Atlanta Braves Sign Big Piece Ryan Howard to Minor League Deal! 

MLB reports that the Atlanta Braves have signed former Phillies’ 1B Ryan Howard to a contract!

The report states that Howard will report to Braves’ extended spring training in Kissamee then to AAA Gwinnett in Georgia.

Guess those $80k in doorknobs won’t pay for themselves! If you want to see the nicest house of any minor league player, you can see my article HERE! (Complete with video!)


Ryan Howard in Trouble for Illegal Fence at Mansion

Just a few weeks ago, I did a video and blog on the completion of Ryan Howard’s mega-mansion in Belleair Shores, Florida. You can read the blog HERE and see the video HERE.

In a article today, Jonathan Tannewald recounts how the Howards are in trouble with the Belleair Shores mayor for an illegal construction fence. (You can read the article HERE.)  In fact, in my video, I remarked on how the construction fence remained in place even after the construction has been completed.  You can see the chainlink fence that is in disrepair with green canvas that is falling off and unsightly in the pictures below:

Ryan Howard's Illegal Fence, the green canvas can be seen at the left of the picture where is it torn and falling off.
Ryan Howard’s Illegal Fence, the green canvas can be seen at the left of the picture where is it torn and falling off.

Ryan Howard’s Illegal fence is in disrepair and still has the “Danger Construction Site” sign

Baseball Ross and I traveled to Howard’s home, just a few miles from Clearwater to take pictures, but unlike the fans recounted in the article, we stayed at a respectful distance on the beach and on the public sidewalk on the street side.

As I mentioned in the in my blog, there is NO on-street parking in Belleaire Shores, yet the day we were there (after parking half a mile away in the ONLY PUBLIC parking lot in Belleaire Shores) we saw two cars parked on a side street across from the manse and one brazen jerk who parked IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD to take pictures. So when the article recounts large numbers of trespassers, I wouldn’t doubt it.

I understand their need for privacy, so let’s just hope that the Howards and the mayor can come to some sort of understanding.

A Visit to Ryan Howard’s Mansion

Ryan Howard's Recently Completed Mansion in Belleair Beach Florids
Ryan Howard’s Recently Completed Mansion in Belleair Beach Florida

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you will know I’ve made several visits over the years to check on the progress and eventual completion of Ryan Howard’s mega-mansion that includes two pools, 2 elevators, a lazy river, a bowling alley and much, much more.

You can read my previous blogs (in order) HERE, HERE and HERE.

Today was a perfect day for a walk on a public beach. Yes, Howard’s house is on a public beach so you can walk by and take a look at his lazy river and pool. The house is located at 1700 Gulf Boulevard in Belleair Beach, Florida. Please note there is NO public parking on the streets of Belleair Beach and the closest PUBLIC parking lot is a half mile away. The beach access two lots down from Howard’s home is for Belleair Beach residents only by permit. Do not park there unless you want your car towed.

Half a mile north of his home is Morgan Park, located at 2650 Gulf Boulevard. This is Belleair Beach’s ONLY public parking beach access. It is right on the beach and is a PAID lot. The park is hard to find and this is the only marker.

Morgan Park 2650 Gulf Boulevard
Morgan Park 2650 Gulf Boulevard

There are bathrooms, outdoor showers and a small shelter. There are no drinking fountains. Be aware it is a very small lot.

Ross and I put together a video with many shots of the house and surrounding area. You can watch it HERE.

Hope you enjoy the video.

Ryan Howard’s Beachfront Home Near Completion

It’s been a few months since Baseball Ross and I made the pilgrimage to Belleair Shore to check on the progress of the monstrosity of a 17,000 soft home  that Ryan Howard is building on the beach.

The Tampa Bay Times noted that Howard spent $80K on doorknobs alone. After several years it appears that it is nearing  completion.  Gone is the construction trailers, white work men’s vans and portapotties that lined the front yard.

You can read my previous stories HERE and HERE.

The pictures I took on Mother’s Day are below: 

Hopefully, Ross and I will have the time to take a walk on the beach side and I will post pictures from that side when we do.

Scenes from Phillies Minor League Spring Training-March 27, 2016

Now that my foot is healing, I am able to get to spring training almost every day. I feel like I am playing “catch-up” after missing so many days. There are so many players that I haven’t had a chance to see, let alone photograph.

The highlight of yesterday was being able to catch Carlos Alonso’s home run:

Carlos Alonso
Carlos Alonso
Carlos Alonso
Carlos Alonso

Ryan Howard was playing and it seemed like he was struggling at the plate, striking out all three times I saw him bat, though Baseball Ross thinks he saw him hit a double later.

Ryan Howard
Ryan Howard

Drew Stankiewicz also hit a home run.

Drew Stankiewicz
Drew Stankiewicz

Here are some other shots from the day.

Jacob Waguespack
Sam Hiciano
Matt Hockenberry
Cornelius Randolph
Venn Biter
Grenny Cumana
Alejandro Arteaga
Grenny Cumana
Jan Hernandez
Brock Stassi
Matt Imhof
Jake Thompson
Carlos Tocci
Chase Numata
Damek Tomscha
Tyler Goeddel
Matt Imhof
Jorge Alfaro
Andrew Knapp

First Games of Phillies Minor League Camp

Baseball Ross and I had a prior commitment so we were only able to stop in for a little while to see the AAA Phillies vs the AAA Blue Jays and the AA Phillies vs the AA Blue Jays atCarpenter.

I focused on the AA game as Ruan Howard was making a guest appearance.


Ryan Howard
 The thing that made me be a fangirl today was right after I took this shot, I put the camera down and said hello and Ryan Howard actually looked at me and said hello. First time that’s happened to me, so I was tickled.

Here are some pictures from the game:

Carlos Tocci

Carlos Tocci about to hit the ball.


Severino Gonzalez

Severino Gonzalez was the starting pitcher.


Ryan Howard
Ryan Howard was inserted into the line up whenever he was ready.   
Mitch Walding

Zach Green
When we left, it was the bottom of the 3rd, the Jays were up 2-0 and a friend of mine stated the score was the same when he left in the 9th.

Even if we didn’t win, it still was a great day for baseball. 

Ryan Howard Shines, Featherston Flies, Galvis Focuses as Spring Training Continues

Today it was almost like Ryan Howard was putting on a showcase. He looks good slimmer and more ready for the season than I’ve ever seen him.

He looks sharp and has obviously worked out in the off season.


Ryan Howard snags a ball at first

Ryan Howard at the bat
Newcomer Taylor Featherston didn’t want to be outdone and he flew through the air. 


Taylor Featherston flies through the air as Maikel Franco looks on
Maikel Franco looked focused. 
Maikel Franco

At the end the day, they did something I never saw, they donned “slide pants” and practiced sliding on special tarps. It looked like a lot of fun. 

Sliding in slide pants
After the Major Leaguers were done, the minor leaguers that have reported early took their turn.


Minor Leaguers work out

I was pleased to see Art Charles:


Art Charles
John Richy who was part of the Chase Utley deal with the Dodgers pitched today.


John Richy

And finally Tommy Joseph looked good and fully recovered from last year’s injuries.


It may have been a cold, breezy day, but it was a good day for baseball.