66ers Team BBQ

66ers

I attended the Inland Empire 66ers meet the team barbecue at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino. Several years ago the 66ers, Class A affiliate of the Angels, also held this event and it was a decent turnout. This time the place was packed.

The $15 per person ticket included an all you can eat buffet with a chance to eat and mingle with all the players on the team. My main focus was meeting the coaching staff and some of the top prospects.

Former major leaguer Denny Hocking returns to the 66ers as team manager.
Denny Hocking 2015

Former major leaguer Matt Wise returns as the teams pitching coach.
Matt Wise 2015

According to MLB Prospects Watch, pitcher Victor Alcantara is ranked 16th in the Angels organization.
Victor Alcantara

According to MLB Prospects Watch, infielder Roberto Baldoquin is ranked 3rd in the Angels organization. The cuban signed with the Angels in the offseason.
Roberto Baldoquin

Free Giveaway

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Up for giveaway is an 11X14 photo autographed by Paul Lo Duca. The photo will come with JSA on site authentication.

To enter the free giveaway, send us an email using our contact page stating that you want to win. The winner will be selected using Random.org next week.

The rules that apply are that there is only 1 entry per person and the winner must pick up the photo at Dr. Liu’s Rowland Heights location within a week after being notified of winning.

Giveaway sponsored by Alex Corbin Liu.
Alex Corbin Liu

Giveaway update

Mr. Garnatz is the winner of the autographed photo.
Lo Duca giveaway

Al Michaels Book Signing

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On Wednesday evening I didn’t have anything planned so I decided to take a 70 mile drive to The Grove in Los Angeles. Sports broadcaster Al Michaels was scheduled to make an appearance at Barnes & Noble to sign copies of his book, “You Can’t Make This Up.”

It was my first time ever going to The Grove in Los Angeles and didn’t exactly know what to expect.

When Al arrived he briefly discussed his book and did a Q & A with the audience. After the Q & A he signed copies of his book for a turnout that I’m guessing was about 40 people.

The truth is I didn’t make the 140 mile round trip for a signed book, it was to meet this legendary sports broadcaster in person and get a photo op.

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Facts about Al

  • Full name is Alan Richard Michaels.
  • Attended Alexander Hamilton High School in L.A.
  • Attended Arizona State University.
  • Has done play-by-play for the Olympics, Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals and Stanley Cup Finals.

Wikipedia

Rest In Peace Greg

On January 17, 2015, fitness trainer and model Greg Plitt was tragically killed by a train in Burbank, CA. TMZ has a little about what happened linked here.

Greg was well known around the fitness industry for being on the cover of many fitness magazines and for his television appearances.

I had the privilege of meeting Greg two different times at past Los Angeles Fit Expo events. May the fitness icon rest in peace.

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Here is one of Greg’s YouTube videos. How can this shit not motivate you?

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Sam Cassell Autograph Signing

Optometry

Sam Cassell made an appearance at The Optometry Practice of Dr. Alex Corbin Liu. The event was a private signing for patients and people who purchased a minimum number of autograph tickets.

The 3x NBA Champion was very nice to all fans in attendance. He took his time meeting and greeting everyone and appeared to have a good time.

Sam’s playing career is over but he’s still involved in the NBA. He currently serves as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Clippers.

Sam Cassell

After hitting big shots, Sam frequently did what I call “the ball juggling dance”.
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Facts about Sam

  • Full name is Samuel James Cassell.
  • Attended Florida State.
  • Was the 24th overall pick in the 1993 NBA Draft.
  • 2004 NBA All Star.
  • 3x NBA Champion.
  • Played for 8 different NBA teams that included the Rockets, Suns, Mavericks, Nets, Bucks, Timberwolves, Clippers and Celtics.

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