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Rocket, Jimy and the berm…

Thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon in Florida as we closed out the Spring Training tour by watching the Mets take on the Braves on their home turf at the Wide World of Sports Complex in Disney.

Before the game, we were able to touch base with former Blue Jays manager, Jimy Williams, who is now serving as a special instructor for the Atlanta Braves minor league system. 
Also had the pleasure of talking to former Chiefs player and coach, Rocket Wheeler, who is now managing the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in the South Atlantic League–the Atlanta Braves Single-A affiliate. After spending his first 24 years in the Blue Jays organization, Rocket has spent the past eight with the Braves.
One of the special features of Champions Stadium in Disney, is the entertaining berm that stretches down the left field line, around the foul pole and ends at mid-left centerfield. It was so inviting that Jason Benetti and myself decided to file our video blog which you will be able to see on Thursday morning.
–New York Mets shortstop and former Chief, Russ Adams, continues to make his case to make the Mets team as a non-roster players. Adams stroked 3 hits and 3 RBI’s against the Braves this afternoon.
–Down the road in Jupiter, the Nats become 0-8 as Garrett Mock and JD Martin surrendered two runs a piece in a 6-4 loss to the Cardinals.
–Justin Maxwell recorded his first hit of the spring, which happened to be a solo home run off of Mitch Boggs in the 8th inning.
–Hall of Fame broadcast announcer, Milo Hamilton, made an appearance at Disney’s ESPN Club on Thursday and was quite entertaining. 

Thank God it’s early!!!!

Spent the afternoon at Space Coast Stadium on Monday as the Nationals lost again 11-2 to the Florida Marlins.  Nats pitching has been giving up runs at an unbelievable pace – 64 runs in their first 50 innings of work.

Today, Scott Olsen made his first start of the spring and gave up three runs in the first inning and was hit hard and often giving up 7-hits in two innings of work.  Collin Balester pitched into the 5th inning but he too was torched for 4-runs and 7-hits before he gave way to lefty Jesse English.
The Nats tallied only six hits, and had solo home runs by Josh Willingham in the 2nd and Ryan Zimmerman in the 6th for their only runs.  Pete Orr played second base and made a fine defensive play in the first to save a run.
Tomorrow, the Nationals take on the Detroit Tigers at Space Coast Stadium as “The Franchise” Stephen Strasburg makes his spring debut,  The game will be televised on MLB Network – Channel 100 for you Time Warner Cable fans.
Chiefs radio voice Jason Benetti arrived in Viera today and is ready to provide interviews, and his take on spring training 2010.

Booth Review (or Stories from Above)

I’m as good at titling things as the creators of Rocky and Bullwinkle.  So, these entries are going to have varying names as we move along.  You can decide which title you like most.  Maybe I’ll choose it.

This portion of the offseason is sorta like traveling 45 minutes to go to a swap meet.  The anticipation is really fun.  You don’t know what you’re going to have to choose from when you get there.  And it’s really up to someone else what’s put in front of you.
At this juncture, we can guess who’s going to constitute the 2010 Syracuse Chiefs.  It’s an educated guess, but a guess nonetheless.  What we can say without much risk is that the players we’ll see at Alliance Bank Stadium will have a good amount of Triple-A experience.  The Nats are loaded with pitchers who came through Syracuse last season and have played in the Nation’s Capital.
Hi.  I’m Jason Benetti and I’m your new radio guy.  My three-time broadcast partner, Bob McElligott, is toting his headset around the various NHL cities as a member of the broadcast team of the Columbus Blue Jackets.  To be straight-faced for a moment, Bob deserved this move.  To be practical for a moment, Bob’s probably got someone carrying his headset for him.  
You’ll find enough out about me throughout the course of the season, but a few major points.
-I am a Syracuse University alumnus.
-I am a law student in my spare time.  
-I enjoy a) American Idol, b) the New York Times crossword puzzle and c) playing bocce.
-One of my previous jobs is “umpire.”
For those of you that can’t get past the second point, I haven’t progressed far enough in law school to be truly adept at corruption.  Fear not.  For those of you that can’t get past part a) of the third point, it’s not polite to stare.
In all seriousness, I am humbled to be sitting in the chair that I’ll be sitting in this season.  To share a spot in history with people like Sean McDonough, Carl Eilenberg and Marv Albert (and so many others) is unreal.  Couple that with making a summer home in Syracuse–a place I’ve spent so much of my adult life–and I am really revved up for this season and beyond.  
We’ve got some surprises for you this season.  We’ll be adding content via the web to allow you to access the Chiefs whenever you please.  We’ll be making an added presence around the ballpark at selected times.  And, we’ll be adding some new elements to the broadcasts, as well.
It is up to you, though, to let us know what you want to see and hear.  Please email if you have ideas for us.  We have our own thoughts, but we’ll be happy to steal yours.
My use of the pronouns “we” and “us” did not display a lack of a grasp of English.  You’ll be hearing from Mike Couzens on the broadcasts and on the website this season as well.  Mike will handle pre-game, in-game and post-game reports and he’ll also do some play-by-play.  Mike is a well-meaning individual who knows sports very well (OK, “very” might be a stretch.  He was the 72nd man on his high school basketball team).  Mike, though, deserves your pity.  He is both a New York Mets and Kansas City Chiefs fan.
We’ll also have some other additions to the broadcast throughout the season……yes, that was meant to be cryptic.  It’s called a tease in the industry.
It’s a pleasure to have you as an audience.  I look forward to meeting everyone–whether it’s via email, blog response, or even over a pre-game hot dog.
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