Opening Day for the Tribe is not far off, and we're starting to get excited about baseball again. OK, let's forget for a moment about the terrible Astro and Red Sox situation, and think more instead of something far more pleasant. Contract negotiations.
You may have heard the somewhat encouraging news from Frankie Lindor that he wants to remain an Indian for years to come. He said all the right things, and needless to say we would all like that to be in the cards. But it more than likley will not. But the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, and it's been taken. Now it's up to him and the Tribe to talk.
The newest trend is the amount of years players want. 10 seems to be the hot number, and there is no way I would sign any player to that long of a deal in sports. That's where these crazy numbers are coming from. 300-400 million dollars. The Tribe won't pay that. They key is, to get the amount of years down, and that may be possible to keep the number under control, maybe 150 million. (Ridiculous) He's young too and that plays to his advantage long term. Everyone may be dreaming, but wouldn't it be great to keep him here during his real prime?
The problem will be the baseball union though. They have thier agenda, and right now it's long term deals for star players. But truth be told, Frankie could still sign another huge deal after this one, and still cash in. And more truth be told, Lindor is more valuable to the Indians than he would be any other place that could cough up 300 million for 10 years. Right now, he is "Indians Baseball." I can see a statue out front in years ahead if he stays, and it would be earned.
But as fun as it is to think about this, and visualize it, baseball economic odds are tough to beat, it may all be wishful thinking. Just like baseball itself. We wish for a grand slam, or a two-out ninth inning rally. But in reality, those things only happen a small percentage of the time. There is no question we wish for Frankie to stay, maybe he will hit the grand slam, in the ninth and we all go home happy.
Over the weekend, we at WQMX had the first of we hope will be many, Red, White, and Bowl fundraisers for the amazing people at NEOPAT! The fun event was at Charger Lanes in Norton who were nothing sort of remarkable to us for the event. Jim, his family and staff were amazing! And of course thanks to you it was an incredible success! We raised close to $6,000 for those deserving people.
With Jim From Charger Lanes
We are a local company at WQMX, and I love that. We support only local charities, and I love that too. No one thinks that the National Charities are anything less than good people, but the locals are here, available, and in greater need. It's fun and rewarding to talk with and shake hands with the people actually doing the yeomans work no matter what charity we are featuring that day.
With The NEOPAT Team
NEOPAT takes care of local military families with need. And after talking with many of the folks from there, the need does not ever end. This area, as much as any, has a vested interest in the military and it's families. The whole family serves. And there is virtually no situation NEOPAT has not seen, and they handle whatever needs to be taken care of. Of course, thanks to your generosity.
I always say we love supporting those who are worth supporting and NEOPAT is one of them Thank you for coming to our event, and helping us, help others. Hope to see you there next year as we go bigger and better for you.
And thank you NEOPAT.
Last week I had to make a decision for someone, and that's not anyone's favorite thing. My mom is 92 years old, and has great health. She really has never had any serious issues and that's amazing since she was born the year Lindbergh flew across the Atlantic. But there is no denying, that she isn't quite the same as she once was, even 4 months ago.
Last week, since I'm the one of her three children and who lives local, I had to tell my mom she can no longer drive a car. I'm also the youngest, so the news from me was really not her favorite to hear as you may have guessed. We talked about it, there was some disagreement, and some common ground as well, but in the end, it's the end of a 76 year run of being able to drive a car. I was sad about it, mostly because there is no room for debate on this. I'm comfortable with it 100%, but it's still tough to deliver this kind of news.
My mom was driving around rural Ohio in the late 1940's as a recruiter for Marrietta College. This was long before the interstate highway system. She drove state routes and dusty back roads alone for a few years. She then drove to the Jack And Jill Dude Ranch (Now the Double JJ Ranch in extreme Western Michigan) in 1952, where she first met my dad. She drove alone to visit all three of us in various states we moved off to, from Boston, to Chicago, Connecticut, Virginia, Missouri and more. She drove to Florida a couple times after my dad died to visit her brother. And she drove way out west alone on a college sabbatical at the age of about 62 to research a topic she would write a paper on as a college professor.
I guess what I am saying is, she has been fearless her entire life. She has kept a 2.5 acre piece of property going since 1959, and for last 42 of those years has done it alone after my dad died when she was 50. She has even added on to the house 3 times since the age of 72, and designed all the additions. She has done well, and fearless is the best word I can use to describe her. She is fearless when it comes to later life's challenges and I'm proud of her for that. But sadly, being fearless is not good enough anymore to tackle some of life's major responsibilities. In fact, it's just the opposite.
For the first time ever she needs some help, and she's getting it but it has not been the easiest transition. We are gaining on the good ground and she is getting used to the fact that things are changing. She still has great health, and freedom that I feel is enviable for most people her age. But some of that freedom is now gone, I get it, and that's not easy for her. 76 years is a long time to to anything.
She will now see a car ride from the passenger seat only. Gladly, it's only the end of her driving - and not her drive, and certainly not the end of her road.
Sonic The Hedgehog
Jim Carrey returns to the movies with a mid-winter comedy and half-animated flick. For those who need a refresher, I found this behind-the-scenes trailer that may prove valuable.
Check it out! This could be February fun!
This looks terrific! Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Will Farrell star in this drama-comedy made by some very skilled movie makers. This has also been awarded by the Sundance Film Festival. Not usually a Farrel fan, but this looks like a real movie, and this preview makes me, and hopefully you, want to go. This proves that the script is a big deal. When it's good everyone can be good.
Should be fun!
This looks perfectly timed as a really nice Valentines Day movie! Being honest, I really want to see this as it is the telling of two stories from different eras. A solid cast, and a move that has a real nice look to it.
Can't wait to go!
Ok, Mr. Rourke is back from the TV show, and at first this looks like the show we all remember. But this is Blumhouse movies and they don't make those kind of movies. This is an intense thriller that turns dark and slashery. Ricardo Montalban would roll over in his grave.
So would Tattoo!
Waking up to winter weather is not high on many people's list as a terrific time, but that's the way it is this morning. Some junk has, and is falling and rush hour will now be rush-two-hours. And there could be some schools closed. It's a drag. But, it's nothing new around here.
Help me out here, is it me, or has winter become this thing that many are stunned happens every year? No one on earth likes driving in this mess, or shoveling, or anything else you need to to do with it. But it's nothing new. Social media lights up with flabbergasted followers posting simulated shock, complete with dramatic pictures over a few inches of snow and the troubles it can bring, especially to the left outside patio furniture. Plus the outrage that a side street wasn't priority one - as the first flake flew.
Might Be Slick Out There This Morning!
Maybe it's the TV coverage, or maybe expectations are too high. True, weather forecasting can be difficult, and yes there are better tools than ever. Snow removal equipment is at an all-time best, along with innovative ways to dispel the drifts of snow. But in the end, they are just people, and the Earth is.....in charge. Our phones can give us good information and many feel it is the gospel, but it's still a man made machine, relaying info from, man.
Is it that we feel that everything should be perfect today? We all want things right, tidy, correct, accurate and flawless. And in some things that is achieveable, like ...laundry. Not winter weather. Snow falls, rain, sleet, and the roads get messed up, and many walk around in dizzy disbelief, or post such on Twitter, or Facebook. I feel and have always felt that when winter comes, everyone involved is doing the best they can, and we have to digest the fact that for the few months the weather sucks. We have to accept the fact that life will be a bit more difficult for a while before yeilding to milder skies and brighter sun. And when you've had enough, hit Florida for a few days!
It's Husky Weather!!
I've been getting up at 2:30 AM for 40 years and driving into a radio station many mornings before the crews have been out, or right in the middle of the storm and usually before the morning low. Making it clear I don't like one thing about winter, I do like being here on the air, with my showmates, in the morning when you need good info, a calming presence or a good laugh to get you through it.
One of the best parts of my job, in one of the worst times of the year.
The Tribe has reported to Spring Training and that means Opening Day and baseall season is not that far off. You may have heard that MLB is thinking about expanding and drastically changing its post season formula in 2022. (BTW 2 years off - yeah, I know)
This is a very radical change that you can Google because you need an hour, and an advanced degree from MIT to fully understand it. But that isn't to say it's a bad thing. Because it's probably not. Baseball is THE game with the largest amount of traditionalists. And that's OK. They don't want any change. But that is a failure to fully look around and to acknowledge everything is changing in the world, not just in baseball. And it starts with people. People are different than they used to be.
We want different things now. New approaches, and many want their sports to mirror their entertainment lives. BTW, sports overall, is not "sport" anymore, it is entertainment now, by a long shot. The new format would include, far more teams, more and shorter series, first round byes for some, and possibly a reality style TV show and format where some teams could pick their next opponents. This does sound entertaining, with more drama, and more personal off field buzz, and far more TV coverage. This is appealing for many fans. It would match many aspects about many peoples busy lives, and would get people talking about baseball in the office and on social media, and that is absolutley what MLB needs.
Many were unhappy about the current 1 game playoff with more wild cards instituted a few years ago, but that has been more than great, giving the late regular season far more meaning. This new format would also benefit medium to small market teams too and that is essential to baseballs future. Truth is, MLB has changed post season formulas many times. Heck, all World Series games used to be played in the daytime till 1971! They have morphed from just two league champions, to two league divisions, to three league divisions, wild card teams, to even the playoffs themselves.
Change is unstoppable and undefeated, and this will happen. And in time the new will become the old and everything will be fine. The good news is, we may be watching the World Series from the Thanksgiving Table and I'm good with that!
Over the weekend, Windy and I made a trip downtown Cleveland to take in a show at the Cleveland Theater District, and we found ourselves hungry afterwards, so we slid over the the Hofbrauhaus Of Cleveland.
It's what it says it is, a German themed restaurant on Chester across from the bus station. The beers are huge, the music is great and the place was really alive. I love places like this. We didn't feel like waiting, so we sat at the bar and ate and had sort-of-huge beers. (You can get a full liter!!)
Being 100% honest, I have no real idea what we ate. Niether of us really did. We just kind of looked and pointed on the menu on what looked really good at that moment! But it was great! She had some kind of fried sausage patty thing, with a fried egg on top and a side or two.
I had some kind of huge wurst platter with potatoes and sauerkraut. The food was sensational, and we had a very good time there.
And since it was only the two of us, we waved off the "shotski." Where they line up 4 or 5 shots, on a mounted ski, and everyone has to shoot them down. We saw plenty that were willing to do it though.
Don't be afraid of the shotski, and don't be afraid of the Hofbrauhaus Of Cleveland. We can't wait to go back! Many more times!
The Oscars are this weekend, and the list of new movies in wide release is small. But this could be a hit.
Harley Quinn:Birds Of Prey
Here comes Margot Robbie and a nice supporting cast in this action flick, that has a lot of people excited, as Harley Quinn comes to the screen in her own flick. There has been a ton of TV ads for this, and if history is our guide, many times that can mean that the test audiences may be luke warm to it.
I have seen some very good reviews on this, and I have also read some that trash it hard! It seems to be polarizing, and that's not rare for this kind of flick. By all accounts, this could be a hit. But will people go see this, or are they simply excited that they made this movie, to be viewed another day, and in another way?
It's been fun to watch Luke Combs rise to the top of the Country Charts, and World. He is the biggest new star in a very ling time. His "everydayness" is a huge reason, and of course the music is nothing short of great.
A few years ago, he was a guest on our morning show, and he was a cordial interview. He was funny, real, and ready for the moment. He sang some live for us and we played a few songs of his too. No one knew him. We've done this many times before on Scott And Sarah, and many have gone on to big things. Maren Morris, Kip Moore, Florida Georgia Line, Mattie and Tae, and others.
We liked Luke Combs, and when he left, we all felt like he was a great guy, and a talented one too. But who knew? It reminded me of when I emceed an unknown act at the Missouri State Fair in the late 1980's, A guy named Garth Brooks.
I will never forget that morning. Luke Combs - how fun!
Everyone loves awards, and our business is no exception. This week WQMX was nominated again for the ACM Medium Market Station Of The Year, and it's a proud time around here. We've been nominated before, and won the station award in 2015. It was a great honor for all of us. But the thanks goes to you.
You support everything we do here are WQMX, and we are so appreciative. Charity events, ticket stops, you flood concerts big and small, and are always there. You are why we do this. You are why any station is here, and for those stations or personalities that choose not to believe that, they are wrong. Radio is a team sport. It's an honor to work for such a great radio station, with the best listeners!
The morning show has also been nominated six times by the ACM's but has not won the top prize yet, but it is an honor to be included in the top five shows in the country. The show has also been nominated a couple times by the CMA's but has not topped that one yet either. I did win a CMA during my time in Florida in 1997, and it was a tremendous honor, that is forever humbling.
Fact is, no matter what body is nominating, what year, what category, the thanks still goes to you, the listener. We are thankful to you. We know you get up every morning, and listen all day, and we are so grateful. Yes, the entire staff works tirelessly as this is a demanding field, but you make it worthwhile.
Let's hope this is our second win, for the station, and for you.
Thank you for always being there!
When WQMX won the ACM Station Award in 2015 - felt good to hold it!