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2018 Ravens Baseball/Equestrian

Post by johnson2113 » June 18, 2018 3:08 pm

Ryanne has finally started doing what she wants to do, riding horses. I haven't seen an animal that doesn't do what she wants them to do. Even a large beast like a horse. Someone, who knows much more about equestrian than I do, commented that she was really good and this was her first competition.


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Post by johnson2113 » June 18, 2018 3:09 pm

Her and her crew absolutely run the ball fields.

This is one of my favorite pictures I have taken. This is why I take pictures. 1,000 words does this shot injustice.

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Post by johnson2113 » June 18, 2018 3:53 pm

I will take a moment here while I have some pictures photoshopping. We spent last weekend at an out of tournament. Stay to play? Bub covered that for the team, I guess because we were the only ones to stay at the hotels for the weekend.

Now, this tournament was the demise of the Sharks, so it was a very intense weekend. Pool play is B.S. Bracket play is all that matters, as long as there are no cuts. Which we already faced this year.

On Saturday night another player and his family stayed so we all went out together. This is a new player for the Ravens, an excellent athlete, an incredible kid, and his sister is Ryanne's bestfriend. It was a good evening for everyone.

If you ever find yourself in Kansas go to the Burger Stand in Topeka or Lawrence, onion rings and marshmallow sauce will change your life. Yeah, marshmallow sauce. It's amazing.

Bub has had an amazing season already, we started the first two weeks, snowed out. It was cold and miserable, could not play baseball. Everything since then has been pretty much like playing in an oven. My tan is looking great. 8) 8)

We played in a new tournament, Bub made the all tournament team. We played the Hawaiian Hitfest for the second year and just like the first it was cold and raining the whole weekend, which was the same weekend that Jimmy kicked the tour of in Kansas City. Sprint Center is not my favorite venue to seem him, anyways. :pirate:

The first night Bub got the MVP award for pitching. The second night, after a 30 minute lightning delay, Bub got the MVP for catching. The first base coach for the OPPOSING team was losing his mind watching Bub. An inning and a half into the game I knew who they were going to award the MVP to. Some peopel were upset that he got two. It was all based on players performance as viewed by teams that they hadn't played before. He tried giving it to his head coach, to give to someone else on the team. Damn his good, pure, thinking about his team, heart. :pirate: His coach wouldn't take it though, that coach is a damn good man, he thinks the world of that whole team, he's just loud and he has to be. I really wish somoene outside of the team would tell him what a great job he does, just to hammer it home to him.


Because these caoches are bloody saints, if I was Catholic, I would bea calling the Vatican and nominating them for sainthood. The officiating has been atrocious. To be polite. We had a game a couple of weeks ago, this umpire could NOT call a strike in bowling. The strikezone was not even comprehensible. The head coach was getting pretty upset. The newest coach on the team, an old friend of the head coach, stepped in. He's a lawyer and he does not give a ****.

The umpire asked him "Are you done arguing with me?"

He replied, "No."

Well, that umpire had no idea what to say, he stood there for a moment before the coach was ejected. Then my brother in law, the IT guy for the team, is asking me how to run Game Changer. :lol: :lol: :lol:

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And he was ejected from the fields. It's been so bad that grandpas have had to control grandmas, husbands have had to control wives. And my ribs hurt from laughing and I have to bite my tongue to keep from being ejected myself, because I can't depend on anyone else to shoot pictures. And no one else on the team will shoot pictures or wants anyone else to shoot pictures. Not to mention they have me shooting video to analyze swing as well, so that's a new task to learn.
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Post by johnson2113 » June 18, 2018 4:10 pm

On a personal note, the second half of 2015, all of 2016 and the first half 2017 was not good. I feel like things have turned a corner and it takes the stress off of me.

The second half of last year I knew I had to be better and do better. And I did. After reaching 185 pounds I slacked off and went back to 220. Worked my way back down to 200 and just kind of plateaued out. I couldn't do any better, I wouldn't do any worse.

I quit looking at everything as something I had to do.

I reached 166 pounds, I am getting ripped, my veins are popping, I'm getting better and stronger and faster. Every day. I ran a 5K the other day, faster than I did my first mile at 384 pounds.

That's not just want I want to see out of the Ravens, out of Ryanne, that's what I want to see out of everyone. If I can go lose over 215lbs. and become better every day, faster every day, stronger every day. There is no reason anyone else on this planet can do the same.

I just want to have the swagger of a guy like this.

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Post by johnson2113 » June 18, 2018 4:34 pm

Before I start getting to pictures, I need a little phin power request. Bub tried out for a USSSA team, we find out on the 24th. Several kids told him that he will make the team. He is 110% he will make the team. The adults are biting their fingernails until then. We know that he is damn sure good enough to, it's just a matter if a 2 hour tryout will show that he is as good as an actual game.

To hell with everyone else, I need a week on the beaches of Florida, watching Bub play baseball. [smilie=cheeky-grin.gif]

Between bad umpiring, and too long fields, Bub and three other guys on the team should have a homerun ball. Last weekend they three of them absolutely destroyed the ball and on any field we play in league they would have been over the fence. When these guys are hitting it to the fences at 240 feet, they should be rounding the bases. Free and clear.
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Post by lime rickie » June 18, 2018 6:30 pm

Sending Vacationland phin power to Bub. He's a BEAST!

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Post by lime rickie » June 18, 2018 6:37 pm

Ms. Ryanne has perfect form. And she looks all recovered, no worse for the wear for the cast. [smilie=coolup.gif]
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Post by txaggirl91 » June 19, 2018 1:33 pm

they are growing up way too fast!

Fins up on the try out!
I must be wishing on someone else's star....

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Post by johnson2113 » July 9, 2018 10:52 am

Thanks! Ryanne starts her first lessons in a group this week, she is very excited. Bub's summer season ends on Tuesday night. They are 11 and 7 now, it is crazy how much they have grown up.

I am way behind on my pictures and spending all day, today, catching up, just to get stared on the weekend's pictures.

Bub didn't get selected at the tryout. And taking away any bias from an uncle, they fouled up to say the least, to say the most polite thing I can think of.

We played in the state championship two weeks ago. Bub finally caught an entire game, not an entire 10 year old game, but an entire professional game. We went nine innings and over 3 hours. But caught every pitch until the last inning.

We weren't even thinking. He finally hit the wall. He was ready to collapse. Before he did though he caught a 3rd strike and threw out a base runner, for one of my favorite plays, the strikeout 'em out, throw 'em out, double play, to the end inning. He bombed one, got to third base, all it would have taken was one wild pitch, one bloop over the middle and he would have scored to win the game. It didn't help that we were on artificial turf. The temperature registered 176 degrees at one point. He ran out of juice, he was starving, he was sick to his stomach. We didn't even think about getting him food, because we have never gone that long in a game. That mistake will not be repeated in the future. His bat his on fire, he is crushing everything worth hitting.

The worst part was after that devastating loss, he laid in the hotel room the rest of the night, while his buddies went swimming and playing.

After that game, a coach from the opposing team came over to me and said

"Your boy is a great player."

I thanked him and said that he is my nephew, then called my sister over. The team was having the post game meeting, Bub got the game ball. The other coach waited 10 minutes, he wanted to shake Bub's hand and then he told him,

"We will be seeing you in the future."

I have seen Bub complimented by more opposing team coaches, than I can sit and do the math on right now. If anyone here wants an autograph before he hits the majors, or after he hits the majors, let me know. :pirate: :lol: :lol:

Last weekend started the league playoffs, 3 of our players left for vacation early, we are playing 8 men on the field right now, and we have won two games. We have one more that if we win, we are in the championship. I believe this team can do it, I know this team can do it.
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