July 7, 2007 July 7, 2007Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
Catching Up With Jason Bowers: The area under his right eye was purple and yellow, complete with a large pink lump. All the result of getting hit in the face with a teammates bat during BP. His hand was heavily wrapped in white tape, thanks to getting drilled trying to break up a double play.
But former Lancaster Barnstormers INF Jason Bowers played last night, coming in to pinch run in the ninth inning while former Bluefish OF Alex Fernandez pinch hit.
We sat down before the game and talked about his time with the Barnstormers and where he’s at now…
You spent most of the first half with Lancaster last year before getting picked up by the Orioles. Take me through that experience…
Well, it was a different experience. I got released by the Giants and signed with the Barnstormers. I was there for about three weeks, then I got signed by the Orioles and went to Triple-A. The Atlantic League was different, it was a different step for my career. I had a good time, it was decent baseball. But it was definitely nice to get back to affiliated ball.
Tell me about coming back for the playoffs…
I stayed with the Orioles for the whole season, but then I came back for the playoffs. It was fun, that’s why I went back. I had a great time, it was a good bunch of guys. It takes it back to when it was a lot of fun. Guys obviously aren’t playing for money over there, mostly everybody’s just playing the game because they love it.
You’re a guy who’d spen your entire career in affiliated ball before coming to the Atlantic League. Did you have any reservations about going to independent baseball?
I’ve always said my whole career that I’d never play independent ball. I just never thought that was a step that I wanted to take. But you never know what you’ll do until you’re faced with certain situations. When I got released by the Giants, I had no other choice at the time. But I’d recommend it to a lot of players. I sent a couple of my buddies over there this year…
Bo Hart. He got signed with the Iowa Cubs, so he’s playing in Triple-A. He felt the same way, he wasn’t that thrilled about it. But he went, and I told him he wouldn’t be there that long and that he’d get picked up, and he did.
You were in the Atlantic League long enough to know that not every fan experience is like what you got in Lancaster. Tell me about what it was like to be a part of that…
I’m not sure how many fans they draw, but for that league I thought it was good. I’ve played in front of a lot more people than that, but it was awesome. It was a small town and they really pull for their team. They know the game, and it makes it a lot of fun to play there. I’d put that right up with any place in baseball, in the minor leagues. The fans are great there.
So now, you’re in Double-A Altoona with the Pirates. Talk me through your season, what’s it been like for you so far…
I went to camp again with the Orioles, but I got hurt. When I got healthy, there was no roster spot for me, so I asked for my release. I got my release, and then the Pirates called me the day after. I had to come back to Double-A, which is another step back for me in my career, but it’s been good. The team’s great, we’ve got a good bunch of guys, the staff’s great. There’s good chemistry here. Altoona’s got a great ballpark, they draw also. The fans are great there, it’s a great setup. I’m having a good time, I’m having fun again. Of course, I just got hurt again. But it’s been a good time.
You’ve got a nice big shiner under that eye and your hand’s wrapped up. What happened?
My eye, that was about four or five days ago. Our shortstop, Brandon Chaves, hit me in the eye with a bat. Then last night, I was sliding into second base trying to break up a double play, and the shortstop threw the ball and it hit me in my hand. I guess it’s a good thing it’s not broken, but it’s been a rough past week.
Holy Crap, Here Come The Bears: Don’t look now, but the Newark Bears are going to win the North Division.
After their win over Long Island and Bridgeport’s loss to York, THE NEWARK BEARS ARE NOW JUST A HALF GAME BACK OF THE BLUEFISH.
Newark has two games left to play against the Ducks at home, while Bridgeport has two left in York and then another make-up game against the Riversharks.
The Ducks remain 1.5 games back with the loss.
What a ridiculous and unexpected — yet pleasant — turn of events it would be if the Bears could finally escape five years of mediocrity and finally earn a playoff berth. – Ashmore