Whooda Thunk it!

Well…the end of the world must be near as BOTH the Cubs AND Indians have reached the World Series. For decades, these two teams have been the face of futility for long-suffering fans everywhere. But times change and both teams have captured the pennant from their respective leagues.


To put a little perspective into the story, the Indians last won the Series in 1948 when Harry Truman was president. That’s nothing compared to the Cubs though. By the time the Indians won in 1948, the Cubs were already 40 years into a 108-year drought. Their last World Series win came in 1908 and Teddy Roosevelt was president. And the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote…? It was still 12 years from being ratified.


In short, one of these teams will end their streak while the other will go on in infamy. But the future looks bright for both franchises and the one that loses may not have long to wait to get another shot at a title. Then again, the 1908 Cubs represented a team that was making their third straight trip to the Series and they were considered a dynasty. So, let’s assume nothing and just enjoy the ride

The right temperature for your hot tub is…

Who knows?

But if you’re are new to the joys of hot tubs, keep the temperature down around 98-99 and if that proves too chilly, add a degree or two until you find what is right for you. You may be one of those people that can handle 104 water but remember that children are more susceptible to an internal temperature rise so don’t overheat them. If you have questions, consult with your family physician. –Max

Pool winterizing tip #2:

When closing your above ground pool, don’t hang weighted jugs from the grommets. The concentrated weight can cause the cover to fray at the stress points and let the stuff on top leak into the pool. Plus, you’ll then need to buy a new cover next year and this is not warrantable.  Instead, just cinch the cable down tight and then wrap a winter seal wrap around the pool. It helps keep wind from getting under the cover and making it look like a parachute. –Max

Pool winterizing tip #1.

If you are in the process of winterizing your pool, here is a tip: Don’t heavily shock or chlorinate your pool. Chlorine is an oxidizer and when it gasses off, the chlorine gas is trapped between the water and the bottom of the cover. The chlorine weakens the cover and dramatically reduces its life. It can even cause the cover to fail, dropping whatever is on top of the cover into the water below. We recommend using specially formulated winterizing kits that will not harm your cover and add life to the cover.  –Max

Grand Prize Winner!

Congratulations to Ed Flannery of the Ripley area!  Ed was our Anniversary Sale grand prize winner. Here we are presenting him with his $500 Eastgate Pools Gift card. Ripley is about an hour away but in his case, the drive was well worth it!


The Big Weekend is Almost Here!

Our 36th Annual Anniversary Sale will held April 29th , 30th, and May 1st. Most of you know already know about the great deals on pool chemicals and supplies but for those of you new to the event, it is our biggest sale of the year with guaranteed lowest prices of the year on pool chemicals and accessory items. The first 50 people through the door each days will get a free gift and we will have hourly door prize drawings. The Grand Prize is a $500 store shopping spree. Also, we will have the grill fired up and will be serving free hot dogs, bratwurst, and metts each day beginning at noon. There may also be some sweet things fired up on our Big Green Egg grill too.

Check your mail soon for our world famous yellow sales flyer. It will be arriving sometime next week to a mailbox near yours.  Well…hopefully to yours actually

More Baseball Fun


Who said it? Here are the answers from Tuesday’s blog.


1.  “Bench me or trade me!” (Chico Ruiz, after getting extended playing time due to other players’ injuries.)


 2. “I just want to say…”We’ve got the rings, we’ve got the money, we’ve got everything!”  (Chris Sabo in his victory speech on Fountain Square after the Reds won the 1990 World Series.)


 3. “Marty, do you have your shirt on?” (Adam Dunn spoofing Mary Brennaman on the Banana Phone.)


4. “I’d walk through hell in a gasoline suit to play baseball.” (Pete Rose.)


5. “Slumps are like a soft bed. They’re easy to get into and hard to get out of.” (Johnny Bench.)


6. “I only had a high school education and believe me, I had to cheat to get that.” (Sparky Anderson.)


7. “You wouldn’t have won if we’d beaten you.” (Yogi Berra.)


8. “Not only was I not the best catcher in the Major Leagues, I wasn’t even the best catcher on my street!” (Joe Garagiola, when asked how he compared to Yogi Berra.)


9. “I know, but I had a better year than Hoover.” (Babe Ruth, when asked why he deserved a higher salary than the President–$80,000 a year compared to the President’s $75,000.)


 10. “Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.” (Lou Gehrig’s goodbye speech at Yankee Stadium.)

More Baseball Fun


Who said it? (Answers will follow in a few days.)


1. “Bench me or trade me!”


 2. “I just want to say…”We’ve got the rings, we’ve got the money, we’ve got everything!” 


 3. “Marty, do you have your shirt on?”


4. “I’d walk through hell in a gasoline suit to play baseball.”


5. “Slumps are like a soft bed. They’re easy to get into and hard to get out of.”


6. “I only had a high school education and believe me, I had to cheat to get that.”


7. “You wouldn’t have won if we’d beaten you.”


8. “Not only was I not the best catcher in the Major Leagues, I wasn’t even the best catcher on my street!”


9. “I know, but I had a better year than Hoover.”


10.  “Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break   I got.   Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.”

Play Ball!

In honor of the start of the 2016 baseball season, how many of you out there remember this former major leaguer? While his baseball career wasn’t long, his ‘other’ career was certainly a success. For those that may know know who this is, note his nickname.  Or perhaps you know him simply as Lucas McCain.  (Information courtesy of Baseballreference.com).  –Max

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Chuck Connors

Kevin Joseph Aloysius Connors (The Rifleman)

Position: First Baseman
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6′ 5″, Weight: 190 lb.

Born: April 10, 1921 in Brooklyn, NY
High School: Adelphia Academy (Brooklyn, NY)
School: Seton Hall University (South Orange, NJ)
by the Brooklyn Dodgers as an amateur free agent in 1940.
Debut: May 1, 1949 (Age 28.021, 8,189th in MLB history)   vs. PHI 1 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1951 season Rookie Status is lost when during a previous season or seasons
the player exceeded 130AB, 50IP, or 45 days of service.

Note there are some special cases caused by appeals based on service & DL time. Please let us know if you find an error.”>[*]
Teams (by GP): Cubs/Dodgers 1949-1951

Last Game: September 30, 1951 (Age 30.173)   vs. STL 1 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
Died: November 10, 1992 in Los Angeles, CA (Aged 71.214)
Buried: San Fernando Mission Burial Park, Mission Hills, CA

Warmer Days

Well, it is only a couple of days until the first day of spring and quite frankly, I’m ready for it.  I like being warm but I like being outdoors. Wearing a down parka and shoveling snow is not my idea of fun. I look forward to nice evenings on my back deck, with something tasty cooking on the grill.  Spring—bring it on.  Please.

We Have Big Green Egg!

That’s right.  Eastgate Pools & Spas is now home for the most famous ceramic grill in the world—Big Green Egg.  Special thanks to our sales rep, Robert Coriell.  Robert was recently here cooking up pizzas and an egg souffle. WOW!  We ate great that day.  I’d never eaten a grilled kamado-style pizza but now I can’t wait to do this at my home.  His pizzas were the best I have ever had.  We also carry all the most popular accessories too, from cookbooks and Big Green Egg Organic Lump charcoal, to pizza stones and remote temperature sensors.  Stop in and see everything.  There is some really neat stuff there– truly EGGcellent!

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Big News!

We are the newest Big Green Egg retailer in the region. We are excited to bring the Big Green Egg to our lineup of quality outdoor lifestyle products. You may be asking—what about Kamado Joe? First, let me state that Kamado Joe is a great line of ceramic smoker grills and we have had great success with them and customer satisfaction is extremely high. Our only problem with them was the occasional problem in the supply line. We would have an unexpectedly strong sales period and run out. Re-supplying sometimes took a little longer than we wanted and it is hard to sell product you don’t have. We feel that Green Egg is better prepared to handle supply needs and we look forward to providing our customer base with a really great, world-famous ceramic smoker grill. Come see us.

They Like Their Pools Bigger in Chile…

I was just wondering the other day about the largest pool ever built.  Turns out this mammoth man made lagoon at San Alfonso del Mar is the world’s largest pool and nothing else even comes close.  The pool takes up 20 acres and contains 66 million gallons of water.  That would only need 6600 gallons of liquid shock a week.  Take a look at this video for some additional facts and some amazing views of this spectacular body of water.


When winter comes, can spring training be far behind…

Like many, I look forward to spring training and the baseball season to follow.  I’m am also a Reds fan and like others, I am critical of their trades last year and also their off-season ‘deals’. I don’t think we got nearly enough and I blame that on the fact that they made it obvious that they were going to move in a rebuilding mode with their  “we’ll listen to offers for anyone.” When other clubs know you are desperate you just won’t get as much in return.

My first (and continuing thoughts) are basically that we have a gloomy prospect for the year.  100+ losses are likely.  But maybe it is because hope does indeed spring eternally, I’ve decided that just maybe there is that ray of sunshine.  Let’s look at the projected lineup:

1st base–Votto.  One of the games best players.
2nd base–Phillips.  1 solid .280 hitter and defensively, I’ll take him over anyone in baseball.
Shortstop–Cozart. Solid defensively and before he was hurt last year, he was having an all-star quality season.
3rd base–Suarez. Looked good last year with some power numbers.  Can he replace Frazier?
Catcher–(1a) Mesoraco is a big question mark. In a position that takes a pounding on the legs, knees, and ankles, can he stay healthy.
Catcher–(2a) Barhart.  Solid defensively.  Can he hit a little bit?
Outfield–Bruce–If he is still here, can he gain some consistency at the plate.  30+ homers and an average over .260 would be sweet. Hamilton–run Billy run!  But you can’t steal first so he’s got to improve a lot at the plate. And in left field?  Hope.  Hope they can find someone and please…no platoon systems.  Platoons means you have two guys not good enough to play every day.
Pitching—Ah…who has a clue.  If Homer can come back and be good, that would help. IF a diaper dandy (or 2 or 3) develops, that would be even better.  And the bullpen?  JJ Hover or Aroldis.  I’m not feeling to good there but if the names above don’t perform, it won’t matter because there won’t be any saves to blow.

Have faith and maybe it will be another wire-to-wire year.  Unfortunately, the wire-to-wire more likely will be for last place.

Happy Leap Year!

This year we get to add an extra day in February because every four years, we go ahead and add a day to keep the calendar in line with the heavens. These additional 24 hours are added to ensure that Earth’s movement around the Sun stays in synch. While the modern calendar contains 365 days, the actual time it takes for Earth to orbit the sun is slightly longer—roughly 365.2421 days. It turns out we have to add this day or eventually, we would be celebrating the Fourth of July by shoveling snow off the driveway.


One of the odd occurrences of a Leap Year is a Leap Year Baby…a child born on February 29th. How exactly do you celebrate a leap birthday?  It officially happens just once every four years. So do you celebrate on February 28th or March 1st?  Or do you just get stuck with a bum date? Lastly, if you don’t have an official birthday, do you really age?  It’s kind of like ‘If a tree falls in a forest and nobody hears it, does it make any noise?’ Imagine being 80 years old but still not officially old enough to get into a bar and barely old enough to vote.


Okay—the last stuff was just silliness but I would be curious if there are any Leap Babies out there that could tell us about birthday celebrations.