NERDS AROUND TOWN

Nerds Around Town: Alzheimer's, Ghost Adventures and Metallica

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Born with a comic book in one hand and a remote control in the other, Cory DLG is the talent of Conroe's very own Nerd Thug Radio and Sports. Check out the podcast replay of the FM radio show at www.nerdthugradio.com!

Hey Nerds!

Hey guys, it's a new week and we got this! There's no reason we can't conquer this week, let's get them!

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

Make sure to help support The Adventure Begins as they participate in The Longest Day fundraiser, they will have tournaments and games all day in support against Alzheimer's. There are all kinds of things to get involved and ways to help, check out their website for more details.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Start making room in your calendars for this one, this fall in San Antonio is the Paranormal Fest hosted by Curious Twins Paranormal and this year they will be hanging out at The Black Swan hotel in Victoria. The Black Swan is one of those crazy haunted places and was even featured in an episode of one of my guilty pleasures, Ghost Adventures. Man I don't care if they're real or fake, and I'm of the opinion they're real, I can't turn off on of those shows anytime they're on television. I just love a good investigation with these creepy scares and odd moments and everyone freezing and looking around trying to figure out if they just heard something or heard themselves. There's nothing like some great small camera footage of a paranormal incident to really get the blood flowing.

PASSING IT ON!

One thing I used to do a lot more of back in the day that I haven't done as much of recently is focus on some truly cool Kickstarters. So that's going to change. For example today there's a great project worthy of your notice on kickstarter.com called First Date – A RomeoXJulian story, it's a gay love story told over 250 pages of really great art. This is easily one of the most well drawn comic books on kickstarter that I've seen lately and the product looks to be of the highest quality. I recommend getting out there and supporting a book that isn't a traditional comic book story, I can assure you a story of this nature isn't your typical comic book fare. Tons of great levels of support for people interested in supporting the project and a project worthy of your money, make sure to check out First Date!

BOX OFFICE SHENANIGANS

News broke over the weekend that bands including Metallica, have been funneling tickets to scalping websites for awhile to make extra money. It would be easy to say this is a sign of the times, that tours have become the last place bands get to make the big money and therefore they are simply maximizing their opportunities to do so. Except Metallica shut down Napster. It would be easy to say this isn't a crime, it's the continued evolution of the economics of the music industry, except Metallica shut down Napster. Back then when they shut down Napster, it was to protect the artists and to make sure that they were fairly compensated for their hard earned work, which I 100% agree with but now they don't believe in being fair to their fans and giving their fans the same respect they were demanding from the fans. They don't believe fans should have to pay a fair price for the tickets, they don't care how much fans pay to listen to them perform, so suddenly fair is irrelevant again. Funny how convenient that is. They were the "this isn't fair" band of the 00's and now they're the "we don't care" guys of the 10's, that's called being hypocritical.

NOT THAT YOU ASKED

So in it's first week, my comic book has over 200 orders and that's just amongst friends and family, this week I will be trying to sell as many copies of the project as possible. I'm truly excited and thrilled to be working on this thing and to have the opportunity to really pursue this project and grow it. I just wanted to say thanks to everyone and for all the opportunities that have come my way over the last year or two and I'm excited about what comes next.

Feel free to check out my brand new comic book Another Day at the Office or buy a shirt from Side Hustle Ts where some proceeds help people struggling with cancer or listen to Nerd Thug Radio. Thoughts, complaints, events and comments can be sent to corydlg@gmail.com.

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The Marlins are showing interest in Yuli Gurriel. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images.

As the reporting date for pitchers and catchers draws near, there are still some decisions hanging over the Astros. One of them is whether or not to bring back Yuli Gurriel. “La Piña,” as he's affectionately called, is 38 years old. He turns 39 in June. His leadership and instincts cannot be matched. The man has seen a ton of baseball and comes from a family of baseballers. So, what's the holdup?

Enter the Miami Marlins. The ownership group, led by Bruce Sherman, is undoubtedly trying to capitalize on the heavy Cuban population in the Miami area. Bringing in the Cuban Babe Ruth is a great way to attempt to get more fan engagement. The franchise has only been to the playoffs three times. First two times (1997 and 2003), they won it all. In 2020, they were swept in the NLDS. They're most likely offering him a ridiculous amount of money to come to a team with a losing history. Knowing the Marlins are willing to hand out stupid money, would you blame La Piña for taking one last ridiculous payday?

Think about it. He's got two rings and made a ton of money. He can safely retire very comfortably. The lure to come back for another year or two would definitely be about money. The Marlins aren't a real threat in the next couple of seasons to do anything, but are willing to pay me like I'm still a star? Plus, I'm closer to my home country with all my family and friends? Sign me up!

This is where the Astros have to make a decision. Bring Yuli back for another year or move on. If he follows through with his last four years, this should be a bounce back year. Since 2016, his first year in Houston and MLB, he's hit .262, .299, .291, .298, .232 (pandemic shortened season), .319, and .242 last season. The man is a professional hitter. He knows how to work an at-bat and can drive pitchers nuts. His defense isn't bad either. He's a more than capable first baseman.

This won't win me any favor, but I think it's time to move on. Yuli will always have a place in my heart because he was a major factor in the Astros' two World Series wins. Last season's title run was even more satisfying since it helped silence the haters. That was the mouthwash that got rid of the stench of the sign stealing scandal. Piña was there through it all.

Now, it's time to start transitioning towards the future. Piña, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Justin Verlander, and Lance McCullers Jr were the only holdovers from the 2017 team. Verlander was one of the guys the Mets backed the Brinks truck up for this offseason. Altuve (32), Bregman (28), and McCullers (29) should be all that's left of that group. While it would've been great to have Verlander (39) back, the emergence of the youth movement in the pitching staff made his loss somewhat expendable. At some point, the nostalgia wears off. Father Time and Mother Nature are both undefeated. If they were to bring Piña back, he should be a part timer transitioning into a hitting coach. Careers come to an end. It's time to start looking at his exit.

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