Odds and Ends

Today is one of those days where there a handful of small items that come up but none of them really warrant their own entry. This hap penes with more regularity during the off-season especially between the time the regular season ends and the post season is still going on.

So while the baseball world revolves around the New York Yankees, Texas Rangers, Philadelphia Phillies, and San Francisco Giants; fans of the other 26 clubs wait patiently for the end of the World Series and the beginning of the Hot Stove season.

The first story that caught my eye was a fund raiser at the Phoenix Herpetological Society. Former Diamondbacks pitcher Randy Johnson attended the kickoff of a program which hopes to raise $175,000 towards building a classroom at the north Scottsdale reptile sanctuary.

Johnson explained that his children had mad him aware of the Phoenix Herpetological Society with it’s exhibits of over 400 reptiles. He and his family visit the preserve regularly and have even had the Rowdy, the 6-foot Asian water monitor lizard over to the house for a swim in the family’s pool. Johnson and his children are part of 30 volunteers that work at the refuge caring for the animals.

In other philanthropic news, word came out this afternoon that Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson is putting up some of his baseball memorabilia for auction to raise money for the Kirk Gibson Foundation.

Some of the items to go on sale include the bat Gibson used in the 1988 World Series when he hit the game-winning home run while playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Besides the Bat, Gibson is also offering the batting helmet, uniform, and other items from that iconic moment.

Gibson assured reporters this is not being done because he needs money but rather he has reached a point in his life where he just felt it was time to let someone else enjoy these items rather than keep them locked away in a storage facility.

I have to applaud Gibson, my wife has been bugging me for quite some time to get rid of memorabilia I’ve accumulated but I can’t seem to bear parting with it. For some lucky collector this is the chance of a lifetime to own a piece of baseball history.

Finally I heard from the great folks at Stadium Journey that they have begun adding reviews of stadiums of the Diamondbacks affiliates. The latest review to be posted was for the Stanley Coveleski Stadium, the home of the South Bend Silverhawks.

If you haven’t stopped by Stadium Journey I recommend it especially if you are planning on attending a sporting event and want to know what to see or where to eat.


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