|Edition No. 11||
June 24, 2011
It has been a spell since I last penned a Bullpen, so allow me to share with you the league standings through today, some information about The Trip, and a few other tidbits of information from my tired old mind. First, the standings:
With Albert Pujols on the shelf, it will be interesting to see how long the Chiefs will be able to hold back the Wahoos and the Tribe. At the other end of the spectrum, I wonder whether the Tigers, Bears and Senators will be fighting it out all season to stay out of the League bowels.
So, we finally have a game plan for the 27th Annual Hot Stove League Trip. On Friday, August 19, this year’s participants will return to Denver and Coors Field for the first time since 1995, and will see the hometown Rockies take on the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers in Friday evening and Saturday night contests. As Shamu posted on the Message Board recently, there are cheap flights available on Frontier for less than $200 roundtrip, so be sure to book your flights now.
We are still reviewing lodging options for the Trip, including the Eagles’ Nest, although the thought seems to be that a venue in LoDo might be preferable, for the sake of convenience.
Those league members who have indicated that they are definitely a “go” for the trip are Shamu, McBlunder, Big Guy, B.T. and Skipper, while Possum, Underbelly and Tricko are reportedly definite nos. Itchie, Jim Ed and Mouse are all trying to work up the gumption to beg their spouses for a kitchen pass, while Screech and SloPay are yet to be heard from on the point, which is not unheard of from these two characters.
Anyway, with our Trip plans now in place, our streaks remain intact, and perhaps next year we will be able to put together a more exotic trip, such as to the Bay area, Seattle, or perhaps the new ballpark being built in Miami.
I realized recently that my brain matter is so saturated with meaningless information, mental to-do lists for work, responsibilities centered around my four kids, and other cluttering data, that I no longer seem to be able to develop any “deep” thoughts about anything. Not that I was ever one to lay down profound thought after profound thought –– I’m just plain not smart enough to do that –– but I have long prided myself on being able to think things through, roll things around inside the old skull, and develop some at least mildly interesting theories and thoughts. No more.
Sadly, my brain seems to be so short on working space that I can only now muster up superficial, unimaginative, fleeting thoughts. So rather than lament the situation, I have decided to embrace it, and will now call my offerings From the Bullpen Lite. Good stuff, with lots of fluff.
So here goes.
Lastly, and sadly, Charles’ beloved father, Gerald Sinclair, passed away yesterday after a courageous, 14-year battle with cancer. Below is the obituary from today’s World Herald:
Sinclair, Gerald "Jerry" A.
Jan 25, 1936 - Jun 23, 2011
Died after a 14 year battle with cancer.
His last days were spent anticipating his joyful arrival in Heaven and he was an inspiration to his family and friends. He was born in Portland, ME. He was preceded in death by father, Capt. Charles A. Sinclair, mother, Alice (Sweet) Sinclair, brothers David and Steven. He served in the Army as an MP during 1955-57 where he met his bride. He is survived by Shirley Jean (Cline), spouse of 54 years; three sons: Charles D., his wife Jan, and daughters Hannah and Rachel of West Des Moines, IA.; Jeffrey S. and his partner Clyde McNeal, Jr. of Omaha, NE; and William D., his wife Teresa, and children Lindsey, Breanne and Jeron of Camdenton, MO; a brother Thomas and his wife Jane in Elm Springs, AR and a sister Jane in Westbrook, ME. He is also survived by several in-laws, cousins and many nieces and nephews. Jerry graduated from Westbrook (ME) High School where he participated in football, basketball, baseball & track. He received his B.S. in Education from Dana College in Blair, NE and his MA, plus additional graduate hours, from the University of Omaha. He was an educator with the Blair, Lewis Central, IA, and Millard Public Schools, from which he retired in 1995.
During his tenure at Millard, he was a long time member of the Nebraska Chapter One/Title One Advisory Committee. He was also a member of the Nebraska State Gifted Student Committee. Jerry was a long time active member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church. During the early retirement years, Jerry served as a volunteer for the Adult Literacy Program in Arizona. He also volunteered with local schools in the Phoenix area, enhancing the reading ability of numerous students. Jerry enjoyed visiting his sons and their families and watching the grandchildren participate in their various activities. He also loved to read and watch sporting events on TV.
Information on the upcoming Memorial Service will be forthcoming. Memorials can be sent to the Millard Education Foundation and St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Millard.
Shamu, may you and your family be provided with all of the strength that you need to deal with Jerry’s death.