June 23, 2007 June 23, 2007Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
An Update From The Road: Despite last night’s late arrival, I was able to get everything that I needed in Richmond last night. I spoke to Ryan Baerlocher, and then teammates Corky Miller and Graham Koonce about him. I also caught up with Jeremy Owens and Michel Hernandez, and was able to ask Durham manager Gary Gaetti about their progress.
GAETTI SAID THAT OWENS NAME CAME UP WHEN THE D-RAYS CALLED UP DUSTAN MOHR, SO DON’T BE SURPRISED TO SEE J.O. IN A BIG LEAGUE UNIFORM SOON.
Quotes and more when I get back.
Now, I’m currently in the Washington Nationals press box. It’s 6:45, and things could not have possibly gone any better.
I met up with Jason Simontacchi in the clubhouse at around 3. He was very appreciative that I made the trip from New Jersey for him. He offered a tour of the clubhouse, and took me right past a sign that said, “No Media Beyond This Point.”
He showed me the weight room, the video room, the manager’s office and all sorts of things that not even the regular beat writers are privy to.
After chatting for a little bit, the interview began and we talked for a half an hour about a very wide variety of topics. Again, I don’t have time for quotes right now and probably won’t until some time tomorrow night or Monday (and again, this is primarily for the paper, so I can’t divulge the majority of it) but he said that there was no way that we would be sitting there if it wasn’t for the Atlantic League. He was very genuinely grateful for the opportunity he received from Bridgeport and Dave LaPoint.
After that, I talked to absolutely anyone and everyone that I could. The Nationals were EXTREMELY helpful in making anyone available who I needed, and that included a one-on-one with Nats skipper Manny Acta. I also talked to Brian Schneider, Ray King, Jesus Colome, Chris Schroder, Kelly Shoppach, Trot Nixon, Travis Hafner, C.C. Sabathia and Eric Wedge.
Believe it or not, Sabathia was probably the nicest guy of the bunch. For someone’s who such a big deal (and also a really big dude in person) he gave well thought out answers to my questions instead of the usual cliche crap, and was super friendly.
I asked Colome about playing with Damian Rolls, and he had a lot of good things to say about his former teammate — I’m sure I’ll have that stuff on here at a later date.
And, I almost forgot…I was most nervous in speaking to Hall of Famer Don Sutton, who does the Nationals TV broadcasts. I asked him a quick question about Simontacchi, and HE THANKED ME FOR INCLUDING HIM IN THE STORY afterwards. It’s amazing the kind of ridiculous experiences you can have at this level.
Junge Jock: The Yankees organization has released P Eric Junge, paving the way for a return to Bridgeport. – MA
Somerset Slams York: The Somerset Patriots beat the York Revolution, 9-3, on Friday night. Somerset’s Jose Morban and York’s Ramon Nivar each hit their second home runs of the season.
Pitcher Brian Adams improved to 7-1 in the victory, making him the Atlantic League leader in wins. Danny Garcia had three hits.
Todd Homers To Lift Lancaster: Jeremy Todd’s two-out, three-run home run in the eleventh inning sent the Lancaster Barnstormers to a 6-3 victory over the Long Island Ducks. Todd now has 11 home runs on the season.
Carl Everett hit his seventh and eighth home runs tonight, giving him six in the last nine games.
Sharks Stop Bears Streak: The Camden Riversharks put a halt to the Newark Bears five-game winning streak, picking up the victory in game two of the three-game series, 9-7.
Camden’s Dwight Maness and Craig Paquette each went 2-for-4 with three RBI.
Anthony Ferrari picked up his sixth win of the season, improving to 6-1. Three of those wins have come against Newark. – Scott Stanchak
Updated: Fri. 11:51 p.m.