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Hurricane Sandy, and other things

It’s Monday morning here in Southern New Hampshire. Hurricane Sandy is spinning and moving in towards land in the Northeast. School has been cancelled here in our town today. All youth hockey practices have been cancelled today/tonight for our youth program. As hockey players/parents know, hockey never gets cancelled. Needless to say, this is HUGE.

I have a son at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, which currently, is further from the storm than the rest of us. This storm is massive and will affect thousands of miles of land in the U.S. and Canada. Activities and classes are running as scheduled at Dartmouth today.

I have a son at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, CT. Classes and activities there have already been closed for today and tomorrow. They are expecting wind gusts as high as 65-70 miles per hour today and into tomorrow. Naturally, I’m worried. He’s just upset there’s no team weightlifting for baseball today.

My wife is at work, unfortunately. Fidelity, like hockey, rarely, if ever, gets shut down. Hopefully she’ll return safely to us very soon.

Here, we have things tied down. We have prepared as best we can. I’m worried about the two oak trees closest to the house in the back yard. They’re both going to be blowing toward the house as today’s wind patterns intensify.

These things are visible, tangible, and only so much of it is within our control. So, I pray as I can only control so much. As much as I worry or share concern here, some 600+ miles from here lies another concern. My uncle is in the hospital, recovering from a knee replacement, and two days later, a heart attack. He’s been hanging by threads, many of which we cannot see. He has his family with, and around him. They are the threads we can see. Thousands of prayers for his recovery and God’s will, continue to be prayed. Please get well soon.

Hurricane Sandy 10-29-2012
(photo by University of Wisconsin)

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Hurricane Sandy
(Courtesy the Wall Street Journal)

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Hurricane Sandy
(photo by University of Wisconsin)

A day of fall baseball at CCSU

Yesterday was the last day of fall baseball scrimmages at Central Connecticut State University. I went down to see Ryan (my 19-year old son) play. He caught all 12 innings of the intra-squad contest, as he has done in almost every game this fall. He was 1 for 3 at the plate, including two sacrifice flies (each ball traveled more than 380 feet), was hit by a pitch, stole a base, knocked in two runs, and scored two runs. His final at bat, the only one I didn’t photograph, was a base hit. He ripped a line drive double off of the top fence in right field, just to the right of the 375 foot sign. He came around to score the deciding run, and five hours of batting practice and scrimmage came to an end.

The sun was warm, it was bright, and the day was perfect for baseball. Every once in a while a nice breeze kicked up out of the south and made matters that much more comfortable. The field is all turf, enclosed by fences and nets, and it sits at the north end of campus. Trees line the right field fence and continue as a backdrop even out past the scoreboard in center field. It’s not the most intimate field I’ve ever seen, but it’s a nice facility for a quality baseball program.

I enjoyed sitting in the bleachers watching all the details unfold before me. One of my favorite pastimes is our national pastime, and I added five more hours of taking in this great game while sitting in the sun on a gorgeous fall morning. Ryan had a great fall of baseball, hitting well over .400 in more than 60 plate appearances. I am so glad I was able to see Ryan play and spend time with him last night and then again this morning. It some small way it seemed like old times, watching Ryan on the ball field, completely in his element, playing in a day of fall baseball at CCSU.

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The view while walking up to Balf Savin Baseball Field at CCSU.

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A panoramic view of sorts.

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Ryan about to make contact on a sac fly that was caught on the warning track by the 400 foot marker.

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Ryan gets set to throw down to second base between innings.

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Ryan unleashes his swing.

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This breaking pitch hit Ryan in the back foot and almost bounced into hitting position.

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And the runner goes …

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… The runner slides …

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… He’s safe! Ryan steals second base.

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Getting a secondary lead off of second.

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Ryan pulls a ground ball foul.

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Another foul ball.

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Ryan elevates the ball, trying to get a run home from third.

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The stance becomes interactive.

Moving Week

It’s a little bit different this time, Steve and Ryan are both going to college in the Northeast. Also, for the first time, they both moved into their respective schools in the same week. Last year, Steve and I drove across the United States to help Ryan move into an apartment located in Fremont, California for his freshman year at Ohlone College. Nearly two weeks later we moved Steve in for his sophomore year at Dartmouth College.

This year, Ryan is a sophomore, he transferred to Central Connecticut State University, in large part, to play Division I baseball, while getting his degree. Steve just completed his Sophomore Summer at Dartmouth. He had a whopping THREE whole days off and had to report back to campus yesterday to move in, and to start his UGA (called RA’s at other schools) requirements. Steve is now starting his 8th term (he’s a Junior) at Dartmouth. Steve used one of his three days between terms to help move his brother in at CCSU. Thank you Steve.

So, both young men are moved in at their respective school. Ryan has started classes and has already been hitting and throwing on the turf field at CCSU. Steve is spending this weekend with other UGA’s and they are at a camp in Vermont right now.

It’s still difficult to say good-bye. I guess it gets a little bit easier, maybe. Only because there’s more time from one late summer to the next to realize they’re growing up. There’s more time to let reality blur yesterdays images into a fading montage of life as it once was. There are many moments to ponder such things and to come to grips with the evolution of youth into manhood. Ya, it’s not really any easier to say good-bye.

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Steve helps Ryan set up his laptop with a back up drive.

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Ryan and Steve discuss some technology while moving Ryan in.

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All moved in. Ryan and Steve pose for me. You’ll see that Ryan’s double here at CCSU is smaller than Steve’s single at Dartmouth. Either way, it’s home for now.

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The moving crew for Steve’s return to Dartmouth. What a great group!

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The twins wanted to be a part of the picture, sort of. We didn’t set up Steve’s room as completely as we did Ryan’s. This was because Steve had to meet with the UGA’s, then get on a bus to Vermont. This left us just a few moments to have some lunch with Steve at the 1953 Commons (a cafeteria dedicated by the Class of ’53).

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Thanks Steve, for taking a moment to take a picture with me. I am glad we could be there with you. The twins thought it was the greatest thing, to help “Steve go to college”.

Goffstown In Baseball

Goffstown, NH was incorporated in 1761. Goffstown ranks as just the 14th largest municipality in the state of New Hampshire. The 2010 Census put Goffstown’s population at 17,651. Roughly 15% of the population is between age 18 and age 24, or approximately 2,648 people. I am going to point out some more details from this age group a little later on in this piece. There are roughly 4,000 folks in Goffstown that are under the age of 18, in this group, nearly 10% of this group play baseball in the Goffstown Jr. Baseball organization. I point these numbers out because I find these things interesting enough to share.

Goffstown is a small town. There are 202 municipalities in New England that are larger than Goffstown. For this piece I refer to Goffstown baseball based on the towns the school district pulls from. Goffstown, New Boston (2010 census pop. 5,321), and Dunbarton (2010 census pop. 2,758) make up the school district. I will also point out which town the individuals mentioned in this piece hail from. Continue reading