May 3rd, 2011
For the first time since 2006, my favorite basketball team–the
Cleveland Cavaliers–is not involved in the postseason. They had this
LeBron James guy who helped them win a lot of games, and now his
“talents” are in South Beach. That may be the reason why.
The Cavaliers’ franchise will need to replace another key contributor
next season. This need comes on the broadcasting side, not the personnel
side. Joe Tait, the “Voice of the Cavaliers” for 39 seasons, called his
final game a few weeks ago. I had a chance to listen, and even though I
knew it was his last game, I didn’t totally comprehend it.
However, this official release
snapped me into reality. The team is now accepting applications. The
great broadcasters are the ones who you take for granted until they are
gone. Detroit had to cope with life without Ernie Harwell. Dodgers fans
are starting to realize that Vin Scully’s time behind the microphone
will be over soon. And one day, hopefully not for a while, men like the
Cowboys’ Brad Sham and the Rangers’ Eric Nadel will retire, too.
It is an honor to listen to some of these broadcasters, and I’ll miss hearing Joe Tait sign off with his “Have a good night, everybody.”
Now, onto a Tuesday, series-opening set of the Facts.
- The RoughRiders’ release in advance of “Rehab Day” at Dr Pepper
Ballpark is online. In case you missed it, former ‘Riders and current
Rangers Tommy Hunter and Neftali Feliz will be pitching for Frisco
tomorrow night. For more information on the game or a contact number for tickets, you can click here.
- There was a roster move by the ‘Riders this afternoon. Starter
Wilfredo Boscan, who was 1-3 with a 6.95 ERA in five starts, has been
sent down to high-A Myrtle Beach. Southpaw Richard Bleier has been added
to the roster from extended spring training. Last year with Frisco,
Bleier went 7-11 with a 5.04 ERA in 28 starts.
- Also, Ramon Aguero has been activated from the disabled list. He is expected to pitch tonight.
- Let’s tackle the good from last night’s loss before getting to the
bad. Mike Bianucci continues to rake. He hit his eighth homer of the
season, tying him for second in that category within the Texas League. Bianucci also became the eighth player in the TL to reach 20 runs batted in this year.
- Bianucci started extremely hot and then cooled down. Now, he is
back on a hot streak. He’s now on an 11-game hitting streak. During that
time, Bianucci has hit .378 (17-for-45) with three homers and nine
- It was a rough go for Frisco starter Miguel De Los Santos, who
allowed nine runs in two and a third innings yesterday. That run total
was the highest by a Frisco arm this season. Michael Dammon of Chatter from the Pressbox told us that De Los Santos allowed the most runs by a Frisco pitcher since Omar Poveda also allowed 9 runs against San Antonio on August 10, 2009.
- The new opponent for the RoughRiders is San Antonio, the best team in this Texas League
by three games. Frisco dropped three of four in San Antonio last week,
but the ‘Riders held the Missions’ offense in check. San Antonio scored
only 4.8 runs per game against the RoughRiders in those four games.
- What about the rest of the Missions’ opponents this year? Well,
here are the runs per game figures for the Missions against the other
three teams they have played: 9.6 v. Midland, 8.8 v. Northwest Arkansas, and 6.3 v. Tulsa. The Missions had a 20-plus run output in a game against each one of those teams.
- Overall, the Missions are scoring 7.8 runs per contest and hitting .318 as a team. It’s pretty scary that when you go to the “Team Batting Stats” page on the Texas League web site, the Missions are at the top of 14 of the 17 categories. The only categories that the Missions do not lead are at-bats (second), triples (tied for second), and stolen bases (fifth).
- Finally, remember the J.D. Martinez grand slam in the third inning? Well, there are two promotions at Whataburger
Field that were in effect. Not only did a fan win free tires for a grand
slam being hit, but someone won a free in-ground pool. The promo in
Corpus Christi says that if a home run is hit into the pool in the third
inning, someone wins a pool. Crazy stuff.
Pre-game coverage along the RBN begins at 6:35. First pitch is set for 7:05. Enjoy!