Tuesday, November 23, 2004
Another week, another live set from the 1992 Sub Pop Vermonstress Festival up in Burlington, Vermont. This time it's another Canadian band, and one of my faves from the weekend, Eric's Trip from Moncton, New Brunswick. 12 live songs, most from seven inches, early EPs, and their first album, Love Tara. If you're into this stuff, be sure to pick up their 2001 live-best-of collection, The Eric's Trip Show, from Teenage USA.
Eric's TripFor more live sets from the fest, including Codeine, Come, Drop Nineteens, Velocity Girl, Crow, Pond, Six Finger Satellite, Green Magnet School, Sloan, Giant Sand, and Barbara Manning, check out my Vermonstress page.
VOTE FOR TOM CHEEK!
Ok, everyone... listen up. Are you ready for your good deed of the day? I don't ask for much, but today I need a favor, and all it involves are a couple of clicks (and no, I'm not trying for a free iPod). And to you non-sports fans, don't tune out because I'm about to mention baseball. Stick with me here.
Toronto Blue Jays broadcaster, and longtime family friend, Tom Cheek is up for induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, as a listed nominee for the 2005 Ford C. Frick Award. Online balloting is open to the public until December 1st, and I'm asking anyone reading this to help all his fans, friends, and family vote him in.
I'm not just asking because I know him... I'm asking because of all the listed nominees, this guy deserves it. 28 years as the Blue Jays radio man, sitting in the booth for every game since their inception... that's 4,306 games straight. Never missed a single one until the death of his father earlier this year, after which Tom was sadly diagnosed with brain cancer. He hasn't even let that stop him, though. After surgery, and with ongoing treatment, he returned to the broadcast booth for more games this summer. Says a lot about him, as does the family he's raised and the outpouring of support he's received.
From the site:
TOM CHEEK: 31 years (Expos, 1974-76; Blue Jays, 1977 - ), the last 28 with the Blue Jays as radio play-by-play man...Broadcast every Blue Jays game prior to the 2004 season, missing several games due to the death of his father and personal illness during the season...Broadcast for the Baseball Network, 1994-95�Has called many post season games on Canada radio for Telemedia�Play-by-play experience includes baseball, basketball, football and hockey for the University of Vermont...From 1974 to 1976 was the swing man on Montreal Expos radio broadcasts on television nights...Member of the broadcast team for ABC Sports at the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid and 1984 Olympics at Sarajevo...Has broadcast college basketball for Mutual Radio Network.He was recently honored by the Blue Jays organization as well...
"Toronto Blue Jays play-by-play broadcaster Tom Cheek was overwhelmed this past weekend when he was made the eighth member of the Blue Jays Level of Excellence � a designation honoring the team�s most cherished stars. Cheek�s streak of calling 4,306 consecutive games was made immortal when that number � 4306 � was affixed to his name which then joined the seven other winners (George Bell, Tony Fernandez, Dave Stieb, Joe Carter, CitoGaston, Pat Gillick and Jackie Robinson) in the SkyDome rafters"It's a great honor, and it deserves to be followed up with his name in the Hall of Fame.
Balloting is only open to the public for one more week, so please, go here and vote. You can each vote once a day, every day, so bookmark it and make it a daily click. You can also vote for 2 other broadcasters while you're there (I went for Boston guys Jerry Remy and Sean McDonough), so head on over and make with the clickin'.
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