The Baseball Season Is Over, Or Is It?

Ahh, fall. The time of knit sweaters, hot lattes, boots and flannel is here. Baseball is over, right?

Not here in the Baseball household.

Here in Florida, we are still stuck in summer. Every day so far in November has been higher than average-with some days more than 13 degrees higher. We still have days in the 90s with near 100% humidity!

The other thing that hasn’t changed since the end of baseball season, is well, our season isn’t over. You see, Baseball Ross and I are still watching baseball on a regular basis. “But how?” you ask. One of our “baseball sons”, Ranfi Casimiro, is playing this year in the Dominican Winter League. He plays for the Águilas Cibaeñas. We have been able to stream the games on my iPad and then to our Apple TV so that we are seeing them in all their full-size glory.

Ranfi Casimiro-Photo Courtesy of the Aguilar Cibanas

Ranfi Casimiro-Photo Courtesy of the Aguilar Cibaenas

It’s a great way to spend an evening and watch our “son”.

Likewise, we have also taken to watching players such as Roman Quinn, Logan Moore, Rhys Hoskins and Cord Sandberg in the Australian Baseball League. We often send it to the big screen via the Apple TV…The only “difficult” thing is that some of the games start at 3 am due to the time difference. Before you ask, yes, there are times when Ross and I either get up or stay up so that we can watch the games. Now THAT, is dedication!

So for us, the season really isn’t over, at least for a few more weeks.

Ruth Hartman, A Reading Icon Passes Away


Ruth Hartman's Queen of Baseballtown Trophy

Ruth Hartman’s Queen of Baseballtown Trophy

Ruth Hartman, Queen of Baseballtown, a fixture at the Reading Fightins games and a personal hero of mine, passed away yesterday. She was 89.

You can read about the details of the accident HERE.

I had the pleasure of meeting Ruth years ago,  She was a lively lady walking through the sheep barn at the Pennsylvania Farm Show. Ross’ cousin also shows sheep so they were friends and he introduced us. I went home and started reading about her. She became a hero of mine.

As a young girl in the 70s, there really wasn’t a lot of female sports heroes, other than figure skaters. When I saw A League of Their Own, I was impressed. It wasn’t something I had heard of before and immediately those women became heroes. When I met Ruth, who was so unassuming, it made me admire what she had achieved.

Ruth Hartman sits at the Head of the table in Red.

Ruth Hartman sits at the Head of the table in Red.

Ruth Hartman's Autograph

Ruth Hartman’s Autograph

I met her again, albeit briefly when the then Reading Phillies, had a “All American Girls Professional Baseball League” night. They had quite a few of the former players there. I wrote an article about it back in 2011. You can read it HERE.

The summer of 2014 when Ross and I were in Reading, I really wanted to ask her if I could interview her for my blog. A friend of mine who works for the Fightins thought she might do it, but I was so shy to ask someone I admired so much for an interview, that I didn’t. It will be something I will always regret.

So as I sit here writing about one my personal heroes, I’m weeping. The baseball world seems a little dimmer with out one of it’s stars, the Queen of Baseballtown, Ruth Hartman. Rest in Peace, Ruth, rest in peace.

Ruth’s obituary can be read HERE and the Reading Fightins just added THIS VIDEO TRIBUTE

Ryan Howard’s House-Still a Work in Progress-After Almost Four Years

Happy Labor Day!  And who deserves a holiday more than the hard working people still laboring on Ryan Howard’s 17,500 square foot home.

The home on Gulf Boulevard in Belleair Shore, has beach access, a lazy river and according to The Tampa Bay Times, “$80,000 worth of doorknobs”. Current property records estimate the value of the property is listed in the tax records at $9 million.

Back in February of 2014, I posted pictures of the house in a blog, you can read it HERE.

Today, Baseball Ross and I went for a drive by the Howard Manse. We were surprised that it was still obviously unfinished. Granted, most of the unfinished work was on a second parcel of land that Howard acquired from a neighbor who sold reportedly because they didn’t want to live next to a “tourist attraction”.

So here’s some pictures I took for your curiosity:








Derrick Mitchell Shines in Debut

For long time fans, here is an update. On former Pharm Hand Derrick Mitchell:

The first kickoff was just short of the end zone and was run back-Derrick made the tackle!
The other 4 kick-offs (as of the middle of the 4th quarter) were all to the end zone! The fourth actually went through the end zone, what a leg!

He’s really doing well and I am so happy for him!
(All photos courtesy of ESPN U)

Derrick Mitchell-Second Chance for Success

If you’ve been a fan of Phillies minor league teams for any length of time, you’ll remember Derrick Mitchell. (Here’s my favorite story about him)

Mitchell was drafted directly from high school and played eight years in the Phillies system before playing one year in the Braves system. Derrick was the first player Ross and I got to know, he remains a favorite and even more special, we are friends.

Mitchell was a two sport athlete in high school so when he went to college, he tried out for football and made the team!  Here’s an article about him.

So tonight, I’ll be at home watching my friend on ESPN U (at 7) watching Derrick and Western Michigan take on Michigan.


Phillies Fall Instructional League Roster and Schedule

This just in…the Phillies Fall Instructional League roster and schedule! Scheduled to appear is the newly acquired 4 million dollar man, Jhailyn Ortiz. Please note: this is NOT the final roster there may be additions or subtractions.

Also released was the schedule…it is highly reduced from previous years. This is the final version of the schedule.


So there you go…have fun and I hope to see you there!