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Feliz Navidad!!!!

Hello there to you my friends..

Welcome to 2010…it’s a NEW YEAR for sure! How did you ring in the new year? I had some of my closest friends come back into town for a New Year’s Eve SUPER Shenanigan Throwdown…we got wild and loud as you can imagine and it was a great time for sure.

The countdown to Opening Day 2010 is on too..we’re exactly 100 days away from the 10th season of Lexington Legends baseball at Applebee’s Park? Are you getting pumped? I sure am!

We have ALOT of cool things planned for this upcoming year and as the season gets closer, I’ll be sure to pass along.

In other Legends news…






FieldStaff2010.gif*Rodney Linares, a veteran of the Astros’ organization, will be the Legends manager in 2010. For the last three seasons, Linares was the manager in Greeneville (Tenn.), the Astros’ affiliate in the rookie Appalachian League.

Linares was Lexington’s hitting coach in 2005 and 2006. Before joining the Legends for the 2005 season, he had served six seasons as a hitting coach and scout in the Astros’ Dominican Republic operations.

Linares played three seasons of professional baseball. He was an infielder in the Detroit organization in 1997 and part of 1998, and in the Houston organization from 1998-99.

Stubby Clapp, who was the Legends hitting coach in 2008, will return to that post in 2010. He was the hitting coach for Greeneville in 2007 and 2009. Clapp played professionally from 1997-2005, and reached the majors in 2001 with St. Louis. A native of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, Clapp played for Canada in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. He also played for Canada in the 1999 PanAm Games and in the World Baseball Classic in 2006 and 2009.

 

Josh Anderson.jpg*Former Eastern Kentucky University and Lexington Legends standout, Josh Anderson signed a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday. This deals features an invitation to Spring Training in Florida as a non-roster player.

Anderson, a 27-year-old Kentucky native, (Eubank), is a career .272 hitter with the Houston Astros, Atlanta Braves, Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals. Anderson has made a big name for himself for his base-stealing ability. He is a left-handed outfielder who has 36 stolen bases in 179 major league games to his name.

Anderson was drafted in 2004 into the Astros organization and made his MLB debut in 2007 before being trade to the Braves. He was Class AAA Richmond’s Player of the the Year in 2008 and went to spring training with the Braves in 2009. But, he was traded to the Tigers before the season began and spent most of 2009 in Detroit before being sent to Royals for cash considerations. 

We have soooooooooo much more happening in 2010, I can’t wait to share…but, you’ll definitely have to keep checking out the hottest blog in all of minor league baseball…Diggin’ In To the Legends with ME…SuperMario!

until the next time,

keep it SUPER

-Mario 

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s starting to look a lot like…THANKSGIVING!

I hope EVERYONE has a fantastic Turkey day and has safe travels whether it may be through the air or on the ground!

We’ll chat it up again soon…sometime after this great day! I’m already full thinking about it!

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until next time friends..

keep it SUPER!

-Mario

 

 

The Work Week is Just Beginning for Most…and for me..WELL…I work all the time..

Hi Friends..

Thanks for coming on back to your favorite place in all the land…Diggin’ In to the Legends with ME…SuperMario. You’re locked into the hottest AND longest running blog in the South Atlantic League.

So how goes it?

I’m assuming EVERYBODY had a SUPER fantastic halloweekened, a few weeks back.

It’s  been a couple busy weeks for baseball fans across the nation as all eyes were locked into the World Series as Yankees battled the Phillies. Storylines were definitely good one for this series. The Phillies…the defending world champs versus the winningest franchise EVER (as some people say) in all of baseball history.

Well, as we all know, the Yanks won and brought home the hardware for the 27th time. Shew! That team is definitely on a roll…a big bank roll can do lots when building a sports franchise…the Steinbreinners admit that. But, congrats to that organziation on a job well done clinching the series 4 games to 2.
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brad mills.jpgIn other baseball news…I wrote a few blogs ago how the Legends parent team, the Houston Astros let go their manger, Cecil Cooper and were in search of a new skipper…welll, it’s official thay hired a new one and he’s from within the Boston Reds Sox organization…his name, Brad Mills.

He actually has been managing in the minors for about 18 years and has been given the go-ahead to take the reigns of the Astros for the next 2 years.

Kudos to Mr. Mills…and, hopefully he can right the ship of the Houston Astros because we are more than ready to see some W’s all across the board during 2010.

Speaking of new hires…it’s official these days and was published in the Lexington Herald-Leader recently so I can definitely plug it right here in this blog….About a month ago, I accepted a position here in Lexington in the news department with ABC affiliate, ABC 36…Check out the link below.

abc36.pnghttp://www.kentucky.com/103/story/1000315.html

No fear though, I’m still going to be working for the Legends…just going to be pulling double at both places for the next few months….so that should be interesting, right? I’m excited…it’s been a blast so far and I’m so thankful for the oppurtunity.

But, for now…that’s all I got..

until next time,

keep it SUPER,

-Mario

BREAKING NEWS: Houston Astros Send Manager Cecil Cooper a-Packin…

The shake-ups are definitely starting to happen with the Houston Astros who are the major league affiliate of the Lexington Legends.

Cecil Cooper.jpgThe Astros announced on Monday that Cecil Cooper, who has been with the team as manager since August 2007 was being let go. During his time as top man in Houston, the Astros have have had a so-so reign going 171-170. The Astros actually had 13 games left in the 2009 season but management felt the move was needed now. Dave Clark, has been tapped as interim manager to finish out the rest of the season.

Make sure to keep checking the blog to find out all the new developments with this story.

Good ole SuperMario is hitting the road to New Orleans in about a week for the 2009 MiLB Promotional Seminar. It takes place September 30th-October 3rd…teams from all over the nation will convene down in the Big Easy to share promotional ideas and good fun things that worked at different teams from every level. I’ll be blogging and sharing pictures from down in those parts…so make you check out the HOTTEST blog as it hits the road to New Orleans.


uDhKdgbf.jpgLuckilly, we happen to be finalists for the 2009 MiLB Best In-Game Promotion for Media Mogul Madness. That’s where we had media peeps from television and radio serve as our Legends Guest PA announcer during an 8-game homestand in July. Keep those fingers and toes crossed FO SHO as we look to hit a HOME RUN and bring home the award back to Lexington.

MediaPeeps425.gifThat’s all for now…

but do keep checking back..

but until next time..

keep it SUPER fans.

-Mario

Legends End On a High-Note With 4-game sweep…

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Robert Bono.jpgHey there baseball fans and welcome into this cool edition of Diggin In to the Legends with me…SuperMario. I hope you all had a fantastic Labor Day weekend and didn’t a little tooo much fun because I definitely did. Haha…

But anywho…Lexington Legends pitcher, Robert Bono pitched a four-hitter and the Lexington Legends closed out the 2009 season on a high-note Monday, with a 5-1 win over the Bowling Green Hot Rods.

Our hometeam actually swept the Hot Rods in the 4-game series and won 12 of its last 17 games. Pretty Cool, huh?

Albert Cartwright and Freddie Hernandez each had three hits for Lexington, and Marques Williams drove in two runs. Eric Suttle hit his first home run of the season, a leadoff shot in the ninth.

Bono (10-8) did not allow a base runner until Mike Sheridan’s two-out single in the fifth inning. He struck out four, allowed four hits and walked none for his third complete game of the season, second-most in the league.

On April 8th, 2010, the Legends open up it’s 10th anniversary of baseball on the road in Charleston, South Carolina versus the Riverdogs. The home opener is Friday, April 16 at Applebee’s Park against the Greenville Drive.

Get excited..

until next time,

keep it SUPER fans!

-Mario 

get READY!!! 1-8 DAYS in counting…

Well hello hello hello Legends fans.

It’s definitely been awhile since your boy, good ole SuperMario has posted a blog on minor league’s #1 baseball blog, Diggin’ In to the Legends. I definitely do apologize for that. I’m sure EmmyB does as well.

But, shew seeing that the countdown till Opening Day is only 18 days away now..the wheels are for sure in motion and we’re revvin’ up for the final days till the first pitch is thrown down here at Applebee’s Park.

Some dates to look out for..

Thursday, March 26th – Reaaallly Big L @ S&S Tire on Richmond Rd (5P-6P)

Friday, March 27th – Reaaallly Big L @ Calistoga in Hamburg (5P-6P)
Saturday, March 28
th – Family Fun Fest time/location TBD (5P-6P)

Monday, March 30th – Reaaallly Big L (Fayette County Public Main Office)

Tuesday, March 31st – Reaaallly Big L @ Sun Tan City in Hamburg (5P-6P)

Wednesday, April 1st – Reaaallly Big L @ Sun Tan City on Richmond Road (5P-6P)

Thursday, April 2nd Reaaallly Big L @ Sun Tan City in Regency Centre (5P-6P)

Friday, April 3rd – Poster Rollout @ Forcht Bank, Time TBD

So with that, there are sooo many ways for you to get your “Legends Fix.” And, just a reminder…if you have no ordered your season tickets or individual tickets, you should definitely get on the ball. HAHA only joking. But, seriously.

If you have any questions about anything about SuperMario or with the Legends…don’t hesitate contact me or EmmyB…you’ve got the questions..we’ve got the answers 🙂

panama!!!!! 038.jpgAnd as promised…here’s a couple pictures from my trip down in Florida. I was in Florida and am pretty sure that I got the best tan out of anyone that spent time in the sun down there. Haha

 

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until next time,

keep it SUPER fans

-Mario

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.


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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