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Eastern League All-Star Game July 10, 2019 Hosted by The Richmond Flying Squirrels, Richmond Virginia

Summer is in full swing and baseball leagues are almost at the half way point throughout all leagues from coast to coast.
This year will be special in Richmond Virginia. The Richmond Flying Squirrels are hosting this years Eastern League All-Star game on July 10, 2019.
Throughout the week, the Squirrels will be hosting a series of events.
Here is what is going on, straight from the Richmond Flying Squirrels website:

Sunday, July 7 | Mayor Levar Stoney’s All-Star Week Kickoff
Mayor Levar Stoney’s All-Star Week Kickoff will feature live performances by renowned musical artists Mighty Joshua and Trongone Band. There will also be a special performance by Ephesus Drumline. Gates open at 4 p.m. and the event runs from 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m.Summer is in full swing and baseball leagues are almost at the half way point throughout all leagues from coast to coast.
Monday, July 8 | All-Star Music Country Jam at Richmond Raceway featuring Big & Rich
Join the Flying Squirrels and the All-Star Week entourage for a special night of country music at Virginia Credit Union LIVE! at Richmond Raceway. The Squirrels will be rolling out the red carpet for All-Star Week guests, fans, visiting dignitaries and special musical guests.   World-renowned stars Big & Rich will headline the All-Star Country Music Jam, plus special guests Cowboy TroyDJ Sinister and Mickie James! Gates open at 6 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, July 9 | Eastern League Celebrity Home Run Derby & All-Star Pep Rally
On Tuesday, July 9, the Flying Squirrels will host the Eastern League Celebrity Home Run Derby, featuring the All-Star players and special guests participating in a series of home run and hitting challenges. The event will feature a star-studded list of participants with ties to the Richmond area from across the sports and entertainment world.
The Celebrity Home Run Derby special guests include: 
– Six-time All-Star and San Francisco Giants great Will Clark
12-year MLB player, manager of the Flying Squirrels and the Western Division All-Stars Willie Harris
Former Richmond Brave, two-time World Series champion and Eastern Division All-Stars manager Mike Mordecai
– NASCAR driver Elliott Sadler
– Former VCU and NBA star Eric Maynor 
– Former Penn State and Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl champion Michael Robinson
– Former UVA and New Orleans Saints quarterback Aaron Brooks 
– University of Richmond head men’s basketball coach Chris Mooney
– VCU head men’s basketball coach Mike Rhoades 
– Former University of Richmond and NFL running back Tim Hightower
– Former Flying Squirrels standout Mark Minicozzi 
– Star of the hit TV show Survivor Jonny Fairplay
– Former VCU basketball star and current Indianapolis Colts tight end Mo Alie-Cox
– 12-year professional soccer player and Virginia Sports Hall of Fame inductee Rob Ukrop
Gates open at 4 p.m. and the Derby will take place from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
The band Three Sheets to the Wind will perform following the Celebrity Home Run Derby.
On Tuesday, July 9, there will be an All-Star Pep Rally in downtown Richmond from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in partnership with Venture Richmond at One James Center Plaza, 901 E. Cary Street.
Wednesday, July 10 | 2019 Eastern League All-Star Game
This is it! The best of the best at The Diamond on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, marking the first Eastern League All-Star Game ever hosted in Richmond. This mid-summer classic includes some of Major League Baseball’s brightest stars of tomorrow. The Eastern and Western division rivals will also be led by a celebrity manager in each dugout.
Postgame Fireworks 
Celebrity Managers
Future MLB Stars.
The game will be broadcast live in primetime throughout the Richmond region on CBS 6 and WCVE!
Prior to the game, join us for the Squirrels Way All-Star Block Party from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and enjoy a pregame concert from the band Spiderkelly!
Gates for the All-Star Game open at 4 p.m. and first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
Before the All-Star Game, fans can meet the stars of the Eastern League during an autograph session, featuring the All-Star players from the Eastern and Western Divisions. The All-Star teams will be comprised of the top players from around the league, with affiliates of the San Francisco Giants, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles, New York Mets, Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates, Toronto Blue Jays, Detroit Tigers, Colorado Rockies and Philadelphia Phillies.The Eastern Division autograph session will run from 4:15 p.m.-5 p.m. and the Western Division autograph session will run from 5:15 p.m.-6 p.m. 
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For information about the Richmond Flying Squirrels and the All-Star Game:

Western Division Roster

Eastern Division Roster

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Fredericksburg Ballpark Site Work to Start Next Month

There will be a new team in the Carolina League in 2020.
The Potomac Nationals (High A; Carolina League) have announced that site work on their upcoming Fredericksburg, VA ballpark, billed for a 2020 opening, will begin next month. They will be making the move from Woodbridge, VA.

Full story from Ballpark Digest:

Carolina League:

Article courtesy of Ballpark Digest ©2019

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Image ©2019 Deposit Photos

This is an interesting story about the Independent Leagues in North America.
It gives an interesting perspective about leagues outside Major League Baseball.
Each Independent League is described and given the authors rating.
This is not a comparison to Major League Baseball nor does it rate the leagues above or below Major League Baseball, but rather a distinct discussion and an interesting perspective of what the Independent Leagues are about and what they do.
Click the link below to read the entire story.

Image courtesy of Indy Ball Island ©2019®
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Sports Art

I felt a little creative this morning and created this design of one of my favorite baseball players.
I played with some creative techniques.

©2019 LA Photography/Graphic Design ®™
Lew Ford of The Long Island Ducks
©2019 LA Photography/Graphic Design
This is the original image
Above is the artistic image.
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Summer Fun 2019

My list of things to do this summer include work in my profession, yard work and of course baseball.
The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (Independent Baseball) and The Eastern League (MiLB) are in full swing.
Since the start of the season, I have attended about ten Long Island Duck games. It’s been fun! The team is doing well, despite losing about nine pitchers signing contracts with various Major League baseball teams. I always feel like a kid again. The sunshine, the roar of the crowd and having a baseball thrown to me makes for a wonderful event!
My annual visit to the Richmond Virginia this year, takes me again, to see Richmond Flying Squirrels baseball. This year is a little different. They are hosting the Eastern League All-Star Game. This will be only the second one I have ever attended, the first was in 2018 when the Long Island Ducks hosted the Atlantic League All-star Game.
The Flying Squirrels are hosting a four day event 2019 All-Star Celebration, from Sunday, July 7 at Browns Island to kick off the big show. A country music event is scheduled for Monday, July 8. The Home Run Derby is on Tuesday, July 9 and the All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 10.
In-between activities will include enjoy other sites of Virginia and enjoying the company of a very good friend. While this will be my only vacation this year, I will be enjoying the rest of the baseball season watching Long Island Ducks baseball.
Until next time, my friends, enjoy your summer!

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Art, Music

New Orleans musician Dr. John dies at 77

While driving home yesterday evening, I was saddened to hear the news that legendary musician, Dr. John had passed. His style and talent went unsurpassed, he was truly a great artist.
Prior to a concert I was scheduled to photograph, about 12-13 years ago, I had met him very briefly backstage. He had a genuine, good natured personality, with an immense amount of creativity and musical skill.
Rest in peace Dr. John.

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Follow Up Story on Richard Brautigans The Hawline Monster: “New Regency Acquires Film Rights To ‘The Hawkline Monster”

It appears that there is a newer article /more information on the making of Richard Brautigans “The Hawkline Monster” into a movie.
Please click the link below to read more on it. The story itself is a very interesting read!

I found this story on the Richard Brautigan Facebook page:

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New Regency Picks Up Rights to Hal Ashby Passion Project ‘Hawkline Monster’ (Exclusive) – June 04, 2019 by Borys Kit

Those interested in the writer/poet Richard Brautigan, this article from The Hollywood Reporter about Richard Brautigans story “The Hawkline Monster and what is happening, regarding a potential movie of the same name, based on the story by Richard Brautigan.
Having read the story among others of Brautigan, I am interested in how The Hawkline Monster would translate into a movie.
For more information click the link below

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