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Blogging Baseball At FWGMLB

In addition to my full time job, blogging for my own site, being a good husband/father and trying to keep up with an eating and alcohol problem…I’ve decided to blog baseball for www.fwgmlb.com. The site’s owner, Rob Lunn, has been after me to blog for him in some capacity for quite awhile. When the chance came to blog about the sport that I love the most, the game of baseball, I decided to jump on board. Rob’s a talented writer who’s taken a college project and turned it into a career in media.

The site is just a baby at this point (2 weeks old) but we are hoping for big things. Please check it out, bookmark it, subscribe to it, follow it and tell your friends. You can catch up with my posts here. My most recent post was about the summer 20 years ago when current Kansas City Royals manager Trey Hillman coached me…hope you enjoy.

Batting Practice With Trey Hillman

It was the summer of 1989, I was a few months away from obtaining my drivers license and a few months past finally cutting the mullet that I had been working the previous few years. The better part of that summer was spent playing baseball, wiffleball or hitting wadded up paper balls with a window squeegee. When I wasn’t playing ball, I was following it. Specifically, I was following my hometown single A minor league team, the Prince William Cannons.

It didn’t matter that the Cannons were affiliated with the Yankees, although it would have been a lot better if they weren’t. The Cannons put together a magical 2nd half to that season and ended up winning the league championship. I was there to see a lot of those games and no player or coach had a bigger impact on that team than current Royals manager Trey Hillman.

The tiny stadium in Woodbridge, Va has seen a lot of great ballplayers play for the hometown Prince William team there over the years. Albert Pujols, Barry Bonds, Bernie Williams or Andy Pettitte…ring any bells? However, it was not any of those players that I’ll remember most about watching those teams as a kid, I’ll never forget Trey.

The records show that Stump Merrill was the manager of the 89’ Cannons, however he missed a lot of games due to illness. Trey was the 3rd base coach and took over the team in Stump’s absence. I used to stand along the 3rd base line and chat with Trey during games and he’d do cool things like give me foul balls. Sometime during that summer it was announced that the Cannons would be holding a camp for youth baseball players, I signed up right away. My buddy Chris and I turned out to be the only 2 non-grade school kids to show up for the camp. We were both on the high school baseball team and had talent. It was during this 2 day camp that Trey took us to the side and did what comes naturally to him, he coached baseball.

The camp was set to take place on the practice fields outside the main stadium. However, Trey took Chris and I inside the main stadium and worked with us for the better part of 2 days, personal 1 on 1 instruction with a future major league manager. Although I would later play organized games on that very field and eventually play in several minor league stadiums in my baseball career, that was the first time I got the experience of playing in that kind of scenery. It was super cool to walk thru the clubhouse and step out onto the manicured field and have the whole place to ourselves. Trey went thru bucket and after bucket of balls, pitching batting practice for hours in the hot Virginia sun…I was in the zone at the plate the rest of that summer. At the time Trey was just 26 years old, his own professional career (3 years in the minors) only recently over. I’m sure there was a lot of other things he would have rather been doing…no I’m sure there wasn’t anything else he’d rather be doing, he seemed to be enjoying himself as much as Chris and I.

Trey would be named manager of the Oneonta Yankees single A team in 1990. I’ve never seen him again. He toiled in the minors for 11 seasons as a minor league manager, reaching the Yankees AAA level. He then went overseas to manage in Japan for 5 seasons, winning a championship there. Finally, in 2007, after nearly 20 years in the minors and Japan, Trey was named as manager of the Royals. He worked hard and made his dreams come true.

As for me, I got my driver’s license which allowed me to score chicks and booze. I spent more time focusing on those 2 things than I did baseball. I now work in the automobile industry and blog for some guy named the “Fat White Guy.” I’m living the dream!

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Posted by fatpickle    Date: Monday, April 19, 2010

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Favorite All-Time Baseball Card: Bill Ripken 89 Fleer

This is one in a series of posts that I am writing about my favorite things. What’s your favorite things? Tell me in the comments section or email me from the main page of the site.


I was 14 years old when I heard about the Bill Ripken error card. Was it real, was it an urban legend? Word on the street was there was a Bill Ripken card out there that had a vulgar word written on it. There was no Internet back then to “google” it. There was no EBay back then to purchase it. All you could do was try to find the card in your local card shop (no chance,) or try to find a picture of it in Beckett magazine (if you could find one.)

I opened many Fleer packs that summer, even got a couple Ken Griffey Jr. rookie cards…but no B Rip F&*k Face cards. None to be found at Pete’s Card Shop, none at Grandpaw’s Attic (the 2 card shops in my hometown in 89.) But, what would I do if I found one anyway? I could only look… at it’s height the card was going for $500 bucks.

I eventually purchased the card in 2006 for $7 dollars. It’s a mint condition card that I had Billy sign. Eventually, Fleer put out 12 different 1989 Bill Ripken cards, but 1 stood out the most. The mystery surrounding the card and how F&%k Face got on the handle was divulged in this interview with Bill. Yes, on the 20th anniversary of this card, it’s still the best out there. It’s the error card of all error cards. You can have your cards with pieces of uniforms, bats, and bases…give me F&*k Face.


Apologies to Cal’s rookie card, Eddie Murray’s rookie card, and all my signed Nick Markakis cards.

Cheers and Hail

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Posted by fatpickle    Date: Thursday, June 25, 2009

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“I’m Good Twice A Year For That”

I’ve watched this video about a half dozen times today, and I’ve laughed harder with each viewing. A couple of things I’ve taken away from the video.

#1 George Brett tells a good story.

#2 number 2, number 2 at the Bellagio.

#3 George should never attempt this.


Hat tip to the
Burly Sports Show for tweeting this on Twitter, and to Deadspin for posting another funny Brett clip.

Cheers and Hail

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Posted by fatpickle    Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2009

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WBC, It’s Worth Watching

There’s been a lot of debate as to whether anyone cares about the WBC…I will tell you that the players and coaches of Team USA definitely do. The players fom Team USA have bonded in a short amount of time to form a great TEAM. They are playing with the enthusiasm of a group of twelve year old all-stars, who are advancing to Williamsport, PA. Right now, baseball is not a job that last 162 games, plus spring training, plus the playoffs. Baseball is a game. Team USA has had to overcome injuries, and their depth is down right frightening. The pitching staff is not deep on talent.

I’ve enjoyed watching them and have found myself rooting for guys I downright despise. There I am cheering for Kevin Youkilis to get a hit, clapping when Jeter makes a nice play (his range is deteriorating by the way.) I mean it’s hard to root for Youkilis. His look, his stance…who holds a bat like that, wtf. But I laughed my ass off when he took off Wright’s helmet after the walk-off, and acted like he was a fullback breaking away from the pack. If that shit went down against the O’s, I might have broken my TV.

Brian Roberts has provided a huge spark for Team USA. While Dustin Pedroia is home nursing his pulled labia, Roberts is playing like the team MVP. In 3 games Roberts has 6 hits, scored 5 runs, walked 3 times, and has stolen a base.
Team USA has also found a special fan in Sgt. Felix Perez, I would ask you to read this article for his story with Team USA. Team USA will be paying for Sgt. Perez to come and watch them compete for the WBC title this weekend at Dodger Stadium in LA. Playing for the US and representing our country means something to these guys.

So on Sunday evening after your march madness fix is over, tune in to ESPN and support our team in the semi-final. Should they win Sunday, they will be playing for the Championship on Monday night.

I will be watching…and I hope to see something like this.

Cheers and Hail

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Posted by fatpickle    Date: Friday, March 20, 2009

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A Rod REALLY Likes Himself

WTF???

Now I know when you do a photo shoot, the photographer asks you to loosen and up and “strike a pose,” (Madonna pun intended.) Apparently after a couple shots of Patron, Alex likes to make a “booty call” to himself.

Alex: “ooohh, you look so sexy”

Alex: “come here here my big ball of testosterone Latin love”

These pictures were taken for an article in Details magazine. After the interview and photo shoot, Alex called back the author of the story to plead with him not to release Alex’s favorite Madonna song in the article. A-Fraud feared the backlash of hearing the song played at opposing stadiums. I think he’s already given Red Sox and O’s fans enough ammunition (a couple of blow up dolls with #13 Yankee jerseys would be a good start.)

Well, he’s got a couple of months to be alone with himself as he recovers from the surgery to remove the cyst on his hip. Don’t cyst form where needles are repeatedly are used?


Cheers and Hail
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Posted by fatpickle    Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2009

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The Ultimate Softball Team

We are well into Spring Training now and there is still an amazing number of established MLB veterans who have something in common with me, we aren’t playing anywhere. The list of players reads like the decade of the 90′s all-star team. So, I’d like to invite them to join me to form the ultimate softball team.

Ladies and Gentleman, The HGH Bombers:

C – Ivan Rodriguez

1B – Richie Sexson

2B – Ray Durham

SS – Orlando Cabrera

3B – Nomar Garciapara

OF -Manny Ramirez

OF – Jim Edmonds

OF – Moises Alou

OF – Barry Bonds

DH – Frank Thomas

P – Curt Schilling

P – Kenny Rogers

P – Pedro Martinez

Sure these guys are well past their prime, but they still want to play and I’m amazed some team hasn’t taken a chance on them. If they can’t find a home, the offer stands.

Cheers and Hail
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Posted by fatpickle    Date: Thursday, February 26, 2009

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