As the Summer season is upon us with everything it has to offer including the wonderfully hot sun, the trips to the beach to surf and play in the water, the picnics with hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad and of course the cold beverage that accompanies it, the children playing with the water just to stay cool and the Fourth of July Parade and Celebration that of course come with those fantastic Fireworks. This got me thinking about all the wonderful summer vacations that I spent in my hometown of Redwood City, California when I was a young boy some of these memories are priceless and will live in my mind eternally. I remember that on a typical summer day well at least during the week, I would wake up and get ready to go to a Summer youth program hosted and sponsored by a local church called “Church of Christ” which is now called “Redwood Church” on Madison Avenue. The activities included a morning sing along and a baseball game using a whiffle ball or plastic baseball, then their would be probably some activity like arts and crafts or sometimes we would walk to the park and go swimming that was really fun even though I went swimming everyday in the summer at the Sid Herkner Pool because it was free remember this is 1976 or 1977 and Redwood City was still growing as a city. The weekends were also fun for me because I remember every Saturday I would go with my favorite aunt to go grocery shopping for the week it was quite an interesting experience we would go to four different supermarkets including Continental Market which was located on Roosevelt Avenue, QFI which was located on Broadway Street, Canned Food which is now Grocery Outlet on Broadway Street and the last stop was La Azteca Market located on Chestnut Street near McDonald’s, I did this shopping trip with my aunt so many times that if she ever got sick and if then I would have been able to drive a car I would have been able to do the shopping trip by myself but thankfully that did not happen because it was always fun to go grocery shopping with her. Another great part of my Summer memories in Redwood City would always be the Fourth of July Parade in Downtown Redwood City with the floats, marching bands, clowns, carnival rides, festival and of course to cap off the night with those beautifully famous fireworks and the small fireworks that you were able to light up in front of your home before they passed the law that prohibits fireworks near homes because of the fear of forest fires and fires in general, in my opinion to this day the Fourth of July is the greatest holiday celebrated here in Redwood City by really great people. As the summer starts to wrap up by the middle of August, the football season is just around the corner and if you use to live in Redwood City you know that the San Francisco 49ers would open their Training Camp and Facility near Red Morton Park again this was many years ago but I remember getting many autographs including O.J. Simpson, “Hacksaw” Reynolds, Joe Montana, Dwight Clark, Fred Dean and coach Bill Walsh, The 49ers were and always will be the pride of Redwood City the five time Super Bowl Champions made their mark here no matter what time of the season it was. Redwood City is my hometown and I am happy to spend all those Summer vacations, all those wonderful memories and I would not ever change a thing.
The 2011 Baseball season is vastly approaching one month already which is wonderful because it is our National pastime and something that the economic crisis cannot bring down or destroy. Although, I am really bothered with the Baseball opening day fight(s) and attack(s) that led to the hospitalization of Bryan Stow, a loyal San Francisco Giants fan who was caught in the crossfire and at this present moment is in a Los Angeles hospital fighting for his life. What really happened before the violence escalated can only be told by two sources, Bryan Stow himself or the mindless assailants that committed this horrible act while at the same time giving Baseball a black mark in society. The reason this incident really bothers me is that young people (children and teenagers) as well as young adults like to imitate what others do be it good or in this case very bad and maybe they might be at a sporting event where they run into a fan of the opposing team and the verbal jabber begins which may lead to physical violence or worse someone having a dangerous weapon and using it leading to people getting hurt ot worse. This is just a game folks not a life and death situation or serious situation. Baseball as well as other sports are just exactly that sports which are suppose to be fun activities and not to be taken so seriously. One of the issue(s) is that some adults and/or grown-ups are more immature than young people in regards to the love of the game and their team, I for one am a San Francisco Giants fan but I am not going to verbally and/or physically attack someone just because they are fans of another team let us say for example the Los Angeles Dodgers. They have their preference is sports and I have mine and we need to respect each others choices and preferences. I do want to make a comment about Los Angeles Dodgers and their loyal and faithful fans, they are wonderful people that cheer and support their favorite baseball team in a very positive manner until the end, the people that committed this horrible act at Dodger Stadium are not Dodger fans according to the Los Angeles Dodgers organization “they are common thugs and violent criminals that have no place in baseball or sports in general.” Our society is turning into a violent free for all vigilante society, which means if we do not like someone and/or something we just cannot ignore it anymore and leave them and/or it alone, we must try to hurt it or them or even worse. I am sorry folks, I do not agree with that theory at all, I am very old school and I strongly believe “Live and let live” respecting each others thoughts, lifestyles, opinions, values, and ideas whatever they might be. I hope as you read this, you will try to make this world a better and more peaceful place in everything you do and everyplace you go even in the world of sports. In closing, we all need to grow up in society in regards to sports and the mental behavior of fans that some of them go a little too far this is just a game everybody and only a game nothing else.