Collecting autographs all started probably when you were a child. For me, it was a Nolan Ryan baseball in 1974. Going to Angel Stadium with my mom and dad, I would grab a baseball that I had been playing catch with, not thinking that maybe someday it would be worth something if I got it signed. Nolan Ryan was my favorite player — being able to control a game with your pitching skills was pretty cool and being able to throw no-hitters — even better. I would hang over the fence by the dugout to see where Ryan was and where he might come out and sign autographs. It always seemed to me that people that were there also seeking autographs were getting the programs they had purchased when they entered the stadium signed. I figured since he played on the field with a baseball, maybe he would sign my baseball. Not only did he end up signing my ball, but he also signed my glove, too. And believe it or not, I played catch with that ball and glove until most of the autograph wore off!
When you were a kid, did you ever think, “I want to live to be 100 years old.” Yep, me too. Well, I am fortunate enough to know someone very special to me that is closing in on that giant milestone, my grandma. She is 99 1/2 years old, she will be turning 100 in December and I am hopeful that she makes it. I’ve been telling my boys how lucky they are to have a great grandmother and all the amazing changes she has seen in the world during her lifetime. Imagine growing up without electricity, indoor plumbing, a car, television, computers, iPhones, and more.
Sometimes I’m embarrassed to be called a Christian. Don’t get me wrong — I am not ashamed of Jesus. It’s just that the behavior of some people who claim to follow Christ often looks so opposite of what He desires of us that I cringe at the association. There are so many bad attitudes, hateful words, and fingers being pointed. And there are those whose talk is good, but their walk does not match.
Arizona Diamondbacks legend Luis Gonzalez was inducted into the Latin American Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday in Laredo, Texas. Gonzalez was the 16th Major League Baseball player to be inducted into the Latin American Sports Hall of Fame that will also honor Tino Martinez as well as seven additional athletes and professionals this Saturday.
Edward Rutherford has been writing historical sagas for more than 20 years but I just discovered him this summer with “New York, the Novel (2009).” After a passionate reading, I wanted heartily to recommend but hesitated — would most readers consider it “old news?” However, when Hurricane Sandy recently ravaged the East Coast, I felt compelled to do the review as it certainly wrote another chapter in the history of this amazing American city from 1664 to the year 2009.
Jacob Cruz, 17, of Chandler and his grandmother, Diana Navarrette of Phoenix, marvel at a New York Yankees jersey once worn by Babe Ruth, circa 1930 that is part of the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s exhibit at the All-Star Game’s Fan Fest on Saturday.
A couple weeks ago I reviewed "Mr. Popper's Penguins," a bland
and predicable children's comedy. While "Mr. Popper's Penguins" was
underwhelming, the film did have one redeeming quality that
prevented it from being inexplicably awful: None of the penguins
talked. "Zookeeper" on the other hand, makes the unwise choice to
have its animal cast talk with the obnoxiously familiar voices of
big stars. The end result is one of the year's dumbest comedies
that makes any of the "Doctor Doolittle" movies look like