Monday, November 30, 2009

New Promo Shots for the Andrew Heringer Band

The pictures that Drew has been using for posters and other promotional literature for his band are pretty dated. Most of the pictures have one or two guys that are not currently playing in the band. He recently worked with photographer to get a new set of promo shots. Two of the resulting pictures are shown below. You can find a full set of twenty-five pictures here.


NBA Power Rankings 2009-2010 Week 5

After going to last Thursday's Kings game, Jack and I have watched parts of Friday's game against the Nets and Sunday's game against the Hornets. Obviously they have faced some weaker opponets, but this is a very fun team to watch.

The Kings ranked 16th in Marc Stein's weekly power rankings of NBA teams, up from 19th last week!

NBA Basketball Power Rankings
The Kings take a .500 record into December. We repeat: Sacramento is a .500 team despite losing Kev Martin to a wrist injury. With apologies to anyone else worth nominating, this is your Surprise Team of November.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Christmas Tree 2009

Facing a very busy next nine days, we decided to get a Christmas Tree early this year. Five of the last six years (2008, 2007, 2005, 2004 and 2003), we have gotten a flocked Christmas tree in the Cal Expo parking lot. Driving down to Cal Expo after Outlaws batting practice, we got a rude awakening; the Cal Expo Christmas Tree lot is not there this year.

After debating what to do, we headed towards Elk Grove. Heading down Highway 99, I noticed a lot north of Sheldon on West Stockton advertising flocked trees. It turns out that it is the same company that has been at Cal Expo the last few years, Lamb's Christmas Trees. They indicated that they have been at this site for fifteen years and that they did not have a second lot at the Cal Expo lot this year because the rent was too high.

Although the selection of flocked trees was not as large as some previous years, we picked out a nice tree. The flocking was still wet. I am going to pick it up on my way home after work on Monday.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Drew's 25th Birthday

Sharon, Jack and I took Drew an ice cream cake and some pumpkin pie to celebrate his 25th birthday! After having some cake and visiting with Drew, Marlana and Kellen, Drew and Jack spent some time on the drums.

Andrew's 25th Birthday

Friday, November 27, 2009

Laura, Liz, Mary and Sharon again

Liz, Sharon, Laura and Mary

For the second year in a row, Sharon got together with Laura, Liz and Mary on the day after Thanksgiving [picture from 2008]. This year they met at Rudy's Hideaway. Laura, Mary and Sharon went to grammar school and high school together, while Liz went to high school with them.

World Traveler - The Andrew Heringer Band - Live at the Woodland Opera House

California Historical Landmark #955

Trail of the John C. Frémont 1844 Expedition
California State Historical Landmark #955

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This landmark is located at the northwest corner of junction of Highway 88 and Calaveras River. There are 24 other California State Historical Landmarks in San Joaquin County. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 38° 03.130 W 121° 11.290.

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California Historical Landmark #995

Frémont's historic second overland expedition of 1843-44 was the first in which he reached California. He and his companions entered California in the dead of winter, camped across the snowbound Sierra, spent a month at Sutter's Fort in the Sacramento Valley, and then continued south through the San Joaquin Valley. Frémont's report added to the growing American interest in the Far West and California, making this 1844 expedition one of the most influential events in American westward expansion. Frémont camped at this site on March 26, 1844.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving 2009

After the Run to Feed the Hungry, we got cleaned up and headed to Jim Dunn's house for Thanksgiving dinner. Jim is an old friend of Sharon's family. The group this year included Sharon's brother Tom, his wife Becky, his youngest son Eric, Sister's brother Tim, his wife Kathy, their oldest daughter Erin, Drew, Jack, Sharon and I. We were missing Sharon's nephew Kevin and niece Eileen.

We had a nice dinner. Drew got out the guitar and played a couple of songs after the meal.


Thanksgiving 2009

2009 Run To Feed The Hungry

For the fifth time in the last six years [2009, 2008, 2006, 2005 and 2004], Sharon, Jack and I ran the Run to Feed the Hungry. We entered in 2007, but I was feeling under the weather and we decided not to run before heading to San Francisco for Thanksgiving.

Jack and I ran the course in 1:04:39 for an average pace of 10:26. For the first time, they split the start for the 5k and the 10k. The 5k started 20 minutes after the 10k. As a result, it took us less than a minute to get to the starting line. Although it did not impact our pace, it seemed like there was a lot more people running the 10k this year. In previous years, the number of people around us dropped about the 3rd mile. This year, we were running with lots of people the whole distance. Sharon ran a 1:24:01 for an average of 13:33.

Drew is living in River Park. He rode his bike over and met his at the finish line.

At the 2009 Run To Feed The Hungry

At the Run to Feed The Hungry


At the Run to Feed The Hungry, originally uploaded by heringermr.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

2009 Kings versus Knicks

Jack and I went to the Sacramento Kings versus New York Knicks NBA Basketball game. Somewhat unexpectedly, I am enjoying watching this Kings team a lot. It is built of a group of very young players who play with passion and have some athleticism.

The Kings pulled away in the second half to win by a score of 111 to 97. The Kings led by 20 points after three quarters. Last year, the Kings had 2 wins and 7 losses in games that I saw in person. This year I have already seen them win twice!

Led by Donte Green with 24 point (6 for 7 from three), 5 assists and 6 blocks, seven Kings scored in double figures. Evans had 19 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists.

At 5' 9", Nate Robinson was a force of nature. He had 25 points (4 for 8 from three). I swear that I saw him almost outrebound Jason Thompson in traffic near the rim; I looked like he was flying rather than jumping.

The Knicks are a bad team. I thought that Coach Mike D'Antoni's head was going to explode on the sidelines as the Knicks made bonehead play after bonehead play.

Yankee's pitcher CC Sabathia was at the game sitting in the front row to our right. He played high school sports in Vallejo.

From Giving thanks with a mailbag by Bill Simmons

Giving thanks with a mailbag
Q: What is the "30 for 30" documentary you wish was made that wasn't? -- Tyler, Seattle

S[ports] G[uy]: Andre the Giant. Hands down. It never got past the discussion stage because the WWE owns the key footage and would have wanted to produce it; we would have wanted an elite filmmaker. So that was a nonstarter. But other than Muhammad Ali, no other athlete from the past 40 years was more memorable, beloved or distinct. I have never met anyone who knew Andre who didn't immediately turn to mush when you asked them about him. Every person who ever befriended him has 10 Andre stories, and everyone who ever crossed paths with him even briefly has three. We could have gone two hours on Andre, easy. So that's No. 1 for me. My runners-up: Tim Richmond, the Clippers, the Artest melee and how Rocky Balboa ended the Cold War.

California Historical Landmark #765

Temple Israel Cemetery
California State Historical Landmark #765

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This landmark is located On East Acacia Street between North Pilgrim and North Union Streets, Stockton, California. There are 24 other California State Historical Landmarks in San Joaquin County. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 37° 57.890 W 121° 16.720.

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

California Historial Landmark #765

Donated by Captain Charles M. Weber in 1851 for use as a cemetery by the Jewish community of Stockton, this is the oldest Jewish cemetery in continuous use in California and west of the Rocky Mountains.

California Historical Landmark #765

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Broadway - The Andrew Heringer Band - Woodland Opera House

Broadway - The Andrew Heringer Band from heringermr on Vimeo.

Outlaws 11U Fall 2009 Pitching Statistics Summary Sorted by ERA

As of November 23, 2009

.                       IP     H    R   ER   BB   SO   HBP   PC-ST   ERA
 2 - Matt      Total     1     1    0    0    0    0    0    12-7    0.00
33 - Jack      Total    1/3    1    0    0    0    1    0    11-6    0.00
55 - Jeremy    Total    15    12   17    5   15   19    3   320-174  2.00
 7 - Pat       Total    10     6   11    7   10    8    0   185-98   4.20
 4 - AD        Total     7     5    5    5    6    3    0   125-71   4.29
 1 - James     Total    12    12   13    9   16   12    3   255-131  4.50
10 - Jordan    Total   6 1/3  11    7    5    3    4    1   130-75   4.74
 3 - Josh      Total  17 2/3  20   22   16   16   18    0   321-174  5.43
 6 - Keaton    Total  15 2/3  14   22   15   12   13    2   273-162  5.74 
 9 - Niko      Total   5 1/3   9   10    9    8    2    0   116-58  10.13
23 - Breyton   Total     5    15   14   12    8    5    1   150-76  14.40

    Team       Total  95 1/3 106  121   83   94   85   10            5.22

Outlaws 11U Fall 2009 Pitching Statistics

As of November 23, 2009

1-James                 IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HBP  PC-ST   ERA
  Blue Devils  31-Oct   1/3   0    1    0    2    1    0    18-6
  Bay V Bomber 31-Oct   1/3   1    2    2    2    1    1   29-12
  All Star Blu 17-Oct   2     3    4    3    4    2    0   42-21
  Monterey Bay 3-Oct    3     1    0    0    3    2    0   42-22
  Warriors     20-Sep   3     2    0    0    0    4    0   48-31
  Hard 90      19-Sep   1/3   1    0    0    1    0    0    16-7
  Blue Devils  6-Sep    2     2    4    3    3    1    2   33-20
  Demons       5-Sep    1     2    2    1    1    1    0   27-12
1-James        Total  12     12   13    9   16   12    3  255-131  4.50

2-Matt                  IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HBP  PC-ST   ERA
  Warriors     20-Sep   1     1    0    0    0    0    0    12-7
2-Matt         Total    1     1    0    0    0    0    0    12-7   0.00

3-Josh                  IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HBP  PC-ST   ERA
  Bay V Bomber 22-Nov   5     2    1    1    2    7    0   80-41
  R. Blue Devi 21-Nov   1     0    0    0    2    2    0   20-11
  Blue Devils  31-Oct   1/3   0    0    0    1    0    0    6-2
  Bay V Bomber 31-Oct 2 2/3   0    3    3    4    3    0   51-25
  Bombers      18-Oct   2     1    0    0    1    0    0   18-13
  All Star Blu 17-Oct   2/3   1    1    1    0    2    0    13-9
  Monterey Bay 4-Oct    2     3    3    1    0    2    0   36-24
  Hard 90      20-Sep 1 1/3   6    5    5    2    0    0   34-19
  Amigos       5-Sep  1 2/3   7    8    4    1    1    0   37-20
  River Bandit 5-Sep    1     0    1    1    3    1    0   26-10
3-Josh         Total  17 2/3 20   22   16   16   18    0  321-174  5.43

4 - AD                  IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HBP  PC-ST   ERA
  Dust Devils  1-Nov    1     0    0    0    1    1    0   19-11
  Acorns       17-Oct   2     2    2    2    2    1    0   35-19
  Warriors     20-Sep   2     1    2    2    2    1    0   34-18
  River Bandit 5-Sep    2     2    1    1    1    0    0   37-23
4 - AD         Total    7     5    5    5    6    3    0   125-71  4.29

6 - Keaton              IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HBP  PC-ST   ERA
Bay V Bombers  22-Nov   1     0    3    0    2    2    0   32-18
  Dust Devils  1-Nov    3     6    5    5    1    2    1   49-29
  Dust Devils  31-Oct 1 2/3   1    1    0    1    2    1   25-13
  Bombers      17-Oct   2     3    4    1    0    1    0   33-22
  Monterey Bay 3-Oct    3     0    2    2    3    5    0   57-32
  Hard 90      20-Sep   3     4    7    7    5    0    0   61-34
  Demons       5-Sep    2     0    0    0    0    1    0   16-14
6 - Keaton     Total  15 2/3 14   22   15   12   13    2  273-162  5.74

7 - Pat                 IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HBP  PC-ST   ERA
  R. Blue Devi 21-Nov   2     1    3    3    4    3    0   55-25
  Bombers      18-Oct   2     1    0    0    1    1    0   23-15
  Warriors     17-Oct   2     2    3    0    1    2    0   38-21
  Bulldogs     19-Sep   2     0    3    3    3    2    0   39-19
  Hard 90      19-Sep   1     2    2    1    1    0    0   19-12
  River Bandit 5-Sep    1     0    0    0    0    0    0   11-6
7 - Pat        Total    10    6   11    7   10    8    0  185-98   4.20

9 - Niko                IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HBP  PC-ST   ERA
  All Star Blu 16-Oct 2 1/3   2    2    2    3    1    0   41-18
  Hard 90      3-Oct    3     5    3    3    3    1    0   51-29
  Blue Devils  6-Sep    0     2    5    4    2    0    0   24-11
9 - Niko       Total  5 1/3   9   10    9    8    2    0  116-58  10.13

10 - Jordan             IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HBP  PC-ST   ERA
  Warriors     17-Oct   2     2    1    1    2    0    0   40-18
  Monterey Bay 4-Oct  2 1/3   4    4    2    1    1    1   42-26
  Amigos       5-Sep    2     5    2    2    0    3    0   48-31
10 - Jordan    Total  6 1/3  11    7    5    3    4    1  130-75  4.74

23 - Breyton            IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HBP  PC-ST   ERA
  R. Blue Devi 21-Nov   2     3    1    1    3    1    0   55-25
  Nev Outlaws  21-Nov   1     1    1    1    0    2    0   17-12
  Monterey Bay 4-Oct    2/3   4    3    3    3    0    0   32-15
  Hard 90      19-Sep 1 1/3   7    9    7    2    2    1   46-24
23 - Breyton   Total    5    15   14   12    8    5    1  150-76 14.40

33 - Jack               IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HBP  PC-ST   ERA
  Amigos       5-Sep    1/3   1    0    0    0    1    0   11-6
33 - Jack      Total    1/3   1    0    0    0    1    0   11-6   0.00

55 - Jeremy             IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HBP  PC-ST   ERA
  Nev Outlaws  21-Nov   3     3    2    2    2    6    0   59-38
  Blue Devils  31-Oct 1 2/3   1    1    0    3    4    1   46-24
  Bay V Bomber 31-Oct   1     0    1    0    1    1    0   19-10
  Acorns       17-Oct 2 1/3   2    6    0    4    0    2   51-19
  Hard 90      3-Oct    2     3    3    0    2    1    0   43-25
  Bulldogs     19-Sep   2     3    3    2    1    4    0   56-33
  Blue Devils  6-Sep    2     0    0    0    0    1    0   23-13
  Demons       5-Sep    1     0    1    1    2    2    0   23-12
55 - Jeremy    Total   15    12   17    5   15   19    3  320-174 2.00

    Team       Total  95 1/3 106  121  83   94   85   10          5.22

Starbucks iTunes Pick of the Week - James Yuill - This Sweet Love

The complete list of Starbucks iTunes picks of the week is here!
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Monday, November 23, 2009

Outlaws 11U Fall 2009 Batting Statistics sorting by BA

As of November 23, 2009
.    NAME   GP  AB   R  H RBI  BB SO SF HP 2B 3B HR  TB    BA   OBP   SLG
 55 Jeremy  18  38  11 15  12   1  1  2  1  2  2  0  21  0.395 0.405 0.553
 21 DeAndre 19  21   9  8  14  11  6  1  0  1  0  0   9  0.381 0.576 0.429
  7 Pat     13  26   7  7   6   3 10  0  1  1  2  0  12  0.269 0.367 0.462
 22 Trevor  17  24   7  6   2   0  5  0  1  0  0  0   6  0.250 0.280 0.250
 33 Jack    18  21   8  5   6  16  8  2  1  0  0  0   5  0.238 0.550 0.238
  1 James   17  13   7  3   4  11  4  0  0  1  1  0   6  0.231 0.583 0.462
  4 AD      17  30  15  6   9  13  4  0  0  2  0  0   8  0.200 0.442 0.267
  2 Matt    20  26   7  5   5   9  8  1  0  0  0  0   5  0.192 0.389 0.192
  3 Josh    21  33  10  6   7  13  6  2  0  0  0  0   6  0.182 0.396 0.182
  6 Keaton  21  42  10  7  11   9  8  1  0  1  0  0   8  0.167 0.308 0.190
  5 Cooper  15  27  14  4   7  13  9  0  0  1  1  0   7  0.148 0.425 0.259
 10 Jordan  16  21   5  2   2   2  3  0  1  2  0  0   4  0.095 0.208 0.190
 23 Breyton 16  23   7  2   2   2  9  0  0  0  0  0   2  0.087 0.160 0.087
  8 Niko    17  22   9  1   1  10  8  1  2  0  0  0   1  0.045 0.371 0.045
  9 RJ       1   1   0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0  0  0   0  0.000 0.000 0.000

               368 126 77  88 113 89 10  7 11  6  0 100  0.209 0.396 0.272

Outlaws 11U Fall 2009 Batting Statistics sorting by OBP

As of November 23, 2009
.     NAME  GP  AB   R  H RBI  BB SO SF HP 2B 3B HR  TB   BA   OBP   SLG
  1 James   17  13   7  3   4  11  4  0  0  1  1  0   6  0.231 0.583 0.462
 21 DeAndre 19  21   9  8  14  11  6  1  0  1  0  0   9  0.381 0.576 0.429
 33 Jack    18  21   8  5   6  16  8  2  1  0  0  0   5  0.238 0.550 0.238
  4 AD      17  30  15  6   9  13  4  0  0  2  0  0   8  0.200 0.442 0.267
  5 Cooper  15  27  14  4   7  13  9  0  0  1  1  0   7  0.148 0.425 0.259
 55 Jeremy  18  38  11 15  12   1  1  2  1  2  2  0  21  0.395 0.405 0.553
  3 Josh    21  33  10  6   7  13  6  2  0  0  0  0   6  0.182 0.396 0.182
  2 Matt    20  26   7  5   5   9  8  1  0  0  0  0   5  0.192 0.389 0.192
  8 Niko    17  22   9  1   1  10  8  1  2  0  0  0   1  0.045 0.371 0.045
  7 Pat     13  26   7  7   6   3 10  0  1  1  2  0  12  0.269 0.367 0.462
  6 Keaton  21  42  10  7  11   9  8  1  0  1  0  0   8  0.167 0.308 0.190
 22 Trevor  17  24   7  6   2   0  5  0  1  0  0  0   6  0.250 0.280 0.250
 10 Jordan  16  21   5  2   2   2  3  0  1  2  0  0   4  0.095 0.208 0.190
 23 Breyton 16  23   7  2   2   2  9  0  0  0  0  0   2  0.087 0.160 0.087
  9 RJ       1   1   0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0  0  0   0  0.000 0.000 0.000

               368 126 77  88 113 89 10  7 11  6  0 100  0.209 0.396 0.272

Outlaws 11U Fall 2009 Batting Statistics

As of November 23, 2009
.    NAME   GP AB   R  H RBI  BB SO SF HP 2B 3B HR  TB   BA   OBP   SLG
 1  James   17 13   7  3   4  11  4  0  0  1  1  0   6  0.231 0.583 0.462
 2  Matt    20 26   7  5   5   9  8  1  0  0  0  0   5  0.192 0.389 0.192
 3  Josh    21 33  10  6   7  13  6  2  0  0  0  0   6  0.182 0.396 0.182
 4  AD      17 30  15  6   9  13  4  0  0  2  0  0   8  0.200 0.442 0.267
 5  Cooper  15 27  14  4   7  13  9  0  0  1  1  0   7  0.148 0.425 0.259
 6  Keaton  21 42  10  7  11   9  8  1  0  1  0  0   8  0.167 0.308 0.190
 7  Pat     13 26   7  7   6   3 10  0  1  1  2  0  12  0.269 0.367 0.462
 8  Niko    17 22   9  1   1  10  8  1  2  0  0  0   1  0.045 0.371 0.045
 9  RJ       1  1   0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0  0  0   0  0.000 0.000 0.000
 10 Jordan  16 21   5  2   2   2  3  0  1  2  0  0   4  0.095 0.208 0.190
 21 DeAndre 19 21   9  8  14  11  6  1  0  1  0  0   9  0.381 0.576 0.429
 22 Trevor  17 24   7  6   2   0  5  0  1  0  0  0   6  0.250 0.280 0.250
 23 Breyton 16 23   7  2   2   2  9  0  0  0  0  0   2  0.087 0.160 0.087
 33 Jack    18 21   8  5   6  16  8  2  1  0  0  0   5  0.238 0.550 0.238
 55 Jeremy  18 38  11 15  12   1  1  2  1  2  2  0  21  0.395 0.405 0.553

              368 126 77  88 113 89 10  7 11  6  0 100  0.209 0.396 0.272

NBA Power Rankings 2009-2010 Week 4

The Kings remained 19th in Marc Stein's weekly power rankings of NBA teams, ahead of the Pacers, Warriors, Pistons, Clippers, Wizards, Bobcats, Grizzlies, 76ers, Knicks, Timberwolves and Nets!

NBA Basketball Power Rankings
No Kevin Martin or Tyreke Evans in Houston, and still Sacramento hangs in all the way to the final minute on the back end of a back-to-back. One more example of why we refer this scrappy group of kids as Rockets Lite.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

2009 Outlaws Baseball Tournament #6 Day 2

Jack and I headed back to Tracy for the second day of the tournament. The Outlaws were seeded second in their pool and played the Bay Valley Bombers. The Outlaws lost to the Bombers by the score of 4 to 1 and beat them by the score of 9 to 6 in two different tournament in October.

At the plate, Jack was 0 for 2. In his first at-bat, he popped a 1 and 1 pitch straight up. I don't think I have actually ever seen one hit that high. Jack got confused about where the ball was as the catcher made the catch a step in front of first base. In his second plate appearance, Jack struck out on three pitches.

In the field, Jack played five innings at third base. In the fifth inning, he made a nice stop on a one hopper hit at his shoe tops and threw the runner out at first. It was the only ball he handled.

With the score tied 1 to 1 in the top of the sixth, the Outlaws made two errors sandwiched around a walk to load the bases with no outs. With the infield in, they got two successive grounders to the right side of the infield, but were unable to make the plays at the plate. By the time they got out of the inning, the Outlaws had given up three unearned runs. They lost the game by the score of 4 to 1.

This is the last of the six tournaments that the Outlaws were scheduled to play this fall. I will post the box scores for the last three games and final batting and pitching statistics for the fall tournament season up in the next two days. I am also going to put together a game log.

It has been an interesting three months. With only a couple of exceptions, the Outlaws have not hit the ball in any tournament; the team batting average is below .200. Just a few more timely hits would have made it a very different fall.

Outlaws 11U versus Bay Valley Bombers 11U

November 22, 2009 - Outlaws versus Bay Valley Bombers
.
                  1    2    3    4    5    6    R    H    E
     Bombers      0    1    0    0    0    3    4    2    0
     Outlaws      0    1    0    0    0    0    1    3    4


  #  Hitter      POS  AB    R    H   RBI  BB   SO    #P    AVG    OBP
  5  Cooper       8    3    0    0    0    0    1    11   0.148  0.425
  4  AD           6    2    0    1    0    0    0     5   0.200  0.442
  6  Keaton      3/1   2    0    0    0    0    1     8   0.167  0.308
 55  Jeremy      2/5   2    1    1    0    0    0     8   0.395  0.405
  7  Pat          7    2    0    0    0    0    1     4   0.269  0.367
  3  Josh        1/3   2    0    1    1    0    1     8   0.182  0.396
 33  Jack         5    2    0    0    0    0    1     6   0.238  0.550
 22     Trevor    2    0    0    0    0    0    0     0   0.250  0.280
 21  DeAndre     10    2    0    0    0    0    1    10   0.381  0.576
  2  Matthew      4    1    0    0    0    0    0     2   0.192  0.389
 10     Jordan    4    1    0    0    0    0    0     2   0.095  0.208
  8  Niko         9    1    0    0    0    0    1     7   0.045  0.371
 23     Breyton   9    0    0    0    0    0    0     0   0.087  0.160
  1     James     9    1    0    0    0    1    0     6   0.231  0.583

                      21    1    3    1    1    7    77


     Pitcher     IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HBP  PC-ST   ERA
  3  Josh         5    2    1    1    2    7    0   80-41
  6  Keaton       1    0    3    0    2    2    0   32-18

                  6    2    4    1    4    9    0  112-59

Saturday, November 21, 2009

2009 Outlaws Baseball Tournament #6 Day 1

Jack, Sharon and I spent the day at the Tracy Sports Complex. The Outlaws played the Nevada Outlaws in the their first game at 12:15 p.m.

At the plate, Jack was 0 for 1 with a walk, a RBI, and a run scored. In his first plate appearance in the second inning, Jack walked on six pitches. He went to second on Matthew's sacrifice bunt. Jack came home after successive walk to DeAndre, Niko and Cooper. Jack came up again in the second inning with the bases loaded and one out. He hit a 2 and 0 pitch deep in the hole to the shortstop and was out at first on a fielder's choice; Jeremy scored from third.

In the field, Jack played three innings at third and one inning in right field. In the first inning with a runner on third, the batter hit a slower roller to the left side. Jack came up with the ball cleanly and threw a strike to Josh at home to get the runner by a step and a half. In the fourth inning, a ball was hit hard down the first base line that he had to chase deep into the right field corner. Jack told me on the ride home that he purposely overthrew the cut-off because of who it was...

The Outlaws beat the Nevada Outlaws by a score of 12 to 2 in four innings.

The Outlaws played the Reno Blue Devils in the second game at 2:15 p.m.

Jack was 1 for 1 at the plate. In his only plate appearance in the second inning, he hit the first pitch hard through the left side off the glove of the diving third baseman for a single. He stole second.

The next sequence cost the Outlaws the game. With no outs and the bases loaded, the Outlaws' batter hit a 0 and 2 pitch back to the pitcher. The Blue Devils turned a double play getting the force at home and first base. Jack ended the inning at third base. After another walk to load the bases with two outs, the Outlaws' batter struck out on three pitches.

Jack played two innings in left field. He cleanly fielded a single hit into left center.

In a hard fought five inning game, the Outlaws lost to the Blue Devils by the score of 4 to 3.

Outlaws 11U versus Reno Blue Devils 11U

November 21, 2009 - Outlaws versus Reno Blue Devils
.
                  1    2    3    4    5    6    R    H    E
     Blue Devils  2    1    1    0    0    X    4    4    0
     Outlaws      3    0    0    0    0    X    3    4    0


  #  Hitter      POS  AB    R    H   RBI  BB   SO    #P    AVG    OBP
  5  Cooper       8    1    1    0    0    2    0    11   0.167  0.459
  4  Matt         4    1    1    0    0    1    1    10   0.200  0.400
  1     James     4    1    0    0    0    0    0     1   0.231  0.565
  4  AD           6    2    0    0    0    0    0     6   0.179  0.439
  6  Keaton       3    2    1    1    1    0    0     8   0.175  0.320
 55  Jeremy      2/5   2    0    2    1    0    0     7   0.389  0.400
  7  Pat         1/7   1    0    0    0    1    1    10   0.292  0.393
  5  Josh       5/9/1  1    0    0    0    1    0     9   0.161  0.391
 33  Jack         7    1    0    1    0    0    0     1   0.263  0.579
 23     Breyton  1/9   1    0    0    0    0    1     4   0.087  0.160
 10  Jordan      10    1    0    0    0    1    0     6   0.095  0.208
 22  Trevor       9    1    0    0    0    0    0     3   0.250  0.280
 21     DeAndre   9    1    0    0    0    0    1     5   0.421  0.613

                      16    3    4    2    6    4    81

     Pitcher     IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HBP  PC-ST   ERA
  7  Pat          2    1    3    3    4    3    0   55-25
 23  Breyton      2    3    1    1    3    1    0   45-25
  5  Josh         1    0    0    0    2    2    0   20-11

                  5    4    4    4    9    6    0  120-61

At the Tracy Sports Complex


At the Tracy Sports Complex, originally uploaded by heringermr.

Outlaws 11U versus Nevada Outlaws 11U

November 21, 2009 - Outlaws versus Nevada Outlaws
.
                  1    2    3    4    5    6    R    H    E
     N. Outlaws   0    1    0    1    X    X    2    4    2
     Outlaws      2    9    1    X    X    X   12    5    0


  #  Hitter      POS  AB    R    H   RBI  BB   SO    #P    AVG    OBP
  5  Cooper       8    2    1    0    1    1    2    18   0.174  0.441
  4  AD           6    0    3    0    1    3    0    21   0.192  0.462
  6  Keaton       3    3    1    0    0    0    2    11   0.158  0.313
 55  Jeremy      1/5   3    2    3    4    0    0    12   0.353  0.368
  7  Stahl        7    3    1    1    1    0    0     6   0.304  0.385
  3  Josh         2    1    1    0    0    1    1     8   0.167  0.386
 33  Jack        5/9   1    1    0    1    1    0     9   0.222  0.568
  2  Matt         4    0    0    0    0    1    0     8   0.208  0.394
 21  DeAndre     10    1    1    1    0    1    0    11   0.444  0.633
  8  Dugay        9    0    1    0    0    1    0     5   0.045  0.371
 23     Breyton   1    1    0    0    0    0    1     3   0.091  0.167

                      15   12    5    8    9    6   112

Keaton and Pat reached base on errors by the shortstop in the second inning.

     Pitcher     IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HBP PC-ST   ERA
 55  Jeremy       3    3    2    2    2    6    0  59-38
 23  Breyton      1    1    1    1    0    2    0  17-12

                  4    4    3    3    2    8    0  76-50

Friday, November 20, 2009

The Andrew Heringer Band at the Woodland Opera House


Sharon, Jack, the Larkins and I went to see Drew's band play at the Woodland Opera House. Although Drew has played this venue before, it was the first time that I have seen him there. It is a very cool theater. Built in 1895, it is a state park and a California Historical Landmark.

Two different artists, Thomas Cunningham and Justin Farren, opened the show with short sets. Sharon enjoyed Justin and ended up getting one of his CDs. Drew's band played a number of new songs that he is working on for his next album. We had a great time. I always enjoy hearing Drew play; I am very proud of him. I took a couple of videos that I will post from the next week.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Dinner with Chabrier and Hunter

Chabrier and Hunter

I got together with Chabrier and Hunter for dinner at Mikuni's in Elk Grove. We were planning to meet at 6 p.m. I fell out of my chair when Hunter walked in at 5:58 p.m.; he is notorious for being late!

Drew at Sacramento & Co. Pic


Drew at Sacramento and Company, originally uploaded by heringermr.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Drew on Sacramento & Co.

Andrew will be interviewed and perform live on the Sacramento & Co. morning show Thursday, November 19th on channel 10 in the Sacramento area. They will be on throughout the 9 a.m. hour.

California Historical Landmark #931

Lodi Arch
California State Historical Landmark #931

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This landmark is located at the southeast corner of East Pine and South Sacramento Streets, Lodi. There are 24 other California State Historical Landmarks in San Joaquin County. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 38° 08.043 W 121° 16.328.

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California Historical Landmark #931

Designed by architect E. B. Brown and built in 1907 for the Lodi Tokay Carnival, the arch served as an entrance into Lodi and a symbol of agricultural and commercial growth. Essentially unaltered since construction, the structure is one of few remaining Mission Revival ceremonial arches left within California.

California Historical Landmark #931

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

ESPN 30 for 30 - Kings Ransom

After listening to Bill Simmon's podcast with the Director Peter Berg, I went back and watched Kings Ransom again. The podcast is a great supplement to the film. This was the first in the series of 30 films that ESPN has commissioned to celebrate its 30 year anniversary. I have posted an episode guide for the entire 30 for 30 series here.

Kings Ransom looks at the Wayne Gretzky trade. On August 9, 1988, the Edmonton Oilers, fresh off their fourth Stanley Cup victory in five years, sent Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings in a multi-player, multi-million dollar deal. The Trade, as it came to be known, upset Canadians to the extent that New Democratic Party House Leader demanded that the government block it and Pocklington, the owner of the Oilers, was burned in effigy outside the arena in Edmonton.

Gretzky is generally regarded as the best player in the history of the NHL. His jersey number, 99, has been retired by all teams in the National Hockey League.

In addition to lots of footage from 1988, the story is told through an interview with Gretzky. The film does a powerful job portraying the sense of pain that Oilers fans felt losing Gretzky. Gretzky also seems to have more than a few regrets about what might have been if he had not been traded. Gretzky's marriage to Janet Jones is an interesting subplot to the film.

The film is available on Amazon.

Kings Ransom is also available in iTunes.
 

Starbucks iTunes Pick of the Week - Richard Hawley - Don't Get Hung Up In Your Soul

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Thomas for Okafor plus NBA Power Rankings 2009-2010 Week 3

There was an article in Sunday's Sacramento Bee suggesting that the Kings have had discussions with New Orleans about a trade involving Thomas and Hornets center Emeka Okafor. I really don't like this idea. Okafor has five years and $62.5 million left on his contract, including this season. Thomas' $8.7 million contract expires at the end of this year.

I would prefer to see Petrie continue to build the Kings with young players. The Kings currently have six of their last seven first round picks on the roster, including:
  • Kevin Martin - 26rd overall - 2004
  • Francisco Garcia - 23rd overall - 2005
  • Spencer Hawes - 10th overall - 2007
  • Jason Thompson - 12th overall - 2008
  • Omri Casspi - 23rd overall - 2009
  • Tyreke Evans - 4th overall - 2009
They did not have a first round pick in 2003. Their 2006 first round pick was Quincy Douby (19th overall). I would be surprised if there was another team with even half of their own first round picks over the same period on the roster. I am going to do some research over the next week and see how many drafts pick each team still has on its roster.

I have started to enjoy watching the Kings again over the last couple of weeks and would like to see them stick with a youth movement. Currently, the Kings have the second youngest team in the league.

The Kings jumped six spots from 25th to 19th in Marc Stein's weekly power rankings of NBA teams, ahead of the Jazz, Bobcats, Warriors, 76ers, Wizards, Clippers, Hornets, Grizzlies, Nets, Knicks and Timberwolves!

NBA Basketball Power Rankings
Fitting that Houston was the victim when the Kings extended their miraculous, shocker-of-the-season start to 5-4. Sacramento's scrappy play without the injured Kevin Martin strikes us as very Rockets-esque.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Elk Grove Outlaws 11U versus Woodland Thunder 11U


The Outlaws played an eight inning scrimmage against the Woodland Thunder at Morse Park. The two teams previously played a scrimmage in October.

At the plate, Jack was 2 for 3 with 3 RBIs, a walk and a strike-out. In his first at-bat, Jack walked on six pitches. He advanced to second and third on passed balls. The coached called for a suicide squeeze, but the batter missed the sign and Jack was tagged out going home. With two out and runners on second and third, Jack crushed one into left center in his second plate appearance to drive in two runs. The ball bounced off the fence on one hop. Rounding second, the coach waved him to third. Jack was thrown out in a close play at third. In his third at-bat, Jack lifted a ball in right field to drive a run [I would have probably scored this an error on the right fielder in a tournament game]. Jack ended the inning at second. Jack struck out on five pitches in his final plate appearance.

Jack played first base in the first four innings. He had a nice shoe top catch for an out in the first inning and then tried to dive back to first to double the runner. He had five other put-outs on throws from the pitcher, second baseman, third baseman, shortstop and right fielder.

Jack played the fifth and seventh innings in left field, the sixth inning at second base and the eighth inning at third base without any plays on the ball. It is probably the only time that I have seen him play second base in at least two years.

With the Outlaws pitching walking a bushel of runners in the fifth and sixth innings, the Outlaws lost the scrimmage by the score of 12 to 11.

After the game, we had a nice barbecue at the field for both teams. Boys from both teams played tackle football after lunch. On the way home, Jack said to me that he wished that they could scrimmage the team again just so they could have a football game afterwards...

Saturday, November 14, 2009

2009 Flag Football Tournament

Quick Silver versus Dolphins

Jack played in a flag football tournament at the River City High School in West Sacramento with the Quick Silver, his CSD Flag Football team.

In the first game, the CSD Quick Silver played against the Southgate Saints, a team from South Sacramento. Jack caught two passes that he ran for touchdowns. He had one other long run. Jack played quarterback on one sequence and had two incompletions. Jack also had an incompletion on a half back option.

Jack had one of the best catches that I have seen him make all year in this game. Trying to drag his feet inbounds, he made a fingertip catch. Unfortunately, he was ruled out of bounds.

The Quick Silver lost to the Saints by the score of 20 to 12.

In the second game, the CSD Quick Silver played against the Southgate Steelers, another team from South Sacramento. Jack had three catches and one long run. He did a very nice job coming back of one of the passes to make a catch in traffic. Jack took one of the catches for a touchdown.

The Quick Silver lost to the Steelers by the score of 18 to 6. Jack scored the only touchdown for the Quick Silver.

In the third game, the CSD Quick Silver played against the Fair Oaks Dolphins. Jack caught three touchdown passes. One of the touchdown catches was a short pass that he caught, cut all the way back across the field to the other sideline and then outran the everyone for a touchdown (see picture above). The other two touchdowns were short passes in the corner of the end zone. Jack also threw a long half back option pass over the middle to one of the younger kids who took the ball all the way to the one yard line. He played quarterback for two sequences, but was only 1 for 4.

The Quick Silver beat the Dolphins by a score of 24 to 6. Jack scored three of the touchdowns, while Wesley scored the other touchdown on pass reception and long run. Wesley also played with Jack on the Laguna Youth Baseball U10 All Star team this past summer.

The Quick Silver ended up with 1 win and 2 losses. The Saints won the pool with a 3 and 0 record and advanced to the semi-final game. The only points scored against the Saints in the pool games were the two touchdowns that Jack had in the first game.

Jack ended the day with 6 touchdowns in 3 games. He played a role in 36 of the team's 42 points.

Quick Silver versus Steelers

Friday, November 13, 2009

2009 Kings versus Rockets

Jack had this first basketball practice of the season after school; it was an hour and a half of mostly conditioning. From there, he went to an hour long flag football practice; the team is playing in a tournament on Saturday. When the flag football practice was over, Jack and I went to the Sacramento Kings versus Houston Rockets NBA Basketball game.

Kings versus Rockets


After watching parts of the last three home wins on television, this is the first game that I have seen in person this season. I am pleasantly surprised to find this a very fun team to watch. Unlike the mishmash of players over the last three years, this is team built on a group of very young players. It is the second youngest team in the league.

In a very close game, the Kings beat the Rockets by a score of 109 to 100. Jason Thompson had a career-high 27 points and added 11 rebounds for the Sacramento Kings. Beno Udrih scored 22 points, while Tyreke Evans added 20 points.

Without Yao Ming, the Rockets are an undersized team. The Kings took advantage on the boards. At one point in the first half, Jack and I looked at the scoreboard and the Kings were outrebounding the Rockets by a total of 25 to 9. For the game, the Kings outrebounded the Rockets by 54 to 35.

For the Rockets, I was very impressed with Trevor Ariza. He had 28 points on 10 for 21 from the floor and 4 for 4 from the line. Ariza was very active defensively making 5 steals over the course of the game. I still do not understand why the Lakers did not try to resign him.

Kings versus Rockets

Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Kite Runner

I finished reading The Kite Runner. Although I have listened to people praise the book over the last five years, I never really paid much attention to the plot discussions. I was pleasantly surprised by the book; it is a well written story. It is very readable book.

Given the how much Afghanistan is in the news lately, the book is also very topical. It provides an account of the country's political turmoil of the last thirty years. The descriptions of poverty and brutality are astounding. While I can process the accounts of poverty, I have a hard time wrapping my brain around the brutality. The level of brutality is so far from my own life experience that it might as well be science fiction set on some distance planet.

The Kite Runner is definitely a book that I would recommend. Sharon said that the author's second book, A Thousand Splendid Suns, is an even better book with a stronger story and more plausible plot. This second book will definitely be on my list to read in the next year; this is probably the best indication of how much I enjoyed this book.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

California Historical Landmark #934

Temporary Detention Camps for Japanese Americans
Turlock Assembly Center

California State Historical Landmark #934

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This landmark is located at the Stanislaus Fairgrounds, Turlock, California. There are 4 other California State Historical Landmarks in Stanislaus County. The GPS coordinates for this location are N N 37° 30.110 W 120° 51.460.

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California Historical Landmark #934

The temporary detention camps (also known as 'assembly centers') represent the first phase of the mass incarceration of 97,785 Californians of Japanese ancestry during World War II. Pursuant to Executive Order 9066 signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 19, 1942, thirteen makeshift detention facilities were constructed at various California racetracks, fairgrounds, and labor camps. These facilities were intended to confine Japanese Americans until more permanent concentration camps, such as those at Manzanar and Tule Lake in California, could be built in isolated areas of the country. Beginning on March 30, 1942, all native-born Americans and long-time legal residents of Japanese ancestry living in California were ordered to surrender themselves for detention.

The Turlock Assembly Center was at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds in the town of Turlock. Occupied from April 30 to August 12, it held a total of 3,699 evacuees from the Sacramento River delta and Los Angeles areas.

The fair buildings visible in the 1942 aerial photograph remain, but there is no evidence of any assembly center structures, and no historical marker at the site.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

ESPN 30 for 30 - The Legend of Jimmy the Greek

Running on the treadmill, I watched another excellent ESPN 30 for 30 film. The sixth installment of the 30 for 30 series is titled The Legend of Jimmy the Greek.

It opens with the episode of Jimmy getting into a bar fight with Brent Musburger while they were both on the NFL today. The film goes on to do a great job of providing an overview of his life, including:
  • the murder of his mother and aunt when he was 10;
  • the loss of three children to cystic fibrosis;
  • his years in Las Vegas;
  • his pardon from a gambling conviction by President Ford;
  • his twelve year stretch on the NFL Today on CBS;
  • his combative relationship with Phyllis George;
  • outtakes from commercial appearances at the height of his popularity;
  • his comments on Martin Luther King Day in 1988; and,
  • his subsequent firing from CBS.
It does a great job of mixing old footage with interviews. It also uses some voice over by someone who sounds just like him; I thought that it was actually him until I watched the credits at the end.

You couldn't make up the story of his life. People would think that it was too outlandish.

Right behind Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL?, this is my second favorite of the 30 for 30 films so far.

Why Even People Who Hate Sports Should Be Watching ESPN's '30 For 30'

Why Even People Who Hate Sports Should Be Watching ESPN's '30 For 30' - Monkey See Blog : NPR
Each of the 30 films in the series, which will run through 2010, studies a particular event or story in sports. Not necessarily the most famous things that have ever happened in sports, but instead the most interesting.

Starbucks iTunes Pick of the Week - Rodrigo y Gabriela - Santa Domingo

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Monday, November 09, 2009

Kevin Martin plus NBA Power Rankings 2009-2010 Week 2

Before the season started, I was working on a blog post that I never finished projecting the number of games that Kevin Martin would play this year (<60) and the number of games that the Kings would win (about 21). Never in my darkest nightmares did I think that Martin would go down after only 5 games and be projected to miss the next 26 games!

Watching parts of the King's games on Saturday and Sunday night, I am starting to think that they might actually be a better without Martin. The Kings look more dangerous with Udrih and Evans in the backcourt than they did with Evans and Martin.

The Kings jumped five spots from last to 25th in Marc Stein's weekly power rankings of NBA teams, ahead of the Timberwolves, Warriors, Grizzlies, Nets and Knicks.

NBA Basketball Power Rankings - National Basketball Association - ESPN
Never thought the Kings would move out of the No. 30 basement this quickly. Also never imagined they could follow up a home win over Memphis with Nocioni's arrest and Kevin Martin's injury . . . and then win in Utah.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Frost/Nixon

Typically, we don't get around to watching even one movie a month. This weekend we watched three different movies. The third movie was Frost/Nixon. It was nominated for five Academy Awards in 2009, including Directing, Editing, Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Writing.

The movie dramatizes David Frost's 1977 interviews of Richard Nixon. We started watching the film by accident on CineMax and were both immediately captivated. It is very good.

I have no recollection of seeing the original interviews. I am going to have to go back and watch some of them.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

This is It

Sharon dragged Jack and I to see This is It, a documentary put together from footage filmed during Michael Jackson's rehearsals for his planned tour. The movie provides you with a good idea of what the concert would have been like.

I found the film remarkable for a number of reasons. Dancing alone or with the back-up dancers, Jackson looks extremely focused and fit. Watching the footage, it is difficult to believe some of the drug allegations that have surfaced since his death. The movie also paints a picture of a very talented musician. Jackson is shown working with the musicians to get music just the way he wants it.

Jackson's music has a personal impact on me. As part of a birthday gift from Brun and Kim, I worked on putting together the soundtrack of my life. One of the songs on this soundtrack is Michael Jackson's Billie Jean. This song was on the playlist for concert; hearing it always invokes a number of interesting, vivid memories.

I am pretty sure that I have never seen a concert film in the theater. I will probably never see another concert film in the theater. This is It is worth seeing.

Ahwahnee Hotel

Ahwahnee Hotel
National Register of Historic Places #1977000149

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This marker is located at 1 Ahwahnee Road, Yosemite National Park, California. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 37° 44.779 W 119° 34.460.

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Ahwahnee HotelAhwahnee Hotel

The Ahwahnee Hotel was designed by architect Gilbert Stanley Underwood. He also designed the Zion Lodge, Bryce Canyon Lodge, and Grand Canyon North Rim Lodge. The interior was designed by Dr. Phyllis Ackerman and Professor Arthur Upham Pope.

The site for the hotel is below the Royal Arches rock formation in a meadow area that had served in the past as a village for the native Miwoks. The site was chosen for its views of many of the iconic sights in Yosemite, including Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and Glacier Point, and its exposure to the sun allowing for natural heating.

The hotel was constructed from 5,000 tons of rough-cut granite, 1,000 tons of steel, and 30,000 feet of timber. The 'wood siding' and 'structural timber' on the exterior of the hotel is actually formed of stained concrete poured into molds to simulate a wood pattern. Concrete was chosen as the material for the outside 'wood' elements to add fire resistance to the hotel. The construction lasted 11 months and had a cost of $1,225,000 upon completion in July 1927.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Cooperstown Reunion Party

Sharon, Jack and I went to a reunion party for the Cooperstown trip. Jack spent a week playing baseball at the Cooperstown Dream Park in June. Cooper's dad, Rod, put together a great video of pictures and videos from the trip set to music. The video must have been 25 or 30 minutes long. Rod caught me off guard by using one of Drew's songs, A Thousand Years, in the video. James grandfather, Kim, also put together a very nice shorter video. After the videos, the team presented the coaches with some gifts.

Kings' Kevin Martin out 6-8 weeks

Kings' Kevin Martin out 6-8 weeks:
Starting guard Kevin Martin will miss six to eight weeks with a broken left wrist, said Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Lunch with Chabrier

I had a late lunch with Chabrier at Bistro 33. He and I swapped updates on our personal lives and talked about his company and its products.

California Historical Landmark #423

Sharon and I stopped at this waymark after lunch on our way back from our anniversary trip to Yosemite.

Chinese Camp
California State Historical Landmark #423

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This landmark is located at the northwest corner of State Highway 120 and Main Street, Chinese Camp, California in Tuolumne County. There are 18 other California State Historical Landmarks in Tuolumne. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 37° 52.258 W 120° 25.877.

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California Historical Landmark #423

Reportedly founded about 1849 by a group of Englishmen who employed Chinese as miners, Chinese Camp was headquarters for stagelines in early 1850s and for several California Chinese mining companies. Much surface gold was found on hills and flats. The first Chinese tong war in the state was fought near here between the Sam Yap and Yan Woo Tongs. Stone and brick post office, built in 1854, is still in use. The St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, built in 1855, was restored in 1949, its first pastor was Father Henry Aleric.

California Historical Landmark #423

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

ESPN 30 for 30 - Without Bias

I watched Without Bias. This is the fifth film in ESPN's 30 for 30 series. It tells the story of Len Bias. Bias died from a cocaine overdose less than 48 hours after being selected second overall by the Boston Celtics in the 1986 NBA Draft.

After providing a brief overview of his career, the story focuses on the three days leading up to his death. The story is told primarily through new interviews with his parents, siblings, former teammates, coaches and sportcasters. As a parent, the interviews with his parents are painful to watch.

This is my least favorite of the fifth installments of 30 for 30 so far. Although worth watching, the style of the film makes it a little slow; I kept checking to see how much time was left. I would have loved to have seen more footage of Bias playing basketball. I have heard several people claim that he would have been the Micheal Jordan of power forwards.

One of the interviewees in the film (Wilbon) talks about how a whole generation marks time by where they were when they heard Len Bias died. I definitely do not fall into that group.

An article that Bill Simmons wrote on Len Bias is here.

Without Bias is available in iTunes.

Outlaws 11U 2009 Pitching Statistics

As of November 2, 2009
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1-James                IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HBP   PC-ST   ERA
  Blue Devils 31-Oct   1/3   0    1    0    2    1    0    18- 6
  Bay V Bombe 31-Oct   1/3   1    2    2    2    1    1    29-12
  All Star Bl 17-Oct   2     3    4    3    4    2    0    42-21
  Monterey Ba 3-Oct    3     1    0    0    3    2    0    42-22
  Warriors    20-Sep   3     2    0    0    0    4    0    48-31
  Hard 90     19-Sep   1/3   1    0    0    1    0    0    16- 7
  Blue Devils 6-Sep    2     2    4    3    3    1    2    33-20
  Demons      5-Sep    1     2    2    1    1    1    0    27-12
              Total   12    12   13    9   16   12    3  255-121  4.50
                                                         

2-Matt                 IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HBP   PC-ST   ERA
  Warriors    20-Sep   1     1    0    0    0    0    0     12-7
              Total    1     1    0    0    0    0    0     12-7   0.00


3-Josh                 IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HBP   PC-ST   ERA
  Blue Devils 31-Oct   1/3   0    0    0    1    0    0     6- 2
  Bay V Bombe 31-Oct 2 2/3   0    3    3    4    3    0    51-25
  Bombers     18-Oct   2     1    0    0    1    0    0    18-13
  All Star Bl 17-Oct   2/3   1    1    1    0    2    0    13- 9
  Monterey Ba 4-Oct    2     3    3    1    0    2    0    36-24
  Hard 90     20-Sep 1 1/3   6    5    5    2    0    0    34-19
  Amigos      5-Sep  1 2/3   7    8    4    1    1    0    37-20
  River Bandi 5-Sep    1     0    1    1    3    1    0    26-10
              Total  11 2/3 18   21   15   12    9    0   157-88  7.71


4 - AD                 IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HBP   PC-ST   ERA
  Dust Devils 1-Nov    1     0    0    0    1    1    0    19-11
  Acorns      17-Oct   2     2    2    2    2    1    0    35-19
  Warriors    20-Sep   2     1    2    2    2    1    0    34-18
  River Bandi 5-Sep    2     2    1    1    1    0    0    37-23
              Total    7     5    5    5    6    3    0   125-71  4.29


6 - Keaton             IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HBP   PC-ST   ERA
  Dust Devils 1-Nov    3     6    5    5    1    2    1    49-29
  Dust Devils 31-Oct 1 2/3   1    1    0    1    2    1    25-13
  Bombers     17-Oct   2     3    4    1    0    1    0    33-22
  Monterey Ba 3-Oct    3     0    2    2    3    5    0    57-32
  Hard 90     20-Sep   3     4    7    7    5    0    0    61-34
  Demons      5-Sep    2     0    0    0    0    1    0    16-14
              Total  14 2/3 14   19   15   10   11    2   255-144  6.14


7 - Pat                IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HBP  PC-ST    ERA
  Bombers     18-Oct   2     1    0    0    1    1    0    23-15
  Warriors    17-Oct   2     2    3    0    1    2    0    38-21
  Bulldogs    19-Sep   2     0    3    3    3    2    0    39-19
  Hard 90     19-Sep   1     2    2    1    1    0    0    19-12
  River Bandi 5-Sep    1     0    0    0    0    0    0    11- 6
              Total    8     5    8    4    6    5    0   130-73   3.00


9 - Niko               IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HBP   PC-ST   ERA
  All Star Bl 16-Oct 2 1/3   2    2    2    3    1    0    41-18
  Hard 90     3-Oct    3     5    3    3    3    1    0    51-29
  Blue Devils 6-Sep    0     2    5    4    2    0    0    24-11
              Total  5 1/3   9   10    9    8    2    0   116-58  10.13


10 - Jordan            IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HBP   PC-ST   ERA
  Warriors    17-Oct   2     2    1    1    2    0    0    40-18
  Monterey Ba 4-Oct  2 1/3   4    4    2    1    1    1    42-26
  Amigos      5-Sep    2     5    2    2    0    3    0    48-31
              Total  6 1/3  11    7    5    3    4    1   130-75   4.74


23 - Breyton           IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HBP   PC-ST   ERA
  Monterey Ba 4-Oct    2/3   4    3    3    3    0    0    32-15
  Hard 90     19-Sep 1 1/3   7    9    7    2    2    1    46-24
              Total     2   11   12   10    5    2    1    78-39  30.00


33 - Jack              IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HBP   PC-ST   ERA
  Amigos      5-Sep    1/3   1    0    0    0    1    0    11- 6
              Total    1/3   1    0    0    0    1    0    11- 6   0.00


55 - Jeremy            IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HBP   PC-ST   ERA
  Blue Devils 31-Oct 1 2/3   1    1    0    3    4    1    46-24
  Bay V Bombe 31-Oct   1     0    1    0    1    1    0    19-10
  Acorns      17-Oct 2 1/3   2    6    0    4    0    2    51-19
  Hard 90     3-Oct    2     3    3    0    2    1    0    43-25
  Bulldogs    19-Sep   2     3    3    2    1    4    0    56-33
  Blue Devils 6-Sep    2     0    0    0    0    1    0    23-13
  Demons      5-Sep    1     0    1    1    2    2    0    23-12
              Total    12    9   15    3   13   13    3  261-136   1.50


    Team      Total  80 1/3 96   110  75   79   62   10            5.60

Starbucks iTunes Pick of the Week - Bebe - Se Fue

The complete list of Starbucks iTunes picks of the week is here!
@Starbucks iTunes Pick of the Week - Bebe - Se Fue #fb

Monday, November 02, 2009

Lunch with Drew

With Drew living in River Park, he and I got together for lunch at Chipotle and caught up.

Outlaws 11U Fall 2009 Batting Statistics

As of November 1, 2009
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    NAME    GP  AB   R  H RBI BB SO SF HP 2B 3B HR TB    BA   OBP   SLG
 1  James   15  12   7  3  4  10  4  0  0  1  1  0  6  0.250 0.591 0.500
 2  Matt    17  24   6  5  5   7  7  0  0  0  0  0  5  0.208 0.387 0.208
 3  Josh    18  29   9  5  6  11  4  2  0  0  0  0  5  0.172 0.381 0.172
 4  AD      14  26  12  5  8  10  4  0  0  2  0  0  7  0.192 0.417 0.269
 5  Cooper  12  21  12  4  6  10  6  0  0  1  1  0  7  0.190 0.452 0.333
 6  Keaton  18  35   8  6  10  9  5  1  0  1  0  0  7  0.171 0.333 0.200
 7  Pat     10  20   6  6  5   2  8  0  1  1  2  0 11  0.300 0.391 0.550
 8  Niko    15  22   8  1  1   9  7  1  2  0  0  0  1  0.045 0.353 0.045
 9  RJ       1   1   0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0.000 0.000 0.000
 10 Jordan  15  20   5  2  2   1  3  0  1  2  0  0  4  0.100 0.182 0.200
 21 DeAndre 16  17   8  7  5  10  4  1  0  1  0  0  8  0.412 0.607 0.471
 22 Trevor  16  23   7  6  2   0  5  0  1  0  0  0  6  0.261 0.292 0.261
 23 Breyton 14  21   7  2  2   2  7  0  0  0  0  0  2  0.095 0.174 0.095
 33 Jack    15  17   7  4  5  15  7  2  1  0  0  0  4  0.235 0.571 0.235
 55 Jeremy  15  31   8  9  7   1  1  2  1  1  1  0 12  0.290 0.314 0.387

               320 110 64 68  97 72  8  7 10  5  0 84  0.200 0.389 0.263

NBA Power Rankings 2009-2010 Week 1

After one week of play and three straight losses, the Sacramento Kings continue to be ranked as the worst team in the league in Marc Stein's power rankings of NBA teams.

NBA Basketball Power Rankings - National Basketball Association - ESPN
As much as we'd like to dissect/dwell on Casspi's debut, we can't ignore the reality that any and all rookie discussion in Sacramento will focus on Tyreke Evans' recovery from a twisted ankle. Until Evans is back.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

2009 Outlaws Baseball Tournament #5 Day 2

Up very early, Jack and I were back at Manteca Big League Dreams a little after 7 a.m. The Outlaws were seeded sixth out of eleven teams after the pool play on Saturday. They play the Nevada Dust Devils again on the Polo Grounds Field; the Dust Devils ended up seeded fourth.

At the plate, Jack was 0 for 1 with a walk and a run scored. In his first at-bat, he struck out on a six pitches. His second plate appearance was one of the most interesting at-bat of the fall tournament session. In the top of the fifth with the Outlaws trailing 5 to 1 and one out, Jack came to bat. Running the count to 2 and 2, he fouled off the 5th, 7th, 8th and 9th pitches and finally took the 10th pitch for a walk. Jack stole second and then went to third on Jordan's infield out. He score on Trevor's infield single. The Outlaws went on to score two additional runs. With the score 5 to 4 and runners on second and third, the clean-up hitter grounded out to end the inning.

Jack played five innings at first base. He cleanly handled four throws from the pitcher, second baseman and shortstop. Jack also caught one high pop up on the right side and fielded one grounder and tagged first.

The Outlaws lost the game by a score of 5 to 4 in five innings. The Outlaws have one more fall tournament scheduled for the weekend of November 20 in Tracy.

Elk Grove Outlaws

Elk Grove Outlaws

Outlaws 11U versus Nevada Dust Devils 11U Box Score

November 1, 2009 - Outlaws versus Nevada Dust Devils
.                 1    2    3    4    5    6    R    H    E
     Outlaws      0    1    0    0    3    X    4    8    1
     Dust Devils  2    1    2    0    0    X    5    6    0


  #  Hitter      POS  AB    R    H   RBI  BB   SO    #P    AVG    OBP
  5  Cooper      8/6   3    1    1    1    0    0    13   0.190  0.452
  2  Matthew      4    2    0    2    1    1    0    15   0.208  0.387
  4  AD          6/1   3    0    1    0    0    0    12   0.192  0.417
  3  Josh         5    3    0    0    0    0    0     6   0.172  0.381
 55  Jeremy       2    2    1    2    0    0    0     6   0.290  0.314
  6  Keaton      1/9   2    0    0    0    0    0     8   0.171  0.341
 21  DeAndre     10    2    0    1    0    0    0     8   0.412  0.607
 33  Jack         3    1    1    0    0    1    1    16   0.235  0.571
 23  Breyton      9    1    0    0    0    0    1     5   0.095  0.174
 10    Jordan     7    1    0    0    0    0    0     3   0.100  0.182
  1  James        7    1    0    0    0    0    0     3   0.250  0.591
 22  Trevor       8    1    1    1    1    0    0     1   0.261  0.292

                      22    4    8    3    2    2    96

     Pitcher     IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HBP PC-ST   ERA
  6  Keaton       3    6    5    5    1    2    1  49-29    6.14
  4  AD           1    0    0    0    1    1    0  19-11    4.29

                  4    6    5    5    2    3    1  68-40

Warming up before the game with the Dust Devils

near Daniels St & Milo Candini Dr