Many were hoping to hit the beach over Memorial Day Weekend and were clearly disappointed when Mother Nature gave us three days of wet and cool weather.  Well she made up for it this past weekend in a big way and I took advantage by spending 14 hours in my favorite spot on North Avenue in Seaside Park.

While it was very hot inland on both Saturday and Sunday the wind on the beach shifted to the south and it made for ideal conditions.  If not for the still cold water I would have rated it a perfect “10” and while I did take my first dip of the season on Saturday I wasn’t in very long.  Still the beach was the place to be to cool off and many headed in that direction and while it’s still spring on the calendar the Jersey Shore had a very summer-like feel to it.

Those of us who know and have followed Todd Frazier have often been amazed at his ability to come up big in the biggest moments.  It was like that when he led Toms River East American to the Little League World Series, helped Toms River South win a pair of state championships, set records at Rutgers University and was a two-time All-Star and Home Run Derby champ as a major leaguer.  Why would we expect anything less as a member of Team USA?

On Saturday night in Port St. Lucie, Florida Frazier went 4-4 with a home run and RBI double plus he started a key double play to lead the US to a 4-2 win over Venezuela which allowed them to clinch one of six spots in the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan later this summer.  The US won all four of their games in the Americas Qualifier and will join Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Israel and one other qualifier in a bid to win a gold medal.  The competition begins on July 28th.

Final note:  Special wishes to my daughter-in-law Jill who on her birthday two years ago delivered us a tremendous gift in our grandson Carter. Yes both mother and son share the same birthday (June 7) which we will celebrate next weekend. 

 

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