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THE BIG BUZZ: Ross Reader Roost Keeps Achieving Key Milestones, as New Month Winds Down

Oct. 27, 2021

Despite Prolonged, Ongoing Health Issues by Purveyor Phil Ross, Author Website Eclipses 41,000-Visit Mark

Continued personal gratitude is extended to those who have visited the Ross Reader Roost since the site's launch in fall 2016. In less than five years, as of Oct. 27, 2021, there have been 41,277 persons who have visited this site, which is the gateway to such Ross books as ONCE A TROJAN ALWAYS A TROJAN, BOTCHED BLOODING, the BLUE HOMBRES trilogy and other Ross works. Previous and potential viewers of this site also are encouraged to post in the Comments section, and visit the mr phil ross Amazon Books page to buy print books or Kindle ebooks, and post reader reviews of those you have already read and enjoyed.

THE BIG BUZZ: Floridian Laz Diaz Assigned Umpire Roles in Both Wild Card and LCS Games

Oct. 17, 2021

MLB Veteran Also Featured on BLUE HOMBRES 2.0 Front Cover

Laz Diaz, a two-decade-plus veteran of the Major League Baseball (MLB) umpiring ranks, was assigned double postseason duties for 2021.

The third-generation Cuban-America native of Florida and Ramon de Jesus, only full-time arbiter from the Dominican Republic in MLB history, worked as part of the six-man crew in the host Los Angeles Dodgers' 3-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals for Oct. 6 National League (NL) Wild Card match-up.

Then, Diaz, who is featured on the front cover of the Phil Ross book BLUE HOMBRES 2.0, later drew honors as one of the six umpires tapped to handle the American League Championship Series (ALCS), which pitted the Houston Astros against the Boston Red Sox.

Meanwhile, in the Dodgers' NL Divisional Series triumph over the San Francisco Giants, fellow Blue Hombres Angel Hernandez, Gabriel Morales and Carlos Torres comprised one-half of the crew. During the ALDS meetings between victorious Astros and the Chicago White Sox, yet another Blue Hombre, Mexico native Alfonzo "Fonzie" Marquez, was in action.

THE BIG BUZZ: Star of BLUE HOMBRES 2.0 Front Cover Covers 1st Base in Revival of "Field of Dreams"

Aug. 13, 2021

Latino Veteran Laz Diaz Part of Crew in Cornfield Spectacular between White Sox, Yankees

Veteran Latino arbiter Laz Diaz was stationed at first base on the Major League Baseball (MLB) umpiring crew assigned to the nationally televised Aug. 12 American League match-up between the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees in the Field of Dreams game at Dyersville, Iowa. The Chisox prevailed, 9-8, on a walk-off home run by Tim Anderson in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Diaz's crew mates included Iowa native Pat Hoberg behind home plate, Crew Chief Jeff Nelson at third base and Mike Estabrook at second for the contest played in the shadow of a towering cornfield that that had been depicted in the 1989 baseball fantasy movie, "Field of Dreams". Diaz, a third-generation Cuban-American from Florida, is the main subject of the front cover of BLUE HOMBRES 2.0: Major League Baseball's Latino Umpires and Their Crew Mates Embrace the High-Tech Revolution with Much Gusto by Colorado author Phil Ross, a sequel book to Ross's original BLUE HOMBRES: The Life and Times of Major League Baseball's Latino Umpires. Both volumes are available on Amazon.com.

THE BIG BUZZ: BLUE HOMBRES Officiate No-Hitter for 2nd Time in May

May 24, 2021

Florida-based Veteran Combines with Newbie in Tigers Righties' Feat

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THE BIG BUZZ: Trio of BLUE HOMBRES Enter MLB History Books to Umpire Same Series

May 18, 2021

Marquez, Torres, Ortiz Team to Work in Baltimore

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THE BIG BUZZ: BLUE HOMBRE Pair Part of Crew in No-Hitter at Seattle

May 9, 2021

Marquez Leads Umpire Quartet That Included Torres in Feat by Orioles Southpaw

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THE BIG BUZZ: Latino umpire Included on Crew Calling No-Hitter

Apr. 19, 2021

BLUE HOMBRE Morales Handles 2nd Base in ChiSox Pitcher's Feat

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THE BIG BUZZ: Trio of MLB Crews Boast Pair of BLUE HOMBRES in 3 Different Series

Apr. 12, 2021

Once-Rare Occasion Becoming More Frequent

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THE BIG BUZZ: BLUE HOMBRES from 2 Different Countries Call Balls & Strikes at 3 Separate MLB Sites on Same Date

Apr. 5, 2021

Pair of Venezuelans Plus Dominican Native Turn the Trick

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THE BIG BUZZ: Trio of BLUE HOMBRES Make 2021 Regular-Season Debuts

Apr. 4, 2021

Pair of Veterans Compose Half of 1 MLB Crew in Seattle

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THE BIG BUZZ: MLB Opening Day 2021 Includes 4 Latino Umps Working Bases in 3 Games

Apr. 2, 2021

Longest-Tenured BLUE HOMBRE Hernandez Teams with Younger Navas at 1 Site; de Jesus, Morales Call Contests Elsewhere

On Opening Day of the new regular season, April 1, Floridian Angel Hernandez, longest-tenured Latino umpire in Major League Baseball (MLB) history, worked second base, and relative newcomer and fellow Blue Hombre Jose Navas, who hails from Venezuela, handled third base, in the San Diego Padres' 8-7 victory over invading National League (NL) West rival Arizona.

Meanwhile, in visiting Pittsburgh's 5-3 NL Central triumph against the Chicago Cubs, that four-man crew included second-base umpire Ramon de Jesus, a native of the Dominican Republic.

In another match-up including a Latino arbiter, young veteran Gabe Morales, who is from Northern California, manned third base in host Philadelphia's 3-2 NL East win over Atlanta in 10 innings.

THE BIG BUZZ: Blue Hombres Paired for 1st Time in 2021 Spring Training Game

Mar. 3, 2021

10th Latino Arbiter Added on 3rd Day of New Campaign

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THE BIG BUZZ: Blue Hombre Laz Diaz Has Flawless Home Plate Performance in 2020 World Series Opener

Oct. 21, 2020

Veteran Manages Game Well in Dodgers' Win over Rays

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THE BIG BUZZ: Two-Decade Veteran Laz Diaz Only Latino Tapped to Call 2020 World Series

THE BIG BUZZ: Venezuela's Gonzalez Lone Blue Hombre Comprising 6-Man Umpire Crew in Initial Game of ALCS Series

Oct. 12, 2020

1st MLB Arbiter from His Native Country Handles Home Plate in Tampa Triumph over Houston

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THE BIG BUZZ: Blue Hombres Hernandez, Marquez Join Forces on NLDS Crew

Oct. 7, 2020

Veteran Latino Arbiters Call Padres-Dodgers Opener

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THE BIG BUZZ: Blue Hombre Diaz Part of Umpire Crew in ALDS Series Opener

Oct. 6, 2020

Veteran Latino Arbiter Works Houston-Oakland Matchup

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THE BIG BUZZ: Venezuelan, Puerto Rican Blue Hombres Join Same Crew in Big Apple

Sep. 14, 2020

Torres, Ortiz Team Up to Call Series

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THE BIG BUZZ: Ortiz, de Jesus Change Partners

Sep. 6, 2020

Blue Hombre Islanders Continue 'Pioneer' Journey

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THE BIG BUZZ: Blue Hombre Ramos Makes MLB Debut

Aug. 31, 2020

Michigan-Born Umpire Takes Bow in Buffalo

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THE BIG BUZZ: Blue Hombre Morales Shifts Crews Late in Week

Aug. 23, 2020

California-bred Latino MLB Umpire Works in Familiar Haunt

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THE BIG BUZZ: Venezuelan Blue Hombre Torres Ejects Nats' Strasburg

Aug. 16, 2020

D.C. Ace Protests Too Loudly from Makeshift Extended 'Dugout'

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THE BIG BUZZ: Blue Hombre Diaz Works Plate in 2020 Debut

Aug. 9, 2020

Veteran Begins Season Belatedly in D.C.

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THE BIG BUZZ: 6 Blue Hombres Comprise Latino MLB Umpire Contingent at Various Venues in Past Week

Aug. 2, 2020

Venezuelan Gonzalez Works Plate in Personal 2020 Debut

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THE BIG BUZZ: Blue Hombres Debut in 2020 Season-Opening Baseball Series at Half-Dozen Locales

Jul. 27, 2020

MLB's Latino Umpires, Colleagues Embark on Abbreviated Campaign

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THE BIG BUZZ: MLB Summer Camp Openers Reveal New Roles for Some Blue Hombres

Jul. 20, 2020

Marquez Completes 1st Crew-Chief Stint; de Jesus Now Full-Time; Navas Gets Taste of The Show

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THE BIG BUZZ: Blue Hombres Marquez, de Jesus Earn Notable Promotions for 2020 MLB Season

Mar. 8, 2020

Respective Pioneers from Native Countries Given Boosts

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THE BIG BUZZ: Purveyor of This Website Earns First Correct Response for 3rd Time in Past 2 Months on Horsehide Trivia

Mar. 1, 2020

Achievement Marks 17th Overall Occasion for Entrant in Daily Worldwide Baseball Contest

For the second time in 2020, third occasion in the past two months and 17th time overall, Phil Ross, purveyor of this website, recorded the First Correct Response in the worldwide daily Horsehide Trivia contest on Feb. 28, 2020, tying with several other entrants for top global honors.

THE BIG BUZZ: Several Blue Hombres Begin 2019 Postseason Either with Wild Card or LDS Assignments

For 1st Time in More Than Year, Phil Ross Records First Correct Response in Horsehide Trivia

Aug. 11, 2019

Feat Marks 14th Occasion Overall That Website Purveyor Is Tops in Daily Baseball Contest

For the first time in more than a year and 14th time overall, Phil Ross, purveyor of this website, recorded the First Correct Response in the worldwide daily Horsehide Trivia contest on Aug. 8.

Trio of Veteran College Umpires Convene for Personal Reunion

Jun. 21, 2019

Oldest, Youngest Umpire School Grads Visit Arbiter/Scribe at New 'Home'

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THE BIG BUZZ: Author Phil Ross Gathers 'Dozen' as Early Yuletide 'Gift' By Being First Correct Respondent on Daily Horsehide Trivia Question

Dec. 22, 2018

Feat Marks 12th Time Overall and & 8th Occasion in 2018 for BLUE HOMBRES Trilogy Creator

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THE BIG BUZZ: Latest Phil Ross Book, BLUE HOMBRES 2.0, 2nd Volume in Latino Umpire Trilogy, Takes Bow in Debut

Dec. 27, 2018

New Book & 2nd Installment Set Stage for Book 3 in Trilogy

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The glorious Grand Canyon, America's treasure. (Photo by Phil Ross)

THE BIG BUZZ: Ramon de Jesus, Fonzy Marquez on Umpire Crew in Dodgers-Padres Series in Mexico Calling 4-Pitcher No-Hitter by L.A.

May. 14, 2018

Meanwhile, Ortiz, Torres Exchange Greetings with Ichiro in Another Landmark Event

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THE BIG BUZZ: Start of New Colorado Legislative Session Means 'The Citizen Testifier' Swings Into Action

Feb. 20, 2018

Phil Ross Begins 2018 Testimony in Senate Committees on Bills of Varying Topics

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THE BIG BUZZ: Latest Phil Ross Books Remain Excellent Bargains at Reduced Price in 2018

Jan. 4, 2018

BOTCHED BLOODING, 1st Book in BLUE HOMBRES Trilogy Only $8.50 Each

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THE BIG BUZZ: Precious Memories Triggered for Ex-Sportswriter by Broadcast Legend's Death

Dec. 24, 2017

Passing of Dick Enberg at 82 Elicits Old Recollections

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THE BIG BUZZ: Umpire-Turned-Author Holds Back Tears in Sharing Personal Memories of Multiple Cy Young Honoree Roy 'Doc' Halladay

THE BIG BUZZ: BLUE HOMBRES Author, Sidekick Renew Acquaintances with MLB Hopeful Triple-A Umpires

Jul. 18, 2017

3-Man Crew Dodges Possible 'Curfew' Rule Deadline in Pair of 1-Run Games During PCL Twin Bill

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THE BIG BUZZ: MLB Umpire Unwittingly Becomes Instant International Hero, Saves Troubled Woman from Possible Suicide Leap into River off Bridge

Jun. 29, 2017

John Tumpane Physically, Verbally Prevents Likely Death; Later on Same Date, Works Home Plate in Bucs-Rays Clash at Nearby Pittsburgh Stadium

In one of the best feel-good stories in a while, during a June 28, pre-game afternoon jog across Pittsburgh's Roberto Clemente Bridge, Major League Baseball umpire John Tumpane became an instant international hero and Internet sensation. On the span over the Allegheny River named after the late Pirates' Hall-of-Fame player who died in the crash of a plane carrying supplies to 1960s Nicaraguan earthquake survivors, Tumpane stopped a likely suicide from happening.

The 30-something Chicago product verbally and physically prevented a stranger -- a suicide-bent woman -- from jumping to her death off the bridge. Before calling balls and strikes in the Tampa Bay Rays-Pirates game the same night at nearby PNC Park, Tumpane coolly and calmly talked the woman out of her original plan, used his physical strength as well, and instructed another witness to call 911. Then, within hours he was behind the plate at PNC, doing the job for which he had come to the Steel City, his life no doubt changed forever.

THE BIG BUZZ: 'The Thrill' Resumes Hook-Up with Retired Commissioner After 2 Decades

THE BIG BUZZ: Author's Sidelight as 'Citizen Testifier' Results in New Laws

May 27, 2017

Bills Signed by Governor Are Varied, Partisan, Bipartisan

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THE BIG BUZZ: Author Phil Ross's Literary Activities Are Summed Up in Capsule Form

May 25, 2017

After Debut Volume in 2013, Recently Released Whistleblower Book Wrapped Around BLUE HOMBRES Trilogy

Here, capsulized, is an update of literary activities by Colorado author Phil Ross since his debut book, ONCE A TROJAN ALWAYS A TROJAN: A True Story, almost four years ago:

His latest book, a corporate health care whistleblower volume, was published in April 2017 after 2 1/2 years of legal entanglements in the California court system. It is titled BOTCHED BLOODING: They Tried to Kill Me ... and Then They Stole My Livelihood (A Fictionalized Account of Compelling Actual Events). It is available on Amazon and ebook on Kindle.

Wrapped around that latest book is a trilogy by Phil on Latino Major League Baseball umpires, also on Amazon and Kindle. The title of Book One, launched in August 2016, is BLUE HOMBRES: The Life and Times of Major League Baseball's Latino Umpires, First of a Trilogy. Separate chapters, among others, are devoted to Alfonzo "Fonzy" Marquez, who is the first and only (so far) full-time MLB umpire born in Mexico, and Rich Garcia, a colorful Cuban-American who is MLB's longest-tenured Latino umpire.

Book Two -- BLUE HOMBRES 2.0: Major League Baseball's Latino Umpires and Their Crew Mates Embrace the High-Tech Revolution with Much Gusto -- will be published early in 2018.

The third, and final, part of the trilogy -- BLUE HOMBRES Numero Tres: Major League Baseball's Latino Umpires Peer Into the Future Beyond 2017 -- will appear later in 2018.

THE BIG BUZZ: Traveling Ross/Kellogg Pair Heads South to Visit, Observe Versatile PCL Umpire Crew

May 11, 2017

3-Man Regulars Enhanced by 4th Addition

The on-the-move sports trivia duo of Ross and Kellogg ventured to Colorado Springs on May 11 to observe a regular umpire-crew-plus-one in an early start Pacific Coast League game. (Learn details by clicking on Updates on Phil tab)

THE BIG BUZZ: Whirlwind Day Finds Author Phil Ross, Good Pal Engaging New Broncos’ Head Coach, MLB Umpire Crew

May 10, 2017

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Colorado author Phil Ross and a good friend engaged in pleasant chit-chat with figures from major sports. (Learn more by clicking on Updates on Phil tab)

THE BIG BUZZ: Compelling, Much-Anticipated, Often-Delayed New Phil Ross Book Makes Debut, Now Available

Apr. 12, 2017

'BOTCHED BLOODING: They Tried to Kill Me ... and Then They Stole My Livelihood (A Fictionalized Account of Compelling Actual Events)'

The new Phil Ross book, nearly three years in the making and delayed often by judicial shenanigans in the wacky California court system, is now available to the public. (More details by clicking on the News on Phil's Books tab)

THE BIG BUZZ: Colorado Authors Phil Ross, Adrian Miller Hook Up at Popular Library Event

Phil Ross and Adrian Miller, two Colorado-based authors, paused to chat briefly following Miller's entertaining, March 31, 2017, presentation and book-signing for his new book, THE PRESIDENT'S KITCHEN CABINET, at the Arapahoe Library District's Smoky Hill Library in Aurora, Colo. The volume is a follow-up to Adrian's debut book, SOUL FOOD, which, like Phil's debut, ONCE A TROJAN ALWAYS A TROJAN: A True Story, was launched in 2013.
 
Phil's most recent release, BOTCHED BLOODING: They Tried to Kill Me ... and Then They Stole My Livelihood (A Fictionalized Account of Compelling Actual Events), debuted in April 2017 and now is available on Amazon.com and Kindle (ebook), along with ONCE A TROJAN and Phil's August 2016 release, BLUE HOMBRES: The Life and Times of Major League Baseball's Latino Umpires, First of a Trilogy.

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In the No. 22 frame of a 24-photo gallery, Phil (right) is garbed in his U.S. Army Vietnam Era Veteran's cap and a T-shirt from Hardin-Simmons University, one of 50 shirts from 33 colleges in 21 states he has collected as a hobby during his travels. The purple "tee" is one of three from universities in Abilene, Tex. -- the other two from Abilene Christian University and McMurry University. Adrian's blue-and-gold apron is an official one from the White House's Presidential Food Service. (Photo gallery courtesy of Arapahoe Library District)

THE BIG BUZZ: Author Phil Ross Recalls Harrowing Time as Drag Racer

Feb. 21, 2017

Ride with Phil in Olden Days in Orange County

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GUIDE TO INSIDE PAGES (Updated Regularly):

MORE ON PHIL ROSS: On the road: U.S., retro Korea

UPDATES ON PHIL: Keeping track with "Boomer Geezer"

ON BLUE HOMBRE TRAIL: Follow Latino umpires year-round

NEWS ON PHIL'S BOOKS: Special reduced prices continue

PRAISE FROM OTHERS: Third-party plaudits flow

MEDIA SPOTLIGHT: Interviewer becomes interviewee

PHIL'S OTHER PASSIONS: Drag racing, legislative testimony

CONTACT PHIL: Find out about Mark Twain's alter ego   

 

THE BIG BUZZ: 10th-Anniversary Retrospective Images Take Long-Time Friends to Coors Field

Nov. 15, 2016

Reunion of High School Cohorts Also Winds Up with Herd at Edge of Town

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THE BIG BUZZ: Noted NY Times Best-Selling Author of New 'The Sleepwalker' Offers Encouragement, Praise

Dec. 2, 2016

Novelist Chris Bohjalian, Author of 'The Buffalo Soldier,' 'House Guest,' His Newest, 'Midwives,' and Numerous Other Best-Sellers, Charms Denver Audience with Anecdotes, Inside Tips

New York native Chris Bohjalian, New York Times best-selling author of "House Guest," "The Buffalo Soldier," his newest book, "Midwives," and numerous other best-selling novels, regaled a Denver area audience of more than 200 eager reader/listeners with personal anecdotes about his books on Dec. 1. Bohjalian's next potential best-seller, "The Sleepwalker," will debut in January 2017. The evening lecture and book-signing, at the Embassy Suites-DTC in suburban Centennial, was preceded by a meet-and-greet cocktail reception.

The author, who is now a long-time resident of rural Vermont, spent nearly an hour spinning tales about how several of his books came to be, offering tips on his approach to writing success, then took questions before launching into the personal signing of his books. Bohjalian is noted for his deep research and turning historical events into heart-wrenching novels that often feature unexpected, even eerie, twists and turns.

In a brief, one-on-one discussion, Bohjalian privately praised Colorado author Phil Ross after reading selected passages from the latter's current first book of a trilogy, "BLUE HOMBRES: The Life and Times of Major League Baseball's Latino Umpires." "You're a good writer," the best-selling writer told the Colorado author. "You have a certain flair. Your sentences are well-constructed."

Considering the source, Ross conceded the comments were well-thought-out, and a welcome addition to the evening and his own ongoing quest to inform and entertain readers. The latest new Phil Ross book, "BOTCHED BLOODING: They Tried to Kill Me ... and Then They Stole My Livelihood, A Fictionalized Account of Compelling Actual Events," is now available on Amazon and Kindle (ebook).

The program was a featured event in a continuing series of author lectures/book-signings sponsored by the Arapahoe Library District.

Chris Bohjalian's website is chrisbohjalian.com