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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes Hot Stove er Winter thing

Last night I went to the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes Winter thing. Tom Treblehorn is the current Manager and Steve Decker is the former and will be moving to Double A. $25 bucks a plate for crappy food. The chicken was a bit um cold. Anyway, from 6-7 was a silent auction. You think that there would be Jerseys, autos, hats used bats, all sorts of stuff. Um No. The auction consisted of 2 jerseys not of the Volcanoes, ticket packages and other stuff.

Here is what I got:

It is a thick ass flannel jersey. It doesn't feel cheap at all. Although I have no idea how people palyed in these.

Then we got to the speaker that started at 7.

This guy was past president of the American Bar Association and is part owner of the San Francisco Giants. He worked for Microsoft as general counsel for 25 years or so and made an obscene amount of money on their stock. It is clear from his speech that he is a poor public speaker so it is good that he was a studio lawyer, and second that he knows absolutely nothing about baseball.

Quick back story, my friend Dennis sponsored the even, he helped bring the Valcanoes here. He is a big Giants fan, I am a Dodgers fan. He joked that he thought I might show up in a Dodgers hat.

Anyway, this guy was trying to explain why the Giants have done poorly the last few years. He said that they had built their team around Bonds, who, as he described "Was a Force of Nature" and owns the most coveted record in Baseball. I damn near came out of my seat. You son of a bitch. Bonds is a cheater, a liar, and I hope he burns in hell for what he did to baseball.

This guy also thinks that Randy Winn is the best right field fielder in the game. He talked about how after some complex stastical analysis by one of their young brilliant analyst, they have determined that Randy Winn is a better player because of how many runs produces and how many runs his defense prevents. I think this analysis give the giants an excuse to not pursue high priced or high producing players. If you have ever wondered why teams suck year after year, its because rich guys that like baseball that know nothing about it are calling the shots.

We then ate our cold chicken and then Tom Treblehorn spoke:
This guy was funny and knows his stuff. Nothing but good things to say about him

Steve Decker was also hanging out:

Here is some of the free stuff:

By the way, where did the term "hot stove" come from and why do they call it that?


Motherscratcher said...

That's a cool Monarchs jersey. If you're at all interested in the Negro Leagues you should read Soul Of The Game by Joe Posnanski. Hell, if you're a fan of baseball you should read it.

As far as Hot Stove...I thought I was the only one who didn't get it.

stusigpi said...

Never heard the phrase before this year. I had a minor league team in town when I was growing up. Can't imagine that I just missed it.

Anonymous said...

I believe the "hot stove" phrase refers to when baseball fans, in the dead of winter, would gather around a hot stove to keep warm and talk baseball. This of course, was well before the internet information age.