Twelve chapter members celebrated nine full years of monthly meetings on Saturday, Nov. 14, by returning to the County Line, the scene of the very first chapter meeting in 2003.
The current monthly meeting streak of 108 actually dates to December 2006, but County Line on the Lake also holds the distinction of hosting the meeting in January 2006 when the petition for chapter recognition was signed.
Topics around the table ranged from marveling at the remarkable run the Kansas City Royals had in the post-season to considering the managerial change for the Los Angeles Dodgers and elsewhere. In addition, we talked about the Astros outfielder Colby Rasmus being the first player ever to accept his team’s qualifying offer and what it might mean for the Astros next season. We also talked about whether the strong finish by the Texas Rangers will result in the Manager of the Year for Jeff Banister.
We also have noticed that weekend meetings have generally been a big hit for our members. Avoiding downtown Austin on a week night, as was the norm for several years, is proving beneficial for most of us. You can expect more weekend meetings in the future. We’ll also try to rotate meetings to various locations around the Greater Austin metropolitan area.
Mark your calendar for next month’s meeting – we plan to have it at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at Macaroni Grill in the Arboretum in Northwest Austin.
Seven Hornsby chapter members spent an enjoyable Saturday afternoon and evening at the home of Gilbert and Raeanne Martinez watching the Kansas City Royals' 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in Game Two of the 2015 ALCS followed by the New York Mets' 4-2 triumph over the Chicago Cubs in Game One of the 2015 NLCS.
The entire time was spent discussing baseball, from the 2015 playoffs, in particular the Houston Astros' surprising run to the post-season and their disappointing exit to speculation on which curse would be broken - the Cubs' famous "Curse of the Billy Goat" or the Mets' not-quite-as-well-known "Curse of Bobby Bonilla."
It was noted that if the Mets go on to win the NLCS and appear in the World Series, this year's Series will be the first between expansion teams. There had been 21 previous appearances by expansion teams in the Fall Classic but in each case, their opponent was one of the "original 16" AL or NL clubs.
Thanks to all attendees for their respective contributions to the bountiful assortment of food and snacks, especially Mike McNulty and Ryan Pollack for their homemade contributions. Although the attendees were not polled when the gathering broke up, it seemed apparent that no one went home hungry.
The next monthy meeting has been tenatively set as a lunch meeting on Saturday, November 14 at a place and time to be determined. Watch this space for more details.
Nineteen Hornsby Chapter members and guests gathered in north Austin on Saturday, July 11, to chatter about baseball over an Italian lunch. This was the 104th consecutive month that our chapter has had a monthly meeting.
After a long string of regular monthly meetings during the week in downtown Austin at a barbeque restaurant, we decided to try meeting on a Saturday away from the traffic congestion and construction in downtown. This first effort proved promising, with nearly 20 in attendance.
Over the remainder of the year, we’ll endeavor to move the meeting around some in the Austin metro area.
For the meeting in August, we’ll return to the Dell Diamond for a 6 p.m. game on Sunday, Aug. 23. The Round Rock Express take on the Salt Lake Bees, the AAA affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, California.
A total of 19 members and guests gathered for BBQ and baseball on Saturday, June 6. The group enjoyed a pre-game meal at the Salt Lick BBQ and then ventured to the nearby Dell Diamond where we watched the hometown Round Rock Express fall to the visiting Oklahoma City Dodgers by a score of 9-6. The game featured not only six home runs but also six errors.
Starting in July, we will be changing our chapter meetings from the traditional Tuesday or Thursday evening dinner meetings to Saturday lunch meetings. These will be held at various locations around the Austin area in order to make it easier for more people to attend. Watch this space for details.