The Life of Kevin Li

Writing daily since 1998.


I have been experiencing some Internet problems recently both in Japan and back home, so please bear with me. Thanks.


Vacation to Japan

Hey blogger/readers!

As I will be leaving for Japan on the 13th, I will be doing a travel blog every day starting on the 14th/15th to the 26th/27th or 27th/28th. It will be a shorter post than my video game blog. So… Stay tuned for that blog coming up.

Sports Talk: #3-The 2013 MLB All-Star Game Final Vote Players

 AL ‪#‎FinalVote‬ update
1. Steve Delabar, TOR
2. David Robertson, NYY
3. Koji Uehara, BOS
4. Joaquin Benoit, DET
5. Tanner Scheppers, TEX

NL #FinalVote update
1. Freddie Freeman, ATL
2. Yasiel Puig, LA
3. Hunter Pence, SF
4. Ian Desmond, WSH
5. Adrian Gonzalez, LA

I believe that both Robertson and Puig should make it into the All-Star Game. Robertson has been a savior for the Yankees by getting them out of tough jams and giving the ball to Mariano RIvera to close out the game. Puig. Oh Puig. He deserves this spot. He does. Puig has come from so much adversity by escaping Cuba and getting to the majors. And boy has he made an impact on the Dodgers and the entire MLB. He has jetted the Dodgers above .500 and within striking distance to win the NL West over the Diamondbacks, Rockies, Padres, and the struggling defending champions, the Giants. #HIghSocksForVotes #VotePuig

Sports Talk: #2-2013 MLB All-Star Game Rosters

Here are the rosters for the 2013 MLB All-Star Game not including the Final Vote players, provided courtesy of MLB.

American League American League

C: Joe Mauer, Twins
1B: Chris Davis, Orioles
2B: Robinson Cano, Yankees
SS: J.J. Hardy, Orioles
3B: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
OF: Mike Trout, Angels
OF: Adam Jones, Orioles
OF: Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
DH: David Ortiz, Red Sox

RHP: Clay Buchholz *, Red Sox
LHP: Brett Cecil, Blue Jays
RHP: Bartolo Colon @, A’s
RHP: Jesse Crain *, White Sox
RHP: Yu Darvish, Rangers
RHP: Felix Hernandez, Mariners
RHP: Hisashi Iwakuma, Mariners
RHP: Justin Masterson, Indians
RHP: Joe Nathan, Rangers
LHP: Glen Perkins @, Twins
RHP: Mariano Rivera, Yankees
LHP: Chris Sale, White Sox
RHP: Max Scherzer, Tigers
RHP: Justin Verlander, Tigers

C: Jason Castro, Astros
C: Salvador Perez, Royals
1B: Prince Fielder, Tigers
2B: Jason Kipnis, Indians
2B: Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox
2B: Ben Zobrist, Rays
SS: Jhonny Peralta: Tigers
3B: Manny Machado, Orioles
OF: Nelson Cruz, Rangers
OF: Alex Gordon, Royals
OF: Torii Hunter, Tigers
DH: Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays


National League National League

C: Yadier Molina, Cardinals
1B: Joey Votto, Reds
2B: Brandon Phillips, Reds
SS: Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
3B: David Wright, Mets
OF: Carlos Beltran, Cardinals
OF: Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
OF: Bryce Harper, Nationals

LHP: Madison Bumgarner, Giants
LHP: Aroldis Chapman, Reds
LHP: Patrick Corbin, D-backs
RHP: Jose Fernandez, Marlins
RHP: Jason Grilli, Pirates
RHP: Matt Harvey, Mets
LHP: Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
RHP: Craig Kimbrel, Braves
LHP: Cliff Lee, Phillies
LHP: Jeff Locke, Pirates
RHP: Adam Wainwright, Cardinals
LHP: Travis Wood, Cubs
RHP: Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals

C: Buster Posey, Giants
1B: Paul Goldschmidt, D-backs
1B: Allen Craig, Cardinals
2B: Matt Carpenter, Cardinals
2B: Marco Scutaro, Giants
SS: Everth Cabrera, Padres
SS: Jean Segura, Brewers
3B: Pedro Alvarez, Pirates
OF: Domonic Brown, Phillies
OF: Michael Cuddyer, Rockies
OF: Carlos Gomez, Brewers
OF: Andrew McCutchen, Pirates

* Chosen on Player Ballot, injured
@ Injury replacement

Ok. Jim Leyland is totally playing favorites by picking 6 Tigers for the All-Star Game. The Cardinals have 5, but they are deserving of those 5 All-Stars. BUt I believe that the Rays, Athletics, Dodgers, Angels, Braves were robbed of players in the ASG.

Sports Talk: #1-Michael Cuddyer’s 27-game Hitting Streak

For those of you who live in your shell under the ground, Michael Cuddyer hit in 27 games straight which is a career high, a franchise record, and the most in baseball this season. In other words, he got at least 1 hit in 27 straight games starting on May 28th and ending on June 30th. Unfortunately, he was nowhere close to Joe Dimaggio’s record hitting streak of 56. In fact, I saw Cuddyer’s 27th hit on the last day of his streak on June 30th against the San Francisco Giants. Since he went 0-for-3 in his first 3 at bats, it all came down to his 4th at bat in the 8th inning against the Giants pitcher Sandy Rosario. As a Rockies fan since 2004, I have been to Coors Field many many times, but I have never heard a crowd this pumped since the miracle run in 2007. So with 2 outs on a 2-1 count, Cuddyer… Well… Just watch… CLICK HERE!!!

So why does this matter? You could make the point that Dan Uggla had a 33 game hitting streak in 2008 which is better than Cuddyer’s. It matters because it secured him with a roster spot in the All-Star Game as a reserve that Bruce Bochy can use any time. Also his good friend and fellow Virginian, David Wright, the 2013 Home Run Derby National League Captain, picked him to participate in the HRB. And to go along with that, he has 15 home runs and the largest home run average distance in the entire majors of 407 ft.

Cuddyer has definitely been a key player for the Rockies by hitting .337 with 15 home runs, 52 RBI’s (Runs Batted In), and a .400 OBP (On Base Percentage) (as of July 11th) which is better than his career numbers of .275, 172 homers, 690 RBI’s, and a .344 OBP. Also in the league he is ranked fairly high. Looking forward to see what the Rockies do with Cuddyer as he is a major asset and I wish him all the best in the Home Run Derby and the All-Star Game.

  • 2013 League Ranks:
    • 9th in NL in HR (15)
    • 10th in NL in RBI (52)
    • 2nd in NL in SLG (.575)
    • 2nd in NL in OPS (.975)

Sports Talk: Introdution

So, now I am going to start a daily series of posts with 4 posts today. This will be me talking and giving my opinion about news revolving around sports. So stay tuned.


I’M BACK!!! Sorry… I’ve been really busy with stuff these past two weeks, so to make up for it, I’m going to post many new posts today and tomorrow.

Daily Prompt: Trains, Planes, and Automobiles

Ok. I am going to be very heavily biased here, so please bear with me. I would prefer airplanes more than any another mode of transportation. I am a Premier Silver member on United’s MileagePlus program and I am also enrolled in Delta’s SkyMiles program, Frontier’s EarlyReturns program, and Southwest’s Raid Rewards program. That and planes are the safest mode of transportation and they can take you anywhere you want. Around the world, a nearby city, trans-pacific, and even cross-country. They are fast and reliable. Also they have various ways to prevent anything bad from happening on a commercial flight. So why not planes?

Random “Inspire Me” Post

Write about your strongest memory of heart-pounding belly-twisting nervousness: what caused the adrenaline? Was it justified? How did you respond?

My strongest memory of nervousness was when I tried out for Troubadours at CCHS. The excitement totally caused the adrenaline. It gets scary because you know you could, but it all depends on the circumstances of what happens in the 3 part audition. It was totally justified as I had a feeling I didn’t make it. (Spoiler Alert: I did make it.)  I responded by doing the best that I could do. I knew I had a shot after my audition, even though I had spots of doubts whenever I thought about what it takes to get into this amazing choir program.



Seriously. I believe that this is the greatest game of all time. I can’t really find anything to criticize in this game. I just can’t. It’s hands down my favorite game of all time. Games are a form of entertainment, but this game just blows my mind. It still thrills me to the edge of my seat and I’ve played the full game at least 7 times now. There are just so many dungeons each with different enemies, characteristics, soundtracks, bosses, etc. Although this is an old game, it’s still my favorite game of all time as well as the best Nintendo 64 game. What is it, you may ask? Here’s what I’ll say. By now you should have guessed what game this is going to be. I’ve gone through most of the bestsellers and the top rated games. What could be left? I even mentioned it in the last post. It’s The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time!!! But this game is groundbreaking for it’s time. Heck, I was born about a year before this game came out.  LoZ changed for the better with a free roaming world to explore around with multiple side quests. They include getting Biggoron’s Sword and getting Epona. (Z-)Targeting also was a major breakthrough being able to aim and arrows faster and slice and dice better. Another important feature is the child Link and the adult Link. This is so important in gameplay changing constantly to discover new things and to solve puzzles. The ocarina is now of the most widely used instruments after recorders and voices, but it has important meanings in OoT. It’s in the title and you use it to teleport and/or summon. Its soundtrack is one of the most beautiful all-around soundtracks of all video games and it is so widely recognized that it could be elevator music anywhere. To show how amazing this game is, I will tell you how many copies I own. I own the N64 collector’s edition, the N64 regular, the N64 Japanese regular, the GameCube version, and the Wii Virtual Console version. I cannot get enough of this game. It’s just so amazing in so many different ways. For the last time in this countdown, I recommend getting the orignal N64 version whether if it’s the collector’s edition or the regular edition. But I absolutely love this game. Last point. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT get the 3DS version. I’ve played it and it completely detracts from the true game. It also makes the game brighter and it makes switching items easily which is what the developers of the N64 version didn’t want. I can tell you that the Water Temple is just as hard as everyone makes it out to be. But on the 3DS version, it is much easier. So, I applaud you for being able to deal with me and my ranting about the Nintendo 64 and its games. Thank you so much for reading and stay tuned for more posts on the most random stuff on the internet. 😛 Thanks so much again.