Bally Minute # 6

Setting Sail to the Bahamas


 Well I’m back from my vacation and boy was it fun.  I can honestly say that was one of the best, coolest places I have ever been to.  The Bahamas was an unbelievable place from the white sand beaches to the clear blue water and the most beautiful colorful fishes you have ever seen.  The first place we went was Freeport, Bahamas.  

I really didn’t know what to expect because I have never seen any clear water beaches before in my life so I was really excited to get off the boat and check them out.  All Ashley wanted to do was lay out all day with a Pina Colada in her hand, and is it just me or does laying out in 

the sun get kinda boring?  So I decided to walk the beach to the rental shop to rent a snorkle and a mask.  I went in the crystal clear water and had to learn on the spot, and for all the people that have done it before know what I’m talking about, I mean it seems easy just put that thing in your mouth and look in the water and breathe right? NO! It’s not that easy let me tell you, I inhaled more salt water than I ever have in my life.  But I got the hang of it and I swam around the ocean water and saw only 3 fish haha, but I did however find 3 beer bottles and a champagne bottle.  So I did my part for the environment to keep the Bahamas clean.
Snorkeling                                                Hangin Out in Port Lucaya
The next day we went to Nassau, Bahamas and we had a whole day planned there.  We bought a day pass to Atlantis for the day.  Let me tell you, Atlantis was the coolest places I have ever seen, I advise everyone out there to go to Atlantis.  I mean its over 140 acres of fun.  From water slides that go through shark tanks, to a lazy river that acts as a wave pool, river rapids, and slides.  Not only do they have all kinds of slides, and pools but they have all kinds of lagoons and aquariums filled with all kinds of animals, it’s really amazing thats all I can say.  Also while I was in Atlantis I saw Mark Kotsay and his family so that was kinda cool that we both were there at the same time.  So Atlantis was awesome and all of you need to check it out on your next vacation.
              Mayan Temple Slide at Atlantis

Me Upclose on the Slide



Shark Tank that the Slide Went Through


Atlantis.  It’s HUGE
Best Tropical Drink Ever
Not the best cruise ship ever, but we had fun!

So now that all the vacations are over we have a month and a couple days till we report to spring training.  I am ready for it to start I have been working hard this offseason and I cant wait to see all the guys and start another fun and exciting season.  But actually before spring training I have one more event I am going to be doing.  My high school coach called me and 


told me that they will be retiring my jersey at my high school. I was shocked and very excited.  So on January 24th Huntington Beach High School the high school I went to obviously haha (GO OILERS !!!) will be retiring mine and Gary Buckles and Howie Clarks jerseys, most of you would know Howie Clark he played with Baltimore, he was the guy when A-rod was running to third base and he yelled “I got it and Howie” thought it was his teammate and let it go you have to remember that one.  So that will be an awesome time so I will have a good blog after that one with pictures and all that good stuff. 
   Also guys I really want to do some of those games or something like that to kinda give back but I really need ideas.  I mean it doesn’t have to be anything great, just thought it would be fun to do something to give away those video games I got from 2k sports and some autographed stuff.  So let me know, well it was great talking to you Bally fans as always so until next time, have a great night!
 Bally Star


  1. juliasrants

    Congrats on the honor from your high school! And oh yes, I remember the A-Rod/Howie Clark “event”. I’m glad your vacation was so great. My husband & I haven’t been to the Bahamas, but we’ve been to Aruba and I know what you mean about the clear water. It is SO amazing. Snorkeling is fun once you get the hang of it. Did you take any sunset cruises? We loved that! Again congrats on the honors and good luck getting ready for spring training.


  2. spin man

    Bally, Wheres your pics of your cruise??? Thats funny about the beer bottles.
    I could see you doing that too!!!
    About your giveaways…
    #1) Have everyone tell you what their top 10 Movies are. Those bloggers that have any that are the same as what yours are ( up to 4) matches (Which you will tell us later) will win a Video game.
    If anyone gets 5 or more out of Ten they should get something signed from you.

    So here ya go…..
    1) Shawshank Redemtion
    2) Shinning Through
    3) Hoosiers
    4) Happy Gilmore
    5) A Few Good Men
    6) Changeling
    7) Die Hard ( any of them)
    8) Gone with the Wind
    9) Posidon Adventure
    10) Braveheart

    I will pick up my prizes at Spring Training delivered by you , in person…. Please , Thank You!!! LOL

  3. natsfanme

    Congrats on the jersey retirement. Long walks on the beach do break up the boredom of just sitting.
    My top ten movies, I am shooting for the autographs, though I already have a few, game used items are awesome.

    1, Any Steven Seagal movie. Under Siege and Under Siege II– “He is just a cook.”
    2. Dogma
    3. Medicine Man
    4. Groundhog day.
    5. Forrest Gump
    6. Radio
    7. Field of Dreams
    8. Bull Durham
    9. The Sandlot
    10. Bad News Bears.(original)

    See you in Feb.
    Mike from Maine.

  4. bally

    Nice man I like the movies but I just don’t know how that game is going to work…. I mean you guys can tell me your favorite movies but I will have to think of a good game for everyone to play.. but I will give you 2 autographs forsure so ill remember your names ok..

    Bally Star


    How about favorite sports movies?

    Bull Durham — favorite baseball movie.
    North Dallas Forty — fave football movie.
    Slap Shot – fave hockey movie.
    Happy Gilmore — fave golf movie.
    Hoosiers – fave basketball movie.
    Victory – fave soccer movie.
    Strangers on a Train – fave tennis movie (ok so it’s not technically a tennis movie, but tennis does play a prominent role in the plot).

  6. psychgirl

    Looks like you had a great time! I was at Atlantis in November and broke my foot going down that waterslide! Glad that didn’t happen to you, your foot is a little more valuable than mine.

  7. bally

    Thats funny that you say that because the first time I went down that slide I didnt know what to do so I kept my feet down and my heels went right into the bottom and it hurt so bad both heels were numb and on my left heel there was a huge bruise but thats about it I got lucky

  8. natsfan1a

    Sounds like a good trip. Snorkeling is awesome (and my husband and I also had the unintentional salt water drinking experience while getting the hang of it).

    Congrats on the jersey retirement. I do recall the A-Rod incident as well.

  9. treblekicker

    Hi Bally,
    Be careful on those slides…we (and the Nats) need you at 100% this year! I had an idea for a game. Well, it’s more of a contest than a game, but it might still work. A haiku ( contest would be something that anyone of any age could do. 3 lines of poetry:
    5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables. The poem can be funny, serious, whatever, and then you can pick the winners or we can vote on them. The only question I have is how many syllables is your last name, 2 or 3?!?

  10. bally

    Well Treblekicker that might be the best idea so far.. not saying the movie pick wasn’t spinman haha… yeah I think thats a good idea I will get that together and we will start that tonight I will post a blog later on today and I will put a time limit on it and not sure yet if we will have a vote with all of you or just me haha

    clap-clap-clap 3 syllables

  11. section138


    I just had to punch someone in the throat over the weekend for butchering your name into two syllables.

    Haikus? Really? Allright, then.

  12. natsfan11

    Hey Bally,

    I’m pretty sure it’s you because isn’t that the point of vacation? To relax and not do anything? haha. Well I’m glad you had fun, congrats on the news from your high school and can’t wait to see you guys get back in action in FL!!


    Bally – Any idea what time the ceremony is set to begin on Saturday? I played ball with Howie at HBHS from ’89 – ’90, was coached by “Bucks” for a spell in ’90, and have followed your career up to the bigs. I’d love to check it out and bring my kids to the old yard and explain away the story behind our left field “monster”. Thanks!

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