Being for 6 days has put me behind a little bit on some news and notes, so I will try to not miss something but I am sure that I will and I am sure I will also have things listed we already have discussed.
Phillip Ervin is currently sitting out with a wrist injury. It isn’t thought to be serious, but is enough that he has missed two games.
Avain Rachal left the game on Saturday night after sliding into third base and tweaking his knee. He was removed as a precaution according to Greg Rachac of the Billings Gazette, but he hasn’t played since.
I am sure everyone knows by now, but Robert Stephenson was promoted to Pensacola. I watched his last start for Bakersfield on Milb.tv. When he is able to hit his spots, it simply isn’t fair to minor league hitters. He was hitting the target at 95-97 on the stadium gun (which I have no clue about the accuracy of) with his fastball, spotting his breaking ball in the zone and his change up was on target and nasty. As I have said before, when he has games like that (and he had a long stretch in Dayton just like it before his injury) he can pitch in the Majors and get hitters out right now.
Here is a quick little timelapse video I shot one day on my phone of batting practice while I walked around and talked baseball.
Pensacola Trip Summary
My trip to Pensacola racked up just over 100 pictures, 961 video clips and 42.3 GB worth of data between the two. I still haven’t renamed all of my files.
I can’t thank the Blue Wahoos enough for having me down. Owner Quint Studer, Tommy Thrall and Kevin Burke all helped me out during the week. The usher in section 108 who had to deal with my running up and down through her section every half inning for days on end to go back and forth between the camera well to shoot side shots and to the section behind home plate to shoot video of the pitchers. She was awesome. The players were great. Thanks to all of the guys I had a chance to talk with, even if it was just for a minute. Those of you who stopped me to say hi or introduce yourselves, thanks again. It was nice to meet you, or in a few cases, see you again this year. The camera operators who worked in the wells were very nice, including this young lady who can really sing too, as well as operating the camera.
Side note: Do not stay at the Motel 6 in Pensacola unless you have to. I wouldn’t recommend it. The staff was nice and friendly, but the room and area…. not so much. Priceline didn’t have a single review when I booked my trip, so I ventured outside of Priceline to get reviews and after reading them all I can figure is that Motel 6 wrote most of them. When I travel, I stay in cheap places. So I know what a cheap place is, what to expect, but this place just wasn’t on par with the price I paid given that I paid the same price last year to stay elsewhere (they were booked up or I would have stayed there again) in Pensacola and it blew this place out of the water in nearly every category. In a few days I will be eligible to review the place on Priceline (they make you wait a few days after your check out to review where you stayed) and hopefully be able to let others know in advance.