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SABR PARTY SEES MORNEAU CRUSH FOR ROCK CATS

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Last night a party of 11 Smoky Joe Wood members watched as Rock Cats Stadium hosted the final night game in Rock Cats history.  It was the penultimate home contest of the 20th and last season of the (AA) Eastern League team at this ballpark.

The pregame marketing was all about Justin Morneau, who is on a rehab assignment from the Rockies.  The former AL MVP did not disappoint this night.

Present in the first 2 rows directly behind the plate (section 206) were Bill Ryczek, Paul Hensler, Steve Krevisky, Tom Monitto, Norm Hausmann, Tom Zocco, Rudy Urban, Karl Cicitto, and Larry Howard with his lovely family.  Bob Wirz brought along friend Joe, who was the groundskeeper at historic Yale Field.  Alan Cohen greeted us and then spent the game in the Press Box doing his job as a data stringer for MiLB.

In terms of non-baseball fun, Rudy Urban got off the best one-liner of the night:  “Did you hear about the dyslexic devil worshipper?  He tried to sell his soul to Santa.”

Bada Boom.

The Baseball highlights were even stronger.  It was a picture perfect night.  6,429 packed the house.  Rockies prospect Jeff Hoffman, a rookie who moved through A+ and AA this year, struck out 5 Portland Sea Dogs consecutively.  Hoffman’s line for the night:  7 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 R, 0 ER and 9 K’s.

Justin Morneau provided the margin in this 2-1 Rock Cats victory.  The native of Minnetonka, MN belted a towering homerun over the right field wall off Justin Haley in the 4th inning.  Just one more dinger to go with his 88 in the minors and 241 in the bigs.

The night ended on an odd note.  Prior to striking out to end the game, Seadog Tim Roberson argued at length that he’d been hit by a pitch.  Portland coach Billy McMillan soon joined the argument.  The delay was a long one, giving fans time to formulate the chant, THROW HIM OUT!  THROW HIM OUT!”.   McMillan was then ejected.  And Roberson fanned to end it.

CHAPTER NOTES:  It was decided that the next breakfast would move to Sept. 19, still at the Hamden Town House.  The Oct. 24 general meeting has been moved to Middlesex Community College.

See you on the 19th in Hamden.

-KC

SABR PARTY SEES MORNEAU CRUSH FOR ROCK CATS

Morneau

Last night a party of 11 Smoky Joe Wood members watched as Rock Cats Stadium hosted the final night game in Rock Cats history.  It was the penultimate home contest of the 20th and last season of the (AA) Eastern League team at this ballpark.

The pregame marketing was all about Justin Morneau, who is on a rehab assignment from the Rockies.  The former AL MVP did not disappoint this night.

Present in the first 2 rows directly behind the plate (section 206) were Bill Ryczek, Paul Hensler, Steve Krevisky, Tom Monitto, Norm Hausmann, Tom Zocco, Rudy Urban, Karl Cicitto, and Larry Howard with his lovely family.  Bob Wirz brought along friend Joe, who was the groundskeeper at historic Yale Field.  Alan Cohen greeted us and then spent the game in the Press Box doing his job as a data stringer for MiLB.

In terms of non-baseball fun, Rudy Urban got off the best one-liner of the night:  “Did you hear about the dyslexic devil worshipper?  He tried to sell his soul to Santa.”

Bada Boom.

The Baseball highlights were even stronger.  It was a picture perfect night.  6,429 packed the house.  Rockies prospect Jeff Hoffman, a rookie who moved through A+ and AA this year, struck out 5 Portland Sea Dogs consecutively.  Hoffman’s line for the night:  7 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 R, 0 ER and 9 K’s.

Justin Morneau provided the margin of victory in this 2-1 Rock Cats victory.  The native of Minnetonka, MN belted a towering homerun over the right field wall off Justin Haley in the 5th inning.  Just one more dinger to go with his 88 in the minors and 241 in the bigs.

The night ended on an odd note.  Prior to striking out to end the game, Seadog Tim Roberson argued at length that he’d been hit by a pitch.  Portland coach Billy McMillan soon joined the argument.  The delay was a long one, giving fans time to formulate the chant, THROW HIM OUT!  THROW HIM OUT!”.   McMillan was then ejected.  And Roberson fanned to end it.

CHAPTER NOTES:  It was decided that the next breakfast would move to Sept. 19, still at the Hamden Town House.  The Oct. 17 general meeting has been moved to Middlesex Community College.

See you on the 19th in Hamden.

-KC

Chapter Breakfast Report

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A nice time was had at the Chapter breakfast this morning.  Alan Cohen had the new SABR book on Braves Field, which Hartford Senators devotee Norm Hausmann thought looked tip-top.  Alan also handed out passes for the New Britain Rock Cats for 2 select games.

Steve K reminded us that the next group outing to the Rock Cats will be on August 29.  That will be the final Saturday night home game for the team in New Britain so if you are attending get there early.   The parking could be filled by 6 p.m., possibly earlier.

Steve also reminded the group that October 17 is the date of the next general meeting at Quinnipiac.

The Mike Sandlock book project was discussed.  Peter Seidel, who has already drafted 3 game stories for the book, was in attendance.  Karl agreed to get a health update on Mr. Sandlock.  Alan clarified the progress on interviews with Sandlock’s team mates.  Deadline for all pieces in the book is Sept. 15.  It is not too late to write for this project; contact Karl if interested.

The next issue of The Wood Pile will come out in January and there was some discussion about writing subjects.  Larry Levine’s next book review could be about Norman Macht’s 3rd tome on Connie Mack – or not.  Tom Zocco is thinking about a piece to follow his write-up on Dick “The Monster” Radatz.

Naturally, there was talk about the Toronto-New York series happening this weekend.  With 9 more games left to play between these 2 teams, and the opportunity to build a lead in the division, interest is high.  There was some thought that history shows that older teams do not win championships and that could be a challenge for the Bombers, who it was said have a high average age.

The next breakfast is scheduled for Sat., Sept 12, which coincidentally is a-l-s-o during a weekend series between the Jays and Yanks.

Same place and time:  10 am at the Hamden Town House Restaurant, Hamden, CT.

Hope you can make it!

-KC