8/31/2009

Zebra Grass

(Toledo, OH) I transplanted a four-foot tall stand of zebra grass today in a small garden I created. The striped blades of grass offer an eye-catching contrast to the dark green leaves of the Asiatic lilies I planted in front of the zebra grass. I made sure to leave an extra 18" on each side of the plant to allow for expansion, as I read that this grass will eventually occupy a space of up to four feet in diameter.

Unfortunately, the lilies have yet to bloom, so I will post a followup picture when the red flowers blossom.

8/11/2009

Denard Span, Minnesota Twins

Left: Denard Span with yet another single against the Tigers

I had the privilege (and chagrin) of watching left fielder Denard Span of the Minnesota Twins feast on the Detroit Tigers this past Saturday evening. Since making the jump again from AAA Rochester, Span is batting .297 with 17 stolen bases and 63 runs scored.

Span went 9-for-11 on Friday and Saturday nights against the Tigers, scoring four runs and knocking in another two. You cannot possibly hope for more from your leadoff hitter, especially against the pitching-loaded Tigers. I suspect that the rest of the world will soon learn how talented this 25-year-old really is.

8/09/2009

Curtis Granderson, Bloop Single

(Detroit, MI) My trip to Detroit to watch the Detroit Tigers face off against the Minnesota Twins was a bit ho-hum, as the Twins won in an 11-0 blowout. Still, my perch in a lower level suite allowed me unlimited opportunities to take pictures, like this image of CF Curtis Granderson connecting for a bloop single off pitcher Carl Pavano.

The lighting with the automatic settings on my SLR left a bit to be desired, but I was pleased that the camera could keep with and present a reasonable facsimile of a moving baseball from Granderson's bat.

8/06/2009

Nate Gurley, Jazz Singer

(Toledo, OH) I had the opportunity to hear jazz singer Nate Gurley perform this evening at the Jazz in the Garden concert at Toledo Botanical garden. Nate sang with the Toledo Jazz Orchestra, and the combined ensemble sounded terrific as they wound their way through two sets of swing jazz.

Nate was especially strong on the jazz standards "Summertime" and "I've Got You Under My Skin." If you get a chance to see Nate perform, be sure to check him out: he has a strong vocal range, and he deftly switches from slower ballads to uptempo numbers.

And he is cool as hell.