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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

BREAKING NEWS: Former LEGENDS Player Deals With Serious Illness..

Happy Holidays, Seasons Greetings, Happy New Years and welcome into the 151st edition of Diggin’ in to the Legends on this 5th day of January!

It’s back to work at Applebee’s Park as everyone in the Legends front office has their eye on the prize as the countdown to Opening Countdown begins and all the wheels start getting rolling! The home opener is Monday, April 13, 2009 and we are ready for another great season of FUN and of course, Legends games!

Speaking of getting back to work…that’s definitely what I’ve got to get back to doing now.


DSCF3460.JPGBut, before I go, take a look at the article from MLB.com reporter as she writes on Max Sapp, who has been with the Legends the last two seasons at the catcher position.  He has been very ill over the last few months due to a bout with Meningitis. Read Below to find out more on his situation. All of the Lexington Legends wish the best for Max and hope he has a speedy recovery during this difficult time.

 

 

“HOUSTON — Catching prospect Max Sapp, hospitalized for more than two weeks with a severe case of meningitis, took a first step toward recovery on Wednesday when he was able to breathe on his own without the help of a respirator.

According to general manager Ricky Bennett, the 20-year-old Sapp will soon begin therapy to recover from the illness, which has left him with significant memory loss.

“He doesn’t know who the president is; he doesn’t know who his girlfriend is,” Bennett said. “He doesn’t have all of his memory back. He was unconscious for quite some time. It’s a blessing he’s with us. It’s pretty scary stuff.”

Meningitis is an infection of the fluid of the spinal cord and the fluid that surrounds the brain. People sometimes refer to it as spinal meningitis. Meningitis is usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection.

Sapp was breathing with the help of a respirator after undergoing surgery to repair a severe sinus infection and contracting meningitis, as reported by the Houston Chronicle Tuesday night. According to the report, Sapp was unable to breathe on his own because of occasional seizures.

Sapp is expected to be hospitalized for quite some time as he continues his recovery.

How this will affect Sapp, the club’s first-round pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, from a professional standpoint remains to be seen.

“We’re not thinking about baseball right now,” Bennett said. “We have to get him healthy and back to normal. That’s all that matters right now.”

until next time,

keep it SUPER fans!

-Mario

Seasons Greetings and Happy Holidays!

Happy Ho Ho Ho-lidays Legends Fans!

xmas mascots 1.jpgThis will be my last blog before the holidays. So I wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, or a Happy Hannukah, or whatever holiday you choose to celebrate this time of year. Now more than ever, I appreciate the meaning of the season. It’s not about what gifts you get. It’s about spending quality time with those who are important to you. I intend to do that.

Onto other news…Last week, I wrote about how it was time to sign up for the BEST Kids Club in town…the Lexington Legends Kids Club, presented by JIF…well,  guess what, the Lexington Legends just recently announced the addition of it’s newest club…the Silver Sluggers Club…Read Below to find out more!

Available for Ages 55 & Older for a cost of $30! By joining the Legends Silver Slugger’s Club, you will receive all of these great benefits:

–  Membership Card
–  Half-price tickets to every Sunday game ($40 savings!)
–  Free Meal Voucher every Sunday (good for Hot Dog or Hamburger, Fries and a Beverage) – ($100 value)
–  Exclusive sales opportunities on Merchandise at the Legend’s Locker
–  Free Legend’s Silver Sluggers Hat or Umbrella ($20 value)

Attendance incentives:
–  Attend six (6) games and receive dinner for two (2) in the Maker’s Mark Club
–  Attend all ten (10) Sunday games and receive a FREE autographed 2009 team card set!

More details on the club and its great benefits will be announced shortly!

 

 

 

If you would like to sign up to be apart of this newest club, log onto www.lexingtonlegends.com or call us in the office at 859.252.4487.

Everyone be safe over this holiday time and be sure to check back for the 149th edition of Diggin’ In to the Legends, on Monday, January 5th.

Have a great one, friends!

until next time,

keep it SUPER!

 

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

Happy Thanksgiving!

Welcome into this Tuesday (Late Edition) of Diggin’ In to the Legends….

This week’s edition of the Legends first-ever blog, we’ll be SUPER short..due to the holiday.

Tomorrow (Wednesday), our GM, Andy Shea was so gracious enough to only make us work a half-day, and then let us off Thursday and Friday…so EVERYONE in the hollow halls of the Legends front office was pretty pumped about that fantastic news.

I really really hope that all you faithful readers of this blog have a great thanksgiving holiday and eat waaaayyy too much and enjoy your time with your close friends and families.

Be sure to mark down in your schedules, if you haven’t already…this Saturday, November 28 @ 5:30pm is the 2008 Lexington Christmas Parade in downtown. I will be there along with the Legends characters will be there shaking hands and given out fun flyers promoting our 2009 season which is a little over 130 days away. So, if you’re free, come on down and say HELLO…i’d love to see ya..or if you want to talk to me..at least, show your support of the Legends by wearing your Legends clothings to the parade 🙂

That’s all I have for this week’s edition of Diggin’ in to the Legends..

until next time, keep it SUPER fans!

-Mario

 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

BREAKING NEWS: NEW VOICE OF THE LEGENDS NAMED…

T.G.I.F Fans…The weekend is ALMOST here…just a few hours away…guess who is pumped..your’s truly…good ole SuperMario definitely is..I hope EVERYONE has had an awesome week so far…

If you haven’t heard by now…our f
ormer director of broadcasting and media relations Rob Gidel has accepted an opportunity to work with the University of Akron radio network, and among other duties, is the play-by-play announcer for women’s basketball.

So, the Legends had to go out and find a new “Voice of the Legends” and boy did we pick up a great choice…KEITH ELKINS…

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Keith Elkins, a former Lexington television sports reporter and anchor and public relations officer at the University of Kentucky and Transylvania University, has accepted the broadcasting and media relations position. In addition to serving as the team’s primary media contact, his duties will include play-by-play of all games on radio. Legends games are heard on flagship station WLXG in Lexington and 34 affiliates across the Commonwealth, making up the largest radio network in minor league baseball. Elkins worked part-time on Legends broadcasts in 2008.

He is going to do a fine job and we are ALL excited to have Keith join us here in our front office staff.

Have a great weekend everyone and be sure to check back in on Monday as I wrap up my weekend and fill you in on the week ahead.

until next time, keep it SUPER fans!

-Mario 

 

 

Only 147 days UNTIL Opening Day 2009…

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!

-Mario

New week = Back to the grind…

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.

jh 002.jpgAs ususal..the two day weekend flew by super fast jh 003.jpgand 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!

-Mario