Monday, April 23, 2012

Coming Attractions

I've never been one for the over hyped cinematic films of Hollywood ("cough" Titanic), which usually leave me disappointed. Over the last couple of years we have been sacked with stretched out sequels and rehashing of old stories just with a new cast. These of which do nothing for the original film and just leave us feeling like we had just been taken. Though, I have felt that the animation part of the film industry has been more creative at coming up with new story lines.

So I've been looking over some of the films that will be hitting the theaters over the next coming months. There is quite a mix of cute animation, cliche comedies, spurious super heroes and some psycho thrillers. But out of this menu I was able for find a few that have really drawn my attention. 

Out of all of them I was able to narrow that to 8 films that I really want to see (in no particular order) The Raven, The Pirates! Band of Misfits, Dark Shadows, Prometheus, Snow White and the Huntsman, Brave, and Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted. Before you jump on me; I know I said I tired of sequels but what can I say I love those Penguins and this one is definite one for DVD. I probably will not see them all in the theaters and will just wait until they show up on Netflix. 

What movies if any are looking forward to seeing? Here are the movies that I want to see this year...

The Raven When a madman begins committing horrific murders inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's works, a young Baltimore detective joins forces with Poe to stop him from making his stories a reality.

The Pirates! Band of Misfits Luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain has one dream: to beat his bitter rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz to the much coveted Pirate Of The Year Award. It's a quest that takes our heroes from the shores of exotic Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London. Along the way they battle a diabolical queen and team up with a haplessly smitten young scientist, but never lose sight of what a pirate loves best: adventure!

Dark Shadows An imprisoned vampire, Barnabas Collins, is set free and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection.

Prometheus A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

Snow White and the Huntsman In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, discovers vampires are planning to take over the United States. He makes it his mission to eliminate them.

Brave Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted  the third movie in the series has Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, and Melman the Giraffe all returning as they join a circus to in an effort to get back to New York. In 3-D, of course. And don't forget those crazy militaristic Penguins :-)

Friday, April 20, 2012

Happy 100 Fenway Park

Fenway Park is 100 years old today and the Red Sox will honor the day by taking on their arch Nemesis the New York Yankees at 3:05PM today.  I think I first saw my baseball game there with my family when I was 5 years old. In my life time I have been to at least 5 games at Fenway park in my life time I've sat on the left field, upper box, the bleachers and the in the sky box. I haven't seen a game from the Monster seats yet but I will some day. It's probably one of the best place to see a baseball game and you are just encompassed in the game with some of the most passionate fans cheering our team on. You really haven't seen or experienced a baseball game until you have been to Fenway Park. The best food can be found outside the park from the street vendors I highly recommend getting a sausage sandwich with peppers and onions and don't for get to pick up a bag of warm peanuts in a paper bag. Go Red Sox!!! 

Boston, Massachusetts. The left field runs along Lansdowne Street to the north, along the Boston & Albany Railroad tracks in left center and the Massachusetts Turnpike.  The right field wall, to the east, runs along Ipswich Street and the Fenway Garage building.  Third base (W) is on Brookline Avenue and Jersey Street (renamed Yawkey Way after BoSox owner in 1976), and first base (S) is bordered by Van Ness Street, which was built after park was done.

Dimensions - HistoryLeft field: 324 (1921), 320.5 (1926), 320 (1930), 318 (1931), 320 (1933), 312 (1934), 315 (1936) (figure revised to 310 in 1995)Left-center: 379 (1934)Deep left-center at flagpole: 388 (1934); flagpole removed from field of play (1970)Center field: 488 (1922), 468 (1930), 388.67 (1934), 389.67 (1954), 390 (current)Deepest corner, just right of center: 550 (1922), 593 (1931), 420 (1934) Right-center, just right of deepest corner where the bullpen begins: 380 (1938), 383 (1955)Right of right-center: 405 (1939), 382 (1940), 381 (1942), 380 (1943)Right field: 313.5 (1921), 358.5 (1926), 358 (1930), 325 (1931), 358 (1933), 334 (1934), 332 (1936), 322 (1938), 332 (1939), 304 (1940), 302 (1942); backstop: 68 (1912), 60 (1934). Foul territory: smallest in the majors.
The Green Monster:  Still, Fenway had a new look on Opening Day 1934.  Concrete bleachers in center replaced wood, "Duffy's Cliff" was leveled off (though not completely), and the 37-foot wooden left field wall was replaced by a more durable, 37-foot sheet metal structure, which would later become known as the infamous "Green Monster" after advertisements were covered by Field Green paint in 1947.  Though it was tall, the "Monster" wasn't tall enough to protect the windows of Lansdowne Street and a 23 1/2' screen was placed on top in 1936.
 Fenway Park was opened in 1912 and is the oldest ballpark in the Major Leagues.  Fenway was named by then owner John I. Taylor for the section of Boston in which it is located.  The ballpark is best known for its Green Monster, a 37 foot high wall that extends straight from left field to center field.  The park has the lowest seating capacity in the Major Leagues but continue to draw two million in annual attendance.  Fenway has played host to three All-Star games and what some may regard as the best World Series game ever - Game 6 in 1975 (Boston vs Cincinnati).  Fenway Park has one of the last hand-operated scoreboards in the Major Leagues in the left-field wall. Green and red lights are used to signal balls, strikes, and outs.   Before 1934, a steep 10-foot embankment ran in front of the wall where fans were allowed to sit.  The Sox' Duffy Lewis was so skilled at playing balls hit to the ledge that it became known as "Duffy's Cliff."  Teamed with Tris Speaker in center and Harry Hooper in right, Lewis was part of what many argue was the best defensive outfield of all time.   A May 8, 1926 fire destroyed bleachers along the left field line, and John Quinn (the owner at the time) neglected to rebuild the bleachers due to a lack of funds.  Left fielders didn't complain though, since they were able catch foul balls for outs behind the stands.  That continued until the park underwent a major overhaul in 1934 under Tom Yawkey, who bought the financially-strapped club in 1933.  The 1934 project to revitalize Fenway came to a screeching halt on January 5 when a second fire ravaged the building for five hours.  Few areas of the park were left undamaged.
   Though not the hitters' paradise it once was, Fenway Park still plays very lively, especially for right-handers.  In 1983, private suites were built on the grandstand roof along the foul lines, largely cutting off the wind that used to blow out so fiercely in the summer months; since then Fenway has been an average home run park.  In recent years it has been pretty close to neutral for runs as well, and among the toughest place to homer for left-handers.
   The reasons for this being a great park for batsmen are threefold:
1) The park has the smallest foul territory in the majors, and near the foul poles it is non-existent.  That means that pop-ups that might get caught elsewhere end up in the seats, and give hitters another swing.
2) The 17-ft center field wall also provides a great hitting background, since most pitchers' release points take place against a solid green background instead of the multicolored distraction of the bleachers.  (Some left-handers with an overhand delivery can reach "over the top" and into the bleachers to camouflage their pitches, but statistically speaking lefties generally don't do much worse than righties.)
3) Most importantly, all of the action unfolds in the shadow of baseball's most recognizable landmark - the Green Monster, the 37-foot wall in left field which makes left field a cozy space and which can convert routine flyballs into extra-base hits.  For over 50 years, the wall was listed at 315 feet away from the plate, a very generous estimate that was regarded as about as accurate as David Wells' listed weight of 235 pounds.  In 1995 the Red Sox (without explanation) changed the number to 310 feet, but more realistically the wall is probably closer to 300 feet away.
   Both the quirks of the Monster and the vast amount of territory in right field - plus the quirks of the wall near the right-center bullpen, which extends onto the playing surface and is surrounded by an 8-foot fence - makes Fenway a great doubles park.  The bullpen was built in 1940, with the arrival of lefty Ted Williams onto the scene, and cut down the distance to the right-center wall from 405 feet to just over 380 feet. 
Defense: Fenway may be the only park in the majors where the corner outfielders have it tougher than the center fielder.  Playing the Green Monster, with all its quirks and bounces, is a special skill, and the enormous right field - one of the largest in the majors - is also difficult.  Although the right field foul pole is just 302 feet from the plate, it drops back almost immediately to 380 feet; as a result, the right fielder has as much territory to cover as the center fielder, and must have a strong throwing arm.   The deepest part of the park - "The Triangle" - is in right-center, where the high, 17-foot center-field fence meets the "Williamsburg" bullpen at a bizarre 90-degree angle.  A ball hit here will take unpredictable caroms, and the result is that Fenway tends to give up a lot of triples here.   The Green Monster is extremely forgiving to left fielders with poor range, but the fielder must also learn to play the Wall's tricky rebounds.  As soon as the ball is hit, the fielder must judge the strength and angle of the drive and anticipate the point of return; Carl Yastrzemskibecame a master at this, and threw out dozens of baserunners trying to stretch Fenway singles into doubles.   As a result of all this, Fenway typically has the highest outfield error indices in the majors.
Fun Facts 
  • Second highest double factor in AL in 2001
  • Third highest batting average/LH avg factor in AL in 2001
  • Third lowest infield error factor in AL in 2001
  • Highest error factor and infield-error factor in the AL in 1999 and 2000
  • Second highest batting average factor in the AL in 1999 and 2000
  • Third highest left-handed batting average factor in the AL in 2000
  • Second highest right-handed batting average factor in the AL in 2000
  • Second highest left-handed batting average factor in the AL in 1999
  • Third highest run factor in the AL in 1999
  • Second lowest home run factor in the AL in 2000
  • Lowest home run factor in the AL in 1999
  • Lowest LHB home run factor in the AL in 1998, 1999 and 2000
  • Highest double factor in the AL in 1998
  • Highest RHB batting-average factor in the AL in 1998
  • No ball has ever been hit over the right-field roof, though during the home run derby in 1999, Mark McGwire hit several moonshots into the light standards in center field
  • Infield grass was transplanted from Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds to Fenway in 1912.
  • Fenway opened on April 20, 1912, the same day as Detroit’s Tiger Stadium, and before any of the other existing big league parks. It held 35,000 fans then, and today it holds 34,218. The Red Sox fit 47,627 people into Fenway for a September 22, 1935, doubleheader against the New York Yankees. Fire laws in the 1940's ended that type of overcrowding and the biggest postwar crowd was 36,388 for a game against the Cleveland Indians in 1978.
  • Site of the 1999, 1961 (II) and 1946 All Star games.
  • The seats made of oak.
  • 1976 electronic scoreboard significantly altered the wind currents.
  • 43 private 28-seat rooftop boxes added in 1984.
  • Duffy’s Cliff was a 10-foot-high mound which formed an incline in front of the left field wall from 1912 to 1933, extending from the left-field foul pole to the flag pole in center; named after the Red Sox’s Duffy Lewis, the acknowledged master of defensive play on the cliff. It was greatly reduced but not completely eliminated in 1934
  • A ladder starts near the upper-left corner of the scoreboard, 13 feet above ground, and rises to the top of the Green Monster; this allows the groundskeeper to remove batting-practice home run balls from the netting above the wall.
  • Behind the manual scoreboard in left field is a room where the walls are covered with signatures of players that have played left field through the years.
  • Scoreboard numbers - runs and hits: 16 inches by 16 inches, 3 pounds; errors, innings, pitcher’s numbers: 12 inches by 16 inches, 2 pounds.
  • Home run balls that hit uprights above the left-field wall were declared in play by the umpires.
  • Wooden bleachers stood in foul territory down the left field line in the 1910s and 1920s but burned down on May 8, 1926. The charred remains were removed, increasing the size of foul territory there. Wooden bleachers were completed in center and right-center for the 1912 World Series.
  • During the winter of 1933-1934, all of the wooden grandstands were replaced with concrete and steel. A big fire on January 5, 1934, destroyed much of what had already been built, but all was finished for the season opener on April 17, 1934.
  • In 1936 a 23-foot, 7-inch net was placed atop the wall in left to protect windows on Landsdowne Street.
  • Wind usually helps the batters. A new pressbox built in the late 1980s above home plate causes wind swirl that pushes foul balls back into fair territory.
  • When tin covered the 2-by-4s on the left-field wall, balls hitting the tin over the 2-by-4s had a live bounce, but balls hitting between the 2-by-4s were dead and just dropped straight down.
  • In 1940, in an effort to help Ted Williams hit home runs, the Red Sox added the right-field bullpens, known as Williamsburg, which reduced the distance to the fence by 23 feet.
  • A seat in the right field bleachers is painted red to mark the spot where longest measurable home run ever hit inside Fenway Park landed. Ted Williams hit the home run on June 9, 1946 off Fred Hutchinson of the Detroit Tigers. It was measured at 502 feet and supposedly crashed through the straw hat of the man sitting in the seat (Section 42, Row 37, Seat 21).
  • The 1946 roof boxes were replaced in 1982.
  • The screen behind home plate, designed to protect fans and allow foul balls to roll back down onto the field of play, was the first of its kind in the majors.
  • Left-field scoreboard, installed on the wall in 1934, moved 20 feet to the right in 1976.
  • The low concrete base of the left- and center-field walls was padded after the 1975 World Series, during which Fred Lynn crashed into the concrete wall in center.
  • The left-field foul line was measured by Art Keefe and George Sullivan, authors of The Picture History of the Boston Red Sox, in October 1975 as 309 feet, 5 inches. On October 19, 1975, the Boston Globe used aerial photography and measured it at 304.779 feet. Osborn Engineering Co. blueprints document the distance at 308 feet. In 1995, the Red Sox, with no fanfare, revised the distance to left field to 310 feet.
  • Retired Red Sox uniform numbers hung in right field in numerical order: Bobby Doerr (1) in 1988, Joe Cronin (4) in 1984, Carl Yastrzemski (8) in 1989, Ted Williams (9) in 1984 and Carlton Fisk (27) in 2000.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Beauty Of Spring

About two weeks ago Ryan and I went to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, it's a great place to wander around and spend an afternoon. Of course we had our cameras with us. This being Earth Week and just a gloomy rainy day here in Atlanta, I figured it would be a great day to share a few of my favorites with you. I hope you enjoy...

Monday, April 16, 2012

Sowed Soil

Today I was determined to get the vegatable garden planted or some like to say my "Victory Garden".  Did you know that Victory Gardens also called "war gardens" or "food gardens for defense", were vegetablefruit and herb gardens planted at private residences and public parks in United States during World War I and World War II to reduce the pressure on the public food supply brought on by the war effort. See you learned something new today and you weren't even trying that hard :-)

Now we have the history lesson out of the way,  I was out of the house early and hit Lowe's to pick up the seeds and plants. I'm glad I picked today because we are supposed to get some rain tonight and in the AM tomorrow. So I should not have to water them, though I did give them a quick drink just to hold them over until the showers come. I bet your curious what I planted? Well maybe you are not but I'm going to tell you anyway :-) 

I have three spots that I plant in 2 raised beds and one that is right in the ground. One of the raise beds (not shown) I use as an herb garden in there I have Cilantro, Oregano, Green Onions (seed), Thyme, Rosemary, Basil and Parsley. I love having an herb garden I can add them to whatever I'm cooking. I especially like Thyme and Oregano I still smell them from when I was in Crete, they grew wild everywhere. 

In the other raised bed I planted 5 different types of Tomatoes (I love tomatoes), Japanese Eggplant (its a first this year), Green and Orange Bell Peppers, Summer Squash, Jalapeno Peppers and Cucumbers.

The final bed I planted Okra, Green Beans (seed), Lettuce(seed), Spinach(seed), Cabbage(seed) and Zucchini. Right now that rounds out my plantings for this year and I hope it's a good growing season. 

We also have strawberry plants in one of the flower beds and I noticed today they already have some berries on them.
I just hope the critters leave them alone. Last year they did not nor would they leave my tomatoes alone. I think it was a few of the neighborhood squirrels but I never actually saw them so it probably could be a number of critters Possum, Chipmunks or maybe the one of the birds. 

The one thing I've always had trouble with has been Zucchini and Summer Squash I hope this year is different. Either way I'm having a good feeling about the garden this year. There is one thing I can say nothing taste better than a vegetable you picked from your own garden that you weed, watered and fed. If all goes well I hope to be having fresh salad by the end of May and pickles in June. Oh and fresh Tomatoes are the best!

Friday, April 13, 2012


Paraskevidekatriaphobia (n): a fear of Friday the 13th.
People who suffer from -- well, I'm not going to type it again -- are terrified by today's page on the calendar. Did you know 8% of people have this phobia? They won't go out, to work or in some case leave their beds. Here is some information about it...
Paraskevidekatriaphobia appears to be rooted in pre-Christian religious traditions, when the Norse god Loki invited himself to the Banquet of Valhalla, becoming the 13th guest. His mischief caused the death of Baldr, a favorite of the gods. Early Christian traditions also highlight 13 as an unlucky number. Christ's betrayer, Judas, may have been the 13th to join the table at the Last Supper.
Are they Phobias or just superstitions or both? I don't consider myself to be superstitious;  I'm not afraid of black cats, tight spaces or even walking under ladders. Though I wouldn't recommend the walking under a ladder you might end up with a can of paint on your head. But lets face it we are scared of a lot of things. These phobias tend to trigger our fight or flight mechanism in our bodies. Some people stand their ground and can handle it . Others to say it plainly just FREAK OUT! I'm not making fun of anyone I think we all have something coded in our brains that trigger this senses. 

It only becomes a problem when it progress from a phobia to a compulsion. I think that is a key with anything, we must think clearly and use precautions. I'm not afraid of dogs, snakes or spiders but I'm also not going to approach one and pick  it up when I'm not familiar with. To overcome these phobias it would be different for everyone. I wouldn't recommend dancing on the edge of the roof if you have fear of heights, because lets face it it could end tragically. In controlled situations and with support we can learn to deal with them. 

Here are some of the more common Phobias...

1. Arachnophobia:

  • The fear of spiders.
  • This phobia tends to affect women more than men.

2. Ophidiophobia:

  • The fear of snakes.
  • Often attributed to evolutionary causes, personal experiences, or cultural influences.

3. Acrophobia:

  • The fear of heights.
  • This fear can lead to anxiety attacks and avoidance of high places.

4. Agoraphobia:

  • The fear of situations in which escape is difficult.
  • This may include crowded areas, open spaces, or situations that are likely to trigger a panic attack. People will begin avoiding these trigger events, sometimes to the point that they cease leaving their home.
  • Approximately one third of people with panic disorder develop agoraphobia.

5. Cynophobia:

  • The fear of dogs.
  • This phobia is often associated with specific personal experiences, such as being bitten by a dog during childhood.

6. Astraphobia:

  • The fear of thunder and lightening.
  • Also known as Brontophobia, Tonitrophobia, or Ceraunophobia.

7. Trypanophobia:

  • The fear of injections.
  • Like many phobias, this fear often goes untreated because people avoid the triggering object and situation.

8. Social Phobias:

  • The fear of social situations.
  • In many cases, these phobias can become so severe that people avoid events, places, and people that are likely to trigger an anxiety attack.

9. Pteromerhanophobia:

  • The fear of flying.
  • Often treated using exposure therapy, in which the client is gradually and progressively introduced to flying.

10. Mysophobia:

  • The fear of germs or dirt.
  • May be related to obsessive-compulsive disorder.

If you want to see a complete list of phobias I recommend checking out their list is pretty extensive. I was actually surprised at some of them, laughed at others and agreed why someone could have that one. Just remember even Superman had a weakness of that glowing purple element Kryptonite. Just something to think about and I hope you do have a great day and better weekend. 

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

MLB 2012 Season Predictions

This weekend is the season openers for the rest of Major League baseball, I say the rest because in case you missed it last week. Yea the Athletics and Mariners split 2 games in Tokyo, yawn. It could have been played better since everyone else was still playing pre-season games it just didn't have the allure of true season opener. Not to mention it was a lost story with everything that was going on with the final four and because of the time difference. 

As I have done the past few season here are my predictions for the 2012 season... 

One theme this year is youth there are a lot o good young player to watch this and it's really going to be fun. Also, we are starting to see the old Juggernaut starting the show their age. It's not something you worry about if you are the manager of a big market team the Yankees, Phillies or Red Sox can try and trade for a missing piece. But do they have any carrots to entice the rabbit? Two of the biggest free agent sluggers are now in the AL:  Albert Pujols is now an Angel and Prince Fielder is a Tiger, did they tip the balance of power away from the East?

We also have the addition of a second wild card team this year for a one game play off, I have mixed feeling about this. Does this give a small market team a fight edge or just ensure that the Rays and the Red Sox are fighting to the bitter end? Or maybe the Angels and Tigers use this to show which got the most power for their dollar. I guess we'll just have to wait to see how that plays out.

I think the Red Sox have the most to prove this year there is a big hole at SS and the pitching could be a train wreck waiting to happen.  They need show the fans, management and the competition they are serious about winning. I'm not sure if I like Bobby V or not, as a fan of the team he wasn't my first choice.  I'd also like to see  Larry Luchino to be more hands off, after watching how the manager search played out I see why Theo left the team.

The other team I'm a fan of the Braves have to pull their shit together as well, they didn't fair much better  than the Red Sox at the end of last season. If Red Sox's implosion wasn't worse more people would have been talking about the braves dismal end. This will be Chipper's last year so I guess the rally cry will be "Win one for Chipper", after this year I don't know what will be going on over on the left side of the diamond. I don't see an  heir a parent to fill Chippers place at third.

David Price
1.Yankees: they are getting older but they do know what it takes to get it done. 2. Rays If they had more formidable hitting they would solid #1  3. Red Sox I'm not worried about hitting. Its the pitching that has a lot of question marks and as a fan I don't feel good about them I guess I'm being realistic this year.  4. Jays they're a 500 + team this year, the Red Sox better be on the top of their game. 5. Orioles I have nothing good to say about them, just picture a punching bag.

1. Tigers It really doesn't take a Prince to win this division, I like them as a sleeper for the AL Champs 2. Indians are a young team that showed flashes of brillance last season, it will be more substantial this year 3. Royals are still a year or so out of contention but worth watching just not enough to get them over the hump this season. 4. White Sox I'm Not sure if they are rebuilding or collapsing.  5. Twins Age is catching up the to Twins, Mauer & Morneau  can they stay off of the DL and produce? 

Yu Darvish
1.  Rangers almost fielding the same team as the "2011" World Series contestants, Yu Darvish will be interesting to watch, I hope he's better than Dice K. 2. Angels Much better but even Prince Albert  and CJ the Rangers are still better.  3 and 4. Athletics & Mariners They are both equally going to be bad this year with hints of youthful brilliance. 

AL Wild Card Rays and Angels
AL Champs Yankees
AL Cy Young David Price
AL MVP Dustin Pedroia

1. Phillies: Halladay, Lee, and Hamels need I say any more (Utley and Howard hmmm do they contribute?).  2. Braves Win one for the Chipper! have a lot of pitching depth but many holes in the field. 3. Nationals Strasburg is back Youth on the rise I don't think we'll see much of Harper but it will be nice to see  4. Marlins I hate the Uniforms they are like 1980 Astros ugly. So they have a New Stadium and Manager also added Jose Reyes if stay he healthy? The NL EAST isn't any easier to win than the AL East.  5. Mets Duda! Duda! do you remember last year? and you're still a fan? That's what I call dedication.

Joey Votto
1. Cardinals without Tony, Prince Albert and maybe Carpenter they still are formidable  2. Brewers Pitching is key and will  dominate 3. Reds beefed up their rotation with the addition of Mat Latos but have since lost their closer. Defense could be a question in the infield. 4. Pirates Keep your eye on Andrew McCutchen. Spots of spectacular, pitching has improved and rest of the team is intact 5. Cubs Theo is playing Legos this season, he's pieced a team together but it's pretty hollow.  6. Astros Maybe things will be better in 2013 when they move to the AL.  

Buster Posey
1. Diamondbacks They almost pulled it off last year I think they have a better chance this year. I like they for the NL Champs 2. Giants Hey Posey is back: 3. Dodgers New owners, Kemp and Kershaw things are looking better.  4. Rockies Once you are past Tulo there isn't much there.  5.  Padres I'm not sure what is going on here, maybe they're planning on racing the Mets and Astros to the NL basement.

NL Wild Card Giants and Braves
NL Champ Diamondbacks
NL Cy Young Zack Greinke
NL MVP Joey Votto

World Series: Yankees v. Diamondbacks

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Stronger - Tf3

I came across this video on a friend's blog and enjoyed it tremendously so I wanted to share it with all of you. It's little video against bullying which as we a know as been in the news over the last couple of years. Although this is a problem which is not new. I think at some point in our life time we have come across it either as a victim or a passive witness.

I wish this wasn't a problem in the world we live in today, but it is. As a society we have finally said enough is enough and this problem needs to be dealt with. It is unfortunate that some of the events that have brought it to our attention only after something tragic has taken place. 

 Enjoy the video and I'd love to hear your response to it. Only wish the track was available to purchase, but not yet.

We are Time for Three and this is our story -- the story of so many kids who every day face challenges to who they are and who they want to be: their dreams, their ambitions, their identity. This video is for you guys. Be strong. Stick with it. We did, and we are stronger for it.
Why did you make this video? We’ve been wanting to make a music video for a long time – but not just a regular music video, one with a strong positive message for young people.
And what is the video’s message? Be stronger, achieve your dreams, fight against bullies or WHATEVER strong force is against you.
Who funded this project? This project was completely self-funded, and could not have done this without the incredible support of our fans. 274 fans contributed over $18K through our on-line Kickstarter campaign in just over a week, and another fan bought into our vision and made a substantial contribution, enabling us to book our trip to LA!
When and where was it created? The video was made over a two-day period at the end of August 2011 in Los Angeles. Most of the filming was done at a campus-style high school.
How did you get this idea? Tf3 and our producer Steve Hackman have been wanting to make a music video for some time. However it wasn't until Zach came up with the idea for the story that we all felt inspired. All four of us realized that we had similar stories: we were the kid in school who didn’t fit in and was sometimes bullied or left out because we played an instrument. But we didn’t give up.
Who was the Producer? Our Producer Steve Hackman
Who was the Director? Brian Lazzaro, a world-famous film director in Los Angeles.
Who wrote the music? The music by Daft Punk/Kanye West and brilliantly arranged by Steve Hackman and Time for Three.
Do Kanye West and Daft Punk know about the video? We've reached out to their people, yes, and of course we hope they like it!
Who was the kid actor? Does he really play violin? The “kid” is Misha Vayman, one of Zach’s former violin students. Everything about this project is very personal. Misha is a now freshman at the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Joan Kwuon.
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