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Journal October 28, 2010

 I was thrilled to attend a banquet in which Hal  McRae  received the Senator Edgar H. Price, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Family Health Care Centers of Manatee.  Hal and his wife, Jo, are terrific individuals and we have become good friends, as they also reside in the Lakewood Ranch area.  Hal was one of the best designated hitters in the MLB.  I have always been a BIG fan of his and it is so nice to see him doing such wonderful things after his playing career and giving back to others.  They are my kind of people!!!!

DICK VITALE

Journal October 26, 2010

What a show Carrie Underwood put on in Tampa at the St Petersburg Forum.  She was absolutely awesome baby!  She rocked the house with her amazing voice and entertained the crowd with her wardrobe changes and incredible set design. My wife and I were joined by friends, Patrick and Holly Wright.  We all left amazed at her performance!!!  A terrific show! 

DICK VITALE

Journal October 26, 2010

It was a fun afternoon shooting a marketing promotional video for ShootMore.  ShootMore is a device that can be attached to any backboard that allows shooters to get more repetition in a shorter amount of time because the balls are dropped through the hoop down a ramp that feeds it right back to the player.  No more chasing after balls after you shoot.  It also forces players to work on their arc and height on their shoot, as the device is well above the rim.  My twin grandsons, Connor and Jake, were able to be a part of the video as well.  They absolutely loved the ShootMore and couldn’t get enough of it.  We also had two local high school boys as part of the marketing video as well.  Doug Campbell with ShootMore organized the afternoon and I can’t thank him enough for all his efforts in making it a fun afternoon for everyone.  Look for the ShootMore promotional video on YouTube and www.airborneathletics.com

 

DICK VITALE

Journal October 20, 2010

What a special honor it was to be the recipient of the Make A Wish Icon Award.  The award was presented on behalf of my three decades of work with the organization.  The Make A Wish Foundation is very near and dear to my heart. Bringing joy to children who are battling debilitating and life threatening illness is something I will forever be passionate about.  If I am in a position to bring a smile to a child's face, I will do it in an instant.  I am very proud to be receiving this award because it involves children.  The award was presented at the 21st Annual Chris Greicius Celebrity Awards Banquet at the Disney Coronado Resort in Orlando.  Others receiving awards were the New York Yankees organization, Corbin Bleu (High School Musical), the Jonas Brothers, and Monster Jam legend Dennis Anderson.  My dear friend from ESPN, Howie Schwab, surprised me and flew to Orlando to present me the award along with Mark Kelly.  I met Mark in 1992 when he was a Make A Wish child whose wish was to attend the Final Four and spend time with me.  I created a special bond with Mark, who is now married and worked for several years at ESPN.  We have stayed very close over the past two decades.  It was very meaningful and special to have him there to present the award to me.  I am so thankful and blessed for the life I have and to be able to do something I love.  So anything I can do to help others in need, particularly children, I will always do!!!

For more info on the award click here:

http://www.bradenton.com/2010/10/17/2660245/vitales-charitable-work-to-be.html

 

 

 

DICK VITALE

Journal October 12, 2010

Well it was electric at the Trop for Game 5 of the ALDS between the Rangers and Rays.  In the end, the Rays simply could not handle the masterful pitching of Cliff Lee.  Lee pitched a complete game and was untouchable.  I have never seen a pitcher with such command and poise.  He never gives up a walk and gets ahead in the count on almost every batter.  It was a terrific pitching performance.  The Rays had a wonderful season.  Hopefully they can retain Crawford and Pena but it is going to be tough to compete with the $$$ of the bigger market teams.  Playoff baseball is special and I am glad the Rays were a part of it!  I predict Phillies and Yankees in World Series match-up.

DICK VITALE

Journal October 6-7, 2010

There is something special about playoff baseball!  The Rays won the AL East and hosted the Texas Rangers for the first two games of the ALDS series.  There was certainly a "buzz" in the Tampa Bay area, as we tried to cheer our team on!  Unfortunately, the Rangers, behind pitching sensation, Cliff Lee, took game 1.  Before the game, many of the Rangers players, including Josh Hamilton and Michael Young came over to talk and take pictures with my grandsons.  They could not have been nicer and more relaxed!  Also got to share a few words with Hall of Famer, Nolan Ryan.  The Rays really struggled with the bats and were unable to put up any runs in game 2.  Tampa left the Trop down 0-2 in the series.  You have to give lots of credit to Joe Maddon and the entire Rays team for rallying together and for finding a way to sneak out a victory in Texas in game 3.  The bats started to come alive, and the Rays looked like AL East Champions, as they pulled out Game 4, 5-2.  I can't wait for Game 5 at the Trop on Tuesday night.  It will be electric, as it will be a rematch of Game 1 - Lee vs Price!  It will be "Awesome Baby!"  Go Rays!

DICK VITALE

Quote of the Week

"Villanova coach Jay Wright is putting together a Hall of Fame resume."

  -Dick Vitale