2012 Brendan Harris Baseball Clinic

After a year hiatus, the clinic is back in 2012. The location has changed to  Queensbury High school and will be held November 10th, 2012.  All the details and registration info are on my website. www.brendanharris23.com. Hope to see you  there.

You can register at http://www.brendanharris23.com/BaseballClinic.html

- Brendan Harris

Clinic Info

Hey guys, my clinic is all set for Saturday, November 20th at the Adriondack Sports Dome in Queensbury.  Camp is going to be a more concentrated, energetic, one day affair this year.  There will be some new activities and a few surprises as well as the continued focus on fundamentals and skill development.  The hours will be similar, the first session, 5-8 year olds, will be from 9:30 – 11:45.  The second session, 9-11 year olds, will be from 12:30 – 2:45.  The third session, 12 & up, will be from 3:30 – 5:45.  The price will be the same, 45$, which will include the camp’s 2010 tee shirt, a raffle ticket to win Best Buy prizes, and other door prizes.  There will also be a silent auction where the proceeds will benefit the VFW and four charities they work closely with;  Disabled American Vets, National Home for Children, Guardian House, and the VA Hospital in Albany. 

Registration and payment can be made through my website,  not by contacting the Dome.  I’ll will be posting more updates as we get closer to the 20th, and as always feel free to email me with any questions. 

Hope to see you there.

september post

I think this is my first post since being sent to Rochester, and as of now this season has come to a painful end.   This has been the most difficult season of my career.  I feel like I had a good second half to the year, and I’m going to take that into my off season.  Its tough to be done in september, but alas, it is what it is, and Ill come back strong in 2011. 

I have been putting together my 2010 baseball clinic, and it will be November 20th and 21st.  I am working on some new things to add to it and continue to make it better each year.  I will have more information out on it shortly, and I am going to set up an online registration on my website, www.brendanharris23.com

Been quite a news cycle since I last blogged, and its been such a character building year I feel like I’ve lost my filter, so deal with it. 

I see the Justice department is officially charging Roger Clemens with perjury, and there’s a chance he could get five years in jail.  Clemens is accused of lying to Congress about his use of performance enhancing drugs, allegedly.  Lets analyze the numbers here, Congress is sporting a monster 11 percent approval rate, wouldn’t they be better served to offer Clemens immunity in exchange for telling them how to get some drugs that could actually improve their performance?   Well thank god Eric Holder and co. can put a case together to charge Roger Clemens.  He testified before Congress about 2 or 3 years ago, maybe less?  Charges against Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the conspirators of the USS Cole, ten years in the making, - no charges on the horizon, and the Cole bombing case has been put on the back burner till after the 2010 elections for ‘political reasons’.  My question is this, what do ‘politcal reasons’ even mean in this situation, and who in god’s name, no pun intended, is on the other side of this argument that we’re worried about offending? And this is what congress is worried about, Clemens?  Unemployment is near 10 percent, and they have time to worry about this.   At least in the Mosque controversy there’s the Nancy Pelosi croud out there defending the Iman’s right to freedom of religion, as he builds a shrine to Islam on the site where 3000 people were murdered in the name of the radicalized form of his faith.  This with over 100 mosques in NYC already.  I think people are getting a little tired of the intolerant lecturing us on tolerance, then taking advantage of us.  These are the same people that have gotten the Pledge of Allegiance taken out of schools because it says “One Nation under God”, and throw a fit when someone says god bless you after they sneeze.  We’ve also managed to sue ourselves, which I didnt think was possible.  Again, KSM and the Cole bombers – no cases pending, but Arizona and their immigration law as well as Sheriff Arpaio, lawsuits were turned around in a month.  You can agree or disagree on the issue, but I think Eric Holder/ Stedman Graham, loses a little credibility when he attends a hearing before Congress and says there is a lawsuit in the works yet he has yet to read the 16 page bill.

Good to see Rex Ryan cleaning up the language on Hard Knocks.  I guess HBO could have bleeped out the f bombs, but then he would have sounded like Ozzy Osbourne when he had his reality show.  Ozzy was the first person in the modern reality era to need subtitles – in the same language, so that viewers could understand him.  What a beauty. 

Jersey Shore has had some colorful episodes.  I think its become one of the first reality shows that is socially acceptable to discuss and claim that you’re a fan of.  Guys usually have to turn in their Man Card if they are caught discussing Keeping up with the Kardashians, but Jersey Shore brings people out of the shadows.  Snooki and the Situation are now acceptable water cooler topics, what’s the world coming to. 

Like I mentioned earlier, more information will be coming on my clinic. 

I love to hear what you guys think, feel free to email or comment.

June post

Its been a few weeks since i’ve been able to put some time aside to write a blog,  but i want to thank all of you that read my last entry and took the time to respond.  I also want to thank  you for the words of encouragement and to those of you that sent along some of your various slump busting techniques. 

I attended Justin Morneau’s charity event and received the typical condolences, including  “keep plugging away” and “keep your chin up”.  I’m sure if there had been an open bar a few people would have grabbed some of the bats up for auction and given demonstrations. 

It’s been quite a grind so far this year but i’m still plugging away and feel like i’m ready to break out the next time I get an opportunity.  It’s frustrating at times but the club is in first place and that’s what its all about.  There’s an oft repeated quote from Samuel Goldwyn, “The harder I work, the luckier I get”, and no ones been working harder, so there better be some bloopers and infield hits on the horizon, as well as some line drives. 

We have an off day here in Milwaukee and no, I did not spend the day at the beach with Patrick Reusse.  I really hope my thank you note wasn’t lost in the mail like my Christmas card was though. 

It’s been an interesting few weeks of current events since the last time i’ve blogged.   We’ve had oil spills, immigration controversy and Joran Van ders-Killer back in the news.   I see the CEO Tony Hayward was able to make his Yacht race back in England.  I feel like this is an SNL weekend update episode of ‘Really’.  Really Tony, you don’t see how the people of the gulf, who have already been called small people, would be mad at the white collar silver spoon symbolism of a yacht race as they try to pick up the pieces for the second time in 5 years.  At the same time President Obama played golf yesterday for the 7th time since the Oil spill began. I guess everyone needs their down time,  but even Phil Mickelson hasn’t played that many rounds of golf lately. 

And did I hear Hillary Clinton say that Illegal immigration is something the federal government should lead on, not the states.  So instead of laying out a comprehensive program that would help, the government is going to sue Arizona.  Really?  I didn’t know we could sue ourselves. 

And Joran, all I can hope for you is a long, torturous sentence in a Peruvian jail, where after awhile you’ll be begging for the electric chair on your way down to hell.   Ahh, Karma.

I am putting a few things together to help with my own operation shoebox that I’ve started.  Its taken a little longer to get off the ground than I expected, but the wheels are still in motion.  I would like to thank Sidney for the great t shirt ideas. 

Was able to catch a couple movies on the last two off days.  ‘Get him to the Greek’ was pretty funny, similar humor to its prequel Forgetting Sarah Marshall.  I’d give it a B.  ‘Hot Tub Time Machine’  was also funny, I’d give that a B plus.  Craig Robinson, from the Office is great in it.

Blog #1

     welcome to my foray into the blogosphere.  I’m a little uncomfortable with things such as fan pages and social media in general, so in an effort to avoid being overly self-absorbed and narcissistic, I want to call this an interaction blog.  I also find it utterly ridiculous when people tweet the menial tasks they are doing throughout the day, so I pledge to you to only tweet about things of substance.  

     I’ve started the blog and facebook page to do a number of things.  I want to interact with Twins fans and the good people of upstate NY about baseball, various things off the field and in the news that I or you would like to weigh in on. 

     I  run a camp in my hometown of Queensbury, NY and want to use social media to provide information about it and help with registration. 

     Lastly, I want to help promote certain charities or causes I feel strongly about with you.  I thought I had an original idea to support our service men and women by sending them a personalized care package when they are deployed overseas.  I want to highlight them on the site each month, with their consent of course, and then send them a care package of things they could use and appreciate.  Things such as magazines, calling cards, ipods and personal letters people send in, I would bundle together with other things anyone else wants to send in and mail overseas.  I found out there’s a charity called operation shoebox that operates exactly how I wanted this to run, though it doesn’t prohibit my much smaller operation from taking off. 

     As far as the season goes, I’d say 7-3 is pretty solid start, especially against three quality teams in the Angels, White Sox and Red Sox.  Major League baseball does a nice job celebrating Jackie Robinson day, marking his original debut from April 15, 1947, by having every player wear his #42.  Honoring this great man and icon hopefully changes many of the usual April 15th conversations in which most people are using expletives as they file their income taxes. 

I’d love to hear from you guys, as I said this is an interaction blog.

Welcome to Brendan Harris Baseball Blog

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- Brendan Harris #23