A friend of mine just asked me to do a flyer that he could send out regarding the Youth Football League on Kent Island. I used the helmet and ball that I used in my drawing of Aaron Gryzmkowski. Aaron grew up playing in the Piranhas organization on his way to playing at Kent Island High School, and now heading to Towson University to play ball.
The 12x30 drawing was a commission. The origonal print and frame and double matte had gotten wet in a basement. My client wanted me to redraw the image, and re-matte and frame it. I actually cleaned the mattes and frame and reused them after redrawing the image.
Everyone that knows me, is aware that coaching Youth Baseball is one of my passions. This Spring will be my tenth season. This year, the first boys that I coached, are graduating from Kent Island High School. Among them are Aaron and my son Joshua. At this point I have coached a couple hundred boys. I have often spoken to Joshua and wondered if any of them would ever go on to play Baseball or another sport after High School.
Aaron Grzymkowski just became the first, however not for Baseball. In addition to Youth Baseball, Aarons first love has always been Football. This week Aaron, who had been recruited by, committed to play ball for Towson University here in Maryland.
I am so excited for him, and his family. I applaud the work ethic that he has had for so many years to achieve the honor of playing college ball. As Joshua said to Aaron, "The grind has paid off, you earned this!" I couldn't agree more and am proud to have had him call me Coach!
One of the greatest baseball players of all time, Pete Rose will probably never be inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame. His record 4256 base hits will probably never be broken, and he still holds 17 MLB records.
As a youth Baseball coach for many years, I wish all my players would play the game like Pete.
Recently I went to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown NY with my Father and my two sons. This drawing and story, were inspired by that trip, and they are both for my Pop.
As I walked around the Baseball Hall of Fame, and the town of Cooperstown NY., I could see that this place has a magical effect. I watched one young boy as he looked for his heroes, and looked for souvenirs from them. He knew his baseball history, and spoke of players and games he had seen. As he stood before the plaque of Willie Mays, he told the other boys that "Willie had made him a baseball fan." He told them about Willie and "The Catch", and he told them about Bobby Thomson of the New York Giants, and the "Shot Heard 'Round the World" in the 1951 National League pennant race against the Brooklyn Dodgers, "The Giants win the pennant, the Giants win the pennant" he said.
Later in one of the memorabilia shops, he found a Mays autographed baseball. Disappointed, he knew it was too much money, and handed it back to the man at the counter. In another shop however, he did find a Thomson signed ball that he would buy. For the first time ever, he possessed a baseball treasure that he had wanted for many years.
That little boy was my Pop, and the other little boys were me and my two sons. He is 76 now, I am 50, and the boys are 16 and 11. For just a couple days though, Cooperstown NY. had turned us all into little boys again. Discovering and loving the amazing game of baseball together.
I am not a tennis fan. I rarely watch tennis. Over the years however, I have watched matches, and have an understanding of the game. This past Sunday night I turned on the television to watch the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball featuring my Baltimore Orioles. Due to a three hour rain delay, ESPN was still broadcasting the US Open Finals featuring Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. I dont think I have ever enjoyed watching tennis as much!
Novak won in four sets, claiming his tenth Grand Slam Singles Title. He is currently ranked No.1 in the world (164 weeks), while Roger Federer is considered by many as the greatest tennis player of all time. Roger has won 17 Grand Slam Titles.
Manny is the starting Third Baseman for the Baltimore Orioles. Manny was drafted by the Orioles with the third overall pick in the 2010 MLB draft. Now at the age of 23, he has already been to two All Star games and won the 2013 AL Gold Glove Award for third base, as well as the 2013 AL Platinum Glove Award given to the best defensive player at any position,
Chyna (Born Joan Laurer) if a former professional wrestler. Chyna (knicknamed the Ninth Wonder of the World), rose to prominence in the WWF in 1997. She is considered the most dominant female wrestler of all time.
In May, my son Joshua Founded UPRiSE Productions, a collective of up and coming young musicians and song writers. They held the UPRiSE festival on May 9,2015. Joshua asked me to do the Festival Poster. This is what I came up with. A body builder upper body with the performers names on the torso as tattoo names.
On Saturday June 6,2015 American Pharoah won the Belmont Stakes the third leg of the Triple Crown. Over the previous 5 weeks he had won the Kentucky Derby; and the Preakness, the first two legs. American Pharoah ended a 37 year drought becoming the 12th winner of the Triple Crown. The Jockey Victor Espinoza won the Triple Crown on his third attempt, winning the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness twice before on the same horse, only to lose in the Belmont Stakes. The last Triple Crown Winner was Affirmed in 1978. American Pharoah is owned by Zayat Stables, and was trained by Bob Baffert.
Caleb is the starting catcher for the Baltimore Orioles. Caleb was drafted by the Orioles in the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft. After playing for the Bowie Baysox (AA) and Norfolk Tides (AAA), Caleb was moved up the the majors in 2014 when Matt Wieters had season ending surgery.On August 9, Caleb hit a home run against the St. Louis Cardinals to become the first Oriole Catcher ever to Homer in 5 consecutive games.
Chris is the first baseman for the Baltimore Orioles. Chris played for the Texas Rangers from 2008-2011. Nicknamed Crush because of his power, Chris lead the American League in Home Runs in 2013.He also lead the AL in RBI's, as well as being named an Allstar that season.
The Drawing on the bottom was done by my 10 year old son Jacob.
This is the second blog entry of Isabelle Turell. She is a Professional IFBB Bodybuilder and she is making a comeback this year. Check her out on the web at www.isabelleturellblog.blogspot.com and also at www.gofundme.com/isabelleturell
I have drawn Torrey before, and have an entry in this blog from an autograph signing that I went to with my boys. Torrey played for the Maryland Terrapins before playing for the Baltimore Ravens. This week he signed with the San Francisco 49ers. He has never caught a pass for the 49ers as pictured in my drawing.
Oksana is a Russian born former Gymnast, and current professional fitness competitor. In 2014 Oksana won the IFBB Olympia Fitness Division, she also won the 2014 Arnold Classic Fitness Division. This past Friday night, she defended her title and for the second year in a row won the 2015 Arnold Classic Fitness Division. I started this drawing on Friday during the day, and finished it during the evening watching the fitness competition. Shortly after Okana won, I posted the picture to Twitter. That same night, Oksana favorited the drawing. The face makeup in the drawing was from the 2013 Arnold Classic Europe and her "Joker" routine.
Julie is a retired Mixed Martial Artist fighter. She is a third degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and specializes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. She is currently the matchmaker for Invicta FC, and also personal assistant to Greg Jackson at Jackson's Mixed Martial Arts.
Isabelle is an IFBB Professional Womans Body Builder. Isabelle was one of the first Female Body Builders that I became a fan of. Recently she followed me on Twitter, and I did this drawing for her. She is in the process of getting back into competition shape, and hopes to take the stage this season.
On January 10,1982 The San Francisco 49ers played the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Championship Game. With 58 seconds left in the game, the 49ers faced a third and three on the Cowboys six yard line. Joe Montana hit Dwight Clark, covered by Everson Walls in the back of the end zone to tie the game with 51 seconds left. Ray Werschings extra point game the 49ers the 28-27 win.
Wikipedia says. "The Catch is widely regarded as one of the most memorable events in NFL history. The game represented the end of Dallas's domination in the NFC since its inception in 1970, and the beginning of San Francisco's rise as both NFC and Super Bowl power in the 1980's."