At The Ballyard ... with Steve Weissman

Monday, August 21, 2006

Clinging to Cape League Memories While BoSox Season Slides

As the news from Fenway continues to disappoint (“Can’t anybody here play this game?” – Casey Stengel), let’s continue to celebrate this year’s Cape League season and stay in our “happy place” for just a little while longer …

Nice to Meet You!
- Mike Bordick, one-time member of the Y-D Red Sox who played 14 years in the big leagues and has given back to his Cape League team to the point where a plaque hangs in his honor at Red Wilson Field in Yarmouth.

- Jeffrey Maier, current assistant to Peter Gammons who as a 12-year-old in 1999 famously gave Derek Jeter an ALCS home run against the Orioles by reaching over the Yankee Stadium fence and deflecting the ball into the stands.

- Andrew Wirtanen, fellow keeper of a baseball blog, purveyor of a kind review of my Cape League book, and poster of a fun video clip capturing the Y-D Red Sox’s winning moment.

- Joe Abarr, Y-D’s bullpen catcher, who attends the University of Rhode Island and went out of his way to delight my children with his easy banter and ready smile. You go, Joe! (That’s him to my left, below.)

Steve Weissman and Joe Abarr

Great Baseball Names to Know
Name / CCBL Team / College
Alden Carrithers / Y-D / UC/Santa Barbara
Diallo Fon / Wareham / Vanderbilt
Charlie Furbush / Hyannis St. / Joseph’s (ME)
Ryan Gotcher / Wareham / Arkansas-Little Rock
Shooter Hunt / Falmouth / Virginia
Buster Posey / Y-D / Florida State
Colt Sedbrook / Brewster / Arizona
Justin Smoak / Cotuit / South Carolina
Beamer Weems / Wareham / Baylor

The Reason for the Season
Y-D pitching star Terry Doyle (Boston College) and bullpen catcher Joe Abarr pose with the Cape League championship trophy at the Y-D victory party, held at the Riverway Restaurant in South Yarmouth after the penultimate game.

Terry Doyle and Joe Abarr with the Cape League Championship Trophy


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