Hurricane Preparations: Irma-We are STAYING

Just an update: Baseball Ross and I are NOT in an evacuation zone and will not be leaving. (Even though we got the kindest offer to stay with our favorite Canadian Blogger–which is highly appreciated!)

We are outside the recommended evacuation zones and frankly, I-75 has been a parking lot since they announced the evacuations of the Keys so there really is no where to go.

So as of today, we have cases of water, half of it frozen, food, puppy food for the girls and every other conceivable supply. We went shopping on Monday so we got everything including filling both cars with gas. We have solar panel chargers for phones and back up batteries, a back up battery for the router/modem, computers and all can be charged by solar once the sun comes back out.

The last forecast for us was high winds around 50 mph and 3-5 inches of rain. Not horrible as long as IRMA keeps to the east. If she comes west, it’s a different story. Our house was built to the most current hurricane standards, windows and doors can withstand 130 mph and we have steel rods bolted into the foundation rebar that go through our walls all the way to the top and the roof is bolted on to them. We are out of the 100 year flood plain and we aren’t even required to have flood insurance! (Though we do because, hello, this is Florida.)

I will keep posting on my “adventure” channel GoneWithTheGail and will post on that twitter as well. (@GoneWithTheGail).

In the meantime, keep Florida and especially it’s east coast in your prayers.

Stay safe my Friends, stay safe.

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Irma Cancels FSL Championship Series-Will Have Co-Champions 


Hurricane Irma has already caused the cancellation of the Florida State League Championship which would have been held over the weekend. Instead the 3-game semifinal will determine the co-champions-with the winner of each division being named.

So who will it be? Tampa or Dunedin and either Palm Beach or Fort Myers. 

Currently, Dunedin and Tampa are tied 1 game each and the final game will be this evening (they contracted the series to be finished today.)  Currently, Palm Beach won Game 1 and is winning game two. If Ft Myers does not come back it will go to Palm Beach—if they do, game 3 will be played later this evening.

Since my Threshers are out–GO JAYS!

You Just Don’t See This Everyday, Bo Bichette, Cavan Biggio and Vladimir Guerrero, Jr.

Baseball Ross likes to say that he loves baseball because every game you watch, you see something you’ve  never seen before. Today, that was seeing the sons of 3 major league stars bat, 1-2-3 in Dunedin’s line up.

Today was the final regular season game for the Threshers and Blue Jays. The Jays eliminated the Threshers on Thursday night so the last three games have been less than thrilling, shall we say. There was a reason, however, that I chose to go out in the 90* heat this afternoon to watch a game that was essentially meaningless. It was the fact that the sons of three major league players batting 1-2-3 in the order.

Bo Bichette

First up was Bo Bichette,  son of Dante Bichette who played for the Angels, Brewers, Rockies, Reds and Red Sox. He was a 4 time all-star who finished 2nd in MVP voting in 1995. Dante Bichette, Jr., Bo’s older brother plays for the Trenton Thunder, the Yankees AA farm team. Bo split the season between the Lansing Lugnuts and Dunedin Jays. He had 14 home runs, 74 RBIs, 42 walks and a batting average of .362.

Cavan Biggio

Second up was Cavan Biggio, son of  Craig Biggio who played his entire career with the Houston Astros. He was a 7-time National League All Star and is often regarded as the best player in Astros history. Cavan, played the entire season in Dunedin and had 11 home runs, 60 RBIs and 74 walks with a .233 batting average.

Vladimir Guerrero, Jr.

Third in the order today was Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. He is the son of Vladimir Guerrero who played for the Expos, Angels, Rangers and Orioles. He was voted the American League MVP in 2004. Jr, had a rather impressive season starting with the Lansing Lugnuts before moving up to Dunedin. In total, he had 13 home runs, 76 RBIs and 76 walks with a batting average of  .323. The thing that struck me the most about him is that he doesn’t “act” like a star. I’ve seen him retrieve balls and hand them to the batboy (most guys just ignore them) and I’ve seen him spent a lot of time signing autographs after a game, with a smile on his face.

It’s made for an interesting second half of the season. I’ve enjoyed watching them and plan on going down to the stadium on Tuesday to see the first game of the first round of the playoffs. It may just be the first time that three sons of three major leagues play together on a team that wins a playoff game. I’m sure Stats.inc. has someone one who knows for sure, but even if it has, it’s nothing we’ve ever seen before and that’s why we love baseball.