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Journal July 17-20, 2010

After visiting Cooperstown, we drove to New York City for three days.  We had a great time taking in the sights and sounds of the big city.  We spent a day at the Statue of Liberty, which was very educational for the grandkids.  We also had the chance to see the Yankees play host to the Rays.  Rob Blum of the Yankees was kind enough to give us a tour of the magnificent stadium.  Monument Park is so special and really reflects the incredible history of the Yankee organization and the players who have played for them throughout the years.  The stadium is truly one of a kind and is a museum to all the special memories in Yankee history - which is many.  My wife and I also had the chance to see Harry Connick Jr. perform live on Broadway.  He was spectacular!!!  After the show we got the chance to talk to him and he could not have been any nicer.  It was a fantastic trip and filled with wonderful memories for me and my family!!!!

DICK VITALE

Journal July 15-17, 2010

What a thrill it was to visit Cooperstown, NY and the Baseball Hall of Fame.  It was my first trip to Cooperstown and I went with my wife and my daughter, her husband, and their three children.  Cooperstown is truly a beautiful city and undoubtedly the homeland of baseball.  We spent two days touring the Hall of Fame.  We had the unique opportunity to go into the basement where some of the Hall's most precious items are held.  We got the chance to see and hold Ted Williams' bat that he hit a homerun with in his final at bat.  Ted Williams is my grandson, Connor's favorite player, so that was a thrill I know he will never forget.  We also saw and held one of Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle's bat.  The Hall is filled with unique and historic baseball artifacts, and being a baseball fanatic, I loved every minute of it!  We also toured Double Day field, the first baseball field.  Sharing my experience of the Hall of Fame with my grandkids was so special for me and my wife.  I recommend visiting the Hall of Fame to any sports fan!  

DICK VITALE

Journal July 1-4, 2010

I had a great time in Las Vegas with my wife and my daughter, Terri, her husband and her two children.  We were visiting Las Vegas for the Kenny Chesney concert.  At the Dick Vitale gala in May, Kenny allowed us to auction off tickets to his show in Vegas and the opportunity for the winners to meet him backstage before the show and receive an autographed guitar.  Mike Conway and Debbie Benson each bid $30,000 for this incredible package.  We went to the show with Debbie Benson, her daughter, her son and her son's friend, along with Mike Conway and his wife.  As usual, Kenny rocked the house with all of his hits!  I can't thank him enough for spending quality time with the auction winners and providing each of them a signed guitar.  Kenny is an incredible performer, but more importantly, he is a very generous and caring person.  

DICK VITALE

Quote of the Week

"One more week and then the U. S. Open tennis tournament gets under way. I can't wait to attend it."

  -Dick Vitale