Out of the wind

We left the game in Dunedin to escape the 30mph winds.

We went down to the Carpenter complex.

I got here just in time to see Ronnie Welty, whom we acquired from Baltimore for Julio Rodriguez, bat.

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He struck out.

I can say it’s a lot nicer here, we’re out of the wind and that makes all the difference.

FYI the new work group list is not out, while I do notice some changes, I will not comment until I can confirm them.

Every Fifth Day is a Halladay

Today, Roy Halladay did not make the trip to Sarasota with the team, he stayed here to pitch in the AAA game against the Blue Jays.

It caused such a stir that the players from the AA game on the other field peered through the fence just to watch him warm up!

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I can’t say he’s doing well so far, he’s given up 3 runs in 3 innings, 2 walks, hit a batter, we also estimate he threw about 70 pitches.

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Carlos Ruiz was catching.

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Delmon Young is batting every inning.

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I’m enjoying myself. There’s nothing better than a day in the stands, sitting with friends and baseball. This is the life.

One of My Favorite Things

As I’ve written before, one of my favorite things is watching a player start playing and see him climb up the ranks.

I first saw Jesse Biddle pitch in his very first professional game in Williamsport. ( you can read the story HERE).

Back on that first night he played they had auctioned off the jerseys and Jesse’s had gone for over $200 so it was a little too rich for my blood so I didn’t win. I’d thought about it over the years and really wished I had been able to get it.

So one evening near the end of last season I had wandered into the Diamond Outfitters store and there it was…Jesse’s 4th of July Threshers jersey! It made a great birthday present.

As I had gotten to know Jesse a little over the summer I kept meaning to ask him to sign it, but soon the season was over and I missed my chance.

Today, I remembered to bring it with me and he was kind enough to sign it.

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Close up

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Next up: getting it framed!

Updated Work Group

The most recent work group list is in. This is after this weekends cuts.

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