Saturday, January 21, 2017

Confirmed Upcoming Autograph Signings

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Rueben Amaro Jr - January 21st - Mashantucket, CT

Alex Bregman - January 21st - Houston TX

Zach Hyman - January 22nd - Concord Ontario

Joc Pederson & Shawn Green - January 28th - Los Angeles CA

Ron Blomberg - January 29th - Fort Lee NJ

Ryan Braun - January 29th - Milwaukee WI

Danny Valencia - January 29th - Seattle WA

Alex Bregman - February 12th -Houston TX

Marv Levy - February 19th - Batavia NY

Mike Cammarlleri - March 28th - Bridgewater NJ

Josh Miller - March 30th - Tampa Bay FL

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Interview: Met &Team Israel's Josh Satin

Only a few ballers played for both of Team Israel's WBC teams. Josh Satin was one of those who came back to take care of unfinished business. The former Met seems like one of the hardest working ballplayers I have ever come across. From playing multiple positions, to moving up the ranks, to fighting of injuries Josh Satin didn't let anything get in the way of his dream. Satin has joined The Great Rabbino team and can be booked through our site. In the meantime meet Satin, the new MLB retiree, who just might play again in March for the Blue and White.

1) Tell TGR a little bit about yourself?
Grew up in Los Angeles. Spent 5 years at UCBerkeley battling a few major injuries. Finally got drafted by the New York Mets in 2008. Worked my way through the minor leagues as an unknown and not highly regarded player. Finally made it to the big leagues in 2011. Was constantly going up and down from the majors to minors until 2013 when I had a big season. From there injuries and poor play ended my career. Have a lot of great stories/memories from my time playing. Now work in multi-family real estate with a group named Gelt.

2) You worked hard to get to the Majors. What was the biggest obstacle?
I always had to earn everything I got. I would only get moved up to the next level if I truly dominated. So it was tough because I could never have a bad month because I probably would have gotten released. Unless a player is a top draft pick, they have to constantly perform because the chances are few and far between.

3) You played a lot of positions. What do you feel was your best position? Did playing multiple positions help you along the way?
My best position was third base. It was unfortunate that every team I played for had a really good third baseman. First David Wright of course and then Todd Frazier with the Reds. It definitely helped playing multiple positions because it gave me options all the way up through the minors and then in the majors. I would suggest to any player to get comfortable playing multiple positions because you never know where the opportunities are and you want to be prepared when one comes.

4) You spent most of your career with the Mets and Reds. Were those good organizations to be a part of?
My time with the Reds didn't work out since I was injured the whole time but for the most part they were a quality organization. The Mets are like home to me. I grew up in the organization and learned a lot both in baseball and in life from the people and players in it. Definitely first class that starts from the top with Fred Wilpon. The Mets always brought in quality and qualified coaches and staff that were a joy to be around. I will always consider myself a Met and will raise my kids as Mets fans.

5) What led to your recent retirement?
I had a few confusions that stunted a few seasons and ultimately led to performing poorly compared to what I was used to. I didn’t feel like I was the same player I used to be. Plus I got a great opportunity with this real estate investment company.

6) You got to play for Team Israel. What was that experience like? Will we see you in Seoul?
Team Israel has been a blast. Peter Kurz enthusiasm and relentlessness got me to play originally but I had such a good experience I came back for a second try. Plus losing the first time left a bad taste in my mouth and I needed to help us redeem ourselves. Good possibility I will be in Seoul but I will have to get back into playing shape.

7) What are you up to now? What is next for you?
I work for a real estate investment group in Los Angeles called Gelt that specializes in multi-family apartment building across the estate Coast. We have purchased around 800 million dollars worth of property over the last 8 years and are looking to grow. I hope to be with this company for awhile and help us grow exponentially.

8) What was your Jewish upbringing like? Do you engage with Judaism today?
I grew up with two Jewish parents so Judaism was a part of my childhood. I had a Bar Mitzvah and went to Hebrew school. We usually celebrate most Jewish holidays as a way to get the family together and go to Temple on the high holy days

9) What was the best Hanukkah present you ever received?
Tough question but my birthday is on December 23rd so when I was sixteen my parents got me a new Toyota 4Runner for a birthday/Hanukah gift. I can’t imagine any gift I’ve received since then has been better.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Chargers Take Bercovici to LA

The Chargers are leaving San Diego and headed to Los Angeles. Luckily, they will be taking former ASU quarterback Mike Bercovici with them. Bercovici signed with the Chargers last year following the NFL draft and was one of the last players cut. He has resigned with the team.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Interview: NFL Punter Adam Podlesh

As a big Bears fan this is a special interview for me. I want to welcome Adam Podlesh to The Great Rabbino team. You can meet and hear from him by contacting us. In the mean time get to know the Super Nintendo loving, big legged, former 4th round pick. Thank you to Adam for sharing his journey from sunny Jacksonville to the frozen Soldier Field and his battle with cancer that changed his life.

1) Tell TGR a little bit about yourself.
Well, I am originally from upstate New York, but now my wife Miranda, two kids (Addison 4, Carter 2) and I reside just south of Jacksonville, FL.  I went to college at the University of Maryland in College Park where I also punted on the football team before I had the honor of playing in the NFL ranks.  I am a huge trivia fan, a hobbyist of many sorts, and I absolutely love to be active, particularly with our two little ones.

2) You were drafted by the Jaguars. What was that moment like? Not many punters and kickers are drafted as high as the 4th round. Did that add to the moment?

It was one of the most overwhelmingly emotional events of my life.  Ever since I was a kid, playing in the NFL was always a dream of mine (my parents have video evidence to prove it).  As hard as I worked at my craft through the years leading up to the draft, I still knew that statistically the NFL was very improbable.  No matter what any draft board said beforehand, especially for a punter, there are no guarantees.  I didn't expect to be drafted at all, much less in the 4th round. Just thinking about the surreal moment my phone rang, while at the same time hearing Rich Eisen say "the Jacksonville Jaguars are on the clock" over the television gives me a rush of euphoria.

3) During your time in Jacksonville you battled cancer. What was that like for you in the locker room? Did it change who you were as a person?
It undoubtedly changed me as a person.  Going back to when I was a kid I've never been known as a "laid back" kind of guy, and I would become enveloped with the daily grind very easily.  The perspective on life that I gained after going through that ordeal not only granted me more balance in my life, but ultimately made me a better punter.  In my earlier seasons I would stress out a lot if I had a bad game.  After battling cancer, the gravity of scraping the wheel of your car, or having a bad game on Sunday becomes pretty trivial.  And as for the locker room, I couldn't have had a better group of guys going to bat for me, and giving me support during the ordeal.

4) As a Bears fan, I remember you had one of the best years of any punter in Chicago history. What was punting in Soldier Field like? How does playing for the Bears and Jags differ?
Playing in Soldier Field to me was the equivalent of a violinist getting the opportunity to play a Stradivarius, or a pro golfer teeing it up at St. Andrews.  The history embedded in that stadium is something that can be felt when you walk out on the field.  As far as the actual punting goes, it was difficult to say the least.  If you were to ask every NFL punter where the toughest stadium to play is, I'm willing to bet the vast majority of them would be pointing to that cold...windy...snowy gridiron off Lake Michigan.  Conversely, the experiences that I had with the Jaguars were by no means menial.  The organization is top notch, and I loved playing for the city of Jacksonville and its fans.  However the one thing that a newer franchise doesn't have is time, and in that I mean historical time.  A hallowed ground that is Soldier Field and a founding NFL team that is the Chicago Bears is tough to compare to anything else really.

5) What is the hardest part of punting in the NFL?
For me the biggest challenge was managing the emotional ride that is the NFL.  With some other positions on the football field, getting "amped" up for a game can increase their performance, however for a punter it is counterproductive.  Staying emotionally "level" while living a dream in a crazy environment was a difficult task.

6) Do you think you could have kicked in the NFL too? Why did you choose punting?

Kicking and punting has become so specialized at this point that there would be no way I could've kicked in the NFL as well.  I think the last player to manage all the kicking duties on a team was Michael Koenen in 2006, and he only lasted a few games.  Another reason why they have a kicker and punter is because the sure handed punters nowadays have become specialized holders on placekicks.  When I was younger I was a much better kicker, but it was because I played soccer before I transitioned to football.  Once I learned the mechanics of punting at around 15 yrs old, I quickly outperformed my placekicking ability.  I had the self awareness to know this, and also that my best chance at a free education was from punting, not kicking.     

7) What was your Jewish upbringing like? Do you still practice Judaism?
I do not strictly practice Judaism nowadays, but as a child my family belonged to Temple B'rith Kodesh in Rochester, NY where I attended Sunday and Hebrew school.  I was also had my Bar Mitzvah in the same Temple.

8) What was your favorite Hanukkah gift growing up?
Super Nintendo..hands down...not only because it was a great gaming console, but I also sneaked into my parents room and saw it a month in advance.  It was unbearable as a grade school kid staying patient for that gift.

9) What are you doing today since you retired?
As a newly retired player (May 2016) I have been enjoying precious time around a growing family and have been weighing my options before I delve into a new career.  My potential interests have centered around the world of TV/radio personalities, financial advising, and public speaking.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Schwartz 2nd Team All Pro

Mazel Tov to Mitchell Schwartz on being named 2nd Team All-Pro with the Chiefs. Schwartz and the Chiefs host the Steelers with a trip to the AFC Championship game on the line. Read more HERE.

Farmar to 76ers?

Rumors circulating that Jordan Farmar will sign a 10-Day contract with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Decker Signs with Brewers

While Cody Decker was in Israel, the Milwaukee Brewers announced they have signed the catcher to a minor league deal. More info HERE.