Archive for October, 2011

Blog ideas…

October 31, 2011 Leave a comment

Anyone want to hear about anything in particular?  Send me some ideas so I can share some new thoughts.  Today I used the terms keen and proper in multiple emails, but then I said the word drawer like a true New Yorker and felt whole again.

Please send me some good blog ideas, it can be about anything you want to know about Australia, baseball or life in general…since I am all knowing =)

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October 30, 2011 Leave a comment

My new favorite aussie term.

While I find myself saying/thinking “bloody,” “i reckon” (instead of I think, i believe..etc.), and “grog” I probably say “no worries” more than anything.  I was never one to use it that much back home, Bridget definitely did, so now I will fit in with my family once I get back, yay!  But anyway, this weekend I have heard my new favorite term about 500 times.  I first came across it when the AGM sent me an email about a month ago and signed off “Ta, Rob.”  I didn’t think much of it, but now I couldn’t miss it.

This past Friday we helped out the Canberra Cavalry by working the “gate” at our second preseason game.  The event was held at a neutral site, the Gilchrist Oval in Campbelltown, NSW.  It is about 30 minutes south of Rooty Hill (where the Blue Sox play) and about an hour south of where I live on the Northern Shore, also 2 hours north of Canberra.  Think of a small country town baseball field with no seating, not even bleachers, and people can park up on the hill behind homeplate.

It was an interesting place to have a ballgame as there was limited parking, but it was part of the efforts of the ABL to bring baseball to the country and spread the word around.  We had over 600 people attend and the game ended in a 7-7 tie (Bud Selig must have had something to do with that).  So it was a great turnout for a pre-season game.

So the Blue Sox front office went down and 4 of us worked the “gate” which basically just outside parking area with some caution cones.  We made sure everyone that entered paid the price of admission and I have never had so many people “ta me.”  If you haven’t figured it out by now it’s the shortened version of “thank you.”

Now it’s time to get some rest as it’s back to work tomorrow to get ready for Friday night’s season opener against the Aces!  Wish us luck.


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If you are not my mother…

October 29, 2011 Leave a comment

…you may not know that we split the Doubleheader today against Canberra, losing the first game 6-3 and winning the second 5-4 (on a walk-off balk).

Blue Sox were down 4-1 heading in to the bottom of the 7th (we only planned to go 7 no matter what), and with a walk, 2 triples and a single we were tied 4-4.  Pitching change occurred and before the relief pitcher even threw his first pitch he apparently balked, Blue Sox win with runner scoring from third.

I have seen some balks with runners on third before, as well as some walk-off walks, but I do not remember seeing a balk-off.  So I googled “walk off balk” and the first thing that shows up:

Of course it had to be a Mets example =(

90% of the stadium had no clue what happened but everyone had a good time and now we have one day off before back to the stadium for a ramp up to the Opening Series this week against the Melbourne Aces.  Let’s go!

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We’re getting some publicity…

October 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Don’t know if you guys know this or not but we’re kind of a big deal:


Enjoy some of the stories written about the Blue Sox within the past week, as well as where I have been working on some content.

Last preseason games today, Doubleheader against the Canberra Cavalry – 4pm & 7:30pm!


Good Guys

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October 26, 2011 3 comments


I pass this Billboard for the Institute of Public Accountants on the M4 on the way home from work every day:

Does a guitar really need to be played by 2 people?



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October 26, 2011 2 comments

On game days my job consists of a lot of different roles as stated in my prior post.  However during the week most of the work I do tends to be either in the marketing, sales or media side of the business.  While I do love what I am doing it unfortunately keeps me at my desk a lot, so every once in a while I try to find something that takes me away from the computer.  Today I jumped at the chance to use one of these:

No it is not a medical device

While I have never sewed a stitch in my lifetime, I have learned how to undo one this weekend with this tool, a seam ripper for those of you who have never came across this object.

In Major League Baseball all uniforms are the property of the league and/or team and therefore nameplates and sewn on and ripped off as soon as a player is acquired or traded in the minor leagues.  Most of the time a player does not take his jersey with him because there is someone else coming to take his spot, so many clubhouse attendants become one with the seam ripper to take the nameplates off.

I did not know this tool existed until Saturday when we had to rip off some nameplates to give to some new players, and it is 10x easier to use then a scissor and way less harmful on the expensive jerseys.  We still have about 15-20 jerseys to work on so I’m thinking I may plan a daytime session starting at 11:05am in the function room (timing of first pitch of game 6).

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October 25, 2011 3 comments

Grandma no need to read any further.

I was asked today if I was pregnant, while I was making myself lunch.  And no it did not include a pickle…it was Peanut Butter and Raspberry Jam (no jelly in this country)!  Since when does peanut butter and jam automatically signal pregnancy? No sir, I am just a 5-year old, no babies here.

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