Weekend Notebook

Two more Thunder alums have been inked by Major League teams, with Seattle re-signing Chris Reitsma and Pittsburgh officially agreeing to terms with T.J. Beam.  Both are minor league deals that include Spring Training invites.

If you scroll down to the post below this one, you’ll see that former Thunder hitting coach and World Series Champion Steve Braun has weighed in with his thoughts on Thunder managers past and present.  So that’s obviously worth checking out.

Meanwhile, over at the Trenton Thunder official website, team officials have given fans the first look at the special Joba Chamberlain bobblehead that’s only available as a part of their Joba Rules ticket package.  While Joba will be a part of a special dual bobblehead with Ian Kennedy during the season, this is the only way to get an individual bobblehead of Joba from the Thunder.

For a look at the bobblehead and more details on the Joba Rules package, head on over to trentonthunder.com

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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2 Responses to “Weekend Notebook”

  1. David Mac Says:

    Reitsma was a very personable guy to talk to. I once asked him, since he was raised in Canada, if he played hockey.

    “Nah,” he said. “In baseball, I was a star. In hockey, I was just a big dumb doofus on skates.”

    Hey, Mike, you think I got nothing better to do than reminisce with you?

    Yeah, you’re right. I don’t.

  2. thunderbaseball Says:

    Hey, anything that makes the off-season go by quicker is fine by me.

    I remember calling into Tom McCarthy’s radio show when I found out that Reitsma was traded, saying that the flags at Waterfront Park should be flying at half staff after such a deal.

    Considering the Thunder apparently sold me the Justin Duchscherer/Andy Hazlett ticket package in 2000 — I went to 18 games that season and saw five Duchscherer starts and three from Hazlett — I only got to see Reitsma once.

    It’s a shame what injuries have done to his career, I’m certainly pulling for him this year with Seattle.

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