This ‘N That

Spring training is in the air, but unfortunately I’m not.

Being unemployed, it has me grounded. I just can’t afford to travel to minor league spring training.

As noted on March 15, the camcorder I use to record clips for the FutureAngels.com Video Gallery died last week. A replacement arrived yesterday, but that cost $2,000, which is $2,000 I don’t have.

Before the camcorder’s untimely demise, I’d planned to make a trip in May that would take me first to Cedar Rapids, then on to Rancho Cucamonga, over to Tempe for extended spring training and then back home to Florida. That trip would have cost me about $2,000, something I could have paid off in about six months but with the unanticipated $2,000 bill for the camcorder that’s just too much debt for my employment status, or lack thereof.

So I’m going to call off the Rancho Cucamonga and Tempe parts of the trip.

I haven’t been to Cedar Rapids since 2007, the year before the flood, and this year’s team should have a monster roster with all the young prospects, so I should make every attempt to be there.

If you enjoy the videos, photos and reports directly from the road on FutureAngels.com, a reminder that no one pays me to do this. Some folks are under the impression that the Angels subsidize this. They don’t. It’s all out of my pocket. Being unemployed, that pocket isn’t as deep as it used to be.

I’ve had many players’ parents tell me over the years that if I need help, I should ask for it, so I’m asking.

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I realize these are difficult financial times, but more than ever I have to be responsible with every penny I have. My wife and I lose our health insurance on March 31, as we can’t afford it any more. We have some money saved up, but one trip to the emergency room, one life-threatening disease and we’ll be in big trouble.

Given those real-world priorities, FutureAngels.com drops down the priority list. I’ve always run FutureAngels.com as a service, not a business, absorbing about $2,000 a year in losses. That can’t happen now. So if you’ve enjoyed FutureAngels.com and want it to continue, I need your help. Thanks for your consideration.

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