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Buster Runs the 40

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

With the NFL Combine underway this week, Buster is in training and ran the 40 yard dash. How'd he do? #RunRichRun NFL Network Rich Eisen

Posted by Lakewood BlueClaws on Wednesday, February 24, 2016


6.03 seconds. I feel like that’s pretty good.

Talking Haskell & American Pharoah

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

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Today, Monmouth Park hosts the biggest day in New Jersey racing history as Triple Crown winner American Pharoah will run in the $1.75 million Haskell Invitational.

Tuesday, July 7th was Monmouth Park night at FirstEnergy Park as we ran the BlueClaws Haskell Preview Race (American Pharoah won as you can see above). We also had Monmouth Park track announcer Frank Mirahmadi on the air with us to talk about the horse, his race-calls of American Pharoah’s races from Oaklawn Park (in Arkansas) over the winter, and more.

It’s the perfect day to dust off this interview. Enjoy!

Click here to listen.

Note: In the photo above, on the left, American Pharoah won our Haskell Preview Race, beating Souper Colossal (who finished 2nd in the West Virginia Derby yesterday) and on the right, Buster lined up early to see American Pharoah. Those Buster Bobble-Bellys will be given to the first 1,500 fans on August 9th (one week from today).

Spring Means Ice For Claws PA-Announcer

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

April showers and May flowers normally mean baseball season. That’s no different this year, with the BlueClaws having already played 18 of their 70 home games. But one ballpark fixture has had somewhat of a lighter schedule thus far this season – PA announcer Kevin Clark, for whom April showers and May flowers have meant additional time at the ice-level.

Clark, as he has been since the Devils moved into the Prudential Center five years ago, is the Devils PA-announcer, and with their run into the Eastern Conference Finals, he’s been at fewer BlueClaws games so far.

“People at work with and a few season ticket holders have asked about me, want to know if I’m OK,” Clark said. “They haven’t heard me. They’ve been asking if I quit or if I’m done. But with the hockey going on, that’s my focus now and the schedule hasn’t fallen the right way. And I’ll be back as soon as I can.”

This is the first time the Devils have won a playoff round since Clark started – and they’ve won two, beating the Panthers and Flyers in the first two rounds. Last night, they lost game one of the Eastern Conference Finals to the Rangers, 3-0, but don’t ask Clark how the game went.

“When they’re on the road, I can’t watch – I’m a nervous wreck. Whatever my wife wants to watch we’ll have on,” he said. “It’s like watching a scary movie under a blanket. Every so often you poke your head out.”

At home, as they will be this weekend, it’s far less stressful, even though he’s working. It’s also a lot different than a BlueClaws game.

“It’s night and day,” he said. “I’m down on the ice for the hockey games and you feel more removed in a baseball game. It’s so loud (hockey) and it’s crazier down there.” (Clark is in the top left in the photo with the off-ice officials)

One thing that makes baseball a bit easier – you don’t have too many of these: “If you get a Kovalchuck, Zubrus, Ponikarovsky goal announcement, I probably need a little oxygen.”

Clark will be back to FirstEnergy Park on a regular basis soon, and he’ll still do a handful of games as his schedule permits, but that’s up to the Devils (and the Rangers) right now.

“I want to be there but I hope this goes all the way into June,” he said. “It’s been an incredible ride.”

BlueClaws Bowl Guide

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

An annual tradition…as you sit down to watch the college football games this bowl season, here is a list of former BlueClaws and their connections to the various schools.

(Note – if a bowl game is not listed, we can’t find a connection – if you want to email any updates, please do: ggiombarrese @ blueclaws dot com).

Enjoy!

MAACO Las Vegas Bowl (12/22) – Arizona State vs Boise State…Tuffy Gosewisch (2007) is a Sun Devil, the lone rooting interest we have in this game.

(UPDATE – Sean Houston, the voice of the Charleston RiverDogs and member of our broadcast and blogging team in 2011, calls in to remind us that all-time BlueClaw Travis Mattair, who is celebrating a birthday today, went to Boise State in 2010 walking on the basketball team, so he should certainly be added in here).

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl (12/24) – Nevada vs Southern Miss…Ryan Frith (2005-06) went to Southern Miss. No Wolfpack alums.

AdvoCare V100 Independence (12/26) – Missouri vs North Carolina…2010 BlueClaw Jarred Cosart committed to Missouri out of high school but signed with the Phillies and 2009 BlueClaw Jason Knapp committed to North Carolina before signing with the Phillies.

Belk Bowl (12/27) – Louisville vs NC State…2009 BlueClaw BJ Rosenberg is a proud Louisville Cardinal.

Military Bowl (12/28) – Toledo vs Air Force…2008 BlueClaw Karl Bolt went to Air Force.

Holiday Bowl (12/28) – California vs Texas…2011 BlueClaws C Cameron Rupp was a three-year Texas Longhorn.

Champs Sports Bowl (12/29) – Florida State vs Notre Dame…Two Seminoles – Aaron Cheesman (2006) and Robby Read (2003)…The only Fighting Irish alum is 2010 BlueClaw Jeremy Barnes – though Brad Lidge, who rehabbed here this year, also went there.

Alamo Bowl (12/29) – Washington vs Baylor…2009-10 BlueClaw Trevor May committed to Washington before signing with the Phillies and 2003 BlueClaw Andre Marshall played there…Baylor alums are Anthony Hensley (2001) and Josh Scott (2002).

New Era Pinstripe Bowl (12/30) – Rutgers vs Iowa State…No players but good luck to the alma mater of BlueClaws AGM Brandon Marano.

Insight Bowl (12/30) – Iowa vs Oklahoma…Nathan Johnson (2005) is a Hawkeye, and legendary Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas went here too…Two Sooners – Will Savage (2006) and Ryan Duke (2011).

Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas (12/31) – Texas A&M vs Northwestern…JA Happ (2005) and Dan Brauer (2006) went to Northwestern and Ryan Wardinsky (2003) went to Texas A&M.

Hyundai Sun Bowl (12/31) – Georgia Tech vs Utah…Jeremy Slayden (2006) is a Yellow Jacket. 2007 BlueClaw Jarrod Freeman committed to Utah before signing with the Phillies.

Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (12/31) – Illinois vs UCLA…UCLA is the alma mater of 2008 BlueClaw Tyson Brummett and 2011 BlueClaw Garett Claypool (and Chase Utley).

Chick-Fil-A Bowl (12/31) – Virginia vs Auburn…Two Auburn alums: Javon Moran (2004) and Sean Gamble (2006). Michael Schwimer, a 2008 Phillies draftee, went to Virginia and skipped Lakewood.

TicketCity Bowl (1/2) – Houston vs Penn State…Rod Perry (2003) is the lone PSU alum.

Capital One Bowl (1/2) – Nebraska vs South Carolina…The BlueClaws have a pipeline to these schools. First, Nebraska: 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, drafted this year, went to Nebraska and he could be in Lakewood in 2012, as could 2010 draftee Matt Nesseth. Michael Floyd (2002), Andrew Cruse (2007), Mike Cisco (2008) and Aaron Rawl (2006-06) all went to South Carolina.

Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl (1/2) – Ohio State vs Florida…No Buckeyes or Gators, though 2007 BlueClaw Adrian Cardenas committed to Florida before signing with the Phillies, as did 2010 BlueClaw Jiwan James. 2011 draftee Matt Campbell, who played for Williamsport, went to Florida and he could be here in 2012.

Rose Bowl (1/2) – Wisconsin vs Oregon…Chad Sidowsky (2001) went to Wisconsin. No Oregon alums though Jesse Biddle (2011) committed here before signing with the Phillies.

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (1/2) – Stanford vs Oklahoma State…Big one here as Michael Taylor (2008) went to Stanford and three went to OSU: John Urick (2006), Michael Dabbs (2010), and Jason Jaramillo (2005).

Discover Orange Bowl (1/4) – West Virginia vs Clemson…Zac Cline (2004) went to WVU and Herm Demmink (2007) went to Clemson.

AT&T Cotton Bowl (1/6) – Kansas State vs Arkansas…Two Razorbacks: Chris Rhoads (2007) and Matt Riethmayer (2001).

BBVA Compass Bowl (1/7) – SMU vs Pittsburgh…Nick Evangelista (2004) went to Pittsburgh and Phillies broadcaster Scott Franzke went to SMU.

GoDaddy.com Bowl (1/8) Arkansas State vs Northern Illinois…2007 BlueClaw Matt German went to NIU.

BCS Championship Game (1/9) – LSU vs Alabama…Austin Hyatt (2010) is a Crimson Tide alum. 2011 Williamsport LHP Adam Morgan went to Bama and he could be with the BlueClaws this year.

ClawCast: Karch Kiraly

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

During the rain delay on Friday, Sean Houston sat down with volleyball legend Karch Kiraly, in town for the Corona Light Wide Open to be held today and tomorrow in Seaside Heights.

Click here to listen to the full interview, or see below for a few snippets:

  • Beach volleyball had its birth in Southern California, but as the tour grew and one of the first places it went to was the coast of New Jersey. It turns out a lot of us players loved coming here. The fans are great, the beaches have great deep sand.
  • My dad came over from Hungary and met my mom at the University of Michigan. He gave me my start when I was six. He had never seen beach volleyball in Hungary and fell in love with it.
  • They should certainly expect to have a lot of fun. It’s a great family sport. People talk about how our country needs more exercise, and there’s no better way to do it. People tell us “I can’t even walk in this stuff. How do you jump 2 and a half or 3 feet…You have to be in tremendous condition.”
  • I got my start on the beach so that was my first love. When I got to high school I got to play indoors and played in two Olympics. But they added beach volleyball in Atlanta so I got to win the first ever gold medal in beach volleyball Olympics. There’s something special about being a part of a team of 15, but there’s also something special about being out there two on two with your partner. One of the great challenges is that if you are having a bad day, there are no substitutes. You have to work through it.
  • I was aware of some of the greats in beach volleyball, like Ron Von Hagen. One of best indoor players, a guy named Larry Rundle. When I was around 10 or 11 years old, Sports Illustrated did an article on him and said he entered his first adult tournament when he was 11. So I entered my first tournament when I was 11, with my first coach, my dad. I saw the fear in the eyes of my opponents, they didn’t want to lose to an 11 year old kid. That was one of the experiences that hooked me on the game.

Karch was going to throw out a first pitch at the game on Friday, but unfortunately the game never got going.

There is a double-header today that starts at 6:05. RHP Garett Claypool throws for Lakewood in game one against RHP Luis Noel (Friday’s starters) and game two features Lakewood RHP Lisalberto Bonilla and Delmarva LHP Cameron Roth.

Belmont Preview on Thursday

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

I’m sitting here in Greensboro watching live races at Monmouth Park and looking at some of the horses that will be running in next Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, including both the Derby winner Animal Kingdom and the Preakness winner Shackelford.

I was reminded that the BlueClaws will be “previewing” the Belmont on Thursday night at FirstEnergy Park (a Thirsty Thursday, mind you).

Here is the stretch photo of the Preakness preview, with Mucho Macho Man running away to a win, from May 16th. Click the picture to enlarge and then scroll down for notes.

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As you can see, we have circled three things. On the left, you can clearly see an anonymous Hagerstown reliever having thrown a cup of water onto the face of the leading horse. He has just been soaked and you can see that from the middle circle. Also, note some of the water having splashed up into the air (over the dirt below the word “Natural” in New Jersey Natural Gas). The third circle is of the second place horse Flashpoint, who even though he is being annihilated in the race, is amused by this water throwing incident.

I almost circled the kid with the blanket, because it was May 16th. But to be fair the game time temperature that day was 64 degrees and this was probably an hour or so after that. Take it for what that’s worth.

Who’s running in the Belmont?

On a more serious Thirsty Thursday note, you’ll be able to win tickets this week to see Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow at PNC Bank Arts Center (win tix at Thirsty Thursday, show is on July 12th). Sing along.

How’s This For Two Visits

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Last night, we ran our Kentucky Derby preview race at FirstEnergy Park, with Dialed In, who will likely be installed as the morning line favorite when the race is drawn later today,

Bill Brower of Tinton Falls correctly predicted Dialed In, wh

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o beat Mucho Macho Man by about half of a nose, and was then selected the grand prize winner, taking home a Haskell prize pack courtesy of Monmouth Park.

It was Bill’s second visit to FirstEnergy Park. Last year, he came out and proposed to his wife.

Beat that.

On a side note, we are going to preview the Preakness Stakes on May 16th (actual race May 21st) and the Belmont Stakes on June 10th (actual race June 12th). It will be quite similar to what we did last night. Photos below.

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Here is Mr. Brower with Dialed In’s “rider” in a post-sixth-inning ceremony.

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(click to enlarge) Dialed In (#4) commences his rally. He would nose out Mucho Macho Man (#7) on the wire with Watch Me Go (#16) finishing 3rd. Brilliant Speed (#2) made a big move to take the lead near the top of the stretch but faded. 2 year old champ Uncle Mo (#15) is in 5th and you can see the tiring Shackelford (#11) and ArchArchArch (#1). (Dave Schofield photo)

Tuesday: We Run the Derby

Friday, April 29th, 2011

derbyfullLast year, the BlueClaws re-enacted the Kentucky Derby (video below). This year, we’re running it for real. And if you pick the winner, you can win a Haskell Prize Pack from Monmouth Park. It’s all a part of our Kentucky Derby celebration this Tuesday at FirstEnergy Park.

What: A running of the Kentucky Derby (run for real next Saturday) between innings. The “riders” will be in their jockey silks and we’ll run the race.

How You Can Play: Simply sign up at the Monmouth Park table on the concourse. When you register, you can pick the winner. After the race, we’ll select one grand prize winner from everyone that picked the race winner, and that person will win a Haskell Prize Pack. The Haskell is a $1 million race run at Monmouth Park this year on July 31st.

Also: We’ll give out Monmouth Park free admission passes at the Monmouth table on Tuesday.

Here is a list of probable Derby starters.

Here is the link to order tickets to Tuesday’s game. And below is last year’s race.

Claws Top Monmouth and Other Notes

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Anthony Hewitt homered tonight to lead the BlueClaws to a 3-0 win over Monmouth at FirstEnergy Park.

You can read the entire recap here.

Hewitt hit 11 home runs last season.

Chris Truby’s lineup was as follows: Altherr 8, Collier 7, Barnes 5, Murphy 3, Santana 9, Rupp 2, Hewitt DH, Perdomo 4, Duran 6

Taped an interview with Zach Collier today and we’ll have that up here tomorrow.

Pick of a copy of the Asbury Park Press tomorrow for the BlueClaws preview.

Monmouth new basketball coach King Rice threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

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See you tomorrow.

Sweet 16

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

What former BlueClaws went to schools playing in the Sweet 16 (aka who should you root for)?

San Diego State: Quintin Berry (07), Troy Hanzawa (09)

Arizona: Jason Donald (07), John Hardy (06), Anthony Gose (09-committed but signed w/ Phillies)

Wisconsin: Chad Sidowsky (2001, an original BlueClaw)

North Carolina: Jason Knapp (09-committed but signed w/ Phillies)

Kansas: Mike Zagurski (06), Gus Milner (07)

Florida: Aaron Cheesman (06), Robby Read (03)

I’m pretty sure that’s it. If not, leave in the comments and we’ll update.

Congrats to Hacksaw Jim Duggan

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

hacksaw-blog1Congratulations go out to Hacksaw Jim Duggan, who last night, it was announced, will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame the night before WrestleMania on April 2nd.

Hacksaw was at FirstEnergy Park in June of 2009 to sign autographs and pose for pictures, such as the one shown on the right (I think you could sneak a fastball buy him on the inside corner, but that’s just me).

He joins a line of wrestlers that have appeared at FirstEnergy Park:

King Kong Bundy
Mick Foley
Ted “The Million Dollar Man” DiBiase
Jerry “The King” Lawler
Sergeant Slaughter

George “The Animal” Steele

Those noted in bold are already the Hall of Fame and King Kong Bondy and Mick Foley figure to be certain entries.

This year, we’ll have the Iron Sheik and Nickolai Volkoff on June 11th.

On a side note, here is a hilarious interview given by the Million Dollar Man on the Shore Sports Network last year. And below is Hacksaw’s entrance music.

Definitive BlueClaws/Phillies Bowl Guide

Friday, December 24th, 2010

Our second annual BlueClaws/Phillies Bowl Guide. Who should you root for in the college bowl games if your favorite team isn’t playing? How about rooting along with some of these former BlueClaws and their schools (or the schools they committed to play for before signing out of the draft)? Let’s get down to it. (Here is last year’s. This one is better)

12/18 Humanitarian Bowl: Northern Illinois 40, Fresno State 17…2009 BlueClaw Steve Susdorf went to Fresno State as did 2002 BlueClaw Zach Minor.

12/18 New Orleans Bowl: Troy 48, Ohio 21…2010 Phillies 5th rd pick Gauntlett Eldmire, possibly here in 2011, went to Ohio while 2002 BlueClaw Jay Bernard went to Troy.

12/21 Beef O’Brady’s Bowl: Louisville 31, Southern Miss 28…2009 BlueClaws RHP BJ Rosenberg is a proud Louisville Cardinal while 2005-06 BlueClaw Ryan Frith went to Southern Miss.

12/23 Pointsettia Bowl: San Diego State 35, Navy 14…2007 BlueClaw Quintin Berry and 2009 BlueClaw Troy Hanzawa both played at San Diego State

12/27 Indpendence Bowl: Air Force vs Georgia Tech…2008 BlueClaw Karl Bolt went to the Air Force Academy while 2006 BlueClaw Jeremy Slayden played at Georgia Tech

12/28 Insight Bowl: Missouri vs Iowa…Harry Kalas, legendary Phillies broadcaster and 2005 BlueClaw Nathan Johnson both went to Iowa. 2010 BlueClaw Jarred Cosart committed to Missouri but signed with the Phillies.

12/28 Champs Sports Bowl: West Virginia vs NC State…2004 BlueClaw Zac Cline is a Mountaineer.

12/29 Military Bowl: East Carolina vs Maryland…2010 BlueClaw Stephen Batts is a proud ECU Pirate

12/29 Alamo Bowl: Oklahoma State vs Arizona…Three Cowboy: Michael Dabbs (2010), John Urick (2006) and Jason Jaramillo (2005). 2007 BlueClaw Jason Donald went to Arizona while 2009 BlueClaw Anthony Gose committed there but signed with the Phillies. 2006 BlueClaw John Hardy also went to Arizona.

12/29 Texas Bowl: Illinois vs Baylor…On the Baylor side, we have 2001 BlueClaw Anthony Hensley and 2002 BlueClaw Josh Scott. 2010 Phillies 16th round pick Craig Fritsch also went to Baylor.

12/30 Music City Bowl: North Carolina vs Tennessee…2009 BlueClaws RHP Jason Knapp committed to UNC but obviously signed with the Phillies. On the Tennessee side, we have Nick Hernandez from 2010, Kris Bennett from 2002 and potential 2011 BlueClaw Bryan Morgado (a 2010 4th round pick)

12/30 Holiday Bowl: Nebraska vs Washington…a few from Nebraska: 2008-10 BlueClaws Jacob Diekman committed here, 2009-10 BlueClaw Luke Wertz played here, 2009 BlueClaw Tyler Cloyd committed here, 2001 BlueClaw Trevor Bullock played here and 2010 Phillies draft pick Mike Nesseth played here too (he could be here in 2011 but did not play this year due to injury). On the Washington side, we have 2003 BlueClaw Andre Marshall.

12/30 Meineke Car Care Bowl: South Florida vs Clemson…One former BlueClaw played at Clemson, 2007 IF Herm Demmink.

12/31 Sun Bowl: Notre Dame vs Miami…Jeremy Barnes (2010) was the first BlueClaw to play at Notre Dame though Phillies closer Brad Lidge also played here. 2008 BlueClaw Domonic Brown committed to Miami but ended up signing with the Phillies.

12/31 Liberty Bowl: Georgia vs Central Florida: Chris Duffy, a 26th round pick of the Phillies from UCF, could be with Lakewood in 2011 after hitting .272 with the GCL Phillies in 2010.

12/31 Chick-fil-A Bowl: Florida State vs South Carolina: This is a busy one…From South Carolina we have 2002 BlueClaw Michael Floyd, 2007 BlueClaw Andrew Cruse, 2008 BlueClaw Mike Cisco and 2005-06 BlueClaw Aaron Rawl. From Florida State, 2006 BlueClaw Aaron Cheesman and 2003 BlueClaw Robby Read.

1/1 Ticket City Bowl: Northwestern vs Texas Tech…two Wildcats, 2005 LHP JA Happ and 2006 RHP Dan Brauer.

1/1 Outback Bowl: Florida vs Penn State…Our only Penn St alum is 2003 player Rod Perry, but we’ll throw in Phillies broadcaster Chris Wheeler. No Gators though 2007 BlueClaw Adrian Cardenas committed to play there before signing with the Phillies.

1/1 Capital One Bowl: Alabama vs Michigan State…no Spartans, but on the Bama side we have 2009 pitcher Austin Hyatt and 2010 Phillies 15th round pick Jake Smith.

1/1 Rose Bowl: Wisconsin vs TCU…We have one from Wisconsin. From the first ever BlueClaws team in 2001, Chad Sidowsky. Phillies AGM Chuck LaMar went to TCU.

1/1 Fiesta Bowl: UConn vs Oklahoma…2006 BlueClaw Will Savage is an Oklahoma Sooner.

1/3 Orange Bowl: Stanford vs Virginia Tech…2008 BlueClaw Michael Taylor went to Stanford as did Phillies OF John Mayberry, Jr.

1/4 Sugar Bowl: Arkansas vs Ohio State…On the Arkansas side, we have 2007 BlueClaw Chris Rhoads and 2001 BlueClaw Matt Riethmayer.

1/7 Cotton Bowl: LSU vs Texas A&M…On the LSU side, we have 2010 BlueClaw Brody Colvin, who committed here but didn’t sign. 2006 BlueClaw Clay Harris played at LSU as well. Our only A&M product was 2003 BlueClaw Ryan Wardinsky (pat yourself on the back if you knew that one).

1/8 Compass Bowl: Pitt vs Kentucky…2004 BlueClaw Nick Evangelista went to Pitt while Joe Blanton, who rehabbed here in 2010, went to Kentucky.

1/9 Fight Hunger Bowl: Nevada vs Boston College…One from BC, 2004 BlueClaw Kevin Shepard.

1/10 BCS Championship Game: Oregon vs Auburn…From the Ducks, just 2010 Phillies first round pick Jesse Biddle who committed here before signing with the Phillies. 2006 BlueClaw Sean Gamble went to Auburn as did 2004 BlueClaw Javon Moran.

BlueClaws and the World Cup

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

For many BlueClaws players, the World Cup marks a chance to see a sport they don’t get to watch all that often. But for utility-player Stephen Batts, it’s a chance to see, at the highest level, a game that was a big part of his youth.

Batts went to East Carolina to play both baseball and soccer (he was a goalie), though he gave up soccer to focus on baseball after one year.

“It was a big part of my life and helped me in my baseball career just playing two sports and the different conditioning.”

He’s woken up early over the last few weeks to watch as many World Cup matches as possible.

“We have a few guys that watch but I watch all year round, overseas, the MLS. The US had a good go, maybe a few bad breaks but overall it was pretty good.”

He roots for Manchester United, but admits “It’s tough to see all the games.”

To win the whole thing? “Germany looked pretty good today but I like Messi and Argentina.”

(this was before the game started and as I type, it’s 2-0 Argentina).

Mike Bolsenbroek is from the Netherlands, and says he’ll watch when the Dutch play, but has always been more of a baseball guy. He came to the US when he was 15 to play high school baseball and was a 43rd round pick of the Phillies out of Santa Ana College in 2008.

Sebastian Valle, from Mexico, is about to see his team get knocked out, it appears, by Argentina.

Ted DiBiase on the Shore Sports Report

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Ted Dibase, the Million Dollar Man, who will sign autographs at Saturday’s BlueClaws game, joined Mike and Joe on the Shore Sports Report earlier today. Here are some highlights:

  • Funniest line was when Joe Giglio was welcoming him in and said that he didn’t know what to call him, Ted or the Million Dollar Man, but DiBiase said “You can just call me Rich.”
  • Vince McMahon: “I liked working for him because I never got paid any better…I’ve never seen a man in my life with more work ethic. Nobody works in that company any harder than he does.”
  • Million Dollar Man was Vince’s personal creation. “If Vince were to become one of the characters, this is what he would be.”
  • He flew first class in an effort to market the character as a guy who really was one of the richest men in the world.
  • Favorite guy to go against: “Hulk Hogan, that’s who I made the most money wrestling. As far as in the ring, Jake the Snake. He was really really good. I had some great matches with Bret Hart as well.”
  • “I loved Andre the Giant. He genuinally was a gentle giant. But when you’re 7-4 / 450, you can’t hide anywhere. He hated to be crowded. Now we go to Japan, a 14-hour flight. We check in and drop off our bags. I push the button and he comes in the elevator. Now we’re going down, and each floor, someone else gets in. People keep getting on. Then he winks at me. I don’t know how to say this, but the Giant let out the longest, gas. When the elevator door opened, it was a mass exodus.” LOL.

Arrive early. The line will form when the gates open at 6:00 pm. The signing begins when the game starts, at 7:05.