2017 Season

Edition No. 3

February 13, 2017







Today is the day, that magical, mystical, magnificent, marvelous moment when big league baseball calls upon their hurlers and receivers to report to camp.  Is there a more beautiful 4-word phrase in the English language?  None comes to mind. 


Even our sometime league-contrarian Big Johnny agrees that there is no more beautiful refrain in the American vernacular* than Pitchers and Catchers report.  On the other hand, Itchie also has a few four-word constructions that are exactly the opposite--his least favorite four-word phrases that he has unfortunately encountered more than once in his otherwise charmed life.  What are those least favorite locutions, you ask? 


I’m so glad you asked.  Below are




10.  “I have a headache.”


9.  “Hair plugs aren’t enough.”


8.  “Your liver is shot.”


7.  “Throw me the basketball.”


6.  “Dad, I made bail.”


5.  “Your pheasant isn’t taxidermyworthy.”


4.  “Let’s see that putt.”


3.  “I’m not buying dreams.”


2.  “No more drinks, sir.”


1.  “You can have him!”



There are probably plenty of others, but those are the known ones that Brother Rafsanjani least likes to hear. 




As you have seen via email, the Atlanta Braves are in town the weekend of June 23-25, hosting the Milwaukee Brewers.  It looks like we have at least 6 people who are committed to going that weekend, but I’m still waiting to hear from several others, and I am optimistic that we might have as many as 8 or 9 or even 10 attending on this Trip.  I am hopeful that we might be able to take in a tour of brand new SunTrust Park on Saturday morning, June 24, and I will continue to gather information on this and report back to you all.  For now, please try to keep this weekend blocked on your calendar. 




We are still set for Saturday morning, March 25, at 11:00 a.m. at the War Room at Pansing Hogan Ernst & Bachman.  Please keep this day reserved on your calendar for the funnest day of the year.




On Thursday I am heading to Phoenix with my daughter to pay a visit to Grand Canyon University, which is nowhere near the Grand Canyon, but is where Emily will be attending college starting in the Fall.  Believe it or not, there will apparently be like a dozen or more 2017 Omaha high school graduates heading down to GCU to begin their college educations as ’Lopers.  As I told Emily, I am more than happy to sacrifice and visit her on multiple occasions during her college career, particularly in the month of March. 


Although Spring Training games will not start until after we get back from Scottsdale, as luck would have it, the Huskers are playing a 3- or 4-game set in Tempe against California Riverside, and so there is every chance that I will catch an early glimpse of the Husker baseball team, and if asked nicely, will be happy to report back here on my assessment. 


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That’s it for this issue.  Keep living the dream, amigos!








*  Since he has no idea what the word “vernacular” means.  That’s a Florence boy for you.