All-Star Grand Tour, Stop 3
Well, I must confess that I’ve been falling down on the job lately. I mean, the California-Carolina All-Star Game was almost two weeks ago and I didn’t blog on it. I meant to… really, I did. Stuff came up, you know how it is.
Part of why I never got around to it was that Tim Beckham (that #1 overall pick guy I blogged on a few weeks back on Draft Day), made his debut at Princeton of the Rookie-level Appalachian League on Thursday 6/26. Jonathan blogged extensively (every at-bat I believe) on that game, so there’s probably not too much I can add. I spent the game under the stands capturing video on my laptop between Beckham’s at-bats. The feature is on the Rays’ website if you want to check it out. My impressions of that night – Beckham was amped up (who could blame him?), his team won the game, and the bugs were out in force.
Skipping back a bit, the California-Carolina League All-Star Game (how’s that for a mouthful?) was played on a hot & humid night (Tuesday 6/24 to be exact) in Myrtle Beach. The ballpark there is nice, and being in Myrtle Beach is certainly a plus. Lisa & I stayed at a Courtyard by Marriott literally two doors down from the park, which was very convenient. Myrtle Beach native Vanna White was on hand to toss out the first pitch. It wasn’t a perfect pitch, but I’ve seen worse. The place was packed, which says something when you’re competing with everything else that the Myrtle Beach area has to offer.
We did a video feature on Pablo Sandoval, the San Jose Giants’ catcher who was promoted to Double-A Connecticut after the game (though he – and we – found out beforehand). He was also recently added to the World Team for the upcoming Futures Game, so things are looking rosy for the Giants’ presumptive backstop of the future. We also interviewed both starting pitchers: Sandoval’s team mate Ben Snyder (little brother of Brad Snyder, the Indians’ OF prospect) – who also moved up to Connecticut after the game; and Frederick hurler Jake Arrieta, who has a solid shot at being on the U.S. Olympic Team next month after having himself a very nice first half. The video stuff for Pablo & Ben can be seen over on the SF Giants’ site, while Arrieta’s can be found on the Orioles site.
I’ll try to post some images from the video I shot, including one of the lovely Vanna tossing out the first pitch in Myrtle Beach as soon as I get my drive back next week in New York, which is – of course – the next stop on my whirlwind All-Star tour.