Hi everyone - Sorry I've been out of the loop since season's end.
I haven't been home since March 1st--There's so much to do here! Things are heating up for me in Baltimore though.
As a lot of you know, I did a little recording this summer with Deanna Bogart (rhythm and Blues girl) from Baltimore and the BSO. We've put together a Christmas CD that's pretty nice.
We will be selling it at Royal Farms as of November 15 and of course at VistaRecords.net and RickDempsey24.com.
There is also a big release party at Serafino's Restaurant on the 15th.
The evening starts at 6:00 p.m. and the band will start playing at 7:00 p.m. Come one, come all - We will be performing from the CD, as well as playing some other tunes. We will have a blast, and I will get another chance to meet you all. Hope you can make it!
I'm also doing a lot of appearances in Baltimore.
Coming up are...
Geppi's Museum: November 15 - Noon to 4:00 p.m.
Padonia Station: November 17 - 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Ocean City with Deanna: November 20
Great Moments in Westminster: November 21 - Noon to 2:00 p.m.
And DONT LAUGH...
Dancing for the Arts at Bulle Rock Golf Course: November 21 at 7:00 p.m.
Come out - We'll raise money for the Arts Building and we'll have some fun. I'm singing "I'm a Soul Man" - Who knows, it might work out.
Okay, back to a little Baseball...
Who didn't think that the Yankees were going to win from the beginning? Anyone could have picked that one. I guess in a way I was hoping they would win, since in the end, I am an AL guy all the way.
BUT, as I was watching the celebration at the end, it just didn't look like the same kind of celebration I was involved with the two times I was there. Yeah, they were bouncing around, happy to win, but I got a funny feeling that there was something missing.
I can't quite express that feeling in words, but what I'm about to say may make sense: I thought the headline the next day should have read, 'It was a well bought battle' (instead of a 'well fought battle'). Do you get what I mean by saying so? I don't have any reservations about any of the Yankees who were part of the team. I can appreciate all of them as players--Jeter, A-Rod, Matsui, Tex, Swisher, Cano, CC, Jorge, etc.
One-on-one we have talked as professionals, and they are great guys who work hard at it and are true professionals.
It's just that until there is a true salary cap in baseball, NY will always have first pick at whoever they want in order to stay in the World Series race.
The fact that we never had a chance to attract Teixeira, or AJ Burnett, or CC Sabathia says it all. Jealous? - Well maybe I am. I mean, what Tampa Bay did last year was a miracle that may not happen again for a long time.
I know what the Players Association would think about a cap--and the last thing I would ever want to see again is a strike--but for the good of all the other teams and the health of the great game of baseball, something besides TV ratings should be considered.
Nice checking in with you, and I hope to see many of you all at Serafino's!