Tim Dehring

Just a random guy with a website

Month: August 2019

One-Hit Wonders, MLB Style

MLB One-Hit Wonder

I only wish that baseball card packs still cost 5¢…

In modern Major League history, 154 position players finished their professional careers with just one plate appearance in the Major Leagues, their careers distilled down to a single stint or, in the famous case of Eddie Gaedel, a single stunt.

Of those 154, just 16 ripped a hit.

Of those 16, only five are living.

They are baseball’s one-hit wonders. One walk from the on-deck circle to the batter’s box. One trip down the first-base line. One story to tell.

These are their stories.

MLB – MLB Ultimate One-Hit Wonders

I really enjoyed the stories from the living players and had no idea that there was a player as current as 2008 on this list.

Not sure how I’d feel, really: having a 1.000 batting average for my career stat, or the fact that I only had 1 hit, 1 at-bat as my career stat also.

Reminds me of the first time I ever played golf. Ended up getting a hole-in-one on my second hole and never played again.

The Life and Death of Geauga Lake Amusement Park

Abandoned Geauga Lake

Do you have time for a tale? Sit back, relax, and dive into the interesting and timeless case of Geauga Lake, a tiny family park that started humbly enough, before rocketing overnight into international headlines by combining with a full-sized SeaWorld to create the world’s largest Six Flags.

A gargantuan park of mega-coasters, killer whales, dizzying flat rides, a Batman water ski show, dolphins, log flumes, Hurricane Harbor, and motion simulators for one price, Six Flags Worlds of Adventure was conceptually prepared to become the best theme park on Earth.

Theme Park Tourist

I’ll admit: I visited Sea World with my family in the early 90s as a pre-teen, and so I don’t recall much about Geauga Lake. However, I was aware of Six Flags Worlds of Adventure while in college but never visited. I didn’t realize that it was the world’s largest amusement park for a short time. Even worse, I’m ashamed to admit that even as an Ohio citizen, I never knew it closed down over 12 years ago until reading this article.

Sit back, grab a drink, and read the incredible history of Geauga Lake Amusement Park. Side note: I despise the conglomerate known as Cedar Fair Entertainment Company.

Playing Around With the Pixel 3 Camera

Recently, I moved from the Samsung Galaxy S9 to the Google Pixel 3. In doing so, not only did I move to stock Android, but also moved to a better camera. Let’s face it, I rarely use my phone as an actual phone; I’m either reading, playing a casual game, or playing around with the camera.

The image below was captured using the Night Sight mode on the camera and the light in the car, nothing more. It was about 10pm on a Friday night, hence the reason my youngest is passed out.

Pixel 3 Night Sight Test

Probably planning his next day of terror…

I know, I know. The phone came out in 2018 and the Pixel 4 is due anytime now. Truth is, I don’t go for the latest as soon as they’re released (anymore). Those days are behind me. But I do enjoy the camera a lot and will probably use it more when I’m out to take pics.

(PSA: save the iOS vs Android dribble for someone that actually gives a shit)

It’s been almost two and a half years since The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was released. I’ve had the game since the day it came out when I bought my Switch and to this day, I still enjoy playing and exploring, even after I’ve defeated Ganon. It’s already been stated by many, many gaming sites and communities but it’s worth repeating how fantastic this game is. Definitely looking forward to the sequel, whenever that gets released.

Summer Sunset

That Time Summer Flew By

I know, I know. Summer doesn’t officially end until September 22nd this year, which means there’s 52 days left of the season. But holy shit, where did the season go?

One minute, it was the end of school for my kids (May 31st). The next minute, it’s August 1st and they have just 20 days until school starts back up. As a parent, I welcome the school year and I know my wife will agree on that. At the same time though, I’m still scratching my head as to how fast this month got here.

Normally, summer means it’s time to go out and have adventures: we have Cedar Point close by, the Toledo Zoo, Lake Erie not too far from us, and the Mud Hens, among other tourist spots and activities we have here in Ohio.

Unfortunately, we didn’t do much of anything like we planned this summer. We have a season pass to both Cedar Point and the Toledo Zoo but yet haven’t utilized them like we wanted. The zoo is a bit easier to plan for considering the kids love animals and there isn’t really a time frame we need to follow. For Cedar Point, that’s a different story as we have our youngest that’s autistic and it’s really difficult to accommodate for him (meltdowns be damned).

Of course, we had our county fair 2 weeks ago and went to that since our oldest 2 were in 4H and they were involved with that. But the fair is the laughingstock of the state; you can walk through it and see everything within an hour, 2 at most if you want food. It’s pretty small and I swear it gets worse every year. If it wasn’t for the kids being involved, we’d never go.

At the same time, the fair was 2 weeks ago. That’s usually the indicator that summer is quickly coming to an end, and pretty soon Labor Day will be upon us and then all of the fall activities (which I love). It’s all downhill after that until the holidays (cue the skull and crossbones emoji, as that’s my least favorite time of year).

But, I digress. I need to find a way to make this last month count before we start getting busy again with school schedules.

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