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And here's one of the butterfly he became later.
I pulled off Farwell Bridge Road, next to the Pecatonica River, while on my way home one night from work. What I saw surprised me: four peacocks roosting on the roof of a cabin just off FBR. I called to them (OK, Ok, yes, I talk to animals) and they were mostly fearless. One came very close. It's too bad it wasn't sunny.....
For more information, this is a really good site: http://www.monarchbutterflyusa.com/Caterpillar.htm
For fun, here's another pic:
Sunday, July 20, 2008
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Friday, July 11, 2008
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Inside The Shell -- Flirting with perfection
Submitted by beek on Mon, 2008-07-07 21:35.
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Visalia 4, Modesto 2. Game 88 of 140
GAME IN A GRAF – Oaks’ righty Wes Roemer took a perfect game into the seventh inning before giving up two runs, but that was all the Nuts would get as they had to settle for a split of the four-game series.
Keith Weiser pitched well, but allowed three runs in the sixth inning. Daniel Mayora broke up Roemer’s gem with a one-out triple in the seventh,
and Mike Paulk followed with an RBI double. Cole Garner’s two-out single scored Paulk, but those were the only three hits Modesto would collect.
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Oaks bang out the hits against Lake Elsinore Storm
BY ANDREW BETTENCOURT • ABETTENC@VISALIA.GANNETT.COM • JULY 3, 2008
Wes Roemer (4-7) turned in his third straight quality start, limiting the Storm to five hits and three runs in seven innings. Roemer has a 2.75 earned run average over his last five starts.
Visalia's Wes Roemer tosses a pitch against the Bakersfield Blaze Friday at Recreation Park. Roemer went six innings and allowed just one run, unearned, in picking up a no-decision. The Blaze beat the Oaks 2-1. (MICHAEL ALVARE
Oaks lose pitcher's duel to Blaze
BY ANDREW BETTENCOURT • ABETTENC@VISALIA.GANNETT.COM • JUNE 28, 2008
Some good news was the starting outing turned in by Wes Roemer.
With Valdez out of the rotation, the Oaks are in almost in dire need of a dominant pitcher — especially if the offensive woes continue. Roemer, a 2007 first-round supplemental pick of the Diamondbacks out of Cal State Fullerton, could be a staff-ace candidate.
Roemer gave up just six hits and an unearned run in six innings. Over his last four starts, Roemer has shaved almost a full run off his ERA — going from 5.51 to 4.63 since June 3.
Monday, June 09, 2008
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EDITORIAL: DRAFT AL GORE FOR VICE PRESIDENT. AMERICA WINS WITH OBAMA-GORE.
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"I'm going to try and do what I did in college and last year in Yakima, and that's pound the zone with strikes," said Roemer, the 50th overall selection last year out of Cal State-Fullerton.
"If I do that, I'm sure I'll move up quickly."
Roemer said he received his share of hazing during spring training, including a tongue lashing from veteran second baseman Orlando Hudson for not being ready soon enough before an exhibition.
"I learned a lot while I was up there," Roemer said. "Everyone thinks of big leaguers as being laid-back, but they work their butts off. You can't mess around or Hudson or [outfielder Eric] Byrnes are going to come up and kick your butt."
Friday, April 11, 2008
Friday, April 04, 2008
FresnoBee.com: Sports: Leap seems shorter for Oaks
Saturday, March 29, 2008
For a week, I languished in Tucson, visiting Wes while he worked out with the DBacks in Spring Training. Ah, the life. Nobody told me what to do. Nobody told me where and when to go. It was magnificent and I'd love to do it again and soon, and not so much because I was in the lap of luxury: it was fine, but this is the view from my hotel room. Note the bullet hole in my window.
Below is the DBAcks mascot, Baxter. Everyone loves Baxter.
Friday, March 28, 2008
I think you can listen to games free on the Web site.
Below is their report on Wes on their Web site, which you can also find at:
"Taken out of Cal State-Fullerton with a supplemental first-round pick last spring, Roemer was limited to just 12 innings at Yakima after a heavy workload in college. He'll be free to show what he can do at Visalia to start 2008.
With a potentially plus slider and a fastball in the low 90s, he has good makeup and a big-league demeanor. The club has high hopes for him. "We're getting him the foundation to kick start his career, command and the ability to use his fastball and mix his pitches," Hinch explained. "He loves to compete and pitch inside and that makes it a lot easier to work with him."
Audio: Roemer fans two with the bases loaded
Let the games begin! Hey~! Get up off that chair~!
Listen to Wes on MLB.com for $14 for the whole season.
Other family news: Jon begins his OWN season as Dakota Indians varsity baseball ramps up its season. All the talk about Jon now is where he'll be going to college.
Isn't Spring fun?
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
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Just to see what it would do, I sent this picture I took at the Diamondback's field in Phoenix, from my phone. It posted all by itself. Not bad~!
Monday, March 03, 2008
And here he is pitching to Jim Thome (below, right) (Thome flew out)
(Photo courtesy of Mike Edwards)
And here's a pic of him signing autographers later.... (below) (Photo courtesy Mom Roemer)
The best part about the whole thing is Kirk Gibson is coaching him.
Here's a pic of the two of them in the dugout, below. (Wes is the first player wearing a black cap, to the left of Gibson.)
Wes got his shoes spray painted gold in one practice ... there's some "hazing" involved, though it's all in good fun. For more information on how the rookies, including Wes, were treated at Spring Training, go to the following Web site:
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
It's incredible, the amount of snow Northwest Illinois has seen this year. This is a photo of my parent's road, albeit not a very good one, because I took it with my camera phone. But what incredible beauty greeted me when I went outdoors on Tues. Feb. 26 after a night-long heavy wet snow coated the region. School was called off for the day. We are all hoping that this snow stops coming, though it is in the forecast for weekend (when I'll be in Arizona, watching the Cactus League games).
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Along the line of things I do at work, one day, I came upon this white fox roaming beside the road. He wasn't very scared of me, and he was trying to find a way to get back inside that fence, to the field.
Ultimately he caught a mouse, and ate it, while I click click clicked with the camera.
People were stopping on the road to see him, and I had a field day writing the story later. Enjoy~
Feb. 17, 2008: TUCSON, Ariz. -- Bob Melvin got a glimpse of the future Saturday and the D-backs manager liked what he saw.
Above: Wes, in Omaha, 2007, after a good strikeout.
Feb. 17, 2008: TUCSON, Ariz. -- Bob Melvin got a glimpse of the future Saturday and the D-backs manager liked what he saw. As pitchers and catchers went through their first workout of the spring, Melvin watched some of the organization's top pitching prospects throw bullpen sessions. Max Scherzer, Jarrod Parker, Wes Roemer, Barry Enright and Hector Ambriz all took their turns. ... Among those that did were Roemer and Enright, who were drafted last year....
From: Arizona DBacks Notes: Melvin pleased with pitching
D-backs' young prospects turn in strong showing at camp
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
Over the years I learned to use whatever I had on hand to score and make up my own folder ... here's a copy of my scorekeeping when CSUF played Rice in 2007.