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New AL Attendance Record: Jason Guarente wrote that the attendance for last night’s game in Lancaster was a whopping 8,485, setting a new Atlantic League record.

I’ll Have A Brian Adams, Please: Ryan Dunleavy of The Courier News is reporting that the Patriots are bringing back 2007 Atlantic League Pitcher of the Year Brian Adams. Adams is expected to join the team, but won’t be activated for at least a week.

Phelps Joins The Revolution: After the mysterious release of P Dan Foli, the York Revolution had a spot open on their roster. Not anymore. Former big leaguer and AL vet P Travis Phelps has joined the team.

Updating The Rankings: A few players were either omitted from the rankings or added late. Here’s where they’d go…

Jose Herrera — Would have been the sixth ranked outfielder, and 31st overall

Dominick Ambrosini — Would have been the fourth ranked outfielder, and 16th overall.

Travis Phelps — Would have been the 38th ranked pitcher, and 70th overall.

Mike Rose — Would have been the fifth ranked catcher, and 81st overall.

Curtis Pride — Would have been the 13th ranked outfielder, and 74th overall.

Bluefish Camp Cuts: Bridgeport released Shaun Boyd, Jeff Sparks and Joe Williams and also lost Mike Connolly to Taiwan.

Ain’t Nothin But A G Thang, Baby: Kenneth Gorelick is coming to Lancaster! The kids call him Kenny G. I know I’ve had many sleepless nights thinking about what Atlantic League stadium will be having a Kenny G concert, and Clipper Magazine Stadium has finally done it.

The G man will be appearing on July 10th. Tickets go on sale May 5th. No word on if a Warren G concert is also scheduled.

Opening Night Post-Game Quotebook: Spoke to Butch Hobson, George Sandel and Ryan Bicondoa after the Blue Crabs 3-1 win in their inaugural game. Here ya go…

HOBSON

“I think for a new organization, to come in here — and that’s a good club over there, Somerset always has a good club — it’s a good win for us. In the seventh, eighth and ninth, we’re going to be pretty good, I think. We got some guys in the middle that can pitch a little bit. We came up with some big hits, Curtis (Pride) had a big double, and the home run by (Adam) Shorsher. The insurance run on a game like this was good with the triple by Johnston and getting the run in. Very well pitched, Bicondoa pitched great. He did what we knew he would do. He doesn’t usually walk that many people though. Ball had a lot of movement. He had good stuff, and he’s battler. Very good game for this organization, I’m really happy for the guys out there, they played well.”

SANDEL

“(Getting the first hit) was pretty cool. They can’t take that from me, can they?”

“We swung the bats all right. We didn’t swing the bats like we’re capable of swinging them, but I think we’ll surprise some people with the way we can hit. Our pitching staff speaks for itself. When we get to the sixth inning…our starters have no pressure, because they know six, seven, eight, nine, it’s pretty much lights out, as we showed tonight. We’re real excited in here. It’s a lot of hard work, but I think it’s going to be pretty good for us.”

“I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t (a nice moment to have that kind of game in his old stomping grounds.). But I have the utmost respect for this organization here. I’m glad to be where I’m at now, but I can’t say one bad thing about Somerset. But it felt good. I wanted to go 4-for-4 with four home runs.”

BICONDOA

“It was pretty cool to get to pitch first. It was just nice to get back out on the field from spring training and start playing again and getting into a routine. It was good to get out there.”

“I didn’t feel that great, but we have good defense, and the guys made some great plays. We’ve got a good lineup as well. I just tried to limit them to the least runs possible, and I know we’ll score runs.”

“Pitching is pitching, no matter where you’re at. You just have to be able to pitch and throw strikes and change speed. Whether it’s high school or the Major Leagues, you have to be able to pitch, so I don’t really look at it as different levels (of independent ball, considering he pitched well in another league). You just have to do your thing when you get out there.”

Note: In case anyone’s curious — and this is more for the journalists out there, because I know most people don’t care — I don’t take those kind of in-quote parenthetical liberties in the paper, only here. I know that doesn’t fly in print.

Opening Night Photo Gallery:

George Sandel

Curtis Pride

Terrence McClain held on first by Vito Chiaravalloti

Brandon Knight

Clint Johnston

Chad Ehrnsberger

Eric Crozier

Blue Crabs Inaugural Game Box Score:

SOUTHERN MARYLAND

Sandel: 2-3, 2B, R
McClain: 0-4
Pride: 2-4, 2B, RBI
Crozier: 0-3
Nichols: 0-4
Ehrnsberger: 0-4
Johnston: 1-4, 3B, R
Osborn: 1-4, RBI
Shorsher: 1-4, R, HR

Bicondoa: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
Wade: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Depriest: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Hammons: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Duncan: 0-4
Moore: 1-4, R
Ryan: 1-4
Larson: 2-4, RBI
Pressley: 1-3
Chiaravalloti: 1-3
Olivares: 2-4
Anderson: 0-2
Ayala: 0-4

Knight: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
Wiggins: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Cahill: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
Richardson: 1. 0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

– Mike Ashmore

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Comments»

1. John - April 26, 2008

Just a comment on how many players AL teams should return each year. Camden kept only three and even though they romped York in their opener, in front of an almost full house, the place was like a tomb most of the night. I don’t know if it was a lack of familiar faces or a totally different crowd, but maybe this makes a statement for how many players should return each year. I’ve been a season ticket holder for five years and this was definitely the quietest I’ve ever heard the ballpark.

2. mr jiggyfly - April 26, 2008

Didn’t Bridgeport host a Michael Bolton softball game?
That’s got to count for something.

3. Anonymous - April 26, 2008

I agree with bringing back players, its a pretty lame reason (bringing in new faces) for not bringing back all-stars.

4. IslanderFan77 - April 26, 2008

That’s great news about the Pats bringing back Brian Adams!

5. Anonymous - April 26, 2008

WHEN IS JIANNETTI COMING BACK???

6. Mike - April 26, 2008

He’s posted here before, that’s probably a better question for him. He’s certainly good enough to start in this league…

7. Roadwarriorfan - April 27, 2008

I agree with John about last night’s Camden opener. It was very quiet, I think it was a mixture of people not knowing in general about the league/team(s) as well as returning/casual fans not knowing the different players on the team. Although the firework display was, as always, terrific, I was disappointed in the Riversharks “program”… actually a cheap newspaper with last years score card printed in the middle. Also in the 5th inning when I went to go get a pepsi at the concession stand there was no ice left! Little things last night were just not the same as last year in Camden. Hopefully it was just Opening Day mistakes because I plan on going back many more times this year.

8. Chip Saunders - April 27, 2008

Great Photo’s,Chad Ernsberger has a striking resemblance to Lenny Dykstra.

9. Sharks52 - April 27, 2008

Actually, the Riversharks game management, imo, is one of the worst in minor league baseball. Now they want thirteen dollars, 15 on game day, to sit in the first four rows so the kids can run down and scream “can I have the Baseball” and “you Suck” when the batboy won’t give it to him. Tell an usher? Good Luck. If you can find one he’ll be hanging over the rail half asleep or hiding back in the stadium with her friends. The bathrooms are often a mess, no soap or towels. As pointed out by Road Warrior fan,the concessions aren’t managed very well. The experience at Trenton or Lancaster is much more professional and enjoyable than at Camden. Since most fans are more concerned with finding their seat, eating and using the bathroom than the game itself it amazes me that these problems continue year after year. I’ve left suggestions on the Riversharks e-mail that maybe this is why they are always in the bottom half of attendance every year but get no response on that subject, although I always get answered on others. Adam Lorber seems to be a nice enough guy but he can’t seem to see the problems that are keeping fans out of his ballpark.


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