Week 5 52 Weeks in Magnolia, Texas A Visit to Contenders Choice Batting Cages

     Yogi Berra once said: “Little League baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets.” Source: Catcher in the Wry (Bob Uecker) Another way to keep the parents off the streets is to get them to Contenders Choice Batting Cages in Magnolia, Texas. 

Babe Ruth  said, “How to hit home runs: I swing as hard as I can, and I try to swing right through the ball…The harder you grip the bat, the more you can swing it through the ball, and the farther the ball will go. I swing big, with everything I’ve got. I hit big or I miss big. I like to live as big as I can.” Source: Words of Wisdom (William Safire)  You can increase your chances of hitting home runs by spending some time in the batting cages.  Your stance, swing, every moment has to feel natural once you step on the field to an unruly crowd or a tight situation.  It is in those situations that you WILL fall back to the way you have practiced.  The way you stand, swing your hips, arms, wrists will all go back to habit.  Will you be ready for three balls, two strikes, two outs, home team, bases loaded, fifth inning time expired with the score 4-0 (not in your favor)??

Have mom or dad bring you out to Contenders Choice Batting Cages (with your bat, helmet and batting gloves).  They have extra bats and helmets, but nothing feels better than your own.  It’s all about helping you get into YOUR zone.  One dollar gets you 1 token which is 20 pitches. Five dollars gets you 6 tokens which is 120 pitches.  Thirty dollars gets you an hour with unlimited tokens. Summer hours are Monday-Friday 5pm-8pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Closed Sunday.  Once Out 2 Eat Restaurant opens the cages will be open all day.  They have lights, a pitching tunnel for private lessons and six different cages with six different speeds to choose from.  If you play on a diamond you need to get into the cages and take it up a notch.  Softball, baseball, grab your bat, slop

  • Cage 1 Baseball  35-40 MPH Softball Slow Pitch
  • Cage 2 Baseball  45-50 MPH Softball Slow Pitch
  • Cage 3 Baseball  50-55 MPH
  • Cage 4 Baseball  65-70 MPH
  • Cage 5 Baseball  75-85 MPH
  • Cage 6 Softball    55-60 MPH Softball Fast Pitch


Located just over the left center fence of Field 8 Magnolia Baseball Association.  If your traveling West on FM 249 you’ll take the dirt road right after Sugar Bend Drive, Magnolia, Texas

Hank Aaron hit home run number seven-hundred and fifteen occurred April 8, 1974, at precisely 9:07 p.m. EST versus Al Downing in front of 53,775 fans.  Where will you be on Friday, April 8, 2011?  Will you be planning for the future by practicing in the present?

You can contact Contenders Batting Cages at: (281) 840-1300

This REALTOR’s Perspective:

Practice makes perfect.  It doesn’t matter if your buying or selling a home, you gotta practice.  “Scott, what could I possibly Practice?”  I’m asked.  To start with you have to practice living your life to the fullest.  What makes you and your family happy.  We are all here for a reason so we have to look for the things that truly make us happy.  Their is a difference between pleasure and happiness.  Pleasure comes from a good meal or an entertaining movie.  It is short lived and while pleasurable once it is consumed or the final reel is over, it’s over.  Happiness comes from doing something that gives a lasting feeling of satisfaction.  Taking the time to have tea with your daughter, listening about your spouses day at work, volunteering for a youth organization, or giving your son the opportunity to lead you in an activity.  That funny feeling you find in the back of your throat is happiness that you have received just for living life to the fullest.  By doing this it will help you to figure out not only how you want to live, but where you want to live.  Positive, actions breed positive reactions.  You’ll find that you want to live in a community that shares the same interests in living life as you do. 

Try this for a week, EVERY day.  Compliment someone for something positive they have done.  You may find that this is hard to do at first.  You might try to find the “perfect” action to compliment, that’s not the point.  The point is to practice the positive.  Give it a shot, “make someone’s day” and I hope this helps you to…..

Live Life to the Fullest,

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Week 4 52 Weeks in Magnolia, TX a visit to the Magnolia Baseball Association Ball Parks

Old Baseball and Bat with American FlagI was hoping that this blog would be posted way before baseball season started, but winter staying a little longer that we are used to here in Texas caught me off guard.  The boys of summer have already dusted off their cleats and are ready to take to the diamond.   I took a visit to the Magnolia Baseball Association Ball Parks before the activity swings into action.  The players have tried out, been drafted and practices have begun.  Are you ready for some baseball?  What a great way to be a part of the the great city of Magnolia , Texas.

This is a volunteer league so it may be time for you to put your hidden talents to work.  All games for metro teams(league ball) are played on Magnolia fields.  You do not have to drive all the way to Tomball, Conroe, etc.  Their league program is and will always be the main focus of the Magnolia Baseball Association even though they offer a select team option.  Magnolia Baseball Association offers Little League Baseball for all ages:

  • 4U—T-ball——Field 5–44’ pitching rubber and 55’ bases
  • 5U-Coach Pitch-Field 5–44’ pitching rubber and 55’ bases
  • 6U-Kid Pitch—-Field 6–44’ pitching rubber and 60’ bases
  • 7U-Kid Pitch—-Field 3–40’ pitching rubber and 60’ bases
  • 8U-Kid Pitch—-Field 2–40’ pitching rubber and 60’ bases
  • 10U-Kid Pitch—Field 4–46’ pitching rubber and 65’ bases

Fields (1-6) Located 31225 Friendship Ln. Magnolia, Tx 77355

  • 12U-(11&12)Kid Pitch—-Field 7–50’ pitching rubbers and 70’ bases
  • 14U-(13&14)Kid Pitch—-Field 8–60’ pitching rubber and 90’ bases

Fields (7&8) Located 31831 Sugar Bend Dr. Magnolia, Tx 77355

Contenders Choice Batting Cages are located in DEEEEP left centerfield of Field 8, get some tokens and swing away.

The pitching rubber and bases listed above were announced summer 2010.  Unlike some of the other leagues around the Magnolia area the Magnolia Baseball Association has it’s weekday games at 6:30pm.  They have taken the stance that the players need to be able to get to bed at a decent hour for school.  All fields have batting cages for a pregame tune up or a practice pitch or two.  It is a great league for your slugger to start his baseball career or to make some new friends on the diamond.  Check out the Magnolia Baseball Association and PLAY BALL!!!!

This REALTOR’s Perspective:

Learning the values that teamwork teach at a young age is so important to the development of our society.  The children that can “play nicely” with others grow into the adults that “play nicely” with others.  Sportsmanship, working together often starts on the baseball field.  We all take turns batting, catching the ball, throwing the ball, making the out, scoring the run and sometimes we play a position we don’t want to.  Baseball is a classic game for metaphors and life lessons.  We have to rise above our ONENESS and work as a team to succeed in baseball and in life.  We always can use help once in a while.  The pitcher throws the right pitch to cause a grounder.  The ball blazes off the bat and takes a bad hop over the shortstops head rocketing into left field.  The left fielder is backing up the shortstop, fields the ball , that is now slowed in speed dramatically.  The runner is trying to stretch a stand up single into a sliding double.  The throw to the second baseman is close, but the tag is on and the runner is OUT!!!  Sometime, we have to back each other up, we have to work as a team to achieve the goal of the moment.. in this case….get this man out so we have only two more outs to go.  Baby steps, small goals make up the ultimate vision…Winning the League Championship….or in your case buying or selling real estate so you can…..


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Week 3 52 Weeks in Magnolia, TX a visit to Ainsworth Meats

ainsworth5_0001 Ainsworth Meats moved to the Magnolia area in 1997. Old fashioned customer service, education, advice and quality meats. “We guarantee everything we sell” says owner Raymond Skelton. They can do that because they process 95% of the meat they sell on site. Counter items are available based on what the average customer’s orders, but they maintain an inventory that can be cut to the customer’s special request. They have a wide range of meat choices: beef, pork, chicken, market made sausage (on site), small selection of seafood, wild game meats include—deer, elk and buffalo. They wrap the meat for you based if you’re going to eat it today or put it in the freezer for next week. Many ready to cook items are available: pre-marinated steaks, stuffed pork chops, chicken Diablo’s, just to name a few. They also have a small selection of grocery items to finish out the meal; potatoes, spaghetti sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, drinks and more. Wild game processing is available.

Fifty-Two linear feet of meat counter for fresh cut meats. They have three, four door freezers. A 20×10 walk in freezer and a 10×7 walk in freezer in addition to a 8x8x20 freezer. With all that freezer space they are bound to have what you’re looking for.

Ainsworth sells gift certificates. WOW, what a great gift. Speaking of great gifts, Valentines Day is coming up and it has been a growing holiday for the sale of meat. Think about it, it’s a perfect time for the men to step it up and flex those cooking muscles and show their lady they love them. A romantic dinner at home with her favorite cut of meat.

Don’t know what cut of meat to choose? No problem, one of the best things about visiting Ainsworth is that they will educate you on the type of meat and how best to cook it. Education was the inspiration for this blog. A couple of weeks ago I made a trip to my local meat market (Ainsworth Meats). I was on a serious mission, to find the right meat to cook a chicken fried steak. Unfortunately it had been at least five years since I had attempted this feat. They not only helped me with the right meat, but gave me tips on creating what ended up being the perfect batter. It is delicious.

Good meat, excellent customer service, education and advice….Ainsworth Meats the local meat market in Magnolia, Texas. Located a half mile South of Farmers Market 1488 on the West side of Farmers Market 2978. Check them out, you’ll be glad I sent you.


Ainsworth Meats 32599 FM 2978, Magnoli, TX 77354 (281) 252-0002


This REALTORS Perspective:

There is nothing like a cook out to bring the neighborhood together. If your Home Owners Association is planning a National Night Out get involved, sign up to participate. If they are not participating in National Night Out, get it started in your subdivision. Good neighbors make good communities and good communities have higher resale value. This is a great way to get out and meet your neighbors, who knows you might have more than just the neighborhood in common. The National Night Out idea is simple, know your neighbors and help keep your community safe.  Host a cook out and invite the neighbors or call me and I’ll host one for you. No joke I would love the opportunity to host your next neighborhood get together. No worries, no pressure, just me trying to help you and your neighbors to…………..


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