Jorge Alfaro plays in GCL game-pictures

Jorge Alfaro, the new catcher acquired in the Cole Hamels trade, played today in a Gulf Coast League game.

Alfaro played three innings–hit two strong line drives that might have gone out, if the wind didn’t blow it back in.

  

Alfaro hits hard line drive to the warning track

 

New Aquisition John Richy Makes Clearwater Threshers Debut

John Richy, the newly acquired RHP from the Dodgers, made his debut with the Clearwater Threshers tonight.

Here are some pictures:  

    
 
  

Richy went 7 innings, 4 hits, no runs, 1 walk, 3 strike outs and a pick-off. A rather impressive debut for our new pitcher.

My only regret is that I won’t get to see more of him before the end of the season. Well, there’s only approximately 165 days until spring training….

GCL Pitcher Tanner Keist Released

This is one of those blog posts I hate to write. This summer I was fortunate to get to know Gulf Coast League pitcher Tanner Keist and his family.

  

 They are nice people and I enjoyed talking with them. That’s what makes today hard. Tanner Keist was released this weekend.

Some say it’s “the nature of the beast” that so many guys will not continue on, but it still stings when one of the kids you know are let go.

I wish Tanner and his family all the best and hope he gets picked up soon. 

Hamels to the Rangers….I Kinda Knew That Would Happen–AND–Here’s How

Sometimes, the surreal happens. Sometimes, when it happens, you have to keep it quiet to respect someone’s privacy until the event is over.

This is one of those times.

Earlier this week, I received an email from a scout from the Texas Rangers. He had viewed my Youtube Channel and liked what he saw. He wanted to know if I had additional video on three other minor league players as well.

I was lucky enough to get to meet him this week and was blown away when he introduced me to another scout (this one from the Braves) with the introduction, “If you ever need video on these guys, you have to look at her Youtube channel.” I was so flattered. Baseball Ross and I have worked really hard to build up our library of video of the young guys and to know it was appreciated on a “professional” level was rather cool.

So when I heard that the Rangers were going to get Hamels, I was floored. For once, I was on the “inside” looking out, not the other way around…and the view was amazing.

Dream Comes True-Publication of One of My Photos

For many years, my passion was writing and I was lucky to actually be paid to do so, only one catch, I was a ghost writer. In the ten years I wrote, only ONE official document bore my name.  Seven years ago, I started my blog and wrote what I wanted and put my name on it. That felt good, the fact that people read it made it seem real.

Then I started to supplement my blog with pictures. I slowly purchased better cameras, eventually learning how to manual focus and other advanced techniques-while I’m not a master, I like what I do. Photography is my new passion.  However, the only place to see it was on my blog and Baseball Ross’…until today…

Today I was contacted by the hometown paper of the Threshers’ Andrew Pullin. They were doing a story on him and wanted to know if they could use one of my photos. For the first time, one of my photos will be published, both in the online and PRINT editions! 

From the time we talked until it was up on their site was less than an hour. It’s been a whirlwind and one of my life dreams realized. 

I’m sure the The Chronicle-Serving the Greater Lewis County, Wash. Area Since 1889 would like some traffic…

You can click HERE to go to the front page of their Sports section.  The article is: Pullin Swinging Away In Phillies System.

The article is subscription only, but I can assure you, the article is well done and you might want to help the print media…

I’m including a snap of the first bit that includes my photo so that you can see it:

 
It’s a dream come true and they were kind enough to be mailing a paper copy-which I will be framing and hanging in my office. 

I’m too excited to sleep. It’s 2:15 a.m. and I decided to blog, so I apologize in advance for any grammatical errors, I promise to correct them when I return from Cloud 9.

How do you sum up such an amazing weekend?

I’ve been negligent in writing about last weekend’s trip to Hickory, NC to see the Lakewood BlueClaws take on the Hickory Crawdads. It was such an amazing weekend that it’s taken me nearly a week to decide what to say about it.

Baseball Ross really did a great job recapping the games (HERE, HERE and HERE) using my photos and his videos that I just didn’t know what to write. After some reflection, I thought I would take a bit of a different track toward what I wanted to say.

If you have been reading our blogs for any length of time, you’ll be familiar with the fact that we have “adopted” three Dominican players as our own “baseball sons”. We call them “son” and they call us “padre and madre”. Two of our boys, Ranfi Casimiro and Elniery Garcia are playing with the BlueClaws so we made the twelve hour drive to see the two of them pitch.  It just so happened to work out that both of them would pitch during their trip to Hickory.

The ball park is beautiful.

Hickory

The weather was hideous that first night. Going north from Florida, we thought it would be cooler and we brought sweatshirts just in case. Well Friday, we didn’t need them, it was 98* as indicated by the field thermometer.

It really was 98*

It really was 98*

Down in the seating bowl, the breeze never reached where we were in the first row. How Casimiro was able to pitch and pitch successfully in that heat, I’ll never know.

Ranfi Casimiro in Hickory

Ranfi Casimiro in Hickory

The next night, both of the boys were charting pitches in the stands. I was able to sit with them before the game. I took this on the way to our seats. It’s obvious that I should have drunk more milk as a kid standing next to these two.

Garcia, me and Casimiro

Garcia, me and Casimiro

The next night, it was Garcia’s turn to pitch. We went out to the bull pen and were able to watch him warm up. The smile on his face was so wide when he saw us there, when done, he flipped the warm-up ball to Ross. Ross was so tickled that he had Garcia sign it after the game.

Ross with his prized ball

Ross with his prized ball

Elniery Garcia

Elniery Garcia

Garcia pitched an amazing 7 scoreless innings and we waited for him, Casimiro and our other friends after the game to say goodbye before we headed back to Florida.

Me and my friend Herlis Rodriguez

Me and my friend Herlis Rodriguez

Here is our “Family Picture”.

The Baseball Family Picture

The Baseball Family Picture

It was the most rewarding of all our baseball trips. We got to see three really great baseball games and spend quality time with our friends and “family”. Isn’t that what baseball is all about?