Category Archives: Sports

Dallas Cowboys Football Stadium

We were headed to the Texas Rangers baseball game and had been sitting in the car waiting for the rain to stop. From the parking lot you can see the Dallas Cowboys Football Stadium and it was enormous. Even from the distance it is larger than life and almost looks like it from another world. I have always been a Dallas Cowboys fan even though I am originally from Ohio. i knew I was going to a Rangers game so I had my Canon 7D with me. So I changed lenses from the 70-200mm to the 24-105 F4. This photo is actually 3 photos that I shot handheld and processed in Photomatix and then back to Lightroom for a few tweeks. With the Dallas Cowboys 2015 season behind us we can tell by the sun peeking through the clouds that the future is bright! GO COWBOYS!

Most of my fine art prints are available for purchase at Georgetown Antiques and Artisans located on the square in Georgetown Texas.

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Reckless Kelly Celebrity Softball Jam

 

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Every year I get the privilege of attending and shooting photos for the Reckless Kelly Celebrity Softball Jam. The softball game starts at 1:00pm every year at the Dell Diamond home of the Round Rock Express in Round Rock Texas and right after this hilarious fun game the concerts begin on two stages at about 3:00pm. Led by brothers Willy and Cody Braun, the band wanted to create a signature event with friends from the worlds of music and sports combining America’s pastime and music to benefit Austin’s youth. In eight years, the Reckless Kelly Celebrity Softball Jam has raised over $300,000 for area youth leagues (South Austin Little League, Balcones Little League, Montopolis Little League, Del Valley Little League, The Miracle League at Town & Country, The Miracle League of San Antonio, Greater East Austin Youth Association and RBI Austin) including a $150,000 renovation of Mabson Field in East Austin. (from the RKCSJ web page)

Come on out this year on May 15, 2016 for a fun filled day of celebrities pretending to be athletes, a silent auction of too many items to list here (1 year was a red rocking chair autographed by Sammy Hagar) and a years worth of Texas Country Music in an afternoon and don’t forget to stay for the FIREWORKS!!

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Will Farrell is Rojo Johnson

One of the best memories of attending a baseball game at Round Rock Express was Rojo Johnson making his pitching debut. There had been a news article released by the Express explaining who Rojo Johnson was and his devious past. We had all heard that Will Farrell was to make an appearance but NO ONE in attendance expected what was about to unfold. Rojo Johnson made his way in from the outfield with a white grocery bag and once he stepped on the mound he reached into the back and pulled out a beer. Popping the top on the can and taking a drink or two before starting his warm up routine. We were all impressed with the accuracy and velocity of his warm up pitches. he was then ready to begin the inning. That is when all the fun began. With the first wild pitch the batter charged the mound and the fight began! If you were not in attendance that night you missed a special surprise. Be sure to get out to the Dell Diamond as you never know what to expect next! The management team always works hard to make sure everyone in attendance has a great time! From concerts and special guests to Fireworks Fridays you can always have a great time with your family at the Round Rock Express located off Highway 79 east of Round Rock, Texas.

Round Rock, Corpus Express Interest in ‘Rojo’
05/03/2010 5:26 PM ET from Wire Reports
For the past few years, Billy Ray “Rojo” Johnson has wanted nothing more than a second chance at a life that once had such promise. Now, it appears he may get it. His story is the stuff of legend; if he seizes that second chance, a legend is what he could become. Born in East Texas in 1979, Johnson’s trek to a possible Major League career has seen its fair share of twists and turns. His father, oilman Ray Lee Johnson, began working as a consultant for Venezuelan oil companies when the country experienced a jump in oil production profits due to the 1973 Oil Crisis. After years of frequent trips between Texas and South America, Ray Lee moved the family to Venezuela in 1984.
It was in Venezuela that Billy Ray Johnson developed two things that have stuck with him to this day: a love of baseball and his nickname. By age 15, Johnson was known throughout Venezuela for a blazing fastball and a blazing temper. Teammates dubbed him “Rojo” as a play off his name, but many people suggested the nickname had more to do with his temper that seemed to echo his fiery red hair. Just when his future seemed bright, Johnson’s life began to crumble. Despite being considered by many to be the best youth pitching prospect in Venezuela, Johnson was not allowed to play for the Venezuelan 16-and-Under National Team due to his heritage. Johnson’s temper got the best of him as he unleashed a tirade in the Venezuela National Baseball Team offices, threatening harm to anyone in his sight. After trashing the offices, Johnson was physically removed from the premises. The next day, he returned with a soda bottle filled with his own urine and threw it through a window at the Venezuela Baseball offices. Two months later, Johnson’s mother, Kay, died after being bitten by a poisonous snake while on an expedition in the Amazon. Absent his mother and living with a father immersed in the oil business, Johnson began to run with the wrong crowd.
 
While working odd jobs on the side, Johnson continued to play baseball. Shortly after being snubbed by the Venezuela National Team, “Rojo” began playing in the Venezuela winter leagues. The 16-year-old quickly became the league’s most dominating pitcher. However, Johnson struggled to remain with any team as he continually was suspended due to fighting with opponents, umpires and even his own teammates. Oddly enough, especially after the death of his mother, stories of “Rojo” keeping various reptiles in his locker also started to surface. American baseball scouts began to hear of Johnson through players arriving in Major League Baseball from Venezuela. By his late teens, “Rojo” was known throughout the professional baseball scouting circuit. Despite Johnson’s obvious ability, Major League organizations were leery of his personal life, his reputed temper and his refusal to undergo therapy. One of the world’s greatest baseball talents was stuck in the dead-end situation of an inability to overcome himself.
 
Ray Lee Johnson moved back to Texas in 1996. His only child, Billy Ray, remained in Venezuela against his father’s wishes. A few years later, “Rojo” visited his father in rural Sabine County, Texas, to make peace. But it was more than just a family visit for Billy Ray; it was a business trip, as well. Two days after his arrival in Texas, “Rojo” was taken into custody by authorities. Government officials had built a case against Johnson, who was linked to the illegal importation of countless species of reptiles, including various types of rare snakes, lizards, iguanas, turtles and galliwasps. In the spring of 2000, Johnson was found guilty and sentenced to serve time in an undisclosed prison.
 
Soon after his incarceration, Johnson was reintroduced to his first love – baseball. Pickup games in the prison yard were common, and “Rojo” soon began to showcase his natural-born talent. But his temper still remained an issue.
Now, as his release date approaches, scouts and baseball officials have begun to take a look at “Rojo” one more time.
 
Recently, Texas Rangers President and Baseball Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan was asked about the legend of “Rojo” Johnson. “Sure, I’ve heard of him,” Ryan said. “He’s quite the story, that’s for sure. We’d be interested. No doubt about it. Quality pitching is pretty tough to come by these days. We might have to go after him just to keep someone else from snagging him up.”
 
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