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.
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.
"The young lion will overcome the older one on the field of combat in a single battle". Michele de Nostradamus Most historians will say that this quatrain is referring to the death in a jousting tournament of Henry II of France in 1559. Is that the case, or could it be a reference and prediction of the outcome of the football game on the 7th of February 2016? On the field of battle in California, the young lion (who happens to have the logo of a large predatory cat on his helmet) will lead his team on the field of battle against the old lion. What will tip the balance, will it be the experience of the seasoned veteran, or the youthful exuberance of the player 13 years younger. This, as all battles can only be decided on the field of battle, but will Nostradamus be correct?
You will notice a difference when you enter the store. Admittedly, our front patio was looking a little warn. Okay…a lot worn. No more.
We recently upgraded our entranceway with all new concrete. The decision to do it was easy. It needed done. BUT…we decided to use colored concrete and after multiple consultations with store associates, we finally decided on ‘clay’. That took quite some time to make the decision on the color. But that was only part of the decision as we then had to decide on the percentage of color, or the vibrancy, that was needed for the mixture. I think it looks good but I’m not sure how interior designers do it. This is just a colored concrete job and we agonized on the color and tint for days. Then again, we do colored concrete on quite a few in-ground pools and customers often go through the same dilemma so we feel your pain.
Let us know what you think the next time you visit.
Every winter we try to keep busy with projects to keep the store up to date. Some things are simple like painting or changing older ceiling tiles. Well this year we are tackling something a bit bigger. We’ve decided it is time to give our demo in ground pool a little facelift. By spring 2016 our pool will showcase the newer Progressive coping that is standard on our Legacy Edition Pools. You will also see a new liner and fresh new concrete. Hopefully this will give our customers a better feel for what their potential new pool will look like. We’ll be sure to send out a picture of the new pool, or better yet come see for yourself!
…We are selling in-grounds. Lots of them. Prices are very good and we’ve got some additional incentives right now that won’t last forever. If you’ve been thinking about getting an in ground pool, this is a good time to start the quest. Early buyers are on the top of the list for an early installation and will get to enjoy a full swim season.
Time to quit thinkin’ and start doin’. –Max
Eastgate Pools & Spas
May you be safe, happy, and blessed with a swimming pool in your yard.
From everyone here at Eastgate Pools & Spas, have a great 2016!
So when it does, it is a magical, mythical sight. Kind of like watching the Loch Ness Monster ride a Pegasus to discover the Ark of the Covenant. I am talking about this year’s Fiesta bowl where two monsters of mid-western football will meet on the gridiron. In this age of college football it seems that short of an annual rivalry game, you only see games that have the opportunity for an epic battle in bowl games. Kind of a shame that you have to play an 8 game division schedule, and then choose to fill the balance of the schedule with a lower level MAC type schedule. I understand that you can’t play a top level team every week, and sometimes when these games are scheduled there is a tremendous decline from time of schedule to date of play. I will be happily watching this game on New Year’s day pulling fervently for the Fighting Irish, all the while there will be dissention in my happy home with others screaming OH IO. –Chris
Your guess is as good as anyone’s. Is it El Niño, or global climate change, or is it just a weather anomaly? What is very apparent is that this may go down as the winter that wasn’t. As adults, this is somewhat of a relief not having to drive in the snow, and the Duke bill is not as frightening to open each month. As a kid though, the prospect of a school year without a snow day is terrifying. In their eyes if they have to make up days if there are more than five missed, then does the school owe them days if they don’t miss any? Perhaps though this will lead into an early spring with beautiful weather starting earlier instead of later. –Chris
As we celebrate the Christmas holiday, I am happy to avoid the political correctness issue and wish everyone the best for this special time.
So Merry Christmas to you and yours. Here is how Merry Christmas is worded in a few places and in different languages from around the world:
Punjab India… karisama te nawām sāla khušayāmwālā hewe
Africa (Swahili)… Krismasi Njema
France… Joyeux Noel
Bulgaria… Vesela Koleda
Germany… Frohe Weihnachten
Madagascar… Tratra Ny Noely
New Zealand… Meri Kirihimete
Scotland… Blithe Yule
Thailand… Suk sarn warn Christmas
Poland… Wesołych Świąt
Nepal… Kreesmasko shubhkaamnaa
And from the Klingon Empire…
toDwI’ma’ qoS yItIvqu’
I realize that this feels like the standard Cincinnati sports collapse.
Thinking back to Kenyon Martin, Tim Krumrie, or Carson Palmer, but this one feels different though. I fully believe that AJ McCarron is a qualified back-up who will not wilt under the bright lights of the big game. A former stand out at The University of Alabama, he is used to the attention of 100,000 people with all eyes on him. I realize that the playbook may have to be trimmed down a bit, but I fully believe that he will be a competent replacement, who may even win us some games. I remember a sixth round pick, who came in as a back-up due to injury, and then led his team to the Super Bowl. Not saying that I am looking to Tom Brady as a shining star, but just goes to show that they are on the roster for a reason.
We hope you had a great day yesterday with family and friends. But if you ate too much, get off that sofa and get a little exercise going. Or…go get in your hot tub and get a little ‘simulated’ work out. It’s healthy and fun. Don’t have a hot tub? Well, we’re open 10-7 Monday thru Friday, 10-6 on Saturday, and 11-5 on Sunday and anytime during those hours, you can find a whole bunch of great hot tubs looking to be adopted. –Max
Enjoy the day, and maybe do a little quiet reflection on all the things you have to be thankful for. Sometimes we forget just how good we have it until we sit down and think about it. And as a company, we really do appreciate all of our great customers that have made us so successful. We look forward to seeing you again soon. –Eastgate Pools & Spas Staff
Not because you can, on Thursday night starting at 6 pm, go to a major retailer and get a toaster for $2. This is not the kind of thanks that was intended when the national holiday of Thanksgiving was created. I applaud major retailers like REI and Marshalls/TJ Maxx for bucking the current trend and not opening on Thursday evening. The time that we have with our families is precious and needs to be enjoyed. Please make time to spend with your family, that toaster will always be there, but as every one of us has experienced one day someone in the family will not. –Chris
Not to jinx us, but it has been ridiculously warm so far this November. So much so, I actually mowed my yard on November 14th. I’ve never had to do that this late before. And today, we just closed up the last above ground pool on our display lot.
I remember several years ago wearing shorts on Christmas but I also remember a year when we had about four inches of snow on Halloween. I guess we can just enjoy the warmer temps and save on heating expenses. But I am sure we won’t get away without some really cold, snowy days. Still, this makes me delay getting that snow blower I have been thinking about for the last few weeks. –Max