ALL STARS DID WHAT ALL STARS DO
On the day Clay Buchholz and Fernando Cabrera landed All Star berths for the upcoming Triple A All Star game in Portland Oregon, they did exactly what you’d expect- they lead the PawSox to a 4-3 win over first place Scranton. Buchholz improved to 6-1 despite one shaky inning. The thin Texan allowed three runs in the fourth, but nothing before or after. Buchholz went 7 innings, turning in a quality start for his club. Cabrera, the 27 year old Puerto Rican registered his seventeenth save in as many tries. Since the promotion of Daniel Bard to Boston, Cabrera has fluorished in the role of closer.
Former pitcher Frank Viola was nicknamed “Sweet Music”. That’s exactly what you can hear on any given day in the Pawtucket clubhouse. Guitar players abound. No fewer than 6 men in PawSox uniforms play. Buchholz, Bubba Bell, Billy Traber, Hunter Jones, Dusty Brown and manager Ron Johnson all play to varying degrees. On the day of his start, “Buch” was jamming at his locker with Bell and vocalist Travis Denker, who has a pretty fair “bluesy” voice. Throw in Marcus McBeth and his prowess on the keyboard and we might be able to form a pretty good group. I’d even be willing to dust off my old trumpet and join in.
Interesting name on the Scranton roster. Lee Tressel is the strength and conditioning coach for the Yankees. If you’re a college football fan, the name should sound familiar. Tressel is the nephew of Ohio State head football coach, Jim Tressel. Lee’s other uncle Dick is the Buckeye’s defensive coordinator. Lee Tressel played at Baldwin Wallace, where his grandfather was an extremely successful coach in his own right.
Congratulations to 4 members of the Portland Sea Dogs. Lars Anderson, Junichi Tazawa, Jorge Jimenez and T.J. Large were all named to the Eastern League All Star team. Large has briefly pitched for the PawSox (2006). Chances are that all 4 will appear at McCoy Stadium somewhere in the near future.
Speedy recovery to my friend Mike Logan. Logan underwent shoulder surgery and was unable to fill in for Dan on Thursday night. John Meterparel did the game with me and did a great job. It is tough to jump in mid-stream, but John, who is the voice of Boston College football and is a part of the Dennis and Callahan show on WEEI radio was smooth in his delivery and added a great deal of humor. He’d be unbelievably good if he did baseball on a more regular basis. Fun to work with. “Meter” knew that neither Scranton right fielder Shelley Duncan nor DH Eric Duncan were related to actress Sandy Duncan, star of the early ’70s sitcom “Funny Face.”