Archive for September 16th, 2008

Bricktown Showdown

September 16, 2008

Chad Jennings has all the info on the Triple-A Championship game in Oklahoma City.  The kids call it the Bricktown Showdown, but I think we all know what it is.

Anyway, looks like Ramiro Pena’s getting the start after winning a championship in Trenton.  The game’s televised on ESPN 2, so make sure you check out all your favorite Thunder alums.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Already Broken News! Cervelli To The Bigs

September 16, 2008

It’s 1:20 in the morning, and only now have I returned home from my final big league call-up of the season.

Over the course of the next few days, you’ll see a feature on Phil Coke and an EXCLUSIVE one-on-one five minute chat with New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman.

As you already know by now, Francisco Cervelli was unexpectedly called up to the big leagues.  I was rather surprised to see him in there, and he said he wasn’t really expecting it either.

Another surprising face in there was Austin Jackson, who was making the rounds in street clothes.  He was chatting with Phil Coke, Brett Gardner and Joba Chamberlain and various points.

Also got to bump into Humberto Sanchez, who seemed very happy to be up there.

Worth mentioning as well — and something I should have brought up when mentioning what you’ll see here in the offseason — is that I added Ozzie Guillen’s name to the list of people you’ll see in a series of Major League Baseball’s biggest names talking about their experiences at Yankee Stadium.

Ken Griffey, Jr., Jake Peavy, Trevor Hoffman, David Ortiz, Mark Teixeira, Jered Weaver, Edinson Volquez, Luke Hochevar, Aaron Harang and Bronson Arroyo all will talk about what it’s like to play in the place where the Thunder have sent so many players…and these aren’t quotes I got from listening into other people’s conversations, these will all be answers to questions I asked each player or manager.

Could I have picked a better game to cover?  Alfredo Aceves, Phil Coke and Joba Chamberlain all pitched, and Brett Gardner made two outstanding plays.  Getting to see Coke’s first win and see him strike out Ken Griffey, Jr. was just tremendous as well.  He was hitting 96 on the stadium gun, by the way.  If you like/cover the Thunder, this was the game for you.

In any event, I’m exhausted from not only tonight, but the past couple of days.  But I’ll have some new stuff on here during the week…

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Relive The Championship With Rudenstein’s Call

September 16, 2008

Check out this article to find links to a few of Thunder radio broadcaster Steve Rudenstein’s calls from the final game of the Eastern League Championship Series.

It includes his dramatic call of the last out…definitely worth checking out. 

Steve’s very good at what he does, and the Thunder are lucky to have a group of two talented broadcasters in Rudenstein and Josh Landsburg, especially after Dan Loney left the club following last season’s championship.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com


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