July 18, 2014
Opening Day in Another City
We flew into Kansas City and took in a great week–end of site seeing and baseball. We even were able to get into the ballpark and watch the Tigers' Sunday workout. We drove into the parking lot jamming some Kid Rock and just wanting to develop a plan for Monday. Instead, we decided to see if we could go into the park — and the security guy let us.
You remember that Opening Day. The one where Chris Shelton (above, with Trevor Thompson) knocked the ball around and looked like he would be the MVP. Yeah, we knew he wouldn't but it was still cool, considering somehow he made the team over Carlos Pena who was a big part of the Jeff Weaver trade from 2002.
Anyhow, I had lunch with Kenny (red shirt, above) the other day and we got to talking about how we're all so busy and never have time to do much as a group anymore. Then we started talking about how fun it was in Kansas City back in '06. Kenny said, "Maybe we should pick a road series every year in July and just go." That sounds like a good idea …
There's no Opening Day party like a Detroit Opening Day party, though …
Posted by Rick Heitmeyer at 10:04 AM
July 11, 2014
July 10, 2014
Why the controversy?
Is it political? Is it a curriculum?It's interesting all the controversy about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). I've asked questions all along — but my major question was why Michigan had to jump on board because the Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCEs) and the High School Content Expectations (HSCEs) already were some of the best curriculum in the United States.
After nearly 20 years of work, Michigan now has the CCSS — or does it? The assessment program, Smarter Balanced Assessment, has been put on hold as the Michigan legislators have passed legislation and a budget that would require the development of "MEAP 2" — Michigan Educational Assessment Program #2 — because the former MEAP (we won't digress there!) is not retired. Actually, we educators don't know what the state assessment will be 10 months from now …
The main thing about the CCSS is that it requires students to problem solve and work with more rigor. And, if you're in education, you know that teachers frequently say, "These kids don't know how to think." My thought — huh? — is that if we begin early in a student's education teaching him/her "how to think," e.g. problem solve, work with rigor and more thought, that type of statement will go away.
So, to sum it all up, the only controversy I can see is that the CCSS are so similar to what we're already doing in Michigan that the final pieces (rigor, problem solving, etc.) would be easy enough to put in to place without causing a supposed major shift in curriculum (CCSS is not necessarily a new curriculum but a new thought process) and making student learning MORE POLITICAL than it already is.
Posted by Rick Heitmeyer at 10:16 PM
July 09, 2014
The Baseball BibleWay before the Internet and instant information, I used to read The Sporting News back to front as soon as it arrived. It contained an incredible amount of stats, standings, and box scores. You could find anything you wanted to know about the great game of baseball. I subscribed for many years, starting in 1982. We saw the ad during the World Series and my mom ordered it for me. It was a great investment because it kept me busy reading. I had tried Baseball Digest and Sports Illustrated before, but this truly was the Baseball Bible.
I began my subscription late in 1982, but the first two years of my Sporting News days, the Tigers were challenging for first place and eventually became the World Champions. I've told you before that I used to purchase my "preview" magazines by where the writers picked the Tigers to finish — so with so many columns and articles about the Detroit Tigers, reading TSN was a no–brainer!
Anyhow, I used to read each issue — cover to cover — and knew a great deal about all of the teams. I even knew a great deal about football, basketball, and hockey. The baseball coverage, though, was second to none. Great baseball writing is an art form, so the old weekly magazine had many artists!
Have a great day.
Posted by Rick Heitmeyer at 8:13 AM
June 28, 2014
Celebrate America — Remember When We All Did!I became a baseball fan in 1976. That's the year that Mark "The Bird" Fidrych took Michigan and the nation by storm. I was all of four years old — wouldn't be five until November. All I understood that this Tigers player was "great."
Posted by Rick Heitmeyer at 1:53 PM
June 23, 2014
Summer Means | Enjoy Life MoreIt's summer. A season that often is taken for granted.
Summer means relaxing around a bonfire.
Summer means taking in Tigers games, or White Caps games, or even Beach Bums games.
Summer means baseball. More hotdogs. More soft serve ice cream.
Summer means taking some time to reflect. And relax.
Summer means catching up on many, many books.
Summer means more fun.
Summer means mowing the lawn. More than necessary.
Summer means Elk Rapids. For some, the beach.
Summer means trying Northern Michigan's craft beers.
Summer means a new jam that rocks radio "all summer long."
Summer means Jimmy Buffett. And the Coral Reefer Band.
Summer means Miguel Cabrera. Justin Verlander. And even Don Kelly.
Summer means another summer older. Another summer bolder.
Summer means fun.
And this summer, we will take nothing for granted — even the sounds of summer.
Posted by Rick Heitmeyer at 7:59 AM
June 22, 2014
Summertime in Northern Michigan
The sights and sounds of "up north" are awesome during the summer. Each year we look forward to spending some quality time with family in Elk Rapids during Harbor Days. Harbor Days is a several–day event that honors the "port" history of the village. It's grown considerably over the past many years, from basically a carnival/mid–way to much more than that … I always feel like we're wishing away summer when we think about Harbor Days, but it is a great time!
Posted by Rick Heitmeyer at 9:50 PM