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. I 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!
While 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.
Big 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!
Alrighty 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!
until next time,
keep it SUPER fans!
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!!!
Yesterday, 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,
Josh 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 the 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!
Well Hello baseball fans, welcome into the 158th edition of minor league baseball’s hottest and #1 blog…Diggin’ In to the Legends!
As 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.
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.
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.
Each 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.
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.
Join 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,
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 🙂
But, 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 link, It’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:
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!
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
HOUSTON — 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!
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..
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 @ firstname.lastname@example.org 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..It’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!
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?
It’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 email@example.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!
Take 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:
Good Monday morning to all you readers of the hottest blog in minor league baseball..the Lexington Legends FIRST-EVER blog, Diggin’ In to the Legends..today marks the 140th blog posting which is simply AMAZING! Hope you’re still enjoying it, because we definitely enjoy writing..
Hey ALL…don’t miss out on the best seats in the park…2009 Legends season tickets are on sale NOW…so go ahead and get your tickets while you can..
If you didn’t know, with your purchase of 2009 Season tickets or a mini-plan, you will have the chance to win an all-expense paid VIP trip to Houston including airfare for four (4) courtesy of Blue Grass Airport and lodging in Houston. You will enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of Minute Maid Park and tickets to the Astros game. Three (3) entries wih each season ticket package and one (1) entry per mini-plan. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal, huh!?
Also as mentioned in the last couple of editions of Diggin’ In to the Legends…you’re not going to find a more elegant setting for your holiday party or other special occasion than the Maker’s Mark Club…with seating for 150, and a clear view of Applebee’s Park, the Maker’s Mark Club is a versatile space, suitable for any occasion..so call us if you would like to host your next event with us..
If you own a business or are just looking for somewhere to advertise..call the Lexington Legends…we have an unique oppurtunity for your company to be exposed to more than 420,000 fans during our 70 home games…Your advertising will also be displayed at numerous special events hosted at Applebee’s Park.
CALL TODAY FOR THESE GREAT OPPURTUNITIES…859.252.4487..
In other news..I took Big L, yet again, to another school for another assembly..Last week it was Peaks Mill Elementary, in Frankfort..I spoke about our winter reading program, Hit the Books to around 400 people which included obviously students kindergarten through 5th grade, teachers, parents and more…
Once again, ANOTHER success story as the kids had a blast, Big L was a big hit, and all the kids are super motivated about reading and excited about possibly being the top school at the end of the program..Pictures will be up from the event SOON along with the ones of my puppy, Calvin the “Golden Stallion!”
But, that’s all for today…I’m going to get back to working and we’ll be writing back sooner than later..
Enjoy your Monday, friends!
until next time,
keep it SUPER fans!
Happy Monday all!
Welcome into the 137th edition of Diggin’ In to the Legends. We are exactly 154 days away from the 2009 Lexington Legends baseball season.
As ususal..the two day weekend flew by super fast and its back to the grind here in the front office of the Lexington Legends. On Sunday, the city of Lexington celebrated Veteran’s Day 2008 with a parade through downtown. It was frigid and at times, a little challeging, but the good word about the Legends was still being broadcast and people were given information on how to buy season tickets, rent out the Makers Mark Club, or just simply log onto www.lexingtonlegends.com.
Unofficially, there were about 200 people who braved the cloudy, chilly weather. Here are a few pictures from the parade: Enjoy!
This morning, after our weekly staff meeting, the always wonderful Emily (EBJ) led the whole office in TigerPaw training. I’m sure 95% of the readers don’t know what TigerPaw is, but, long story short…its a system on all of our computers where we can compile contact information, schedule meetings, view one anothers contacts, etc. Emily, the TigerPaw oficianado, delivered a tutorial over the loudspeaker in the office and taught all of us newbies how to operate this sweet program.
Besides that, this first work day of the week, has been rather slow as I have been on the internet all day researching possible new promotional events from other athletic teams…yeah, FUN!!!
I’ll write back sometime later this week with other cool happenings and updated Big L appearances so as always, check back and let us know what you think!
that’s all for today.
until next time…keep it SUPER fans!
Well a big THANKS for checking out this weeks Election Day edition of Diggin’ In to the Legends…
Normally, EVERY MONDAY, I post a fun blog about the weekends happenings, but yesterday was a little busy here on the home front, so my apologies.
However, during the last blog posting, I mentioned how I was selected to be one of Ace Weekly’s (Lexington newspaper) Bluegrass Bachelors. Now, yes…I promised some pictures, but unfortunately, I took EXACTLY zero pictures. My apologies. However, long story short, SuperMario IS still single..no lucky ladies stole the heart of this guy on that day. Great conversations though with some nice women. But, no winners. The day was also a little somber though, as one of the Bluegrass Bachelors was involved in a motorcycle accident on Thursday and passed away after a result from the crash. I, SuperMario on behalf of all of us here at the Lexington Legends were saddend by the tragic news and our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with Larry Goodrich’s friends and family. For those who don’t know, Larry was a long-time worker from Lexmark.
As you can tell from the first line of the blog and the title of the blog…TODAY is ELECTION DAY across the United States of America. If you have not gone out just yet to be apart of history..then get out soon and rock the vote! Polls stay open until 6pm (in Kentucky, at least), so don’t miss out on your chance to elect the candidates in the local, regional and national races that best represent you and your ideals/visions for the future.
Currently, the temperature is registering on the thermonater as 74 warm degrees during the FIRST WEEK OF FREAKING NOVEMBER…LOOOOVE IT! Even our front office is super steamy and at times unbearable..This wild Kentucky weather is truly something else. But, guess what?? Don’t get too comfortable with the high temps, because by the weekend, the 60s return then eventually will be struggling to get out of the lower 50s. Brace yourselves!
Big L is still on his tour of criss-crossing the state, meeting and greeting the SUPER people of this wonderful community. Check below to see where you catch him and the rest of the Legends characters next!:
*Sunday, November 9th – Veterans Day Parade (Lexington) – Big L, Elle, PeeWee, SuperMario
*Friday, November 14th – Peaks Mill Elementary – Big L
*Friday, November 29th – Christmas Parade (Lexington) – Big L, Elle, PeeWee, SuperMario
*Friday, December 5th – Christmas Parade (Richmond) – Big L, PeeWee
*Friday, December 19th – Westridge Elementary (Frankfort) – Big L
So with all that being said..thanks for reading this 136th blog post of Diggin’ In to the Legends! Hope you’re STILL enjoying it. The one year anniversary of the FIRST EVER Lexington Legends blog is coming up pretty soon, so get excited.
Speaking of getting excited, there are exactly 160 days until the 2009 Lexington Legends baseball season kicks off, so mark those calendars…Monday, April 13th, 2009 will be here sooner than you think!
Ps…if you haven’t seen it yet on the homepage of the Legends website: www.lexingtonlegends.com, the Maker’s Mark Club at Applebee’s Park is now making reservations for the fall and winter! Call 859.252.4487 to book your corporate function, reception or holiday party today!
that’s all for now but until next time everyone..
keep it SUPER fans!