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Legends Radio Caravan Complete…National Anthem Tryouts, Complete, Next Up…

Well Hello Hello Hello! Hiii Legends Fans!

Welcome into the 162nd edition of Diggin’ In to the Legends with SuperMario and EBJ!

We’re EXACTLY 56 days away (YIKES!!!) from Opening Day 2009 for the Lexington Legends baseball team and the excitement is definitely starting to build here at good ole Applebee’s Park.

                                                                                                                                            
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SANY0841.JPGLast Thursday, marked the conclusion of the Legends Radio Caravan that literally criss-crossed the Central Kentucky area. As mentioned during the last couple of blogs, we made stops in five different counties and met with folks from all walks of life. Our final stops on the express brought us to Danville and Lexington. In Danville, we met up with students from the Kentucky School for the Deaf down at a Fazolis restaurant on Hustonville Road. The kids were great and enjoyed all the festivities we had to offer.

SANY0851.JPGOver back in the home city of Lexington, our home turf, the world famous Makers Mark Club just inside Applebee’s Park hosted Legends fans as we ended our weeklong caravan.

 

But, since we’re gearing up for the big day, there obviously, is no end in sight as this past weekend was a BIG 2-days for the Lexington Legends. Our 2009 National Anthem Tryouts were held and definitely was a SUCCESS!!!!

Hundreds of people took turns belting out The Star-Spangled Banner at Fayette to audition for a chance at singing the national anthem at a Lexington Legends home game this year.

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It’s Monday now, so EVERYONE here in our office is trying to recover from the weekend and get ready for our next projects that are just around the corner.

Keep your computer screens locked into the hottest blog in all of the minor leagues for all the latest updates on Applebee’s Park and the Lexington Legends, here at legends.mlblogs.com

Have a great day everyone!

keep it SUPER fans!

-Mario

 oh and ps…HAPPY PRESIDENT’s day!

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.


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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

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!