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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!


Wet and Nasty Wednesday Afternoon in Lexington…

Well HELLO friends and welcome into Wednesday Hump Day edition of everybody’s favorite minor league baseball blog, Diggin’ In to the Legends!

This weekend was a FUN weekend for yours truly as Friday night I invited some of my close friends to my casa (house) to celebrate it being…a Friday night in Richmond, Kentucky haha. And, by close friends, I mean there were about 100 people jammed in tight…shew! what a night.

n48200609_33514807_6279.jpgAnd, for those that don’t know as of yet…good ole n48200609_33514770_9134.jpgSuperMario is an avid viewer and dedicated fan of wrestling. Or better known to the folks here in Wildcat country…”rasslin.” A good friend of mine, works as a sales guy for one of the local radio stations here in Lexington, which just so happened to sponsor TNA (Total Non-Stop Action) coming into Lawrenceburg, Ky on Saturday.  Long-story short, for the better part of the day, I was able to hangout with some of their superstars and had an amazing time. The night ended with the guys I hung out all day with, putting it all on the line in the squared circle!

kettle 005.jpgAlso, this weekend another ‘FIRST’ was had for yours kettle 004.jpgtruly as I got in the holiday spirit and built my first ever gingerbread house. The actual idea came from my “allstar super friend,” Lindsea…we actually set and worked on this house for a couple hours…From all the cream to the different types of candy. It ended up turning out a-ok! I added some pretty fun pictures of that as well. Enjoy!

kettle 006.jpgThe last non-baseball news for you is I FINALLY took pictures of my kettle 007.jpgalmost one-year-old puppy, Calvin “the Golden Stallion.” He STILL is the best dog ever and I’m so happy he is around…The camera though makes his eyes look possessed. He’s not though, he barely even barks. 


Don’t forget, time has NOT run out yet on booking the Makers Mark Club for your next holiday party OR any event for that matter…get ahold of the Legends @ 859.252.4487, if you want to set something up! You’re not going to find a more elegant setting for special occasions than the Makers Mark Club. With seating for 150, and a clear view of Applebee’s Park, the Makers Mark Club is a versatile space & suitable for all occasions.

Xu2ngmW9.jpgFinally, don’t miss out on the best seats in the park, get your season tickets now…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 includuing 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! 

So many FUN things happening here at Applebee’s Park in Lexington! It’s great! Only 124 days until Opening Day 2009! Get excited!

until next time,

keep it SUPER fans!



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,

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!





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!




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.


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!


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!



Astros sign Taiwanese closer Lo…

Welcome into a very wet and soggy edition of Diggin In to the Legends…currently in Lexington, the weather has went from a picture perfect forecast, to a dowright nasty Friday leading into the weekend. But, things are supposedly are forecasted to clear up. But, we’ll see I guess.

This Sunday, be sure to stop by Downtown Lexington as the 2009 Veterans Parade kicks off. The parade actually begins at 3:30. Myself, Big L, Elle and PeeWee will be out in full force. So be sure to come on down and say HELLO!

Besides that, I have a busy weekend prepared that involves me spending a whole lot of time with my young little puppy, Calvin the Golden Stallion…I’ll post some updated pictures of him sometime next week, so do check back

But, that’s all I have..Below I have a nice article from our mlb affiliate about a hot new prospect, that just has been signed. Read that as well.


And have a great weekend,


keep it SUPER fans!


Young right-hander pitched for national team in Olympics

HOUSTON — One year ago, general manager Ed Wade appointed Glen Barker as the Astros’ director of Pacific Rim scouting, a brand new position that signaled the club’s desire to scour talent in a part of the world they previously hadn’t explored.

On Friday, the Astros introduced their first product of Barker’s journeys — right-hander Chia-Jen Lo, a 22-year-old native of Taiwan.

The Astros are scheduled to introduce Lo at 2 p.m. CT at Minute Maid Park.

Primarly a closer, Lo is currently finishing his education at the Chinese Cultural University and will join the Astros at Spring Training in Kissimmee, Fla.

Lo has pitched for Taiwan’s national teams in junior-, college- and senior-level competition, but his contract with the Astros is his first at the professional level. Scouting reports indicate the right-hander throws a curveball and a fastball that peaks at 96 mph. He also has a good slider and a split-fingered fastball.

“A year ago, we talked about the importance of establishing a presence on the Pacific Rim in order to take advantage of another significant talent stream,” Wade said. “At that time, we tasked Glen Barker with overseeing our scouting in Taiwan, China, Japan, Korea and Australia. Glen has worked tirelessly to get us up and running on the Pacific Rim, and today’s signing of Chia-Jen Lo is a very significant indication of the work that Glen has done.

“Glen had seen Lo a number of times in Taiwan, and he and East Coast scouting supervisor Clarence Johns both saw him pitch in the 2008 Olympics. Their reports indicated that if he had been eligible for the First-Year Player Draft in the United States, Lo would have gone in the top three to five rounds. We are extremely excited to add another quality arm to our development mix and to be on the board as a team that’s serious about its Pacific Rim presence.”

A participant in the 2008 Olympics for the Chinese Taipei team, Lo allowed one earned run in two innings of relief against the China team in Beijing. He also played in the 2008 World University Championship, 2007 World Port Tournament, 2006 World University Championship, 2006 Haarlem Baseball Week, 2005 Asian Championship and 2004 World Junior Championship.


ELECTION DAY, is SuperMario STILL single??, wild weather AND other random notes…

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.

Ace Weekly ad.JPGHowever, 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!


xmas mascots.jpgBig 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!


Bluegrass Bachelors 2008…

It’s Thursday, which equals one day away from Friday, which then means..the weekend will be here. YAYAYAYAYAY!

Speaking of weekend..got a good weekend plan for ya if you’re looking for something to do..

This Sunday is the Bluegrass Bachelors of 2008 party…and yours truly, good ole SuperMario has been selected by the fine folks from Ace Weekly to serve with a few others as the “creme of the crop,” “creme de la creme,” etc.  Ace Weekly chose the most ELIGIBLE bachelors in the Bluegrass, and profiled myself and the rest of the guys in their October 30 edition of Ace (today-Thursday).

Ace has being doing this event for awhile now. Recent Bluegrass Bachelors over the past ten years have included: doctors, lawyers, detectives, police officers, chefs, engineers, athletes, bankers, veterinarians, artists, professors, and more!

This year’s bachelor candidates range from early 20s to mid 50s and obviously are SINGLE, and definitely qualify as a real Catch of the County.

All you faithful, Diggin in to the Legends readers, should put this event on your agenda for the weekend. With SuperMario there…it’s looking more and more like a star-studded event…ha!

But, seriously…here is some more information about the event…
Ace Weekly ad.JPGSo there ya go…Make it out if you can…at least to say HELLO…along with that, come support the cause and help out the Woodford Humane Society where all the proceeds are going towards.

Of course, on Monday, I’ll have a full and complete wrap-up of how this Bachelor Party bottomed out. I’m totally not sure what to expect, but, I’ll definitely give ya the breakdown on how it all goes, on the next edition of Diggin in to the Legends.

have a great weekend everybody!

keep it SUPER fans!