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Even Van Gundy was on hand

The first appearance by Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg was greeted by over 5000 Florida visitors, Mark Lerner, the team’s principal owner, MASN Television crew that included Bob Carpenter and Rob Dibble and former Knicks and Houston Rockets basketball coach Jeff Van Gundy who sat behind home plate with an Orlando Magic hat on.

Strasburg was worth the price of admission, even if it was only two innings and 27 pitches.  He will pitch in the major leagues some day, just what day got closer than a lot of people thought going in.
Nats lost again, and righthanded pitcher Tyler Walker has pitched his way to AAA-Syracuse roster with his second 6-run appearance.  Aaron Thompson tossed two shutout innings of relief and has looked very good in his first two appearances.
Nats hitting came to life in the 8th inning when they scored four runs and had the tying run on deck before Josh Whitesell popped up to centerfield to end the rally.  Nats lost their 7th straight, 9-4.
–Chiefs COO/Vice President Tex Simone was seen talking to Tigers manager Jim Leyland, 3rd base coach Gene Lamont before the game.  Leyland and Lamont were teammates in 1965 with the Tigers when Tex was the team’s trainer.  
–Tex had a busy day when he also ran into another former Tigers and Chiefs catcher John Sullivan who was visiting from western New York where he still resides.
–And the day ended when Tex hit the trifecta when he was seen talking to Braves manager and longtime friend Bobby Cox in the Braves dugout before the Phillies vs Braves game in Orlando.
–Former Chiefs outfielder Jayson Werth hit an opposite field bomb vs the Braves in the 2nd inning.  Werth is sporting an unusual long beard and hair style.
–Two local “graphers” reported that today they were able to secure signatures from Ivan Rodriquez, Drew Storen, Ryan Howard and Braves super prospect Jason Heyward. In the “graphing world”  that’s pretty good.
Last stop on the tour will be at the Braves minor league camp to catch up with former Chief Rocket Wheeler.

TIGER FEVER

Don’t you think that is great to see the Detroit Tigers keep winning.  Our own Jason Grilli, son of former Chiefs pitcher Steve Grilli has been on a great ride this season.  Steve, has been to all the games and reports that former Chiefs catcher and current Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont sends his regards to Central New York, while Tigers manager Jim Leyland, also a Chiefs catcher in spring training 1965 and 66 sends his regards to his former Trainer and Chiefs current COO, Vice President Tex Simone.  Lamont, Leyland and Simone became close friends during the Tigers years (1963-66) and have remained friends ever since.  Steve also reports that former Chiefs Willie Horton, Mickey Stanley, Jim Northrup, Mickey Lolich, Gates Brown are all still members of the Tigers family and still remember their days in Syracuse.  Wouldn’t it have been interesting if the Tigers wanted to return to Syracuse!!!!!

MLB Post-Season

The Major League Playoffs begin today and many former Syracuse players will be in action as well as local product Jason Grilli for the Tigers.

National League:

Los Angeles:  P Giovanni Carrara (1995-96), P Mark Hendrickson (2001-03), IF Jeff Kent (1992) and OF Jayson Werth (2002-03). 

NOTES: Werth missed the entire 2006 season after having surgery on his wrist. Carrara was told by Dodgers Manager Grady Little after the final regular season game that he will not be on the playoff roster.  Former NBA player Hendrickson who started in 25 of his 31 appearances this season will pitch out of the Dodgers bullpen.

New York: IF Carlos Delgado (1991, 94-95, 98, 04-05), OF Shawn Green (1994) and IF Chris Woodward (1998-01). 

NOTES:  Two members of Blue Thunder from the 1994 season, Green and Delgado, are wearing a different shade of blue these days.  I’m sure a lot of Central New York fans will be pulling for the Mets in the NL. 

San Diego:  P Scott Cassidy (1998, 2001-03), P David Wells (1986-88), P Woody Williams (1990-96), Bullpen Coach Darrel Akerfelds (1985-86) and Hitting Coach Merv Rettenmund.

NOTES:  The Padres have yet to announce their playoff roster and local product Cassidy is probably on the bubble but according to the Padres website, he will travel with the team during the playoffs regardless.  The ageless wonder Wells is schedule to start Game 3 and Williams is scheduled to start Game 4.  Rettenmund was a roving hitting instructor for the Blue Jays from 2003-2005 and made many visits to Syracuse.  If the name sounds familiar he also endorse the Hit-A-Way that you probably seen so many commercials for a few years ago.

St. Louis: P Chris Carpenter (1997, 2002) and 1st Base Coach Dave McKay (1979)

NOTES:  Carpenter has gone from throwing out the first ever pitch at Alliance Bank Stadium to one of the best pitchers in baseball and will start Game 1 today.

American League:

Detroit: Third Base Coach Gene Lamont (1965)

NOTES:  I’m sure a lot of patrons at the Change of Pace will be torn between their beloved Yankees and their beloved adopted son Jason Grilli.

Minnesota:  OF Shannon Stewart (1996-97, 2003)

NOTES: Stewart is on the 60-day DL and will not play.  The rest of the Twins roster you probably saw play for Rochester this year, including Boof Bonser who went from starting Opening Day versus the SkyChiefs to starting Game 2 of the Playoffs versus Oakland.  Even Rochester PR Director Chuck Hinkel has joined the Twins for the playoff run.

New York:  IF Miguel Cairo (1996), P Cory Lidle (2003) and Pitching Coach Ron Guidry (1975-76)

NOTES:  Lidle will pitch out of the bullpen unless the Big Unit is unable to go. Cairo is on the playoff roster.

Oakland: P Chad Gaudin (2005), P Estaban Loaiza (2002) and C Adam Melhuse (1997-99)

NOTES:  Gaudin made the most of his opportunity in Oakland after being traded this off-season and is one of the A’s reliable middle inning options.

–AG

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