Can you name the only former BlueClaw to share a name with a President?
(Answer below the fold)
Can you name the only former BlueClaw to share a name with a President?
(Answer below the fold)
Today is Friday the 13th, considered a very unlucky day to most, but not to the BlueClaws. There were no Friday the 13ths during baseball season last year, but after a loss in 2014 to Hickory the BlueClaws are a robust 7-5 all-time on the unlucky day.
It’s safe to say the BlueClaws are not among the 17-21 million people affected by this one-day phobia.
Repeating from a previous post and updating with the most recent Friday the 13th games…
In 2016, the BlueClaws will play on Friday, May 13th at home against West Virginia.
Obviously we have done a bad job maintaining this blog over the last few months, and we are going to try to rectify that over the next few months. So I hope you haven’t forgotten about us over here. Keep checking back and we’ll have some good stuff for you.
After a weekend down with an injury, BlueClaws Blog is back!
A few weeks ago, it was announced that BlueClaws GM Geoff Brown would be leaving the BlueClaws after 13 years and 12 seasons. The first employee hired by the BlueClaws in November of 1999, Brown has been here for three championships, five million fans, and countless memories.
Today is his last day with the BlueClaws, and he’ll start his new position with Rutgers University Athletics on Monday.
Before he left, we did want to bring him onto the podcast for an interview.
You can listen to the interview by clicking here or by listening below.
A couple of quick snippets, but we hope you listen to the whole thing:
– “I’ve got an 11 year old an an 8-year old. They’re going to want to come to 6-8-10 games, so we’ll be back. But certainly walking out of the office for the last time on Friday is going to be a little bit weird.”
– “It really sunk in when the Rutgers athletic department sent out a press release. All of a sudden it became real at that point. But the last couple of days when I started packing up, it struck again.”
– “I don’t think anyone expected us to draw 400,000 people a year, maybe 300,000. We knew how many people from the Shore were going to see the Thunder and they would stay put to see a game in Lakewood, but we didn’t think 400,000 a year was going to happen. To be those strong numbers 12 years in has been fantastic.”
– “The fans have been fantastic and they continue to be. The amount of people that have emailed me over the last few weeks has made me feel really good.”
– “The fact that I got to dump beer and champagne on other people’s heads…not a lot of professions get to do that – and I got to do that three times.”
Also – there is evidently a time capsule.
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If you are interested, please email ggiombarrese at blueclaws.com. (use the @ sign obviously).
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This is one of our favorite posts of the year – the Definitive BlueClaws Bowl Guide. Who should you root for in all of the college football bowl games this year (I think there are only 451 left to be played)? We go through the list with the BlueClaws connections!
If we missed one, which is possible, leave in the comments or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Poinsettia Bowl – San Diego State/BYU – Quintin Berry (2007) and Troy Hanzawa (2009) went to San Diego State.
Beef O’Brady’s Bowl – Ball State/Central Florida – Chris Duffy (2012) starred at Central Florida before being drafted by the Phillies. Perci Garner, drafted in 2010, who skipped Lakewood, went to Ball State.
New Orleans Bowl – East Carolina/UL-Lafayette – Stephen Batts (2010/11) played at ECU.
Las Vegas Bowl – Washington/Boise State – I know you remembered 2003 BlueClaw Andre Marshall, who played at Washington. Trevor May (2009-10) committed there but signed with the Phillies out of high school. Travis Mattair (2008-09, 11) never played baseball at Boise State but he did spend a year there as a walk-on on the basketball team, so that counts.
Hawaii Bowl – SMU/Fresno State – Phillies broadcaster Scott Franzke went to SMU and Steve Susdorf (2009 BlueClaw) went to Fresno State.
Little Caesars Bowl – Central Michigan/Western Kentucky – We found a draft pick from WKU – Ryan Hutchison, a Phillies pick in 2001, played that year with Batavia but skipped Lakewood, going straight to Clearwater in 2002. Matt Payton was with Lakewood very briefly in 2011, playing three games, but he too went to Western Kentucky.
Holiday Bowl – UCLA/Baylor – Tyson Brummett (2008) and Garrett Claypool (2011) went to UCLA. Anthony Hensley (2001), Josh Scott (2002) as well as Josh Ludy (2012) went to Baylor.
Independence Bowl – Ohio/UL-Monroe – 2012 BlueClaws OF Gauntlett Eldemire went to Ohio.
Armed Forces Bowl – Air Force/Rice – Karl Bolt (2008) went to Air Force. Former Phillies first round pick Joe Savery went to Rice.
Pinstripe Bowl – Syracuse/West Virginia – Zac Cline (2004) went to WVU.
Fight Hunger Bowl – Navy/Arizona State – Tuffy Gosewisch (2007) is a Sun Devil, as is 2012 RHP Jake Borup.
Alamo Bowl – Texas/Oregon State – 2011 BlueClaws C Cameron Rupp and 2012 LHP Hoby Milner both went to Texas. Mike Stutes (2008) and Andrew Baldwin (2005) both went to Oregon State while 2012 BlueClaw Kyrell Hudson committed there before signing with the Phillies.
Music City Bowl – NC State/Vanderbilt – Josh Zeid (2010) went to Vanderbilt.
Sun Bowl – Georgia Tech/USC – Jeremy Slayden (2006) went to Georgia Tech.
Chick-Fil-A Bowl – Clemson/LSU – Herm Demmink (2007) went to Clemson while on the LSU side, we have 2010 BlueClaw Brody Colvin, who committed here but didn’t sign. 2006 BlueClaw Clay Harris played at LSU.
Gator Bowl – Northwestern/Mississippi State – 2005 LHP JA Happ and 2006 RHP Dan Brauer both went to Northwestern. We couldn’t find anyone from Mississippi State except Travis Chapman, a 2000 Phillies draft pick who played in Batavia and skipped Lakewood.
Heart of Dallas Bowl – Purdue/Oklahoma State – 2012 BlueClaws LHP Blake Mascarello pitched at Purdue along with 2012 Williamsport 3B Cameron Perkins, who could be a BlueClaw this year. Three alums went to Oklahoma State: John Urick (2006), Michael Dabbs (2010), and Jason Jaramillo (2005).
Outback Bowl – Michigan/South Carolina – Michael Floyd (2002), Andrew Cruse (2007), Mike Cisco (2008) and Aaron Rawl (2006-06) all went to South Carolina.
Capital One Bowl – Nebraska/Georgia – Mike Nesseth (2012), Luke Wertz (2009-10) and Trevor Bullock (2001) played here. Jacob Diekman (2008-10) committed here as did Tyler Cloyd (2009), though both signed with the Phillies. Cody Asche, who skipped Lakewood, was drafted out of Nebraska in 2011.
Rose Bowl – Wisconsin/Stanford – We have one from Wisconsin. From the first ever BlueClaws team in 2001, Chad Sidowsky, while 2008 BlueClaw Michael Taylor went to Stanford.
Orange Bowl – Northern Illinois/Florida State – 2007 LHP Matt German went to Northern Illinois while Aaron Cheesman (2006) and Robby Read (2003) went to Florida State. Potential 2013 BlueClaw Roman Quinn committed to Florida State before signing with the Phillies.
Sugar Bowl – Louisville/Florida – 2009 BlueClaw BJ Rosenberg is a proud Louisville Cardinal. 2012 BlueClaw Matt Campbell is the lone Gator, though 2007 BlueClaw Adrian Cardenas committed here before signing with the Phillies.
Fiesta Bowl – Oregon/Kansas State – No Oregon alums though Jesse Biddle (2011) committed here before signing with the Phillies, and nothing from Kansas State.
Cotton Bowl – Oklahoma/Texas A&M – Will Savage (2006) and Ryan Duke (2011-12) went to Oklahoma while Ryan Wardinsky (2003) went to Texas A&M.
BBVA Compass Bowl – Pittsburgh/Ole Miss – Evangelista (2004) went to Pittsburgh. 2006 teammates Cooper Osteen and Matt Maloney both went to Ole Miss, as did 2011 BlueClaw Austin Wright.
BCS Championship Game – Notre Dame/Alabama – 2010 BlueClaw Jeremy Barnes went to Notre Dame while Austin Hyatt (2009) went to Alabama (as did Phillies draftee Adam Morgan who skipped Lakewood and finished last year with Reading).
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We’re in Hagerstown tonight, about 10 miles from Antietam, t
he famous Civil War battle site
he famous Civil War battle sitewhere the bloodiest battle in American history was fought on September 17, 1862. That’s 150 years ago later this year.
Last weekend, the area is hosted a series of events in commemoration of the Maryland Campaign, and there will be additional events next year to commemorate the Battle of Gettysburg and another in 2014 to commemorate the Battle of Monocacy in Frederick.
The local baseball team is taking part too, and tonight Hagerstown will wear these Civil War-themed jerseys. (I suppose Lakewood will have to wear their road grays instead of their red mesh jerseys they wore yesterday due to the heat).
The uniforms are not the wool ones however, the ones worn by the Union Army.
Civil War uniforms worn by Union troops were all made of wool, with no apparent consideration for their use in warm weather. It was not unusual for soldiers to dress more casually while on campaign, but the standards of the day were unforgiving and gentlemen did not appear in public in their shirtsleeves. Heat stroke was a common occurrence while the troops were on the march in hot weather. Blue had become the traditional Army uniform color during the Revolutionary War. The official uniform for enlisted men was supposed to have been made of dark blue cloth, but it was often sky blue in color, in part because sky blue cloth was much less expensive than dark blue.
During the Battle of Antietam, the temperature ranged from 69-76 degrees, about 20 degrees cooler than it will be today.
In an oddity of the calendar, three BlueClaws coaches celebrate a birthday within two days of each other, plus a few players have birthdays around the same period.
Happy Birthday to hitting coach Greg Legg and pitching coach Les Lancaster, who share a birthday (today). Tomorrow is manager Mickey Morandini’s birthday as well as reliever Colton Murray.
Colin Kleven celebrated his birthday last Sunday (4/15), Mike Nesseth’s birthday was on Thursday (4/19), Colton Murray’s birthday is tomorrow, and Carlos Perdomo celebrates on Wednesday.
We’d like to wish a very Happy Birthday to BlueClaws head groundskeeper Ryan Radcliffe, who today turns eight.
A tweet from us this morning awknowleding this returned two responses, both pretty good:
@1tomato2 That’s why there are always crayons on the infield.
And the more classy @OhHeyItsKevin He ages gracefully.
We appreciate both responses of course.
But regarding the first one, sometimes crayons are very good, especially when they do this:
In this case, “crayons” shares a meaning with “stencil” and “spray-paint,” but you get the point.
In looking up some famous people who share a Leap Day birthday, we found John “Pepper” Martin (born 1904), who played for the Gashouse Gang Cardinals of the 1930s and three times led the National League in steals. He also managed an International League franchise named the, of all names, Miami Marlins.
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Earlier this week, I talked with Phillies assistant director of minor league operations Steve Noworyta about a few players that could be here with Lakewood this year. I’m planning to start the Road to Lakewood series tomorrow. We’ll do four groups – starting pitchers, relief pitchers, infielders, and outfielders (go figure).
The plan is to do more podcasts this year too, so we’ll do that with some staff members, fans, and when the season starts, of course the players and coaches.
Michael Taylor, a BlueClaw in 2008, interned at sports-talk KNBR in San Francisco this offseason. He spends his afternoons walking around a five or six block radius from the station trying to get comments from fans on the streets.
“Thousands and thousands of no’s,” he joked. “I have more of an appreciation for this side of the media because of this.”
He said working in the sports media was always something that he thought about.
“I decided to find out if there was a chance to get in on the ground floor. They had a new segment called ‘What’s Bugging You’ and they gave it to me. It grew from there.”
(Thanks to former BlueClaws broadcaster and current Charleston RiverDogs broadcaster Sean Houston for the find)
Today is Friday the 13th, and we’d like to wish everyone a Happy Friday the 13th. This day has always been good to the BlueClaws, as the team is 7-2 all-time on Friday the 13th.
The BlueClaws will actually play two Friday the 13th games this year, one in April against Hagerstown and anothyer in July against Hickory, both at FirstEnergy Park.
Here’s the BlueClaws history on Friday the 13th:
April 13th, July 13th, both at 7:05. See you then.