walkabout.

I noticed today that Wallet Card's edges are starting to softly bend and conform to the curvature of my wallet. I then opened the cheap camera on my phone and got to snappin'...

Here's Sandy mugging in front of the world-famous Disney music hall (or whatever they call this brushed steel monstrosity). 

Actually, I really dig this building, and she was in great form bouncing off the morning sunlight today.  

 Believe it or not, back when Sandy was owning this town on a small mound of dirt just a few miles behind this shot, and I was growing up on a hunk of concrete just a few miles beyond this shot, that beautiful, bullet-headed building, L.A. City Hall, was the tallest structure in the city.

 Now of course, our little downtown area has got much taller buildings cropping up all over the place. 

Here's me getting all artsy with Wallet Card and my cheap phone camera. 

Speaking of artsy...


How about Wallet Card making a stop over at MOCA? 

Sandy Koufax and Andy Warhol: a pair of artists who were simultaneously mastering their crafts in different arenas, at opposite ends of the continent. 

Wallet Card declares his cardboard self to be Contemporary Art. 

Closing out with two iconic giants of Los Angeles, side by side.

Time to say Aloha! to the city.