Thoughts and pictures of my local minor league baseball team the New York Penn League Connecticut Tigers; a Detriot farm team. We'll still be looking at former Navigators/Defenders players along the way....

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Book 22 "The Atomic Times" by Michael Harris

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Book 21 "The Skies Belong to Us"

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Book 20 "Lost in Tibet"

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Book 19 "Unfinished Business" by Jack McCallum

I have not posted for awhile so we're up to speed now on books read.....

Book 18 "Seasons in Hell" by Mike Shropshire

Book 17 "Ship of Ghosts" by James D. Hornfischer

Book 16 "Underbelly Hoops" by Carson Cunningham

Sunday, September 14, 2014

RIP Tom....

Tom was the gatekeeper to the skyboxes for many seasons at Dodd.  I always chatted up a couple of times during a game. A warm and friendly man with a great smile and laugh; he will be missed by many.
Picture was taken on August 21, 2009. My prayers and thoughts are with his family.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Book 15

"Point Blank: Lee Marvin" Dwayne Epstein

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Book 14

"With the Old Breed" by E.B. Sledge

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Book 13

"Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Book 12

"The Last of the Doughboys" by Richard Rubin

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Book 11

"Wait 'Til Next Year" Doris Kearns Goodwin

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Book 10

"Cruelest Month" by Aaron Stander

Monday, May 26, 2014

Book 9

"Johnny Carson" by Henry Bushkin

Monday, May 19, 2014

Book 7 & 8

"Heat" by Ed McBain...easy reads

"Greatest Generation" by Tom Brokaw

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Book # 6

"Nocture" by Ed McBain

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Book #5

"Last Dance"  by Ed McBain

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Book #4

"Silent Echo" by J.R. Rain.....

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Book # 3......

"Top of the Rock"  by Warren Littlefield....

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Two down...23 to go

Finished "Fast Food Nation"  by Eric Schlosser Sunday for the first book of the year.  Today I read "Vanished" by Wil Hylton pretty much in one sitting for book number two of 2014.

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

2014 new years resolution

One of many I have is to read 25 books this year.  I'll post them as I complete the read....Anyone else care to join in?

Saturday, August 03, 2013

not a single game yet this season......very strange

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Tigers beat Cyclones 1-0 tonight...

at Dodd.  Connecticut starter Hua-Wei Lo (pictured) made his New York Penn League debut an impressive one for the Tigers going 6 IP and allowing just 3 hits and striking out 6.  Relievers Hunter Scantling, Efrain Nieves and Matt Davenport (SV1) each threw an inning to complete the 4 hit shutout.
Connecticut scored the only run of the game with 2 outs in the third inning.  A Brett Harrison single was followed by a booming RBI double by Jake Stewart (2 for 4).

Misc fan notes:  Danry Vasquez made an outstanding running catch in deep left center to preverse CT's 1-0 lead.


Get well Andy Baylock!  The retired former UCONN baseball coach of 24 years , who still throws BP at Dodd, is on the DL but expected to make a swift recovery.  Should be seeing him before the end of the season!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Misc fan notes from last nights 10-5 loss: 

Good crowd on hand--announced attendance of 3700+

Burger shack on the right field concourse has an interesting looking menu; going to have sample the wares down there.

Red Sox fans of a certain age will recall catcher Rich Gedman--his son Matt plays for the Spinners.

Great minor league baseball name--Mookie Betts--plays for the Spinners

Hate to get this last name on the back of a jersey--"Schwindenhammer" as in Seth who hit a three run bomb for Lowell last night.

CT Tiger player to watch--OF Danry Vasquez

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Great to be back!  Tigers take it on the chin tonight losing 10-2 when I left in the 7th inning. Great to see Tom, Bob, ground keeping wizard Bryan Barkley and VP Eric Knighton.

The field looks great especially given the 44 college and high school games already played on it and in addition to the recent Relay for Life event. Tigers front office doing a great job extending to the community!

Opening Day 2012!

                                                                                                               

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Good Luck Joe Perez!!

"Just in case my Twitter feed doesn't send it over....I'm leaving Connecticut and coming back to Charlotte! I've accepted a position as Assistant Editor for the SportsBusiness Daily."

Facebook post from Joe earlier today....

Friday, March 09, 2012

Great stuff from 1995!!!



A Sunday afternoon game as evidenced by the Navs wearing their Sunday only caps and uniform vests. I actually own a couple of things worn in this game: RF Troy Hughes cap and catcher Tom Wilson's vest. A great look at Dodd brand new! Check out how high the walls used to be!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

College baseball at Dodd spring 2012

http://www.theday.com/article/20120220/INTERACT010603/120229982

Friday, February 17, 2012

RIP "The Kid"

Monday, February 13, 2012

Despite rumors, Tigers are staying at Dodd Stadium

Despite rumors, Tigers are staying at Dodd Stadium

Nice reporting by Joe...in another round of minor league musical chairs it seems the FisherCats will become a Twins farm team, the new Ottawa franchise a Blue Jays farm team, the RockCats a Mets team and welcome to the New-York Penn league to the good folks in Binghamton. Got all that?...there is a quiz later. Also someone on WFAN doesn't know the difference betweeen Norwich and New Britain...
In other news the Connecticut Tigers will be playing their Sunday home games at 4:00 this coming season instead of the 1:00 starts they've had their first two seasons. There is some sort of NYPL "tradition" that seems to govern that late afternoon Sunday starting time. Navs tried that for a season back in the day and it didn't work.....
Pitchers and catchers as MLBB camps are starting to open!!!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Pats vs Giants!



Pic is Edwin Gomez, 2011 CT Tiger.

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Friday, October 28, 2011

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Good luck Andrew!

From the New London Day:


"Norwich – The Connecticut Tigers announced today that General Manager Andrew Weber will step down at the end of this month, and Vice President of Operations C.J. Knudsen will replace Weber as vice president and general manager.



Weber has been with the team for four years, and led the effort to move to Norwich at the start of the 2010 baseball season. The late move that spring hurt the ability to sell tickets and sponsorships, but this summer, the Tigers ranked fourth in the nation in all levels of minor league baseball in improved attendance.



Weber called it a "tough and bittersweet decision," but felt it was time to move on and seek a new position in baseball.



"I do want to stay in baseball," Weber said. "We'll see what opportunities come my way. It has been an absolute pleasure here. The last two years have been great here. I know that with our staff, it's going to be awesome and will continue to grow."



Knudsen joined the Tigers with the team's move to Norwich after having spent 10 years as general manager of the Vermont Lake Monsters in the New York-Penn League. He has worked for 17 years in the league in which the Tigers play.



Eric Knighton has been promoted to vice president and assistant general manager."

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Did you ever go by something and say to yourself:



"I should take a picture of that" .......

Monday, October 10, 2011

This week's topic: Is Johnny Damon a HOFer?



This discussion came up a couple of times on YES Yankee telecasts with no clear consensus. His regular season stats are:

17 seasons with six teams. 231 HRS, 1120 RBIs, 404 SBs, BA .286 and 2723 hits.

Assuming he get 3000 hits, which seems to be a threshold for induction, is his ticket punched for Cooperstown?
My guess is yes but I don't "think" of him as a HOFer but rather a "good" player who compiled goods stats over a long career.

Does the same then apply to Jim Thome or do we view someone with over 600 HRs differently? Oddly with Thome and the absence of any steroids use in his past the answer for me is yes and his ticket is punched.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

I'm rooting for Alfredo Simon tonight....


of all people.....

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Monday, September 19, 2011

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Another day another dinger from former Def Brett Pill..

and Kelly's reports in yesterday's comments section that her feet have indeed touched the ground again...see the Giants homepage for the video

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Wonder if Kelly's feet have touch the ground yet...

Brett Pill's 1st Major League at bat from Bay Area Videographer on Vimeo.



thanks bacci for the heads up!

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

From the "where is he now files"..Merkin Valdez...



is now pitching for the Rangers out of the bullpen. I actually saw the Red Sox lump him up over the weekend. He's thrown 2.1 IP with Texas to a 7.71 ERA with 3 Ks...

Monday, September 05, 2011

AR is a perfect 1 for 1!!!





that's Antoan Richardson aka Flash who played for the Defenders and made his MLBB debut yesterday with the Braves. AR singled in his first at bat off a "brand name" pitcher, Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers.
Flash was a big fan fav at Dodd and had a devoted following here on the blog; especially AR fan who shared many pics of him with me including the above screen shot. You guys must have been pumped for hours after!!!
Many thanks to AR fan for giving me the heads up on Flash's hit earlier today as I totally lost track of his callup in all the post storm Irene fun around here.

CONGRATS ANTOAN!!

Attendance for 2011 was 62,317....


last year it was 50,511 or a 23% increase over LY! Time for an All-Star Game bid....

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Tigers fall short on the last day of the season...

to make the playoffs, like last year, losing to Lowell in 16 innings 6-5. Vermont won their game and make the playoffs based on a head to head tie breaker against the Tigers...OCH....
I'll have pics on Monday...