Public Speaking, Albert Pujols and Hall of Fame Weekend

I’m going to mix it up and combine a few topics for today’s blog. Let’s call it the mixing bowl edition, with a little of this and a dash of that. I had the opportunity to speak about my baseball blog this week, got to see the Machine, Albert Pujols hit home run #631, and this weekend in Cooperstown they’ll be electing a few new members to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Sunrise Rotary

Let’s start with my Tuesday morning speaking engagement with the Coeur d Alene Sunrise Rotary.  I had turned them down 3 times before saying yes and agreeing to speaking in front of the group.  They were incredible.  A warm, welcoming group of leaders in my community with enthusiasm and positive energy at 7am on a Tuesday morning.  All of my public speaking fears vanished after spending a few minutes with the group.

I don’t remember what I even said about my baseball blog but they did a fantastic job being engaged and interested.  Several members asked wonderful questions.  Topics ranging from should Pete Rose be in the Hall of Fame to will the Mariners make it to the playoffs.  Thank you to Brian Goetz and Dustin Ainsworth for the words of encouragement and the entire groups hospitality.

Albert Pujols

Last night I walked in turned on the TV to the Angels vs White Sox game and within 30 seconds Albert Pujols belted career home run #631 passing Ken Griffey Jr.on baseball’s all time home run leader list.  It was a solo shot off James Shields.  A ball that you knew was gone the moment the Machine made contact.  Albert admired this one for a few seconds before trotting around the bases.   Right place at the right time for me and I was thankful I got to witness history.  For those that missed it –Pujols Career Home Run #631

Hall of Fame Weekend

This weekend in Cooperstown, New York the Hall of Fame festivities will take place.  Four former players being inducted that I actually know from being able to watch their careers and see them play live.  Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome, Chipper Jones, and Trevor Hoffman will be joining baseball’s elite.   The induction ceremony begins at 1:30 on Sunday.  You can find more information on the weekends activities at the  Hall of Fame Website.

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