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METROS' ALUMNUS BOB ASHAM: AN INSPIRATION TO US ALL
Monday, November 21, 2016
Last Sunday was not only a big day for Bob Asham, it was a big day for the Niagara Metros, as well. Asham (who was the Metros' first team captain and one of the club's star players back in the 1985 to 1987 seasons) was honoured as the "medal bearer" for the final leg of the St. Catharines portion of the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay.
As he rolled into the parking lot of the Seymour-Hannah Recreation complex, the large and enthusiastic crowd gave the former Metro a standing ovation, and was greeted by St. Catharines mayor Brian McMullen, along with many dignitaries and members of Parlaiment. Asham was selected for this honour due to his work with the mayor's advisory committee on accessibility, as well as his being an ambassador for the Rick Hansen organization.
As has been documented on the pages of this website, Bob suffered a horiffic spinal cord injury while playing men's league hockey in 1988. The injury left him a quadraplegic. But with incredible determination and an inspirational "will", he was able to eventually "get out of his chair" and return to a normal life. He was able to keep his job at Dofasco in Hamilton after his injury and rehabilitation and continues his employment there, in addition to his work in the area of "accessiblity" for the city. He has also been married to his wife Helen for more than 20 years, and has a daughter (Camryn), who are very proud of what he has accomplished.
In his address, Bob encouraged the audience to never give up. "I didn't give up, and I got back on my feet," Asham told those crowded into the lobby of the arena. He later encouraged the audience to work toward making all communities accessible. "If you make it accessible for those with disabilities like me, then you are making it accessible for everyone." Mayor McMullen followed that up by saying, "We commend your dedication to improving accessibility in our city. You are an inspiration to us all." As the members of the Metros who played with him in the mid-80's know first hand...truer words were never spoken. Congratulations, Bob.
Here is a link to the story that appeared in the St. Catharines Standard newspaper, the day before the event took place:
THIS AND THAT
1. The final C.O.M.B.L. managers meeting of the 2011 season takes place this evening in Burlington. The "group of wackos" (as George Moores refers to them) will try to tie off any loose ends that may exists from the season just completed, or perhaps discuss possible new issues or recommendations for changes to be dealt with or introduced in the new year. Any important issues that come out of this meeting will, as always, be reported here next week.
2. Finally, we want to wrap up this week by telling you about our new "Baseball Film Feature". Back in the summer, the Showtime Network did a behind the scenes documentary called "The Franchise: A Season with the San Francisco Giants". It was a fantastic look at the inner workings of a Major League Baseball team, where you got a chance to see the hard work that goes into running a ball club at that level. The cameras took us into the dressing room, the dugout, the training facilities, the players' homes, the General Managers' office...everywhere that something was happening with the 2010 World Champs.
We have for you, part 1 (of 3) of the first episode of the Series, which ran for 8 weeks this past summer (between June and August). The 14-minute segment we're featuring will give you a very good idea of what the series was all about. If you see this, you'll want to see it all. Believe it when we say, "you won't regret it", as it is time and/or money well-spent. It is also a "must-have" for any baseball fan and would make an excellent Christmas gift. Once again, it's called "The Franchise: A season with the San Francisco Giants", produced by the Showtime Televison Network.
Just scroll to the bottom of the page and press "Play". Talk to you next week.
A NEW METROS HISTORICAL RECAP: "A LOOK BACK AT 2011", NOW POSTED!!
Monday, November 14, 2016
This week, we wanted to let you know that our yearly "Metros History" recap has been posted. You may recall that one of our 25th Anniversary tasks was to tell the story of what happened to the St. Catharines (now Niagara) Metros from a "historical perspective". We did that during the entire 2009 season, posting a historical "Look Back" at every year of the Metros' 25 year history...and this series became one of our most popular and anticipated series ever to appear on the site. We also said that we were going to continue that process, and use these stories to reflect each season of Metros baseball, into the future. Well, after a couple of months to distance ourselves and give us some perspective, we have written the story and added the pictures from our 2011 season.
It was an interesting season to say the least. And we have it for you, pretty much down to the last detail. Do you remember our roster troubles back in March and April? Our rough start to the year, when we were rained out almost every day? Our struggles to mold a team of teenagers into a cohesive unit? The season for the ages by Evan Baglieri? The seemingly "out-of-nowhere" success at the tournaments? All of the important events from 2011 are recaptured in this piece. It makes for very interesting reading, and will also serve as a historical landmark from which future Metros teams can draw.
To view the "Look Back at 2011" story, and all of it's highs and lows, simply click on "Metros History" (to the left of this page) and then find "2011". Enjoy!
We'll talk to you next week.