TEN years ago.

October 19, 2014 Ten years ago today I took my first class in professional wrestling. Though it did not lead me down the road I had anticipated, it pointed me to the path that I was destined to take. It’s still super rad to think back about it and be like, “Wow… as a teenager I was still determined to try everything I set my mind on.” I have never wanted to be one of those people who sit there and wonder if they would have been able to do something… instead I get out there and show myself I can do anything that I set my mind to. In these last ten years, I had so many people help me because they saw something in me. That puts a big smile on my face anytime I think about it because I know how lucky I am. For anyone that helped me along at any point in the journey, I am very grateful. I have gotten to be on shows with workers I watched on television when I was growing up! That’s such a dream. Even to this day, I sometimes just want to pinch myself to see if it is really real. I made friends, I learned how to do some pretty neat things, I got paid to dress up in fun outfits and put on a show… these past ten years have given me a fun experience. It has also provided me with the moment that changed my life–when I found out about my heart arrhythmia. So, I am forever indebted to the sport for saving my...

Honoring Zim

Photo: I took this in 2011 during Spring Training. Can you spot Zim? My condolences go out to the Zimmer family after the passing of Don. His contributions to my favorite game, the game of baseball, will always be admired and appreciated. This past Opening Day I was fortunate enough to see Zim announced, for what we didn’t know then would be the last time, at Tropicana Field as he road around in a golf cart to greet the Rays players. For some reason, I felt that it was really important to record the starting lineup this year. I don’t know what told me to do it, but I’m really glad that I did. The video concludes as the golf cart carrying Zim runs out of the frame. Here is the video, because I’d love to share it with you. Zim also served as the inspiration to my 2013 MLB Fan Cave video where part of my storyline included receiving the stuffed Zim Bear for Christmas. The bear would then talk to me and nobody else could hear him… urging me to enter the contest. Thank you for the memories, Don Zimmer. May you rest in peace, number 66, and may you always enjoy the greatest game on the Field of...

Who wore it best: 2014 Mother’s Day salute

May 11, 2014 Major League Baseball players took part in showing their mothers love and appreciation today for the ninth year. Not only do the shades of pink represent their admiration to the women in their lives, but it is also a tribute to breast cancer awareness. The 2014 initiative was extra special with the introduction to an “expansion” of sorts where players who swing bats other than the Louisville Slugger brand were able to participate. In the past, the pink bats were limited to Louisville Slugger whom MLB had an exclusive partnership with. There were SO many amazing candidates this year that it was really difficult to pick a player who outwardly expressed the most enthusiasm for the pink accessories. Let’s take a look, below, at some of the delicious blush-colored amazingness! A’s: Yoenis Cespedes Brewers: Martin Maldonado Diamondbacks: Gerardo Parra Giants: Pablo Sandoval Indians: Michael Bourn Marlins: Christian Yelich Mets: Matt Harvey with a cute puppy! Padres: Alexi Amarista and Will Venable–pink shades were a nice touch! Phillies: Domonic Brown Rangers: Shin-Soo Choo Winner: Carlos Gomez (Brewers)–that pink BEARD! Total...

Oh, Canada!

Maybe our neighbors to the the North really do have it all figured out. They’re up in the medal standings… and they’ve protected the, “goods.” Eh, I mean beer. It seems that a system has been created to allow Canada’s Olympic heroes to have access to free beer. The only catch is they must scan their passport in order for the lock on the refrigerator to pop open granting them admittance to grab a cold one. If the machine does not recognize the passport, no beer. This is a true story. (This is a copy of my post from Curveballs &...

US Bobsledder gets stuck in bathroom

US Bobsledder Johnny Quinn has been one of the most recent Sochi Olympics victims. Was he robbed? No. Did he get hurt on any trial runs? No. He got stuck in the bathroom. Quinn used his Hulk-like strength to burst through the door. He says, “I used my bobsled push training to break out.” Check out his original tweet here (This is a copy of my original post on Curveballs &...

Curt Schilling diagnosed with cancer

Sad news hit the baseball world today. Curt Schilling released a statement revealing that he was diagnosed with cancer. The details are unclear with which type of cancer Schilling is fighting and it has yet to be reported if he will be fulfilling his duties with ESPN. “I’ve always believed life is about embracing the gifts and rising up to meet the challenges. We’ve been presented with another challenge, as I’ve recently been diagnosed with cancer. Shonda and I want to send a sincere thank you and our appreciation to those who have called and sent prayers, and we ask that if you are so inclined, to keep the Schilling family in your prayers. “My father left me with a saying that I’ve carried my entire life and tried to pass on to our kids: ‘Tough times don’t last, tough people do.’ Over the years in Boston, the kids at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have shown us what that means. With my incredibly talented medical team I’m ready to try and win another big game. I’ve been so very blessed and I feel grateful for what God has allowed my family to have and experience, and I’ll embrace this fight just like the rest of them, with resolute faith and head on.” – Thank you, The Schillings (This is a copy of my original post that can be found on Curveballs &...