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Down the Stretch We Go…

As Emily mentioned in the last blog post, it’s that time, there are sooooo many reasons to get excited and pumped for the Lexington Legends 2009 baseball season. We are so close. As we go down the stretch…the countdown continues. We’ve got so much going on during the next 42 days that it’s hard to keep it all straight.

This past week, yours truly, good ole SuperMario made stops at Bryan Station Traditional Magnet Middle School for one of our smokeless tobacco presentations. For those who don’t know, the Legends tag-team with KCMOS to help tell students the dangers of using tobacco products, specifically, smokeless tobacco. Bryan Station actually was my old middle school growing up, so it was a homecoming of sorts for me.

Thursday, led me all the way down to the sweet spot known as Lawrenceburg, Kentucky as I was one of the guest speakers for Anderson County High schools career/college fair. anderson co.jpgI talked to their students about the LEGENDS and my job, what I do, jobs we offer at Applebee’s Park to students their age. The kids were great and had awesome questions and the fine staff at the school were in even better. Thanks to Lathe Brady and everyone else for having us out at Anderson County High School!

amber philpot.jpgWhile there, I also ran into an old co-worker of mine from WKYT 27NEWSFIRST, Amber Philpot. She is the lead female anchor for the local CBS television station here and does a great job. She also just so happens to be a big fan of…the Lexington Legends fan…so I had to grab a picture of here for “old times sake” as well so all you loyal Legends fans could see, Ms. Philpot.

Seeing that it IS 42 days until the start of the 9th season of baseball here at Applebee’s Park for the Lexington Legends, we are doing all that we can to be involved in our community and “let the world know” that baseball season is definitely live and well here in the Bluegrass.

Make a Wish-Read Across America 004.jpgBig L made stops throughout Lexington on Sunday and Monday. Sunday, he was at the Lexington Make-A-Wish Bowl. Where local celebrities, came to the Southland Bowling Lanes and it proved to be a success as media folk from all the television and radio stations made it out for the event as well former and current KY wildcats were apart of the festivities as well.

Monday, in the United States of America kicked off “Read Across America” in all of the public schools across the nation. The Legends obviously took part in this wonderful adventure and made an appearance today at Russell Cave Elementary in Lexington. Yours truly, SuperMario & Big L stopped in and read a few Dr. Seuss stories to 1st graders and it proved to be a success as the kids laughed, smiled asked questins and had a ball…which is definitely the goal. If you ever would like Big L, SuperMario or anyone from the Legends staff to make an appearance at your school, call us TODAY at Applebee’s Park. 859.252.4487. We can try and make it happen! 

Make a Wish-Read Across America 006.jpgAlrighty fans, its about that time for me to start getting on the horn and back to work, but please do check back in often and regularly as we gear up for yet another fun-filled year of crazyiness with the Lexington Legends!

Happy Monday!

until next time,

keep it SUPER fans!

-Mario

 

 

 

Despite WICKED weather…the Legends Radio Caravan is STILL Going..

Hey there Legends fans!

Two blogs in one day, by your two favorite people EVER, good ole SuperMario and EBJ!

As it’s been a common theme in the last few blogs, I hope everyone is doing well and has survived this craaaazy weather. It definitely has been a mess.

As Emily (EBJ) mentioned in her post, we kicked off the 2009 Legends Radio Caravan Tuesday, in Cynthiana (Harrison County). Myself, Keith Elkins, (NEW Radio broadcaster), and Alan Stein (Team president) were featured on “Coffee Break with Rick Chasten,” which is a radio program on WCYN. This show is followed by the locals in that town. We were on bright and early from 8am-9am. And, yes, I had to rise and shine at 5:30am to make the drive for the show. YIKES!!!


Legends Caravan 2009 (Somerset-Richmond) 013.jpgYesterday, Wednesday, capped off day numero dos (Day number 2) of the Caravan as
we booked it down to Somerset, Kentucky!
 Backyard Burgers was our site,
and they will be a title sponsor for Legends games on WSFC/WSFE.  They will
carry our opening game (Monday, April 13).

 

 

Former Legends great, TURNED Atlanta Braves,
Legends Caravan 2009 (Somerset-Richmond) 002.jpgJosh Anderson was great as always. He signed autographs, talked to visitors, did an interviews.
Attendance could have been better, but the storm hit just a few minutes after 3pm, and the high winds prevented us from using the new inflatable, REALLLLY BIG L!
We started to pack it up, and got it back down and put away just as the rain
came crashing down.     

                                                                                                                                     In Richmond, we set up at EKU in the lobby of Legends Caravan 2009 (Somerset-Richmond) 014.jpgthe Powell Student Center. Charley Taylor, longtime Legends pitching coach, had planned to attend, but missed yesterday morning due to illness. He was going to appear on EKU sports webcast, Colonel Cast.

Today we’re in Danville at Fazoli’s on Hustonville Road from 3-4 p.m.
Then we’re back here at Applebee’s Park in the Makers Mark Club from 5:30-6:30 as Emily mentioned in her post..

If I don’t see you out at the Caravan stops, then I hope to see you out at the National Anthem tryouts on Saturday and Sunday!

until next time,

keep it SUPER fans!

-Mario

Happy GroundHog Day!!!!

Well Hello baseball fans, welcome into the 158th edition of minor league baseball’s hottest and #1 blog…Diggin’ In to the Legends!

Punxsutawney Phil.jpgAs the title of this fantastic blog reads, it’s Groundhog Day here in America and the world’s most famous groundhog (Punxsutawney Phil) saw his shadow Monday morning, predicting that this already long winter will last for six more weeks.

The annual ritual takes place on Gobbler’s Knob, a tiny hill in Punxsutawney, a borough of about 6,100 residents some 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

According to German superstition, if a hibernating animal casts a shadow on Feb. 2 — the Christian holiday of Candlemas — winter will last another six weeks. If no shadow is seen, legend says, spring will come early.

Well fortunately, spring time in Lexington means baseball season is here and in play. As we always do, the countdown is definitely on as we inch a little closer and closer to Opening Day 2009.

70 days is how close we exactly are and you can bet, everyone here in the Legends front office is pumped and jacked for Monday, April 13, 2009!

Our 2009 season slogan is Fun and Games…Just Add You. So, with that our wheels are starting to spin and our marketing/promotional plan for the season is beginning to roll so make sure you keep checking out this blog to find out where YOU can see the Lexington Legends out here NEXT.


Big L 2.jpgBig L Schedule Tracker

Wednesday, February 11 – Legends Radio Caravan – Somerset, Richmond)

Thursday, February 12 – Legends Radio Caravan – Frankfort, Lexington)

Saturday, February 14 – 2009 National Anthem Tryouts, Fayette Mall (12p-4p)

Sunday, February 15 – 2009 National Anthem Tryouts, Fayette Mall (1p-3p)

Monday, February 23 – Strike Out Against Tobacco Presentation – Bryan Station Magnet Middle School (Lexington)

Wednesday, February 25 – Strike Out Against Tobacco Presentation – Lafayette High School (Lexington)

If you would like for Big L to come out to your next school, business or event, contact me/SuperMario at the Legends office today…859.252.4487

Finally two more shameless plugs for you…HAHA.

Next weekend, February 14th and 15 are the 2009 National Anthem tryouts.

NationalAnthemPoster.jpgEach candidate will sing the national anthem at the tryouts, and those selected from the tryouts will sing the anthem at a Legends game this season.

For more information, or to reserve a time in the tryout lineup, call 859 252-4487. Walk-ups are welcome as well.

And…

Warm up this winter with some baseball talk!

“Legends Inside Scoop” is a weekly radio program that airs Tuesday nights from 7:20 p.m.- 8 p.m. on ESPN Sports Radio 1300, the flagship station of the Lexington Legends radio network.


Keith.gifJoin Legends’ play-by-play broadcaster Keith Elkins for news, interviews with guests from major and minor league baseball and the latest from the Legends each week throughout the year. New Legends manager Tom Lawless was a recent guest, as were veteran pitching coach Charley Taylor and the Houston Astros’ Scout of the Year for 2008, Nick Venuto.

You’ll also learn about the plans for the great promotions coming up at Applebee’s Park in 2009. Step into summer each Tuesday night – with “Legends Inside Scoop.”

Alright, that’s all for me on this edition of the first ever Legends blog!

Have fantastic Monday and check back soon to Diggin’ In to the Legends!

keep it SUPER fans,

-Mario 

                                                                                        

Powerful Week for America While the Countdown to Baseball Season Continues…

So HELLLLLLLLLO Legends fan and as always THANK YOU for taking time to stop by the hottest blog in all of the minor leagues….Diggin’ In to the Legends!

So, it’s Tuesday afternoon and I took a break from work on this day to sit back and take in what was happening in this great land we call, the United States of America. The 44th President of the United States of America was inaugurated and his name is Barack Obama. What a historic day and time, isn’t it? If you’re not moved in some form or another, we might need to stop and check you for a pulse 🙂

Big L Celebrates MLK Day 028.jpgBut, speaking of historic…on Monday, the start of the work week for yours truly and the rest of the gang here in the Legends front office brought a national holiday…Martin Luther King Day. Millions of people around the nation celebrated this day. Here on the home front, here in Lexington…Big L and good ole SuperMario were among thousands of area residents who took part in the annual march through downtown Lexington on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

 

The march is held each year on the King holiday to commemorate the life of the civil rights leader. The march began as a small event on the University of Kentucky campus in the 1970s, but has grown dramatically through the years and now enjoys support and participation from businesses, organizations, schools, churches and individual citizens from across the entire region.

83 DAYS UNTIL the sweet start of 2009 Lexington Legends baseball…Ohmygoodness..I hope everyone is ready for a season of Fun and Games…Just Add You. Myself and the rest of the Legends staff are hammering out all the neat and super fun promotions for this year, so if you haven’t gone ahead and bought your season tickets for the year OR haven’t bought a mini-plan for as cheap as $64 then you should get on that ASAP. It’s just way too good to pass up. Check out this linkIt’ll take you to the Legends ticket page, where you can learn more about what we have to offer. And, more importantly, how much everything will cost you.

For all you faithful Big L trackers out there…Here’s a list of some upcoming Big L sightings across the bluegrass state:

Thursday, January 22                                              
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Kingston Elementary (Richmond2pm-3pm

Friday, January 23
Russell Cave Elementary (Lexington) 12:00pm-1:00pm
 
Friday, January 23
Kentucky Press Association (Louisville) (6pm7pm) at the Galt House
 
Thursday, January 29
Clark County Middle School (Winchester)

 

Alright Legends fan…this is all I have for now, but please DO check back often for all the latest updates from your hometeam, the Lexington Legends.

until next time,

keep it SUPER fans!

-Mario

Baseball Season Is Just Around the Corner….

It’s Tuesday morning in the bluegrass state, which means it’s only 90 days until the start of Lexington Legends 2009 baseball!

Are YOU excited? The 2009 season is going to be a year of Fun and Games…Just Add You!

It’s been awhile since I’ve written a post, so my SUPER apologies for the delay…it’s been a busy couple of weeks for all of us here at Applebee’s Park…we’re putting the final touches on National Anthem Tryout dates…and all of the other fun promotions to get people…fans like YOU, pumped up for Opening Day 2009..which if you have forgotten for some reason, it’s coming up on Monday, April 13th, 2009.

Be sure to keep checking in and reading Diggin’ In to the Legends over the next few weeks as we update you on all the crazy happenings as we lead up to the big day. Take a look below on how you can keep up with Big L and all of our Legends appearances out in the community!

Upcoming Big L Appearances

Thursday, January 15th                                                                                                                   Arlington Elementary (Lexington) 5:30pm (Big L), (Elle)
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FridayJanuary 16th
Nicholasville Elementary (Nicholasville8:30am9:15am
 
Thursday, January 22
Kingston Elementary (Richmond2pm-3pm
 
Friday, January 23
Russell Cave Elementary (Lexington) 12:00pm-1:00pm
 
Friday, January 23
Kentucky Press Association (Louisville) (6pm7pm) at the Galt House
 
Monday, January 26 (TENTATIVE)
Rockcastle County High School (Mt. Vernon)
 
Thursday, January 29 (TENTATIVE)
Clark County Middle School (Winchester)
 
MLB.com reporter, Alyson Footer posted an updated story of Legends catcher, Max Sapp, who has been battling viral meningitis..Check that below as well:
 

Sapp Max_4399.jpgHOUSTON — Catching prospect Max Sapp, hospitalized for nearly a month with viral meningitis, was discharged and returned home Friday.

“He’s very glad to be back home,” said his agent, Doug Rogalski, in an e-mail Friday afternoon.

The 20-year-old Sapp had been hospitalized since Dec. 11, when he was taken to an Orlando-area emergency room following an apparent seizure after completing his early afternoon workout.

Sapp was diagnosed with viral meningitis and chronic sinus disease. Doctors determined that the sinus condition led to an abnormal susceptibility to the meningitis virus.

Sapp’s course of treatment included heavy doses of antibiotics to treat the meningitis and pneumonia, and included a surgical procedure to rectify his sinus issues on Dec. 14.

Sapp required the use of a respirator for more than two weeks after suffering three episodes where he stopped breathing.   

Alright, Legends Fans…that’s about it on yet another successful edition of Diggin’ In to the Legends…be sure to keep your webpage locked into minor league baseball’s HOTTEST blog!

until next time,

keep it SUPER fans!

-Mario

Somebody Has a Case of the Mondays…

Welcome into Diggin’ In to the Legends, the first EVER and ONLY blog of the Lexington Legends.

As the title of today’s blog says..It’s Monday…which means its back to work here at Applebee’s Park. Actually, its kinda a scary day in the weather world as Fayette County is just one of the many Kentucky counties that is currently under a Winter Weather Advisory until tomorrow afternoon. So far, the morning commute to Lexington we saw rain showers. That is then expected to turn into ice and then snow flurries are expected to come down on the drive back home. So all you faithful readers of the hottest blog in baseball make sure that you stay safe during all this wacky weather.

As usual, this weekend in the life of good ole SuperMario was pretty eventful as I opened up the house where I live, ONCE AGAIN, where some of my close friends came and we enjoyed the great thing that is called the weekend. haha.

On Saturday afternoon, I made a return trip to Lexington as I attended the University of Kentucky mens basketball game versus Indiana….great game, great seats…I even brought along my allstar super friend, Lindsea..

 
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This is of the RARE times you’ll see me ever donning other sports teams gear…because…WE ALL KNOW that the Lexington Legends are the top dog when it comes to premier sports teams in Central Kentucky.
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Not sure if you knew it or not..but, the Legends just made a few **NEW** changes to the BEST Kids Club in town…the Lexington Legends Kids Club, presented by JIF. Well first of all, the price for the club this year is $13. That gets you a year-long membership into the club along with 2009 Kids Club T-shirt, Legends Kid ID Tags, subscription to Little Legends E-Monthly, the official newsletter of the Kids Club, an autographed photo of Big L & the Legends family and TONS of other fun and cool items. If you’re interested in signing up your kid or someone else who is under the age of 12…contact me today @ manderson@lexingtonlegends.com so we can get you taken care of.  Any kid who is signed up before January 30…gets ONE FREE BOX TICKET to Opening Day 2009! Which is only 119 days away! Get EXCITED!! I’ve added the logo for this year so you can take a look at it..Legends Kids Club 2009 LOGO.JPGIt’s about that time for me to get back to work before I head out for lunch. Hope you enjoyed yet another edition of Diggin’ In to the Legends..please DO keep checking, because we’ll definitely keep bloggin!

Until next time,

keep it SUPER fans!

-Mario

Happy Tuesday!!!!!

Well hello ALL:

Welcome to yet another edition of Diggin’ In to the Legends!!!!! It’s been five days now since Thanksgiving and I tell ya what..I’m still STUFFED! I hope all you faithful readers had a GREAT holiday and guess what!? Christmas is LITERALLY just down the corner and a couple weeks ago. Exciting, huh?

StrikeOut Logo.JPGIt’s only Tuesday and the week has already got off to a very fast start. For those that do not know, the Lexington Legends try our hardest do be community leaders and bring programs that are really big hits! One of the programs that was just recently lauched for the 9th year was the Strike Out Against Tobacco campaign. The Legends partner with our friends at Kentucky Center for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery to put on a pretty sweet program that teaches school students the dangers of smokeless tobacco. All students listen to this 45 minute presentation and at the end, they sign a pledge promising to refrain from using any type of tobacco products. After they sign the card, they are eligible to bring their card to any Sunday thru Wednesday, Lexington Legends home game and receive a free ticket. Nice deal, huh? We’ll be doing presentations all over the bluegrass. So far we have dates locked in for schools in Madison, Clark, Rockcastle, Jessamine and of course here in Fayette County. If you’re a teacher and interested in signing up your class for a presentation, or just want to learn more about the program, feel free to email me at manderson@lexingtonlegends.com

 

I know you’re keeping track just like I am, but for those who are not…we are EXACTLY 132 days away from Lexington Legends Opening Day 2009. This year is going to be a blast…if you haven’t ordered your season tickets or mini-plan tickets for the 2009 season…you should get a jump on it ASAP..I’m just saying. We have ALOT of SUPER deals going on and its good to get those tickets now instead of waiting till later!

Family Photo.jpgTake a look below as the Big L Character Appearances are still rolling…If you would like to bring Big L or any of the Legends characters out to an event..big or small…just let good ole SuperMario know and I’ll set up the rest:

Friday, December 5th
-Volunteers of America of KY (Radisson Hotel) 8am 
 
Saturday, December 6th
-2009 Christmas Parade – Richmond, KY (7pm)
 
Friday December 12th
-IvyWalls Charitable Giving Check Presentation (Applebee’s Park) 8am – (Big L)
 
Friday, December 19th
-Hit the Books School Assembly Westridge Elementary (Frankfort) 1pm-2pm – (Big L)
 
Tuesday, January 6th
-Hit the Books School Assembly – Pilot View & Trapp Elementary Schools (Winchester) 8:30am-10:45am – (Big L)
 
I hope EVERYONE has a fantastic week ahead and keep the comments coming, we LOVE hearing feedback!
 
until next time,
keep it SUPER fans,
 
-Mario