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March 2019

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Cooper Geyer’s Clutch Double Wins the League

At first, it seemed like the game was already over. The count got to three balls and two strikes for Cooper in no time at all. But then, in a scene I can replay perfectly in my mind like a slow-motion moment straight out of a sports movie, the final pitch came

Baseball season is kicking into full swing, and I’m back to coaching my kid’s Little League in Fort Myers. I just realized that I never told my readers about the best coaching moment I’ve ever had in my life. Last year, when we were down to the wire, one of my players made a clutch play that sent the entire team reeling, straight-up delivering us the championship trophy for our local minor league. For the entire season, the Minor Reds were lucky to have a good group of dedicated kids who did the best they could every time they played. We had an incredible run, ending up with 16-2-2 as our total record, including county tournaments. I was just happy to be

in … and Cooper knocked a rope deep into right field. “Go! Go! Go!” we all howled as everybody went absolutely insane. We scored the two runs we needed to clinch the championship, then added on another for good measure just because the kid on first was so hyped up that he never stopped booking it. Game over. We won! It was one of the most bonkers moments I’ve ever experienced in my life. Seriously, it gives me genuine chills just thinking about it. As I was waving these kids to run home, I just felt like I was floating 10 feet off the ground. In the chaos after the game, I made eye contact with Cooper’s dad, Chad, and I guess someone must have been cutting onions on the field because we were both tearing up with pride. Just an incredible, incredible thing to be a part of, and everyone in the stands — and all the kids — knew it. Honestly, after a moment like that, I’m pretty sure I’ve peaked as a coach. But hey, this season’s been going great so far, and as always, I’m thrilled to be out there on the diamond with the kids, striving to be the best team we cawn be. Some people can’t see past the trophy when they’re involved in youth sports, but for me, it’s all about those times when the kids accomplish things they never thought possible. You can’t put that in some dusty old case. If you want to watch the legendary moment yourself, Coach Robert got the whole thing on video. Check it out on our YouTube page at to witness the whole thing.

able to steer the team through such a stellar season, but obviously, they put in all the work. Amid all that success, there was one kid named Cooper Geyer who showed constant improvement. Though he struggled at the plate and hadn’t

managed to get a hit in all season, he never let it get to him, never got bummed out or discouraged. Most importantly, he put in the work. By the time I’d made it to the diamond for practice, he and his dad, Chad, would usually already be out there working together to brush up his skills. This was a kid with an unstoppable spirit and relentless work ethic, constantly striving to do all he could for himself and the team. From start to finish, he was inspiring to watch — but no one expected what would happen in our final game. It was the league championship against the Red Sox, a solid team who we’d bested once earlier in the season. Despite our previous victory, they surprised us and opened up the game with a steep 4-1 lead on us. Things were looking grim, but over the next few innings, we slowly inched our way up to the point where, by the final batter, we were only losing 5-4. The bases were loaded with two outs. It was the last inning, and the stakes could not have been higher. It seemed like everyone was practically holding their breath. And guess who walks up to bat? My man, Cooper, who, surprisingly, didn’t look nervous at all.

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... CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4 Avast With Tony Mast

TRIVIA QUESTION: Who had the game winning hit for the Reds?

I’m more the numbers guy. So, he’s made me understand and appreciate … how important it is to have a strong sales staff or your business just will never thrive.” For my final question, viewer (and friend) Dave Porter wanted to know what makes Culligan’s water systems different than regular tap water. “There are two parts to that, really,” Tony said. “We have an outside system that filters the water before it comes in the house that removes all the hardness — the calcium, lime, and all that stuff — out of the water, and it knocks down a bunch of the chlorine. And we have systems that purify the water under the sink … and those remove up to 99 percent of anything in the water. Metals, minerals, everything, it’s as good as Culligan bottled water.” I had a fantastic time hanging with Tony Mast and Captain Ozzie for this episode of Rates and Reels. I’m so glad Tony decided to bid on the auction and get out fishing with me on a Saturday morning! For the full episode, check out my Rates and Reels channel on YouTube!

up, I spent a lot of time with my Amish relatives,” Tony said, “and it just gives you an appreciation for what we have, how fortunate we are. When you watch people live with no phone, no electricity, no car … it makes you feel kind of spoiled, actually. We’re mad when the WiFi goes down, you know?” But even more than that, he said, it gave his dad his legendary work ethic. It’s no coincidence that Tony’s dad and his three brothers are all entrepreneurs with thriving businesses. As for his family tree, he summed it up with his Grandpa Jones. When he passed away last summer, he was 102 years old, he had 14 kids, 62 grandkids, 230 great-grandkids, and 18 great-great-grandkids. Holy cow! For my second question, I was curious what the most valuable thing Tony had learned from working alongside his dad for so many years was. “He’s the kind of guy, where he’s a salesman, you know, sell, sell, sell, grow, grow, grow … and

that location with Tony reeling in a positively massive Snook, which he dedicated to his good friend and fishing buddy, Todd Roberts, who recently passed away. Then, it was time for my infamous “Three Questions” segment with Tony Mast. I started right off with a big one. His parents are both Amish, so I was curious: What did Tony learn from growing up in that environment? I wanted everyone to know about his storied family tree. “Growing

Enjoy Yourself!

on the sofa with a cuddly blanket and enjoy some uninterrupted reading. The rain smattering against your windows creates the perfect background noise to delve into the pages of a new adventure.

As the weather warms up, the urge to get out of the house becomes stronger. However, any plans you might have can be abruptly canceled due to rain. If you find yourself stuck inside for the day, here are a few activities to keep you occupied.

Create Your Own Film Festival

Get Bakin’

Having a movie or TV series marathon is another great way to pass the time. You can watch some of the classics, like “Forrest Gump” or “Singing in the Rain,” fill the day with “The Lord of the Rings” series, or start a new Netflix show. If you want to involve your kids in the binge- watching, you can let them pick out one of their favorite movies too.

A wet and chilly day is an excellent opportunity to warm yourself up with some baked goods. Bake your favorite snickerdoodle cookies or fudge brownies, and pour yourself a mug full of hot chocolate or cider to get through the stormy day.

friends or family members and make the puzzle a team activity. With the whole day ahead of you, you’ll have several hours to devote to one of your favorite hobbies. Don’t let the rain keep you down! Instead, take advantage of the weather and enjoy a cozy day at home.

Read a Book

Piece Together a Puzzle

If you have a bookshelf full of novels you’ve not cracked open, a rainy day is the perfect time to jump in. Settle down

A rainy day is a great opportunity to pull out a puzzle. You can also grab your

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3 Great Family-Friendly Superhero Comics IT’S A BIRD! IT’S A PLANE! IT’S …

established superhero in comics, and it won’t be long before she steps onto the big screen with a live-action movie. ‘Super Sons: The Polarshield Project’ Jon Kent, son of Superman, and Damian Wayne, son of Batman, couldn’t be more different. But when a mysterious force threatens the world, these super sons must learn to trust each other — and themselves — to save the day. Based on the hit “Super Sons” comic book series, “Super Sons: The Polarshield Project” doesn’t hit shelves until April 2, 2019, which means you and your kids have plenty of time to reserve a copy of this graphic novel at your local comic book shop! ‘Champions’ “Champions” is a story about teenage superheroes, but don’t expect pizza or relationship drama in these panels. These comics tackle how young people today approach problems with a readiness to rally

It’s no secret that superhero movies are dominating the box office. The highest- grossing movies of 2018 (and the third and fourth highest-grossing of all time) were “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War.” There’s never been a better time to be a fan of superheroes or to become a fan of superhero comics. If your kids are interested in reading more about superheroes, here are a few great titles your whole family can enjoy together. ‘Ms. Marvel’ Since her debut in 2013, Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel, has been a wildly popular character, and her comic has gained critical acclaim. A 2015 Hugo Award winner, “Ms. Marvel” explores what it means to be a teenager, a first-generation American, a friend, and a superhero. The storylines promote an important message: “Good is not a thing you are, it’s a thing you do.” In just a few years, Ms. Marvel has become an

together and take

matters into their own hands. “Champions” doesn’t shy away

from hard topics, making it more appropriate for older kids and teens. But that doesn’t mean this story lacks heart or humor. Featuring comic favorites like Ms. Marvel and Spider-Man as well as popular newcomers, “Champions” is about identity, purpose, and what it really means to save the world.

Find these titles and other incredible stories at your local comic book shop.

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Catching Fish Left and Right with a Good Buddy

threw out bait, we could watch as the fish thrashed around, fighting just to get a piece. As a result, Tony hooked a monster redfish — the biggest redfish of his life — right at the beginning of the day. It didn’t take long for me to follow suit. I duked it out with another beast for what felt like way too long. Soon after that, both Tony and I had separate fish on at the same time — a heroic feat for any captain, but one that Ozzie just took in stride. Then it was time to head off the beaches of Sanibel and sight-fish some Snook — big Snook. And again, Captain Ozzie delivered. Within just a few minutes, we had seven nice-sized fish yanking on the line, leaping and flopping all the way to the boat. I commented that if it had been myself or Tony driving, we probably would’ve driven right past the hungry school, but Captain Ozzie is a consummate professional. It was crazy — like fishing in an aquarium. We closed out

Last year my kids’ school, St. Michael Lutheran, held a fundraising auction to raise money for the school. Thinking I should do my part, I donated a guest slot on my fishing show, Rates and Reels, to the highest bidder. Lucky for me, one of the victors was a longtime friend and vice president of Mast Family Culligan, Tony Mast! He’s an incredibly generous and fun guy, and, as it turns out, an awesome fishing buddy. We shipped out with our fearless guide, the legendary Captain Ozzie Fischer of Bay Fischer Charters, to reel in any redfish and Snook we could find. We started out on a school of redfish at a location so secret I’m surprised Captain Ozzie didn’t blindfold us first: somewhere off the flats of Pine Island Sound. Captain Ozzie might as well have engaged some kind of futuristic cloaking device with the way he stealthed up right over these fish. When we


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