Friday, August 30, 2019

Jenna Holt Visits Section 36!

Section 36 has a new visitor! Jenna Holt is a businesswoman, a Red Sox fan, and the current Miss Woodland Hills. This makes her the
first visitor to Section 36 from the state of California! I was thrilled she was able to visit with us to discuss those topics, and a few more.

So let's see what happens when Jenna Holt visits Section 36!

How did you celebrate winning the Miss Woodland Hills crown?
Since it was my first local title in California, I was over the moon to be able to represent Woodland Hills on the Miss California stage. My best friend, whom I met through pageants here, competed with me. We carpooled down to LA the night before and we drove 5 hours home after I had won! But not before we stuffed our faces at Maggianos and jammed the whole ride home to celebrate! (Ps- she won her title a month later, which we also carpooled back down to LA for lol)

What has surprised you the most about your time as Miss Woodland Hills?
Even though I live in Sacramento, which is 5 hours away from Woodland Hills, I truly feel connected to the community and my board of directors. They know that I travel a lot for work and they support me doing appearances across the state, way outside of Woodland Hills. I’m surprised with how easy it is, it’s not stressful, and I’ve been more motivated than ever before to make the most of my time in the organization as Miss Woodland Hills.

Is there a specific goal you'd like to accomplish before you turn over your Miss Woodland Hills crown?
My goal this year was/is to build the awareness of the Miss Woodland Hills program and increase sponsorships. There are many local programs struggling, mostly due to not having enough girls competing for the titles, but my goal has been to increase those numbers for 2020 and ensure this community continues to have Miss Woodland Hills as their representative. I want nothing more than the next Miss Woodland Hills to have an amazing experience like I have, so I have made a lot of connections for sponsorships and appearances so she will never feel like she isn’t a part of something special!

How did you select your social impact initiative “Women in Business”?
To me, a social impact initiative can either be something that you’re passionate about outside of your everyday life, or it can be something that does effect your everyday life. As a woman who studied business and is continuing to study business as I am attaining my Executive MBA, my social impact is something that I live each and every day. I also work full time as a District Sales Manager for Chevrolet. I find that I can relate to other women in business, the struggles, the setbacks, the successes, the stories and that’s something I want the future generations of women in business to feel too! I am a part of several women support groups, and I also support a business scholarship for my hometown scholarship pageant program, Miss Davison. Women are leaving their mark in business, and I want to leave my mark both in my career and through my social impact initiative.

As a talented singer, what do you enjoy about performing on stage?
I absolutely love performing and competing!! have invested more
this year in my talent than ever before with it being worth so much of my score. I just pour my energy out on stage in hopes that the audience will receive it and think “yes, she is a talented young woman”. Performing on that stage was electrifying for me, and I hope to do it again next year!

What is your personal fitness routine?
I am a firm believer of your physical health being just as important as your mental and emotional health. To stay fit, I do CrossFit, PureBarre, and Yoga each week so my body is getting the benefits from each different workout. I do track what I eat(most of the time) but I am human and sometimes just can’t turn down a pizza or Mac n cheese!

Who is your favorite current Red Sox player? Why?
Oh man this is such a tough question...I love them all so much! Benintendi is a heart throb, also an amazing player. I always joke that Brock Holt is my cousin, and people believe me! If I had to pick, I would probably say Mookie Betts! He’s a great player and a family man. He plays the game and no doubt has been a key to the success of the team since he came on..he’s had MVP, the golden glove, Silver Slugger, and a World Series win to prove it!

Is there a feature or activity at Fenway Park that you’d especially like to experience?
I would absolutely love to sing the national anthem at Fenway, with a Fenway Frank in hand lol. I’ve been to Fenway so many times and it’s just a part of who I am. I’d love to experience the historic stadium from the field and feel how the players do.

You were able to attend the clinching game of the Red Sox-Dodgers World Series. What was that experience like?
The experience was like no other. Were we going to win? Of course. We were on fire!!! My mom flew in from Michigan a week prior and we made the choice to buy tickets and drive down to LA! I had a meeting the next day in Eureka, CA which is a 10 hour drive from LA and we drove through the night...but How often do you get the chance to see a World Series winning game? It was beyond worth it. When Sale threw that final pitch, I think I blacked out. It was incredible. And I was pleasantly surprised at how many Red Sox fans were there! Just shows that we aren’t just Fans, we’re family!


It must have been incredible to be there!

As always, I want to thank Jenna for doing this interview, and for allowing me to use the amazing pictures. They really make the post much better.

As Jenna continues her time as Miss Woodland Hills, I encourage you to follow her on her official Woodland Hills Facebook page as well as her personal Instagram page. It’s a great way to keep up with everything she has going on! 

Thanks again Jenna!

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Off Days

This schedule is killing me!

It's bad enough that there's been an off day between every series. But, the games have been all over the country, and at different times. We had a suspended game finish up in the middle of an afternoon. Games have started past our bedtimes. Games have finished past our bedtimes. Games have been in the middle of the day. Just look at this stretch the Sox are in. Starting on Friday Aug 9, the Sox calendar has gone:

7:10 start
4:05 start
1:05 start
7:10 start
7:10 start
1:10 start
7:10 start
7:10 start
1:05 start
7:10 start
7:10 start
1:10 game completion for 12 minutes
10:10 start
8:40 start
4:10 start
8:40 start
8:40 start
10:07 start
9:07 start
4:07 start

How are the players ever supposed to get into any sort of rhythm? How do their body clocks ever get regulated? How do the get their gametime routine down? If they always do the same things before a game, they're going to be driving themselves crazy figuring out when to get things rolling.

More important, how am I ever supposed to remember when the games are? Every time I turn the game on, it's already over...or not on for another few hours. It's a mess.

How have you been handling it?

Monday, August 26, 2019

Leather and Lumber Blaster!

OK. So the Chrome blaster post was so much fun, thought it mades sense to try another one. This time, I'm working with Panini Leather and Lumber!

So, I'm sure you all already knew this but. The blaster only has ten cards in it? WOW! These must be something pretty spectacular.

So, when I saw that there were ten cards, I sort of just assumed they'd be loose. Not really sure why I assumed that. But, I was wrong. There were two packs inside, each with five cards. One pack was noticeably thicker than the other. That could mean something, or Panini could be playing games.

Here's the best card in pack one. This Jose Altuve. I'm glad that companies without licenses have figured out how to choose pictures that don't announce that fact. These two shots could have logos on them, I'd never know.

Clearly making up the "lumber" portion of the set is Aaron Judge. Apparently hitting meaningless home runs counts as "lumber".

Apparently there was a reason for the thick pack after all. My hit is this insanely thick numbered dual relic of notable Marlins star Lewis Brinson. No offense to Mr. Brinson, but I can't imagine a worse hit.

So there you have it. My first, and almost assuredly last, blaster of Panini Leather and Lumber. Hard to imagine a less impressive thing to open.

How have you done with your blasters?

Friday, August 23, 2019

MLB Needs a Pitching Change Clock!

I was recently at Fenway to see the Orioles visit the Red Sox. It was a beautiful night for a ballgame, and the game was going well.
The Sox had a 2-0 lead after scoring two runs in the fifth, and the Orioles were still in trouble. They made a call to the bullpen.

Miguel Castro got the call, and made his way to the mound.








It was amazing. I have a feeling that they are told to run in, because he was sort of hopping a bit to make sure both feet left the ground every step or two. But, it wasn't speedy in the least. It brought the game to a screeching halt.

Especially since we all knew that just getting to the mound was only part of it. He would still get to throw warm-up tosses once he got there. It was excruciating.

And it always seemed odd to me. In no other sport do they stop the game to allow a sub to get a few practice tries in. Can you imagine bringing in the kicker in an NFL game and giving him a few tries to warm up his leg? An NBA sub getting a few shots at the basket? It's crazy.

But, they do it for baseball pitchers. And, only pitchers. A substitute outfielder doesn't get mid-inning tosses. Not even a catcher. Odd.

So, it occurred to me...those should be treated as a luxury. Something the pitcher has to earn. 

How would he earn them?

By getting his butt to the mound as fast as possible.

A pitching change needs a time limit. From the second the manager leaves the dugout to the time the first pitch is thrown by the new reliever. Say, 90 seconds.

If the manager gets his act together, and calls for the change right away and the pitcher sprints in from the bullpen, he gets to throw a couple pitches from the mound. If either of those two take their sweet time, then he starts losing warm-ups.

That puts the onus on the people on the field to get a move on. 

Even if it doesn't save all that much actual time, at least it will feel like it does. People in the stands won't watch people chatting on the mound, stalling so the reliever can get one more pitch in. We won't watch a guy slowly stroll to the mound. Ten seconds of nothing but watching someone walk to their position feels like an eternity. But, watching a guy hustle in at least makes me feel like something is happening.

Which is really all that baseball needs. Its games aren't long, in themselves. They're no longer than an NFL game. But, there are a few moments, like pitching changes, where it seems like it's taking longer. It also tends to happen at the most exciting times. When a pitcher needs changing, there are usually men on base. It's usually an important time in the game. Tensions are high. Excitement is at its peak.

And you take a break to watch a guy walk to the mound. That's an easy fix.

Get them running.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

A Summer Sale!

That's right! The Section 36 store is back on sale!

It's another chance for you to get some great gear at low low prices!

Today through Sunday, the Section 36 store will be on sale! Don't miss this opportunity to show your support for the blog all season long! 

So, head over right now and select something that you like. But, don't delay. Remember, the sale only runs through Sunday! That's right...only a few days before prices go back to their regular levels.

And, as always, when you do get an item, send me a picture wearing it for me to share with the world! The blogFacebook, and even Instagram! Not only would it be a great way to show the world your amazing outfit, but if you have a business or cause that needs promotion, it's an easy way to get a mention on Section 36!

Like Bridget did! (With some help from K. Garcia Productions)

This sweatshirt is on sale!

Or, like Bernadette did to show off how amazing this tank top looks on her.

This tank is on sale!

Or Phil did.

This tank is also on sale!

Or Holly did with her cozy new hoodie.

This hoodie is on sale!

Or Nicolette did with her great t-shirt!

This t-shirt is on sale!

Or like Allison did!

This t-shirt is on sale!

Or, like Sierra did!

This t-shirt is on sale!

But, first you need to buy something you like. There's a lot to choose from.

What will you get?

Friday, August 16, 2019

Aileen Auclair Visits Section 36!

Section 36 has a new visitor! Aileen Auclair is a dancer, a Red Sox fan, and the current Miss Exeter! I was thrilled she was able to visit with us to discuss those topics, and a few more.

So let's see what happens when Aileen Auclair visits Section 36!

How did you celebrate winning the Miss Exeter crown?
I celebrated winning Miss Exeter by going to my director’s house and meeting all of the other girls at a cookout. After that I came home and hung out with my family.

What did you learn about yourself at the Miss Exeter Competition that will help you at Miss New Hampshire?
At the Miss Exeter competition I learned that I am a lot braver than I thought I was. For years I have been a very shy person and public speaking was never my strong suit. At Miss Exeter I pushed myself out of my comfort zone to work on my public speaking skills and meet many new people. This will help me at Miss New Hampshire because I will go in feeling comfortable with the other titleholders and with more confidence in my public speaking abilities.

What made you decide to compete for the Miss Exeter crown?
I competed for the Miss Exeter crown to take an idea I wanted to
work on over the summer and make it something bigger. My platform, Creating a Better Environment Today for a Better Tomorrow, came from my desire to do all sorts of cleanups this summer to better our environment. I decided that as Miss Exeter I could expand this idea so much more and participate in many more activities to benefit our community. 

Speaking of your social impact initiative how did you select “Creating a Better Environment for a Better Tomorrow”?
I selected my Social Impact Initiative due to a community service day my high school had that inspired me. In around four hours, 200 students picked up over 1,200 pounds of trash. This made me realize what an issue littering is and how important each person is in creating a better environment. If every person recycled, or chose reusable options, or picked up some trash they saw, that's one less piece of trash in the ocean or polluting our environment.

As a talented dancer, what do you like most about performing on stage?
As a dancer my favorite part about performing on stage is watching
everything we have been working on for months coming together. The satisfaction of nailing a step you have been struggling with for months on stage is very hard to be matched.

You recently returned from the American Dance awards in NYC. What was that experience like?
American Dance Awards was one of my most valuable experiences of my life. There were dancers there from all over the world and the talent was unlike any competition I've been at. All of the dancers were so professional I would have paid to see them. The experience drove me to work harder and strive to be the best dancer I could be.

Who is your favorite Red Sox player? Why?
My favorite Red Sox player is currently Xander Bogaerts because not only is he a good player, he seems to be a very supportive
teammate and good person.

Is there a feature or activity at Fenway Park that you’d especially like to experience?
If I were to go to Fenway one activity I would be very interested in is trying all the different food. I've heard it is expensive but very good.

If you had an extra ticket to see the Red Sox play at Fenway, who would you take with you? Why?
If I had an extra ticket to Fenway Park I would either bring my grandmother or grandfather because they are both really big Red Sox fans.


I'm sure they'd both have a wonderful time!

As always, I want to give huge thanks to Aileen for doing this interview, and for providing the pictures to go along with it. They're all so wonderful!

As Aileen continues her time as Miss Exeter, I encourage you to follow her on the official Miss Exeter Facebook page! It's a great way to make sure you know what she's up to!

I also absolutely want to wish Aileen luck this spring as she competes for the Miss New Hampshire crown! Once again there will be several Section 36 visitors gracing the stage. It would be incredible to have her take home the title! 

Thanks again Aileen, and good luck!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Chrome Blaster Time!

I realized that it's been a while since I did one of these posts. I think they're fun, so it's about time I do another one.

I probably should have picked a more exciting box than 2019 Topps Chrome. After all, the design is certainly nothing new that nobody's seen before. But, that's what I have. So here we go!

 It's always striking to me how empty the box itself is. Is this the contents settling like a bag of potato chips? Are there any boasters that use the majority of space available in the box? A bit surprised that companies haven't started making their blasters half sized by now to save costs.

Here's the best card in the first pack. I'm a bit confused by it, though. It sure looks like it's a “negative” parallel. But, according to the pack, those are supposed to be individually numbered. I don't see a number anywhere on the card. Anyone know what's going on?

The best card in the second pack is a Yankee that I've never heard of. That should tell you how bad the rest of the pack was. 

The best card in pack three is a quality card. A very shiny insert of young superstar Ronald Acuna Jr. I like the 1984 Topps style.

The fourth pack didn't exactly jump off the table. But this Matt Chapman is at least an all star with an interesting picture. As you could probably guess, I'm a sucker for his foot extending over the border. Still not sure how they decided which cards to use that technique on.

Finally a Red Sox card! Two Red Sox players even. While the insert set itself is fairly mundane and uninspired, at least the player selection on this card is top notch. 

A nice card of Clayton Kershaw. Going back to the Chapman card, I notice that all of this card is contained within the border. Kershaw’s left hand would seem like a perfect chance to extend beyond the border. But, this time Topps decided against it. I think that would have worked even better than Chapman’s foot. Agree?

Then we came to the extra special super bonus pack of sepia inserts. Another dud of a pack. But here's a rookie of a guy in Cleveland.

So, as you can see, not the greatest results. One Red Sox cards is not what I'm looking for. Hopefully the next packs are better.

Have you opened any of this yet?

Friday, August 9, 2019

Amanda Shoopman Visits Section 36!

Section 36 has a new visitor! Amanda Shoopman is a singer, a baseball fan, and the current Miss Florida Everglades. This makes
her the first visitor to Section 36 from the state of Florida! I was thrilled she was able to visit with us to discuss those topics, and a few more.

So let's see what happens when Amanda Shoopman visits Section 36!

How did you celebrate winning the Miss Florida Everglades crown?
As cliché as it is, I celebrated by going to Everglades National Park the next day! I absolutely love spending any free time I have there, so it was the obvious choice to put on my new crown and sash and visit the River of Grass!

What was your favorite part of the recent Miss Florida competition?
My favorite part was the Onstage Interview portion! I had the opportunity to discuss the importance of the Everglades when the judges asked me, “What would you say to lawmakers to convince them the importance of the Everglades?” It was so amazing to be able to share with not only the judges but also the Miss Florida audience, something that I’m so passionate about.

Is there a specific goal you’d like to accomplish during your remaining time as Miss Florida Everglades?
As I’ll be moving to Northern Virginia to attend school at George Mason University, I’m hoping to take my title to Capitol Hill! Using my title of Miss Florida Everglades, I plan to join Florida lawmakers in lobbying for further protection of the vital River of Grass.

What is your social impact initiative, and how did you select it?
My Social Impact Initiative is Get Back to Nature – Connecting Our Youth to Our Public Lands. It is about the importance of encouraging our youth to get outdoors and experience all of the beauty nature has to offer. I chose this as my impact initiative because I wanted my initiative to reflect something I’m truly passionate about. I am an Environmental and Sustainability Studies major, I have over 245 volunteer hours with the National Park Service, and I hope to one day become Secretary of the Interior. I truly have a deep passion for educating our youth on the importance of our lands, and I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to have a national platform to share what I care about with everyone else. 

As a talented singer, what types of songs are your favorite to sing?
I do not know if I have a favorite type of song! I love to sing just about anything, from Carole King to show tunes! 

What is your personal fitness routine?
I’d love to tell you all about my gym routine and how healthy I eat, but that would be too far from the truth! I tried the traditional workouts, gym visits, and watching everything I ate, but I found that it was creating an unhealthy mindset within. I absolutely dreaded going to the gym, and I was miserably craving sweets that I didn’t even normally eat. I knew I had to change my mindset to live a happier and healthier life.  Now, I love to be active outdoors, hiking, fishing, and the occasional run. I try to watch what I eat, but I never restrict myself when I’m having a sweet tooth craving. 

As a fan of the Nationals and Marlins, who’s your favorite Red Sox player? Why?
After texting my friends from Boston, they told me the ONLY correct answer is Mookie Betts! I followed up polling my friends with some research of my own, and I will say he seems to be pretty amazing! 

Last year you attended the congressional baseball game at Nats Park. What was that like?
It was an absolute blast! During my summer in D.C., I developed a sort of fascination with Nats Park, due to the fact that it is SO different from Marlins Park! I love going to Nats Park because it’s so cool to go to a “traditional” baseball field, as opposed to the more “modern” one we have down here in SoFlo. 

If you had two tickets in Section 36 to see the Marlins play the Red Sox, who would you take with you? Why?
I would take my Miss Florida sister, Miss Osceola, Kylie! During Miss Florida Orientation Week, Visit Central Florida took all of us candidates to a Lakeland Tigers baseball game, and it was such a blast sitting with her watching the game! It’s certainly something we plan on doing again, so if you want to give us the tickets, we’ll be there! 


Sounds like a great way to watch a game!

As always, I want to thank Amanda for doing this interview, and for sending along the amazing pictures. They really make the post much better.

As Amanda continues her time as Miss Florida Everglades, I encourage you to follow her on her personal Instagram account. It’s a great way to keep up with everything she has going on! 

Thanks again Amanda!

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