Our Toughest Off-Season Yet

The last several months have been the hardest off-season for the kids and I yet. I wish it was simply because there was no baseball, but unfortunately, it has nothing to do with our favorite sport. Without going into to much detail, I believe a family is like a team, and when one team member is selfish the rest suffer. If there’s one thing this experience has shown me, it’s how strong and special my kids are. I know I’m the dad and it’s my job to take care of them and be there for them, but the fact is they’ve been there and taken care of me more than I ever imagined. I truelly believe that if it wasn’t for them, I’d be in some padded cell right now being spoon fed pudding three times a day. I can honestly say that my kids are my best friends, and I really believe that we’ll be ok…as long as we stick together. We didn’t just hang our heads, though, we kept busy and shared a lot of laughs together this winter. Here’s a few pics from how we survived our toughest off-season…Opening day is on the horizon, and I’m determined to make this summer one of the best they’ve ever had. They deserve it.

Pro Wrestling

tna10.JPGLots of Hockey


lssu5.jpgRoller Disco


bowling2.jpgOutdoor Fun

snow1.jpgRock Concerts

rock3.jpgPhotos property of M.I.B


Nice pics!

—Mark Gauthier


I’m sorry to hear that Mike. I’d gotten that indication from other things you’ve said. It’s silly and girly but, for what it’s worth, *hugs*. I’m glad to see you and the kids have been able to have some fun this offseason – and from the look of those photos, you’ve succeeded in giving your kids some really good memories of this time too, and that’s no small thing. Here’s hoping the coming months treat you better!

Mark-thanks for stopping in
Kristen-it’s honestly worth a lot. Thank you.

They deserve it and YOU deserve it too! Keep your head high. Your kids will notice. Believe me, I noticed when my dad did after my mom left. The pics you shared show a lot of love and that’s all ya need!


Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog. I was a little too young for the ’87 Tigers/Jays race, but knowing my Blue Jay history it was great, having George Bell hit 47 homeruns that year (a Jay record until Bautista last year). Those were the days when there was a tiny rivalry with the Tigers/Jays in the A.L. East. Now we are only playing one 2 game series in Detroit for 2011? What is up with that?

Anyway, great toboggining pics. Loved that when I was a kid. I’m still seeing mountains of snow out my window, and we are less than a week away from the season, so I can relate.

All the best,


Jeff-I appreciate the advice. The kids have really kept me going (along with mini-kegs of Hieneken).
Jeremy-It’s too bad Detroit and Toronto don’t play more often. It’s always been a good rivalry. Even in hockey the we hardly see the Leafs which makes no sence.

You know the best thing about bad times….The way we recover and stride upwards again. Not only does it shows our little ones strength, courage and determination, but how a simple hug, embrace or glance can show you the bond of family.
I do not want to go philosophical here, but as long as your head is held high and you strive forward, success is in front of you for you to grab hold of. I seriously believe that, and strive for it daily myself.
I remember an old phrase a female friend of mine used to say: “Any fool can be a Dad, but it takes a man to be a Father”. The smile on your kids face is an instant reminder you are making a difference…Embrace it!

Rays Renegade

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Totally Tigers

Unique Analysis--Timely Topics--Better Baseball

The Canuck Cubbie

The Unofficial Blogger of the Chicago Cubs in Canada

Better Off Red

Jamie Ramsey gives you an all-access pass into the world of the Cincinnati Reds

MLB Reports

Baseball Analysis (Audio + Written), MLB DFS For DraftKings, MLB DFS Strategy, Tommy John Surgery & Sully Baseball Podcast

Ben's Biz Blog

The Greatest Minor League Baseball Blog of All Time


A Boy and his Dad's Adventures in Baseball

All Things Ed

Celebrating more innocent times of childhood memories, which seem to revovle around baseball. Minor league games, baseball trivia, and a hint of nostalgia.. Enjoy!

Sons of '84

The place for Tigers fans, baseball die hards, fantasy baseball enthusiast, and baseball card geeks

Indy Ball Island

Writing and sharing stories about Independent Baseball.

The Baseball Bloggess

Loves the 4-6-3 and the Serial Comma.

Flashin' Leather

"God I love baseball." Roy Hobbs | The Natural

Baseball Bliss

If you hella love baseball, you've found your bliss!

The Ballpark Guide

This is the travel blog for Malcolm MacMillan, founder of TheBallparkGuide.com. Visit the website for comprehensive guides to Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball stadiums.

MiLB Snap Shots

As a freelancer, Tom Priddy has been photographing Minor League Baseball for more than 18 years. These are his photos and the stories behind them.

MLB | NBC Sports

Baseball. Baseball. And then a bit more baseball.

Beck's Blog

Tracking the Tigers with MLB.com beat writer Jason Beck.

%d bloggers like this: