Spaceman Retires

Photo Credit: San Rafael Pacifics

Photo Credit: San Rafael Pacifics

On Friday night, August 22, 2014, at Albert Park in San Rafael, California, the Lioness and I witnessed an historic event: At the age of 67, Bill “Spaceman” Lee retired from professional baseball as a member of the San Rafael Pacifics. Bill was the Designated Hitter for the Pacifics in the game against the Pittsburgh Mettle and went hitless as the the team staged a come-from-behind victory in the eighth inning with a walk-off home run to win 5—4.

In 1962, Bill threw a no-hitter in a high school ballgame on this very field. As a left-handed pitcher, he went on to play college ball for USC from 1964—1968 and was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 22nd round of the 1968 Major League Baseball Draft.

It was Red Sox teammate, John Kennedy, who gave Lee the nickname, Spaceman, in recognition of Bill’s free-thinking, independent nature, coupled with an unfiltered, outspoken approach to life. Bill Lee was eventually traded to the Montreal Expos in 1978, after a season-long feud with Red Sox manager Don Zimmer over the handling of the pitching staff.

Whole Lotta Spam—Saturday update

Is it just me, or is there a whole lot of misspelled spam comments getting through the WordPress filters this week?

Here is a small sample of what I am seeing in my Blog Comments:

  • Most help articles on the web are inaccurate or inceheront. Not this!
  • That’s an apt answer to an inesiettrng question
  • I really conlud’t ask for more from this article.
  • An answer from an expert! Thanks for coniirbuttng.
  • Of the panoply of website I’ve pored over this has the most vearyitc.
  • I think you’ve just captured the answer peltrcfey

This trend goes beyond a solution of using a healthy dose of Spellcheck. When I click on the name of the individual I get a message that the “Server cannot be found” at the listed webpage. I mark the message as “Spam” and delete the file once a day.

I guess that time will tell in the long run. In the meantime, have a wonderful weekend.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Fray

“Share a photo of what “fray” means to you — it could be a tear in a favorite pair of jeans, a street rumble just about to begin, or a friend diving into an oncoming wave at the beach.”
—WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

I frayed a hole in the heel of the palm of this leather glove during my last climb on the backspan of the East Main Cable of the Golden Gate Bridge. The Quadriceps muscles in the legs get a workout on the way down and the calves and hamstrings get it on the way up. Leather gloves take a beating in both directions.

The glove pictured below survived two round trips on the cable.

Cable Fray © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Uv-glay Cable Fray
© Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Follow the link to this video and see what it is like to work on the backspan of the East Main Cable of the Golden Gate Bridge: IBEW’s Golden Gatekeepers


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