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Mixed notes

By Rich Heldenfels Published: July 21, 2014

Gabrielle Nicole, the Clevelander competing on "Rising Star," was eliminated last night. In a duel against Macy Kate,

Nicole went all-out in a version of "River Deep Mountain High" but ended up screechy in the process. She landed a 49 percent score in the East Coast telecast. Kate countered with Imagine Dragons' "Demons," and scored 80 percent. That meant that Nicole had to have the highest West Coast score among the losers in Sunday's three duels if she was to continue, and that did not happen.

Nicole remains an impressive singer, even with an admitted streak of diva. But, going against a singer who was certain to be a tough competitor. Nicole miscalculated in her song and vocal choices.

After going to Sunday's' RubberDucks-SeaWolves game (which Erie won), I composed the following Facebook note to the Akron operation.

Dear Akron RubberDucks:

My wife and I went to Sunday's game. We understand that you are eager to get new fans, especially families, into Canal Park and so schedule all sorts of activities. But this also meant that many of the people there (especially the young ones) had no interest in the ballgame -- and that many of the adults with them were obliged to focus on snacks and balloon sculptures, instead of on the events on the field.

This made for an unfortunate disconnect between the audience and the players, which certainly didn't help create a winning environment. (And, I should note, the RubberDucks are under .500 at home.) Maybe you could consider children's activities that create more of a bond with baseball itself, to generate future fans of the game.

You can find my tribute to James Garner, who passed away over the weekend, in a post below.

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