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    Welcome To The Sports forum!

    My user ID is JWC which are my initials for John Cummings. I am the moderator of this forum. Feel free to discuss anything you want that relates to sports.

    I am a sports fanatic. Baseball is my number one sport followed by Hockey, Football, Basketball, golf, and tennis.

    I have always tended to support teams based on individual players rather than team loyalty. When I was a kid, I was a Yankees fan because of Joe DiMaggio and later Mickey Mantle. I have a good friend that has been a super scout with the Major League Scouting Bureau for many years. He played back in Mantle's era. I asked him who was the greatest player he has ever seen and without hesitating he said Mickey Mantle. Mickey could do it all. It is just too bad that he ruined his career and himself though his destructive lifestyle. Of course being a Yankee fan then, I also was a great fan of Yogi Berra and Phil Rissuto but the Mick was my boyhood hero.

    We were pretty intimately associated with baseball through the 80's and 90's. We had several of the players from the Yankee organization live with us when we lived in the Ft. Lauderdale Fl. area from 1977 to 1985. Jose Rijo ( World Series MVP ) was our most famous player. Jose lived with us when he played for the minor league Ft. Lauderdale Yankees and then during spring training when he was with the NY Yankees. During spring training, Jose refused to stay with the team at the hotel because we were his family and he wanted to stay with us. There was a league rule that prohibited players with less than 3 years MLB experience from living away from the team hotel. We went through Yogi Berra ( Yankees Manager ) all the way up to George Steinbrenner. They all agreed with Jose that it was best to live with us but rules were rules. Ultimately Yogi said "what he doesn't know won't hurt him" so go ahead and live with the Cummings.

    We were on the front page of the Sporting News first baseball edition the year after Jose Rijo won the World Series MVP. They interviewed us and did an article on Jose and how he considered us to be his family.

    Jose invited us to stay with the Oakland Athletics when they were playing against the Angels. We stayed in the hotel with the team. Rafael Santana and Alfredo Griffin became good friends of ours. We also know Rex Hudler very well. Rex is a former MLB player and is now a commentator for the Angels. We got to know Rex when he played for the Ft. Lauderdale Yankees back when Rijo was there. We used to have parties at our house for the team.

    Through this experience I got to know Yogi Berra and Phil Rizzuto and even George Steinbrenner. We also got to know many of the other players on other teams as such as Dale Murphy ( a great guy ), Bob Horner, etc. Our son took infield practice and batted in the cages with the Yankees. Later our son went on to his own baseball career and was All American, played on the Mexican National All Star team in the International Olympic Tournaments and then was drafted by the SD Padres. However his career was cut short by a very severe ankle injury.

    We also met George Brett of the KC Royals during spring training. George became my next favorite player so of course I was a KC Royals fan for many years. We have been to many games at Royals Stadium in Kansas City.

    We no longer have the close association with the game but I still love it. I have been an Atlanta Braves fan since 1980 when we got to know many of the players. The Braves organization is the best in baseball. I am also an Angels fan. However my real love is the game itself. Unfortunately many people forget that it is just a game.

    We go to many games of the Lake Elsinore Storm ( SD Padres affiliate ) of the Class A California State league. Fernando Valenzuela Jr. is playing for the Storm this year. The Lake Elsinore Stadium has been voted as one of the best minor league parks in the country.

    To round it out, I am a Lakers fan since the days of Jerry West, and a Raiders fan. I used to be a hockey fanatic and I payed the game for 25 years but got turned off by it as the game changed. I was a rabid Montreal Canadiens fan back in the 50's and 60's. I still follow it but not with the same fervor as before.

    Boy, this turned out to be a lot longer than I planned on but I can't stop when it comes to baseball.

    In any event start posting and have fun.
    John

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    John, if we ever get to meet in person, my husband will love talking to you. He is a baseball fanatic, and since the introduction of the internet, he can "watch" every game in MLB at once! He has a couple of fantasy baseball teams and can quote obscure stats like crazy. It sounds as though you have had an exciting life through your favorite sport. You are a lucky man.
    Jacki

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackio
    John, if we ever get to meet in person, my husband will love talking to you. He is a baseball fanatic, and since the introduction of the internet, he can "watch" every game in MLB at once! He has a couple of fantasy baseball teams and can quote obscure stats like crazy. It sounds as though you have had an exciting life through your favorite sport. You are a lucky man.
    I would welcome the chance to meet you and talk baseball with your husband. Where in NY is Holtsville? I have a request in with SFX for 2 weeks in New York City anytime between May and September. Do you notice that the dates are during baseball season? We have to have 2 weeks to guarantee that the Yankees will be in town while we are there. We have to see a game in the "House that Ruth Built".
    John

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    Holtsville is about an hour away from NYC. Make sure you let us know - maybe we can arrange a group lunch - we did that twice (others have done it more often) and it was really nice. I've been to Yankee stadium a few times, but haven't been back there in over 25 years since I married my Met fan. In July, there is a cool road race at Shea run by NY Road Runners. My son ran it a couple of times. It's in July. The runners start outside and run 5K, then enter through the center field gates, on to the field, around the bases, and cross home plate to finish. Mr. Met slaps you five as you cross. If you are a runner (even a casual one) and a baseball fan, this is a thrill.
    Jacki

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackio
    Holtsville is about an hour away from NYC. Make sure you let us know - maybe we can arrange a group lunch - we did that twice (others have done it more often) and it was really nice. I've been to Yankee stadium a few times, but haven't been back there in over 25 years since I married my Met fan. In July, there is a cool road race at Shea run by NY Road Runners. My son ran it a couple of times. It's in July. The runners start outside and run 5K, then enter through the center field gates, on to the field, around the bases, and cross home plate to finish. Mr. Met slaps you five as you cross. If you are a runner (even a casual one) and a baseball fan, this is a thrill.
    No, I am definitely not a runner. I am NOT a Yankee fan but I must see a game in Yankee stadium. I stopped being a Yankee fan when I realized what a jerk Steinbrenner is. If your husband is a Mets fan than he must remember Rafael Santana. Rafael Santana is a friend of ours that goes back to the days when he played in Ft. Lauderdale and used to come over to our house all the time. He is now the 3rd base coach for the Chicago White Sox.

    After we moved to San Diego, we used to see him every time the Mets came to town. He invited us to the games where we sat with the families of the Mets Players. Rafael had the distinction of having 3 World Series Rings in his relatively short career with the Cardinals and the Mets.
    John

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