The PawSox have just had their first “sun out.”
That’s right, it is 75 degrees and sunny here in Moosic, PA and according to weather.com, there is a 0 % chance of rain on Saturday night.
Unfortunately, the outfield grass is in such bad shape at PNC Field that tonight’s game between Pawtucket and Scranton/WB has been postponed. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Sunday night at 5:05.
Let’s hope there isn’t any more rain while Pawtucket is in town, because terrible drainage is the reason why the S/WB Yankees are having so many problems. Unless this area enjoys several consecutive days with no rain, the headaches are going to continue. S/WB had 6 home games postponed in June, and this is the third time that they had to call a game on a beautiful night for baseball.
You have to wonder how that’s going over with the front office folks at Yankee Stadium. Their development deal with Scranton/WB runs through 2010, and if the field isn’t torn up and fixed in the near future, I can’t imagine the Yankees keeping their top minor league prospects in this market.
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There’s an episode of Seinfeld called “The Handicap Spot” where at Kramer’s insistence, George parks his father’s car in a handicap parking spot. After a woman is injured because of it, Kramer tries to help the woman by purchasing a wheelchair.
The funniest line is when the wheelchair salesman – sounding like a used car dealer – makes the following pitch:
Salesman: This is out best model. The Cougar 9000. It’s the Rolls Royce of wheelchairs. This is like … you’re almost glad to be handicapped.
Kramer: So now, what’s this got?
Salesman: Inductive joystick, dynamic braking, flip-up arms, it’s fully loaded. I put Stephen Hawking in one of these two months ago, he’s lovin’ it! It’s rated number one by Hospital Supply and Prosthetic Magazine.
I thought of that episode this morning when I boarded the team bus to Scranton because we were given the “Cougar 9000” of buses by our friends from DATTCO bus lines.
We were in a brand new bus with flat-screen TVs, wireless internet, and power outlets at every seat.
Throw in a refrigerator and microwave and I might move in.
Now all we need are some new DVDs. The team watched Gran Torino – AGAIN.
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Bad field conditions did not prevent us from broadcasting “PawSox Insider” on Saturday afternoon and we enjoyed some great laughs courtesy of my pal Ken Levine, the comedy screenwriter who currently hosts “Dodger Talk” on KABC radio in Los Angeles after LA Dodgers games.
Ken was in attendance in San Diego on Friday night to see Manny Ramirez return from his 50-game drug suspension, and was amused by Manny’s interaction with the media.
“Manny had a press conference before the game – it was like four hours before the game, so I guess he was hoping the media throngs hadn’t arrived but we were all here,” Levine told us. “He said he would discuss anything at all – except for his suspension, steroids, drug use in general, who is doctor was, or the Sarah Palin resignation. But everything else was fair game. He did mention that he was looking forward to the game and that he’s one of the greatest players to ever put on a uniform, so it was a press conference filled with revealing information about Manny Ramirez.”
Dodgers fans have welcomed back Ramirez with open arms, and Levine admits that fans in Los Angeles don’t seem bothered by his steroid use.
“The truth of the matter is, the average baseball fan just wants to be entertained and cares a lot less about steroids and inflated statistics than we (the media) do,” Levine said. “They just want to see the home runs.”
Ken will be following Manny and the Dodgers on a road trip to San Diego, New York, and Milwaukee and is sure to have some hilarious observations. You can read his blog here.
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I was surprised to see my photo (and Sam’s) on the MLB blog home page.
There’s a story about which MLB blogs had the most hits in the month of June, and “Heard it from Hoard” ranked 43rd in its category (which appears to be pretty good for a minor-league related blog).
You can read the story here.
Thanks for putting me on the list!
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Pawtucket and Scranton/WB will play a doubleheader on Sunday night at 5:05. I hope you’ll join us for the radio call beginning with the pregame show at 4:50 on the PawSox radio network and PawSox.com.