July 2008 Archives
Manny, I really hope you stumble upon this blog post one day. This message is for Mr. Manny Rameriz of the Boston Red Sox.
Dear Mr. Rameriz,
My name is Christian Tiongson and I've been a life long Red Sox fan. The past few months, I've seen the conflict between you and the Boston Red Sox grow everyday into this large and nasty weed in the middle of the ballpark. It has gotten to a point that the weed is strangling everyone in Red Sox Nation. You are probably sick of hearing the fans boo at you, because of the comments you have said to the media, such as "I tired of the Red Sox and the Red Sox are tired of me" or "I'm okay with a trade" and other stuff like that. We all know how you are Manny. That is the why we have the saying "Manny Being Manny." You are who you are. You are a laid back individual who just let things pass, yet you are a great ballplayer and an obvious future hall of famer.
Think about it Manny. Through the 7 years you've been with the Red Sox, how many World Series championships we got? The answer is 2. And are you are a big factor in our championship wins? Of course! You were the World Series MVP for 2004. You gave us the game winning home run against the L.A. Angels against one of the game's greatest closers. Heck, there are tons of other accomplishments, like your 500th homerun... your nasty plays off the Monster. You are a big contributor to the team. And now you want out? I know the front office has some problems and there are other internal "clubhouse" problems but why do you want to leave us hanging? "Us" meaning the Red Sox and it's nation.
I want to tell you that no one can replace you as the Sox's 3rd spot hitter. No one. Not even Jason Bay or 3 prospect's combined. You give us those clutch hits, those "bombs" over the fence, and those weird plays (like the over the head catch and jumping the fence to give a Sox fan a high five). Dude, you keep us on the edge of our seats. You are very entertaining. You just make this game fun for us to watch. If the trade comes down to your decision to go or not, I hope you don't go. We're going to lose a valuable player and a large part of Red Sox Nation. We're going to lose the face of the team. It's like losing a family member or part of a puzzle. Think about the memories and what your fans are going to think. I think we will be a lot happier if you stayed, kept your head in the game, no more media conferences about how much you hate the Sox or anything.
What is baseball to you? Is it money? Is it the love of the game? Is it just to please the please the fans. Remember the first time you held a baseball or your first baseball game. Seriously baseball now is all just money, fame, and other less important stuff. What happened to just playing baseball to the greatest team in baseball? What happened to the love of the game? Manny, I know you have problems with contracts or anything, but can you put it aside and look at the game on front of you? It's the game that brought you to Boston. It's the game that gave us our first championship in 86 years. It's the game that brought us our second championship in 3 years.
I really hope you do stay Mr. Rameriz. Actually I really hope you retire as a Red Sox (but that's a stretch). I can't imagine you with a Marlins or Pirates uniform. I hope this message helps you decide if the decision is up to you around the 4pm deadline time.
- Christian J. Tiongson
I will blog about what comes out of this trade situation. Even if this message was sent to Manny, I still have a feeling that the Sox will trade him. I think they had enough.
Waiting anxiously for 4pm,
When I was younger, tornadoes (mostly weather in general) fascinated me. When I was around 7 years old, I understood what a F5 tornado meant, and what channel I should click on to check if there was any type of weather warning if the sky turned "black" in a hot, humid day. Still to this day, I get excited when the sky turns gray, rain falls hard, and lightning races the sky. I guess I had the weather-man instinct in me, I don't know.
Most of you probably know what happened in southeastern New Hampshire a few days ago. A tornado, most possibly a EF1 or EF2 (which generally means that its a weak tornado, but can produce damage like downed power lines, trees, and damage to houses - the "E" on the code is part of the new tornado scale). Like what I said above, I was fascinated with the weather, so I basically stuck my eye on the T.V. to find out what happened. After reading a few articles in the Internet and keeping my eye on the T.V., the tornado was a big surprise for the citizens of New Hampshire. As far as I know, I never heard of a tornado that created this much chaos in New England in my life. Usually, I would hear about a tornado touchdown in the south or around "Tornado Alley," which is the area of the U.S. where many tornadoes have been recorded. I've looked through the pictures and maps of the damage from wbztv.com, and overall I was shocked about the damage. Probably the worse thing I got from all of this is that 1 person died trying to save her grandson.
Tornadoes are generally rare in the New England area especially near Boston. But imagine if something like that happened around here? Do you think we're prepared for such a disaster? Ironically we almost had that tornado funnel touchdown near the UMass-Lowell area. I saw how the storm moved; it was heading straight up north, with probably a little northeast movement. I think that even its such a rarity to have a disastrous phenomenon hit us, I think we're due for one - we have to know what to do when something like that happens. Not even a tornado, but a hurricane, an earthquake, a major major blizzard, or anything that is listed with that group. I feel that MA is not prepared for any summer storms at all.
Wow... ironically the sky is dark right now and there's a few loud rumbles of thunder... time to watch the sky. (Sorry I'm a nerd! Hahaha.)
This morning after I got out of bed, I came across an interesting Yahoo! News article with a title, "In oil-rich Norway, Petrol Prices Most Expensive in Europe." I had to check it out. Can it be worse than us?
Oh yeah... definitely.
I skimmed through the article quickly and I found out that Norway is the fifth largest oil exporter in the world. In other words, tons and tons of oil comes from that country itself. Right away I think, well there problem is solved; they have enough oil to keep prices low and customers happy.
I'm wrong again.
According to the article, there also was a gas take hike that I believe was significant enough to hit the economy over there pretty hard. How does it hit your pocket if you lived in Norway?
Here's the numbers I got from the artcile:
One customer owns a Peugeot 307. According to my research the MPG's for that car is 25.9 Urban and 45.6 mpg on "Extra Urban" or highway.
But the customer said that he had to pay a total of $148 (after converting it to US Currency) to fill up his whole tank!!!
The article said that it cost $2.82 per liter or quarter gallon. So that mean's that a whole gallon is exactly $11.28!!! That's ridiculous! Oddly enough, the citizens of Norway still drive through this. Honestly if that happened here, there would be riots at Capitol Hill, everyone would walk, bike, or do whatever that doesn't involve a vehicle that relies on gas. I wouldn't even think public transportation would be running if the prices are this high. High gas prices would mean that the admission fee to the train, buses, and boats would be a lot higher.
So next time you go to a gas station that is riding over $4.00, take a deep breath and say to yourself, "Thank God I'm not in Norway!"
If you would like to read the whole article, here's the link for it: Yahoo News! Norway Gas Price Story.
Feel free to comment!
Now, for my 13s and 14s, most of them will be gone also. I can definitely tell you that I have very talented rookies. They are so talented that they are most likely (or maybe 100%) going to the Division I league next year. So if you think about it, I only have 2 returning players out of 13, which will stink for another playoff potential season. Who knows? Maybe we'll get a bunch of talented rookies who can bring us to the "motherland" again. All I can say is that I'm looking forward to next year's season of challenges.
As I sit here pondering of what should and shouldn't have happened, I look back at the season and think, "wow, this has been one helluva ride."
It's time to hang up the cleats, put all the equipment away, and look at the rest of my summer... I could smell college around the corner.
- Coach Christian
It's 11:16am on a beautiful Tuesday morning. Last night, my baseball team won in a blow out against another playoff bound team, 26-10. Yes, 26-10 and it's not a football score. In football terms that is 3 touchdowns and 2 field goals. My team showed yesterday that they have what it takes to advance to the next level in the playoffs. Tomorrow, my team will play the second best team in the league. During the season, we are 2-1 against that team. I can tell you that they can be beaten. We just have to stay tough, swing away, and show the other team and our fans that we have faith, hope, and will never ever give up. I always tell the kids that. If we win that game, then we are heading to the championship for the second time in three years. Every year we have made the playoffs, which shows that we have the potential to compete every year. I can tell you all that I can feel it... I know we are one of the best teams in the league. We have hard throwing pitchers, a great infield and outfield, and awesome baserunning... but the trophy is too far to reach right now.
Time to make a game plan for a win,
- Coach Christian
I still don't see why people should be so stressed out about the Christmas season. The season is supposed to be relaxing with less stress. It is a time where you take and make memories, and spend time with your love ones, friends and family. Why do people get so stressed out? Is it because of shopping? Planning for family dinners? Planning for trips? Anyone can do those stuff stress free. Why panic if you can't find the right gift for your buddy? Why do you have to be anxious if you made a mistake with the Christmas family recipe? You don't have to be stressed out through the greatest time of the year. Just remember the true meaning of Christmas. There are many meanings of Christmas and only you can answer that.
Well, time to lay on my bed and chill.
Merry (WAY BEFORE) Christmas to all, and to all good night!!!!
- Santa Christian
Everyone wonders if its hard to play, and my answer is no. Sure, its hard to learn a musical instrument, but when you get to a point when you are able to express yourself freely with each strum of the guitar and just let your emotions go, then the word "hard" or "difficult" or even "impossible" is officially out of your mindset. Unlike most musicians, I don't want to be rich and famous from the guitar or get extremely popular. Sure, fame and fortune is a plus in life, but it won't help you find happiness. I want to show the world that I can express my emotions through my guitar. That's why I started a myspace music page and a website to let everyone in the world to hear my music: Sir Christian's Music Myspace and Sir Christian's Jimdo Music Page (Under Construction).
Right now as I write this blog, I'm listening to John Mayer's new live CD "Where the Light Is: Live in Los Angeles." It's a great piece of work. Seriously, this guy is one of the best guitarists out there. Tons of people criticized him from going overboard in his solos or songs, but, hey... he is showing his emotions, and he feels like he is on top of the world. He has so much motivation and drive to go through a whole tour and give 100% to his fans all the time. As long as you are having fun and giving 100% effort, you'll succeed.
Well I guess, you can say I'm multitasking. I'm listening to the CD, writing this blog, and trying to write a song for someone (special). This song will be special because its the first time I'll be singing in one of my songs. It's a huge project for me (even if I don't have a drummer, another singer, bass guitarists, or any other musicians in my "band." It's just me so far). I just have to live off with my Acer laptop, a webcam microphone, a crappy recording program, two guitars, and an amp. No bass, no drums, no voice. Just plain guitar music.
I wish I can just explain more about how I feel about music... but this solo is getting me lost in my writing. That's how powerful the song is. ("Gravity" (Live in LA) - John Mayer).
Well leave some comments about music and stuff. I would love to hear your input.
- Sir Christian
Sorry for the late blog. As you can probably tell that I had a busy July 4th Weekend. Usually around this time of the year, my baseball season takes a break from a tough season and when my family comes together and relax for once. On Friday, my family and I went to Boston early and just walked around to see the festivities. We also walked down to the Charlestown Navy Yard to see the USS Consitution sail into the Boston Harbor. Unfortunately, when we got there, all we saw was the ship going back into its "resting grounds." So we basically hung out around the navy yard, took some funny pictures of each other, and headed into Quincy Market to find something to bite. After we headed to the small park near Spaulding Hospital at watch the boats flow into the Charles River for the night.
After our day in Boston, we headed back home, had our annual BBQ and played extreme musical chairs with my younger cousins and siblings. That was really funny. I actually have a video of us fighting for the chairs, but I don't have any time to post it up. Another tradition we have is watching the "Flyover." Around 7-8pm every year, a group of fighter jets (this time it was 2 F-15s) would set up their flight formation over my area before the big flyover over the Esplanade. Funny enough, this is usually the indicator that I should leave for Boston so I can get a good spot to watch the fireworks. This year, unfortunately, my watching spot is no longer available to the public - the Longfellow Bridge. I guess that the bridge is falling apart or something and its no longer safe for anything (except for the MBTA Trains) to get on. It stunk, because I didn't find a great spot for the fireworks; all I got was trees and smoke from the fireworks. Oh well, I got to re-watch it on wbztv.com!
On Saturday, I worked my final shift at Kohl's Department Store. It was a fun last time, because I didn't really do anything, ha ha. I've heard that more employees have quit the between the last time I've worked (2 weeks ago) and yesterday, and inventory was going to start this Monday... so I guess I left at the right time!
Today, I'm working again, but in my new job at Hallmark. I'm pretty happy that I got more hours this week, because I need the money!! My baseball team is going to start playing again also; we have 3 more games left.
So I'm thinking this is going to be a long week. See you all later!
This is what I want to tell my baseball team before they head into a crucial baseball game tomorrow. If we win, we have a bigger chance to keep our second seed spot for the playoffs. If we lose, we will end up in 5th place. Second to fifth is a big jump. I don't want to see my kids fall that hard. I can tell they are nervous. Heck, I was nervous when I faced a tight race for a playoff spot when I played baseball. I just have to hype up the kids and tell them there is nothing to be afraid of. If we lose, we lose. Everyone falls once in awhile, but no one falls to the abyss. You can fall, pick yourself up, and bring yourself to the next level.
That is why I love coaching. Telling these kids that there is a lesson greater than the game itself about life.
- Coach Christian (1 championship in 2 years)