Archive for November 2013

The Cooperstown Conundrum   Leave a comment

‘Tis the season.  The annual Hall of Fame debate season.

The newest BBWAA ballot was released this week, listing the names of 36 former major league baseball players.  Some of them had careers that compare to the legends of the game that came before them, the players whose names are deservedly mentioned in “best-ever” conversations.  Others had careers that are worthy of a good, long look at their merits, because time has a way of altering one’s perceptions and feelings.  There are also those who, well, played baseball for a long time and had the type of success that should make many a mortal man envious… and that’s it.

For the next several weeks, a lot of people will weigh in on who deserves to be enshrined in Cooperstown next summer.  Writers and bloggers, TV talking heads and number-crunchers, former players and coaches, professionals and amateurs (like me!) – all of them have an opinion.  And trust me, they never agree.

Don’t Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens both deserve to go in, based on their statistics?

Shouldn’t Greg Maddux be a unanimous selection?

Will Jack Morris get enough votes in his fifteenth and final year on the BBWAA ballot?

If Bruce Sutter can get in, what about Lee Smith?

And so on, and so on.

I’ve been writing a couple of blogs on the matter for the last three years, just because I like doing it.  To sum it up in one sentence, I love and I hate the Hall of Fame.  The politicking, the guesswork, the innuendo and the opinions that just make no sense bug the hell out of me.  Another aspect of the process that has bothered me increasingly more over the years is the fact that many BBWAA voters are not even actively covering baseball.  They have either moved on to other sports, or retired… but it’s irrelevant because once you get that voting privilege, you get it for life.

I’ve written about certain players, and I’m sure that if you care you can easily find those blogs.  I’m not quite sure who – or what – I will write about this time, so if you have any suggestions, send them in.  This year, I don’t want to write about the same things that get argued about ad infinitum, so I’ve got to get creative.  Help me out.   Also, if you run across an article or blog that you think I’d be interested in reading, let me know.

Oh, and Tim Raines IS a Hall of Famer.


Posted November 29, 2013 by JasonMacAskill in Uncategorized

My home away from home   Leave a comment

For the next four weeks or so, this will be my habitat.  Situated in the middle of a triangle consisting of HMV, Claire’s, and Birks, and approximately 100 feet from Santa’s Village.  Feel free to stop by with a drink, or food, or news from the outside world.


Posted November 25, 2013 by JasonMacAskill in Uncategorized

Learn about the Love Train!   Leave a comment

This is a quick cut-and-paste of my latest newsletter.  Read on, but only if the title of this blog intrigued you that damn much.


Volume 2, Issue 12 (mid-November)

Jason MacAskill’s personal newsletter…
I’m solely responsible for the contents, all opinions strictly my own.

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Hi, LinkedIn friends and associates!  As always, thank you very much for opening and reading, and sharing if you choose to do so.  If I’m able to pass along even one bit of worthwhile or interesting news to you, I’ll call it a good day.

This particular newsletter won’t be a long one.  Let’s be honest, for a lot of us, this is the busiest time of year.  There’s just not a lot of time to read (or write!) every single piece of mail that hits your inbox.  So, let’s get right to it, shall we?

This production is a Motown musical revue featuring the finest songs of that era, as well as modern soul, pop, and R&B classics.  Showcasing a cast of amazing performers, many of whom are returning to our Calgary stage because we like them so darn much, this will be a can’t-miss show.  If you want to see who’s in it, what songs are part of the show, or even the delicious buffet menu, I suggest you click here; this link will take you to the “Love Train” playbill.  “Love Train” opens on Thursday, November 14th, and is scheduled to run until February 2nd, 2014.  I want you to see it – you, and your friends, and your family, and your co-workers.  Everyone.  (Perhaps not all at once, but you get my meaning.)

If you haven’t booked your office Christmas party yet (maybe you wait until January, many folks do), please give me a call.

Speaking of Christmas, Stage West Calgary is selling gift certificates at a super-duper, extra-special, early bird discounted rate.  If you’re looking for a stocking stuffer that shows your loved ones (even your in-laws!) how much you care, I highly recommend clicking on this link.  It will take you to our sales portal, where you can see the type and price of each gift certificate we offer.

I will also be at Southcentre Mall, starting on November 25th, selling our gift certificates at one of the seasonal kiosks.  However, they will no longer be at the “early bird” price – still discounted, yes, but the online price is the best price we will offer for our Stage West gift certs.  The early bird offer is only valid until November 14th!  After that, you can still order via the website, or come down to the mall and find me.

Any questions or comments?  Please call me, write me, let me know if you want to see a show!  If you serve as your company’s social club coordinator, or events planner, please let me know if you’d like a table for two.  I would be happy to let you sample the product, so to speak, before committing to a group function.  Just contact me!

If you think that this information would be interesting to a friend, a member of your family, someone you work with, a customer, a vendor… please, forward it along.  Every click helps.

Posted November 12, 2013 by JasonMacAskill in Uncategorized