Yesterday was my youngest son’s 19th birthday, so we had plans to take him out to dinner last night. He’s now past the age now where he wants a party like when he turned 18. Like his 18th year of life, his 19th birthday was very eventful. This is the kid who was All-City, All-Conference and All-State in football and was team MVP on a team that won the State Championship… who then elected to spurn offers to play in college and instead went to Indiana University’s Kelly School School of Business. So, he is not a conventional thinker and those were his decisions solely. At age 18, he carried 19 hours in college, worked 32 hours a week at US Water Systems, bought a motorcycle and a monster truck, and in April, he bought his own house (without help from his parents, save a $5,000 graduation gift for his down payment).
The kid is a hard worker who goes the extra mile with regularity and as you can tell, I am very proud of him. Back to his birthday: I woke up to a cold shower and discovered our water heater had failed. So, I had my son pick one up at the plumbing supply house and we planned to install it after his birthday dinner. Typically unconventional, he pickedThe Rathskellerfor his dinner spot with their German food. You may not know, but I used to be a licensed plumber (40 years-ago), so I was using the water heater installation as a teaching moment for him. We started at 9:30 PM and should have been done by 10:30, but Murphy was an optimist! If it can go wrong, it will, but people are smarter than pipes – at least that’s my theory – I wasn’t so sure for a while… but we finally took a hot shower at 3 AM! It was a long day and I’m happy the Cubs – Dodgers game was postponed!
It was a great birthday for a great kid – I guess he’s no longer a kid, but I remember when he was small beside me. Now I feel small beside him. There is no better legacy than your children and grandchildren. Love them every minute! He was named after my father, Stephen, who is still the best man I have ever known. I had a dream on Father’s Day in which my oldest son (who is 31), my youngest son and I, and my father were at a baseball game in Cincinnati which was where my father always took me. A grandfather with his two grandsons and me… it was a so vivid and such a great time. The mind can certainly play tricks because my youngest son never met his grandfather – he died two years before my son was born, and other than being a Cincinnati Reds fan, he was the greatest father in history. Miss ya’ Pops! That’s what my boys call me now… with my daughter, it’s just “dad.”
- Flash: Kershaw could be back this weekend.
- Ryu taking it slow… probably after the All-Star Break
- As bad as Cody Bellinger has been, he is 5th in the NL for WAR among 1B.
- If you think WAR is valuable, then you have to believe that Yasiel Puig could be in danger of being benched. I wonder if they would trade him? This year, he has a negative defensive WAR. Toles or Verdugo could do better….
- Verdugo has matched his HR total from last year in less than half a season. He is red-hot right about now.
- Dodger WAR (Fangraphs):
- Kemp 1.9
- Muncy 1.8
- Bellinger 1.4
- Taylor 1.4
- Pederson 1.3
- Grandal 1.3
- Kike 0.9
- Puig 0.8
- Seager 0.5
- Barnes 0.4
- Corey Seager, who has missed most of the season has almost the same WAR as PUIG! Even Kike, who many fans malign, is better than Puig. It’s time for Yasiel to put up or go!
- If you look at WAR, you should realize that JT is at 0.1 and the Dodgers are still in the hunt. You can choosed to see what “IS” or you can see what CAN BE! Some of these guys are going to get hot.
- I would like to see Toles or Verdugo in RF.