Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Coming Home Again

My body is in 2016 but my mind takes me back to the night of June 3 1888. I slept in the park that night. I was despondent. I was ready to take my life. I asked a derelict what this park was called. He told me that it was names after the old man. Horton Plaza Park. I must have thanked him because I gave him my MUDVILLE uniform in appreciation. I didn't need it any longer. I was checking out. I woke up in a fountain. Now I am standing in front of that fountain 128 years later. The mayor of San Diego is dedicating this park all over again. I look across the boulevard. Mr. Grant's hotel is as stately as the day I moved in. I guess you will have to hear the whole story how Casey striking out in Mudville brought me to San Diego. That's why I wrote the play. Casey at the Bat Comes Home. I hope you like it. Look for it on stage in 2017. And don't stay mad at Casey. Good things happen to people who keep trying. At almost 128 years old, I am living proof! Steve Tarde wrote Casey at the Bat Comes Home It is the only theatrical play ever written after the June 3 1888 introduction of Casey at the Bat in that day's editions of The San Francisco examiner. It opens in San Diego in January 2017

Monday, May 02, 2016

The Story of Trong

He cuts a dashing figure. I am visualizing a Vietnamese Erol Flynn. Swashbuckling from kitchen to dining area. Few would recognize him as one of the youngest and most successful entrepreneurs in San Diego. High Tech? Medical Device? Real Estate? No, no and NO! Trong is a foodie entrepreneur, a new kind of successful entrepreneur who recognizes a need and rushes to fill it. In this case the place was San Diego. The need was the sandwich. And if you have been fortunate to have a sandwich, any sandwich at The District, 1021 Market in the heart of San Diego's East Village, you have been treated to food perfection. And all this month I am writing about the story of Trong. So in case you aren't one of the over 30,000 who have come across my decade long Blog, now is your chance to BOOKMARK me today. I mean what have you been waiting for? The story of Tromg all this month-- Steve Tarde has written a new play Casey at the Bat Comes Home. It is the first play written about Casey since the poem first appeared in the pages of the San Francisco Examiner on June 3, 1888. The play will premiere in San Diego in January, 2017 and you can now buy VIP tickets to be in the opening night audience. Send your request to stevetarde@gmail.com

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Open Letter To Christine Brennan

I hope you will address this letter. I truly like your writing and have been reading you for years. I want you to know that I don't hate you, Christine! Your tone comes across that you think most men hate you. I am not sure if you are even aware of the way you come across. I am even less sure that you care. You seem to have made up your mind going into this profession and now you are dragging one big chip on your shoulder and that must be exhausting. I have many women interview me in my 50 year career performing Casey at the Bat across America. I have watched as women entered the locker room just as they had entered my dorm at Hofstra University when I was a student there in the late 1960's. When I went to Orientation as a college Freshman, I asked the upper classman giving us the tour how long rules had been in place that required men and women to have at least one foot on the floor if they were sitting on a bed and a door to the suite to remain open at all times. "100 years, mister!" The guide snarled at me. When I graduated four years later, we had co-ed dorms. So much for tradition! And at Hofstra when I took a American History seminar, I came to the class late and found only one seat available. I noticed a woman approaching from the other side and offered to give her the seat while I searched for another. Rather than accepting my chivalry, she spat: "I don't need your damn help!" Was that you, Christine? We must have been students about the same time. My point is that many men were raised like me. They respect women and applaud their advancement. They are disgusted at men who treat women badly and I applaud the advances being made in society that are teaching young men how to treat women. For me and millions of other men, we don't need such classes. We had parents who taught us how to treat a lady. Please stop treating us with one nasty word after another. Many men treat women well and its about time that this collective men bashing stop. Instead of making a great point, you are showing your own prejudice and it comes across in every piece I read from you. Will you have the courage to print this letter. I wonder. I speak for every Baby Boomer male out there who loves women and hates any violence for any reason. Fact is that we are still making a slow progress educating men and women to what equality and human kindness are all about. Am I right that someone running for our presidency recently made a remark that if women don't want to get raped they should not go to parties? This from an American governor? Are you going to blame all men for that comment? Good luck Christine in making sports journalism something that is about sports and not the gender of the person covering it. Just take it easy on men. Because many of us love you as well. Steve Tarde San Diego, California Casey at the Bat youtube.com/stevetarde

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Casey Meets Cobb

He knocked on the door of my hotel in downtown San Diego. "Are you Casey?" He asked in a raspy voice. "Who the hell are you?" "Meet Ty Cobb! He bellowed loud enough for the entire maid staff to hear. And with that began my relationship with arguably the greatest baseball player of all time. Of course, I must explain. The character was all Cobb! The man was Norm Coleman of Half Moon Bay, California. Coleman has been playing Cobb on stage to audiences nationwide. He is 80 years old. He started ten years ago. He was once homeless, his life spinning out of control. He was an alcoholic, desperately lost in the sauce. He once was one of the leading photographers in the country. He was now sleeping on concrete. And then something happened. He dreamed about baseball and being a little boy again. At age 70, Norm Coleman began to write about the life of Ty Cobb with the idea that he would play the great man on stage someday. And now, despite those who told him he was an old fool, Norm has attracted wide interest and in fact, he connected with me and my portrayal of Casey at the Bat. I have been playing Casey since I was 15 years old and in 2016 completed the first theatrical play involving the saga of Casey at the Bat in 128 years. I included Ty Cobb as a character. I asked Norm to play the part. I call Norm a "national treasure." I think he likes that--a lot! We rehearsed in San Diego yesterday at the setting of the play--the US Grant Hotel in San Diego which opened in 1910 the year Cobb first met Casey. Yesterday, they met again after 106 years. Neither had changed. To learn the rest of the story you will gave to see the play! And its coming soon!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Coming in May--Follow the San Diego entrepreneur who makes The District on Market the finest sandwich shop in the area. From my new play Casey at the Bat Comes Home which opens in San Diego in 2017. !. Replace Sugar soda In my 35 years studying and teaching visualization, perfect weight is almost impossible when addicted to a sugar soda such as Coke or something similar. You must visualize ending the dependency. I define addiction here as the sugar soda beverage being used as your main fluid. After my kidney removal 2 years ago, I finally dropped Coke (a habit I had become attached to over 35 years) and replaced it with Brisk Fruit Punch (available nationally). Within 30-45 days I was at my perfect weight. I had a new hydrating drink and here 2 years later I remain at perfect weight capable of enough energy to live 20 hour days effortlessly.

Friday, April 22, 2016

A Man, A Girl, A Bench and a Phone

I saw a man watching a pretty girl. She left the bench where she was sitting and began walking doen the street. He called after her. He had her phone which she had left on the bench. She rushed back to retreive her phone. She hugged him. She gave him a dollar. He bought a banana. She is happy. He is happy. And the sun is shining today in San Diego, California!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Collector's Edition Auographed Copy Limited Set Now Available

You can order beginning today a collector's edition of Casey at the Bat Comes Home. It is autographed and includes shipping to reach you by Xmas. Message me. If you are on my mentoring team, let me know if you will be promoting this on your page and I will take care of rewarding you based on tracked orders. Message me!