She would deny that ‘nicest’ part. Because she’s nice.
The 2014 Crabs season is shaping up nicely, partly because the Crabbies have a new president. After Matt Filar stepped down last year, VP Vikki Rossi was tapped.
Officially confirmed by the board back in November, Rossi is the first female board president and the youngest ever to be appointed to that esteemed position.
More importantly, she is super organized, positive, and always down for the Crabs. As a fan, she rarely misses a game. You’d know her if you saw her, sitting on a blue blanket along the first base line, banging sticks (claves) together and occasionally calming hecklers who get a little too personal.
Hang out with a constellation of off-season Crabs stars at the Arcata Chamber’s February mixer on Feb. 6th starting at 5:30 p.m., at 1 Harpst Street, Arcata inside the Great Hall on the HSU campus. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks Matt, and congratulations, Vikki. You’ll take the team to new heights. -MD
From the Crabs’ site:
ARCATA — The Humboldt Crabs, which began in 1945, are the longest continuously-operated summer collegiate baseball program in the United States. Vikki Rossi of McKinleyville was elected the Crabs first female board president on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at the annual board retreat. Rossi is an HSU alumna and works at Sun Valley Floral Farms as a credit and collections manager. She is also the youngest board president in the organization’s history.
Rossi was recruited in August of 2011 by her good friend Stephanie Lane who stepped down from the board to pursue her new position as the Assistant Athletic Director at HSU. Rossi and Lane — both longtime Crabs fans — are known to sit on the first base line. Rossi is perhaps most widely known for cheering on the Crabs with her wooden claves.
Rossi is not only a Crabs fan, she also grew up in a baseball-loving family in the Bay Area. As a kid, the Rossi family spent a lot of time at both S.F. Giants and Oakland Athletics games.
Rossi was reluctant to join the board of directors at first, only because she was concerned she’d miss watching the games. “I denied the opportunity for an entire year. Upon the second request, I had so much love for Crabs baseball, that there was just no way I could turn down such an enormous opportunity,” Rossi said. “In my time volunteering on the board, I have witnessed teamwork like never before,” she added.
Rossi’s main assignments for the board are to head up the Crabs Alumni and Hall of Fame committees. Rossi is in charge of a large Crabs alumni database and her main focus is to find and make contact with anyone who has ever worn a Crabs uniform. She also instituted a lifetime alumni season pass for all Crabs players. Rossi’s alumni weekend celebration will be held on the Fourth of July weekend in 2014.
“The Crabs have given me a reason to memorize baseball stats again and I feel very fortunate to be a part of such a great organization. Humboldt County is my home, but baseball in Humboldt County is where my heart is,” Rossi said.
Passion is the word most commonly used by the 13 community members who make up the 2014 Humboldt Crabs Board of Directors when describing why they serve. What other reason would a group of individuals who have no real connection to one another — other than love of baseball — voluntarily give up hundreds of hours of their time, year-round for no pay? The board of directors consider themselves to just be a group of high-ranking volunteers who ultimately work for the community of Crabs fans.
Upon seeing a board member in line at the concession stand at the Arcata ballpark, fans often ask, “Do you have to stand in line like all of us?” The answer is yes, there’s no special treatment for board members. Board members buy their Crabs sweatshirts, hot dogs and beer just like everybody else. The funds that are raised each summer at the ballpark go into a savings account that supports the following summer’s baseball season and team.
As the Crabs enter their 70th continuous season of baseball, it is a good time to review how the Crabs actually function. The team belongs to and is literally owned by the community. The board recognizes they are merely stewards of this historic organization. The board, in turn, takes its responsibility very seriously to maintain and advance the traditions and history of the program. Without the annual financial support of the community, the Crabs would literally cease to exist.
The Crabs program is reviewed annually at a full-day retreat each November. At the retreat, officers are elected and each board member is assigned and responsible for one or more major tasks. Board meetings are held twice a month and year-round. The board of directors prides itself as being a working board, i.e., each member works continuously on projects throughout the year to ensure the survival of the program.
Yesterday: 11 felonies, 11 misdemeanors, 0 infractions
Humboldt County Superior Court Calendar: Yesterday
No current incidents
Times-Standard News: Fleming announces informal fundraising event
Times-Standard News: County, McKinleyville to host meeting on road safety
Times-Standard News: Abandoned mobile home in flames
Times-Standard News: Fire hydrant flushing program will soon begin in Fortuna
Andrew Goff / Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 @ 11:11 a.m. / Non-Emergencies
Oh, God. While no one sent us any Guy Fieri shots today, LoCO amigo extremo Angie Schwab did bless us with this shot of First District supervisor Rex Bohn and Ferndale resident Richard Leonardi tooling around in his Camaro.
It’s tough being Rex.
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Exodus 20:8: “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” There will be no Guy hunting today.
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The King of the Cream City returneth! Several LoCO superfriends sent in some glory shots of Guy Fieri doing victory laps up and down Ferndale’s Main Street in a shiny red convertible. (Thank you to scoop photographers Jessica Collins and Amy Weed for the pics.)
Wave, kids! It’s Guy!
… now continue thy Saturday.
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Guy is laying low/we had other stuff to do. We apologize for your Guy-less day.
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Man, you guys really phoned in your no-pay job yesterday, didn’t you?
Well, here’s your day two update anyway. Your Lost Coast Outpost walked by Fieri’s crew at Cafe Nooner in Old Town as we pursued our morning coffee. So there’s that. But most importantly (to someone) we have our first Fieri in the wild picture courtesy of LoCO superfriend/nature photog David S Wallaker who spotted the spiky beast flashing a peace sign at not-a-restaurant Pierson’s. Well! Rest assured that America will now know Eureka has a REALLY BIG HAMMER.
(Wait. Is it still a peace sign if it’s backward? Oh, who cares? Just look at Guy.)
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The Fieri has landed.
If you weren’t already aware, foodie celebrity and Humboldt native Guy Fieri is going to be filming locally for his show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives over the next few days. And now we’ve had our first sighting: The new, streamlined NCJ spotted Guy’s crew at Paul’s Live From New York in Eureka — “It’s a little bit of the East Coast on the West Coast,” says Fieri — the first of several mystery locations he’ll allegedly grace.
Here. We. Go.
Well, let’s get dumb. Something your Lost Coast Outpost has noticed, folks get pretty excited when famous people slip behind the redwood curtain. Thus, we are putting out the word to the LoCO Army: send us frosty-tipped pictures of Guy Fieri existing in HumCo local in exchange for karmic blessings. Bonus points if he is eating, since that’s kinda his thing.
The hunt is on. Hit us at email@example.com. Go forth.
Andrew Goff / Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 @ 3:15 p.m. / Non-Emergencies
Skate or fly. Local videographer Chad Johnson checks in with another Humboldt-y video flyover, this time focusing his eye in the sky on the Arcata Skate Park and its kickflipping, mostly un-helmeted occupants. Where are your parents, you cray-cray kids?!?
Whatever. Soaring capabilities bestowed on those who click!
Andrew Goff / Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 @ 10:51 a.m. / Non-Emergencies
A magnitude-7.3 earthquake rumbled under the Pacific about 200 miles east of Japan at 10:10 a.m. PST this morning. The quake was reportedly felt from Tokyo to northern Japan. Authorities estimated a meager 3 foot tsunami may hit the Fukushima Prefecture.
What does that mean for us on the other side of the ocean? Thankfully, it would appear nothing.
Hank Sims / Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 @ 10:37 a.m. / Non-Emergencies
Writes LoCO Hall-of-Fame commenter “Coreopsis has set in”:
The Tsunami Siren From PG&E is a Drill
It was preceded by some clown on a PA saying “Earthquake! Earthquake! This is a Drill!” several times.
In case you get calls.
That’s right — the “Great California Shakeout” just launched a few minutes ago. Expect to see people running around doing emergency-like things for a little while longer, even though no emergency currently exists.
What you want to do is identify those people doing emergency-like things. Then, in the case of an actual emergency, you can seek them out because they will know what to do.