Sunday, July 05, 2015

2015 Wharton Sports Business Academy Day 1

Sharon and I took Jack to the airport on Saturday night. Jack caught a 11:05 pm USAirways flight from Sacramento to Charlotte. Changing planes, he boarded a 9:00 am flight from Charlotte to Philadelphia. Landing in Philly at 10:30 am, Jack was picked up and taken to UPenn. By noon, he was on the campus.

Jack will be spending the next four weeks at the Wharton Sports Business Academy at the University of Pennsylvania. The program has an amazing schedule. So that I can keep track of what he is doing, I am going to be publishing the schedule for the day each morning for the next four weeks.

Saturday, July 04, 2015

2015 Fourth of July

After visiting with Becky, Sharon and I headed to her brother Tim's house. The group included Tim, Kathy, Eileen, a friend of Eileens, Erin, Dillon, Eric, Jim Dunn and the Felettos. We had dinner there before heading to Foy's house. Jack had spent the day wakeboarding on the Sacramento River with the Foys. We hung out with the Foys and two other couples. One of the other husbands was a would-be author who had written a historical fiction novel set in the 14th century called Venetta. He recommended a novel called A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century.

We left there after 9 pm to take Jack to the airport; more on that tomorrow morning. I was amazed at the number of fireworks displays that were going off around Sacramento as we drove from Elk Grove to the Sacramento Airport.

I finished the night taking Tiber for a late walk in the neighborhood. It sounded like a war zone with all of the explosions and sirens.

Friday, July 03, 2015

California Historical Landmark #264

Back working in Sonora in June, July, August, September, October, November and December of 2014, I started exploring the California Historial Landmarks in Calaveras County. Sites that I visited included: Valley Springs [#251], San Andreas [#252], I.O.O.F. Hall [#256], Fourth Crossing #258, Congregational Church [#261], Stone Corral [#263], Double Springs [#264], Chili Gulch [#265], Jenny Lind [#266]; Mokelumne Hill [#269]; Pioneer Cemetery [#271], Douglas Flat [#272]; Carson Hill [#274], Robinson's Ferry [#276], Angels Camp [#287], Altaville [#288], Vallecito Bell Monument [#370]; Old Mining Camp of Brownsville [#465], Red Brick Grammar School [#499], Calaveras County Courthouse and Leger Hotel [#663], Angels Hotel [#734]; Prince-Garibardi Building [#735], and; Birthplace of Archie Stevenot [#769].

Double Springs
California State Historical Landmark #264

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This landmark is located on Double Springs Road, 3.6 miles east of Valley Springs, California in Calaveras County. There are 40 other California State Historical Landmarks in Calaveras County. The GPS coordinates for this location are 38° 12' 47.9" N 120° 46' 25.0" W.

You can log your visit to this landmark at waymark.com.

California Historical Landmark #264

Double Springs
First County Seat of Calaveras County - Feb 18 1850

Land located in 1847 by Charles L. Peck. Claimed under preemption notice to the Alcalde of San Francisco. Recorded Sept 18, 1850 at page 69 in record B, 3rd archives of San Francisco.

Surveyed and platted as Double Springs town site in 1850. First county court house of imported Chinese panels erected 100 feet southwest of this monument. Hon. W. Fowle Smith, first county judge and L. A. Collier, first county clerk.


Erected by Calaveras County Chamber of Commerce
June 8, 1930.

California Historical Landmark #264

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Sacramento Area Highest Players Drafted By the MLB By Year

Year
Rd
Player
School
Team
1965
2
*Doug Carson-ss
Bishop Armstrong
Tigers
1966
1
LERON LEE-of
Grant
Cardinals
1967
1
Andy Finlay-of
Burbank
Braves
1968
5
*Dennis Wallin-c
Rio Americano
Angels
1969
6
*Geoff Brandt-of/rhp
El Camino
Senators
1970
2
BUTCH METZGER-rhp
Kennedy
Giants
1971
1
TAYLOR DUNCAN-ss
Grant
Braves
1972
1
Mike Ondina-of
Cordova
White Sox
1973
6
*Steve Hogan-inf/of
Grant
Padres
1974
1
BUTCH EDGE-rhp
El Camino
Brewers
1975
4
Larry Prewitt-rhp
Pacific (Placer, Sierra)
Mets
1976
2
Steve Finch-rhp
Cordova
Rangers
1977
1
DRUNGO HAZEWOOD-of
Sacramento
Orioles
1978
3
Dave Crutcher-rhp
American River (Woodland)
Rangers
1979
7
Tim Gloyd-ss/2b
Pepperdine (Sac City, Placer)
Dodgers
1980
1
DION JAMES-of
McClatchy
Brewers
1981
8
Greg Chinn-of
Sac State (Cordova)
Dodgers
1982
6
*Todd Trafton-c
Elk Grove
White Sox
1983
1
RICKY JORDAN-1b
Grant
Phillies
1984
11
*Bill Geivett-inf/of
UC Santa Barbara (Highlands, Sac City)
Cubs
1985
2
*Mark Cole-ss
Kennedy
Padres
1986
4
PAT GOMEZ-lhp
San Juan
Cubs
1987
5
Tim Holland-ss
Rio Americano
Orioles
1988
3
DARREN OLIVER-lhp
Rio Linda
Rangers
1989
2
ANDY FOX-3b
Christian Brothers
Yankees
1990
1
David Zancanaro-lhp
UCLA (Del Campo)
A’s
1991
6
Tim Doyle-lhp
Sac State
A’s
1992
18
Kumandae Miller-of
Grant
Giants
1993
1
DERREK LEE-1b
El Camino
Padres
1994
4
JEREMY POWELL-rhp
Highlands
Expos
1995
1
GEOFF JENKINS-OF
USC (Cordova)
Brewers
1996
3
NICK JOHNSON-1b
McClatchy
Yankees
1997
5
JERMAINE CLARK-2b
USF (Will C. Wood)
Mariners
1998
1
TONY TORCATO-of
Woodland
Giants
1999
2
Jake Joseph-rhp
Cosumnes River (San Juan)
Mets
2000
2
MIKE TONIS-c
Cal (Elk Grove)
Royals
2001
2
*J.P. HOWELL-lhp
Jesuit
Braves
2002
4
MARK McLEMORE-lhp
Oregon State (Del Oro)
Astros
2003
2
Todd Jennings-c
Long Beach State (Casa Roble)
Giants
2004
1
J.P. HOWELL-lhp
Texas (Jesuit)
Royals
2005
6
Steve Hammond-lhp
Long Beach State (Sac City)
Brewers
2006
2
ANDREW CARPENTER-rhp
Long Beach State (Sac City)
Phillies
2007
1
Casey Weathers-rhp
Vanderbilt (Laguna Creek, Sac City)
Rockies
2008
3
Jake Jefferies-c
UC Davis
Rays
2009
1
Tim Wheeler-of
Sac State (El Camino)
Rockies
2010
4
Cory Vaughn-of
San Diego State (Jesuit)
Mets
2011
2
ANDREW SUSAC-c
Oregon State (Jesuit)
Giants
2012
2
Martin Agosta-rhp
Saint Mary’s (Jesuit)
Giants
2013
2
Andrew Knapp-c
Cal (Granite Bay)
Phillies
2014
1
Derek Hill-of
Elk Grove
Tigers
2015
7
Nathan Lukes-of
Sac State (Center)
Indians
Capitalized/Bold Face-played in Major Leagues; s-supplemental pick; *-did not sign.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

ESPN Films 30 for 30 Vol 2: Sole Man

I watched Sole Man. This is the twenty-ninth installment of ESPN's 30 for 30 volume II. An episode guide for Vol II is here.

Sole Man is the story of Sonny Vaccaro. The directors joked that Vaccaro is the real-life "Forrest Gump" of basketball. If you pick a significant event, team or game over the past 30-plus years, and chances are Vaccaro has a direct connection to it.

Vaquero founded the ABCD All America Camp, an elite showcase of high school basketball standouts, which ran from 1984 to 2007. He cofounded the first national high school All-Star game, The Dapper Dan Roundball Classic, with concert promoter and boyhood friend Pat DiCesare in Pittsburgh in 1965.

Hired by Nike, Vaccaro helped them build a marketing empire. He is largely responsible for convincing the company to take a chance with a very young Michael Jordan.

Fired by Nike, Vaccaro went to work for Adidas. There, he set his sights on a high school star named Kobe Bryant. Sonny and a former friend start a bidding war between Nike and Adidas. He eventually left Adidas to work for Reebok.

More recently, Vaccaro has been involved in Ed O'Bannon's class action suit with the NCAA over the organization's use for commercial purposes of the images of its former student athletes. The suit argued that upon graduation, a former student athlete should become entitled to financial compensation for future commercial uses of his or her image by the NCAA.

Sonny Vaccaro participated in the making of the documentary. He is interviewed extensively. While not my favorite of Volume 2, it is another story that I really didn't know much about. It is worth seeking out.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

2015 Zoots Tournament Day 2

Walbeck Elite

The Walbeck Elite played in the second day of the Zoots Tournament. In the first game, they faced the AZ Zoots.

At the plate, Jack was 0 for 1 with a walk and a strike-out. In his first at-bat with Trevor at third, they tried to run a sucidic squeeze. The pitch was in the dirt for a ball and Trevor was picked off at third. Jack eventually walked on five pitches. He was out on an inning ending double play by Sam. After taking two called strikes, Jack struck out swinging in his second plate appearance.

In the field, Jack played right field. He had three put-outs and handled four other hits to right field.

Child pitched and struggled with his control. Managing only three hits, the Elite lost the game by the score of 5 to 1. The scorebook is here.

By three hours between games, Jack and I had lunch and wandered to West Coast Sports. The Elite played Lamorinda in the second game of the day.

At the plate, Jack was 0 for 2 with a walk and a fielder's choice. In his first at-bat, Jack fell behind 0 and 2. He took a ball, fouled off a pitch, took another ball, fouled off two more pitches and then drew a walk. He ended the inning there after Ryan flied out and Trevor struck out. Jack hit a 0 and 2 pitch for a hard ground ball right at the pitcher. The pitcher made a nice stop and forced Sam out at second. Jack was safe at first. He ended the inning there when Ryan flied out. In his third at-bat, Jack grounded a 0 and 1 pitch to the second baseman and was thrown out at first to end the game.

In the field, Jack played right field. Although he handled a couple of balls to right field, he didn't have a put-out. The scorer charged him with an error. In a hit to right field, a runner was trying to score from second. Jack threw to Aaron at first as the cut-off, but the catcher yelled for him to let it through. The catcher didn't field the ball and they charged Jack with an error on the throw?!?

Although Lamorinda only managed three hits, the Elite shortstop committed four errors. The Elite lost the game by the score of 5 to 2. The scorebook is here.

For the summer season, the Elite have a record of 2 win and 8 losses. The game log is here.

Although the Elite will be playing a consolation game on Monday in Pittsburg, Jack is not available. This is the last game Jack is going to play this summer. He is heading to UPenn for the Wharton Sports Business Academy next weekend.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

2015 Zoots Tournament Day 1

Walbeck Elite

The Walbeck Elite will be playing in the Zoots Tournament over the next three or four days, including doubleheaders on both Saturday and Sunday. The Elite played Club All-Star in the first game on Saturday at College Park High School in Danville.

At the plate, Jack was 0 for 2. In his first at-bat, Jack tried to bunt a 0 and 1 pitch for a hit. He bunted it too hard. The pitcher fielded it and threw him out at first. Jack struck out swinging on a 2 and 2 pitch in his second plate appearance.

In the field, Jack played centerfield. He had two put-outs.

Lee pitched a solid complete game. Unfortunately, the Elite gave up two unearned runs on three errors. Additionally, they couldn't string together any timely hits. The Elite lost the game by the score of 4 to 1. The scorebook is here.

The Elite turned right around and played Kali White in the second game of the tournament. Trevor who played with Jack on the Jesuit freshman and JV baseball team was playing for Kali.

At the plate, Jack was 2 for 3 with an RBI. In his first at-bat, Jack lined a 0 and 1 pitch into right field for a single to lead off the third. Unfortunately, the next three batters hit fly balls for outs and he ended the inning at first. With Trevor on first, Jack hit a 2 and 1 pitch for a hard grounder through the right side for a single in his second plate appearance. The next two batters hit fly balls for outs to strand Trevor and Jack on first and second. In his third at-bat with the bases loaded and one out, Jack grounded the first pitch to the shortstop. Freeman scored from third and Jack was thrown out at first.

In the field, Jack played right field. He had two put-outs.

Managing only five hits (two of the hits by Jack), the Elite lost the game by the score of 4 to 2. The scorebook is here.

For the summer season, the Elite have a record of 2 win and 6 losses. The game log is here.

The Elite will play AZ Zoots and Lamorinda on Sunday at CSUS East Bay.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Farm to Fork Dinner

Sharon and I went to the Agribusiness and Food Law Committees of the Calfornia State Bar Farm to Fork Dinner at the Heidrick Ag History Center. Sharon served on and chaired the Agribusiness Committee in the late 1990's.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Area baseball beat: Sacramento State, UC Davis lead area in draft picks

Area baseball beat: Sacramento State, UC Davis lead area in draft picks | The Sacramento Bee

Of the 1,516 players selected in the three-day, 40-round Major League Baseball first-year player draft, only 15 players came from the more than 75 high schools, four community colleges and two four-year institutions in the Sacramento region.

[Three high school players were drafted.] Elk Grove shortstop and Bee co-Player of the Year Nick Madrigal was a 17th-round pick of the Indians, but he has decided to attend Oregon State on scholarship. Jesuit right-hander Tanner Dodson, a 31st-round choice by the New York Mets, tweeted he will honor his commitment to Cal, and Yuba City third baseman Caden Goldby, a 39th-round pick by the Miami Marlins, will have to decide between college and turning pro. Dodson is the son of Bo Dodson, a 1989 third-round pick by the Milwaukee Brewers out of Christian Brothers. Goldby is the brother of Cooper Goldby, a 36th-round choice by the A’s out of Yuba City in 2013.

Stanford left-hander Logan James (Jesuit) went to the Seattle Mariners in the 31st round.

Draft notes

▪ Four times, fewer than three area high school players have been selected in a single draft. In 2004, 35 players from the region were taken but only one from a local high school: left-hander Zach Phillips (Galt) in the 23rd round by the Texas Rangers. Twice, two preps were taken: in 1986, left-hander Pat Gomez (San Juan) in the fourth round by the Chicago Cubs and left-hander Jim Sloan (Casa Roble) in the 29th round by the New York Mets; and in 1991, outfielders Dan Vetter (Del Campo) in the 38th round by the Phillies and Danny Larivee (Rio Americano) in the 50th round by the New York Yankees.

Monday, June 22, 2015

2015 Walbeck Elite Game Log

Gamechanger

Overall - 2 wins and 8 losses

06/09/2015 - SC Cats 9, Walbeck Elite 7 - [scorecard]

**NorCal NIT Tournament**
06/18/2015 - Walbeck Elite 7, California Club Baseball Blue 3 - [scorecard]
06/19/2015 - Sac Cats 10, Walbeck Elite 5 - [scorecard]
06/19/2015 - Club All-Star 8, Walbeck Elite 3 - [scorecard]
06/20/2015 - Danville Hoots 13, Walbeck Elite 3 - [scorecard]
06/21/2015 - Walbeck Elite 3, Hardtke Braves 2 - [scorecard]

**Zoots Tournament**
06/27/2015 - Club All-Star 4, Walbeck Elite 1 - [scorecard]
06/27/2015 - Kali Whilte 4, Walbeck Elite 2 - [scorecard]
06/28/2015 - AZ Zoots 5, Walbeck Elite 1 - [scorecard]
06/28/2015 - Lamorinda 5, Walbeck Elite 2 - [scorecard]

2014 Walbeck Elite Game Log

2014 Jesuit JV Game Log

2013 Cardinals Fall Ball Schedule

2013 Jesuit Freshman Game Log

Sunday, June 21, 2015

2015 NorCal NIT Tournament Day 4

Walbeck Elite 18U versus Hardkte Braves

The Walbeck Elite played the Hardtke Braves at Delta College in Stockton in the fourth day of the NorCal NIT Tournament. The Elite played against the Hardtke Braves in a tournament in San Jose last summer.

Jack did not bat. He entered the game in the top of the second as a courtesy runner for Jury (Catcher). He went to second on a wild pitch and then scored on Gregory's double. Immediately after scoring, he replaced Cregory (Pitcher) as a courtesy runner. He went to third on Starosciak's ground out and scored on Richardson's single.

The coaches have been using Jack a lot as a courtesy runner. In an odd statistic, Jack is tied for the team lead with five runs scored in only four at-bats...

In the field, Jack played three innings in right field. He had one put-out.

Behind a strong pitching performance by Gregory, the Elite won the game by the score of 3 to 2. It got interesting in the bottom of the seventh. After striking out the first batter, Kane walked and then hit a batter. With runners on first and second and one out, Rossitto came in and got the last two outs. The scorecard is here.

For the summer season, the Elite have a record of 2 win and 4 losses. The game log is here.

The Elite are scheduled to play in the Zoots tournament in the bay area next weekend.

Sharon, Jack and I finished Father's day with an early dinner at Rey Azteca, a long walk with Tiber to the river and presents (a tie and cologne) at home.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

2015 NorCal NIT Tournament Day 3

Elite

The Walbeck Elite played the Danville Hoots at Bulldog Field in Tracy in the third day of the NorCal NIT Tournament.

At the plate, Jack was 0 for 2. In his first at-bat, Jack grounded a 1 and 1 pitch to the second baseman and was thrown out at first. Jack grounded a 1 and 1 pitch to the first baseman in his second plate appearance to start a 3-6-4 double play.

In the field, Jack played five innings in centerfield. He had one put-out and handled four other hits to the outfield.

Giving up 10 runs in the top of the second, the Elite lost the game by the score of 13 to 3. The scorecard is here.

For the summer season, the Elite have a record of 1 win and 4 losses. The game log is here.

The Elite will play the Hardtke Braves at Delta College in Stockton on Sunday.

Friday, June 19, 2015

2015 NorCal NIT Tournament Day 2

The Walbeck Elite played in a doubleheader at Billy Hebert field in the second day of the NorCal NIT Tournament. Jack played at this field with the Outlaws.

The Elite played the Cats in the first game of the season. They lost to the Cats by the score of 9 to 7 last week. [Jack said later that this was not the same team they played last week; it was the Cats younger team?]

Jack did not bat. He entered the game in the bottom of the seventh as a courtesy runner for Freeman (C). He went to second on a sacrifice bunt, to third on two successive walks and scored as a passed ball just before Trevor struck out to end the game...

Jack did not play in the field.

Three different pitchers (Dewitt, Kane and Richardson) gave up 10 runs (9 earned). The Elite fell behind by the score of 9 to 0 and were never really in the game. The Cats won the game by the score of 10 to 5. The scorebook is here.

The Elite turned right around and played Club All-Star.

Jack did not bat. He entered the game in the 2nd, 4th and 6th innings as a courtesy runner for Jury (C). In the second inning, he went to second on Clarke's bunt and scored on Kane's single to right.

Jack did not play in the field.

Leading 3 to 1, the Elite gave up 8 runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Elite lost the game by the score of 9 to 3. The scorebook is here.

For the summer season, the Elite have a record of 1 win and 3 losses. The game log is here.

The Elite will play the Danville Hoots at Monte Vista Middle School in Tracy on Saturday afternoon.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

2015 NorCal NIT Tournament Day 1

The Walbeck Elite will be playing in the NorCal NIT Tournament over the next four or five days. The Elite played the California Club Baseball Blue in the first game of the tournament at Tony Zupo Field in Lodi.

Jack did not bat. He entered the game as a courtesy runner for Freeman (EH) and Jury (C).

In the field, Jack played centerfield for a 1/3 of an inning. In the top of the seventh with the bases loaded, two outs and the Elite leading by the score of 7 to 2, they moved Jack into centerfield, Jared to first and Lee to pitcher.

Behind 2 for 3 performances from Jarod and Aaron (2 RBIs each) and four solid innings on the mound from Child, the Elite won the game by the score of 7 to 3. The scorebook is here.

For the summer season, the Elite have a record of 1 win and 1 loss. The game log is here.

The Elite will play a double header against the Sac Cats and Club All Star on Friday at Bill Herbert Field in Stockton.

The Walbeck 18U Elite won 7-3 against CCB Blue at Zupo Field in Lodi. #pitching #defense #backstops #timelyhitting #grinders

A photo posted by Walbeck Baseball Academy (@walbeckbaseballacademy) on

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Future Stars Parent Admission Forum

Sharon and I went to a two and a half hour Parent Admissions Forum at Future Stars titled "Navigating the College Selection and Admissions Process." The next six months are going to be wild!
Navigating the College Selection and Admissions Process

The key to getting a handle on the college admission process is knowledge on how to identify the best college match, the different steps in the application process, and how students respond emotionally to the pressures of applying to college and leaving home. That is why in this forum you will learn:
  • How students can stand out in the admissions process.
  • Information about all the steps of the application process from early applications to interviewing to submitting test scores.
  • How to research college options.
  • The different ways students respond to the pressure of college admissions and preparing to leave home.
  • The timeline for applying to college.
  • How financial aid and scholarship decisions are made and the process for applying.

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Starbucks iTunes Pick of the Week - James Taylor - Today Today Today

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Jerusalem Farm Photo Album #2

What a powerful and productive week we just had hosting Jesuit High School Sacramento! Thank you all for coming way out here to serve others! Safe travels an we hope to see you again sometime!
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