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As you might have seen on ESPN, Team Canada topped Team USA yesterday to take the gold medal in the Pan American Games. A familiar name to RoughRiders’ fans, Jimmy Van Ostrand, drove in both of Canada’s runs as they edged Tommy Mendonca and the US team, 2-1. For what’s it’s worth, Matt Hicks, the “Voice of the Hooks,” told me at one point during the season that Van Ostrand was one of the best guys he’s ever met in minor league baseball.
Mendonca, the ‘Riders 2011 everyday third baseman, batted seventh in the championship game and finished 0-for-3 with three strikeouts. However, those numbers aren’t a fair representation of his overall performance during the Games. In the opener of the Pan American Games, the Fresno State product went 3-for-4 with two doubles, six RBIs and two runs scored as the United States thumped the Dominican Republic, 20-2. In his first three tournament games he hit .455 with nine RBIs.
Along with Van Ostrand, the Canadian team featured Northwest Arkansas’ Tim Smith and Jamie Romak. Arkansas’ Matt Shoemaker, the Texas Leauge Pitcher of the Year, joined Tommy on the US squad. As did Matt Clark (San Antonio, ’10) and former RoughRider Chad Tracy.
Game 6 of the World Series is tonight (maybe). The Cardinals’ batting practice is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. with the Rangers hitting an hour later if possible. Game 6 has officially be postponed due to rain. We’ll have to wait until Thursday.
Baseball is a game of numbers. Batting average, fielding percentage, home runs, total bases, etc. There’s a value and a statistic for virtually everything. However, some of the most interesting numbers for the ‘Riders this season have come off the field. Like every baseball team, the ‘Riders spend a lot of time traveling. How much? I’m glad you asked.
Road trips: 12
Total miles driven: 10,449
Total time on the bus: 178 hours, 45 minutes (approx. 7.5 days)
Gallons in the bus’ fuel tank: 250
Miles per tank of gas: 1,200
Bus MPG: 4.8
Cost of diesel fuel per gallon: $3.86
Gallons of gas used this season: 2,177
Total cost of gas for the season: $8,403
Total time in Midland, TX: Approx. 336 hours
Episodes of Entourage watched on the bus: All of them
Total number of card games played: 1,284
Shortest trip: Northwest Arkansas to Tulsa (1 hour, 45 minutes; 109 miles)
Longest trip: Midland to Corpus Christi (7 hours, 30 minutes; 475 miles)
Average time of arrival: 4:42 a.m.
No doubt, this has been a fun year for the ‘Riders. But as you can see, there’s a lot that goes into getting the guys around the Texas League. Big thanks to Carlos Coleman, the best driver in the Texas League.
The current road trip is almost halfway over. Then it’s off to Corpus Christi for four games, then back home to finish of the regular season. After that? We’ll jump on the bus for San Antonio and the playoffs.
318 miles, 5 hours and 30 minutes.