January 2013

Look who’s Riding at the World Baseball Classic

Elvis Andrus 2008 batting

Elvis Andrus, a RoughRider in 2008, will play for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic.

The provisional rosters for the teams competing in the World Baseball Classic were recently announced and the RoughRiders will be well-represented in the third iteration of this relatively new showcase event.  Of course, there may be some players added on or taken off before the tournament starts on March 2, but a quick scan of each squad’s roster reveals 15 players who at one point wore a RoughRiders uniform.  Not including big league rehabbers, that number is 11.  Here’s the full list of players who once plied their trade at Dr Pepper Ballpark that will soon be seeking baseball’s greatest international achievement:

United States of America

R.A. Dickey 2004

R.A. Dickey throws something other than a knuckleball in this photo of one of his 2004 rehab appearances with Frisco.

RHP R.A. Dickey (rehabbed with the ’Riders in 2004, making four starts)

LHP Derek Holland (made four starts during 2008 season, his last as a minor leaguer)

1B Mark Teixeira (rehabbed in 2004 & 2007 for two total games)

Canada

OF Tim Smith (played 36 games in 2009)

Dominican Republic

OF Nelson Cruz (rehabbed in 2010 & 2011 for six total games)

RHP Pedro Strop (made 36 relief appearances in 2009)

RHP Edinson Volquez (started 10 games in 2005 & 11 games in 2007)

Italy

RHP Jason Grilli (made a one-inning rehab start in 2009)

Mexico

1B Adrian Gonzalez (played 45 games in 2003)

IF/OF Edgar Gonzalez (played 106 games in 2004)

RHP Luis Mendoza (pitched in 27 games – 26 starts – in 2007 & 2008)

The Netherlands

SS Jurickson Profar (played 126 games in 2012)

Spain

OF Engel Beltre (played 302 games between 2009 & 2012)

C Salomon Manriquez (played 71 games in 2007)

Venezuela

SS Elvis Andrus (played 118 games in 2008)

As a bonus entry, LHP Richard Bleier (a RoughRider from 2010 – 2012) pitched for Team Israel in last fall’s WBC qualifying tournament.  Israel lost to Spain in the Jupiter, Florida qualifier, failing to gain entry into the main event.

-          Alex

Snow Day!

Before this morning’s snow started to melt away, I snapped a few photos of Dr Pepper Ballpark.  Enjoy, and remember it’s 79 days until Opening Day! (click on the photos to view in full-size)

- AV

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The view from the WinStar Diamond Deck.

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Snow-covered seats.

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Looking out to RoughRiders Trail.

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The view behind home plate.

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Checking out the rest of the outfield.

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Looking out to right field.

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Snow-capped 4Topps.

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More snowy seats.

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Picnic anyone?

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A serene scene.

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Left field pole view

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Heading up to the press box.

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Surprisingly little traffic on our part of the Tollway.

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The view from the top of the “Doc”!

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The bridge to the ‘box.

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Remember kids, no climbing up the slide.

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All quiet in the covered batting cage.

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Snowy walkways.

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In about two and half months these walkways will be filled with fans.

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Snowy dunegrass.

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Nobody will be “warming up” in the bullpen today! (sorry, had to)

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Today, everything is Rocky Mountain cold! (sorry again)

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Chilling out by the Smokehouse.

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Another shot of the snow-covered field.

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Maybe not the best day to take a dip out by the Kroger Pool Zone. (although the waterfall never takes a day off)

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Cannonball!

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Yeah, the palm tree looks just a bit out of place.

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Finally, a panorama of the snow day on January 19, 2013 at Dr Pepper Ballpark.

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