We’re at that point in the season where the amount of work I’ve done far exceeds the amount of stories I can actually write. So here are some links and snippets and quotes and whatnot that will hopefully tide you over for now…
— Here’s a link to Josh Norris’ blog post where you can see video interviews that he and I did with Chase Whitley and Josh Romanski.
— Austin Romine was selected to both the Futures Game and Eastern League All-Star Game for the second consecutive season. Kudos to yudos, Austin. In separate interviews, I asked him about being asked to play in each game…
Futures Game: “I actually found out from Cory Arbiso (that I was going). We were sitting in the clubhouse and he was on his computer. He goes, ‘Hey, Romine. Did you know you made the All-Star team?’ I go, ‘the Futures All-Star team?’ He said, ‘Yeah.’ I’m like, ‘That’s cool.’ He goes, ‘You didn’t know?’ Nope. ‘Congratulations.’ And I was like, ‘Thanks.’ So I went online and saw it, and that’s how I found out.
Futures Game: “I didn’t even think about going again. Getting to go once, it’s a big honor. I think you’re allowed to go twice, but I figured we’ve got a lot of young prospects and they might throw it their way. But they chose me again, so I’m hoping I can go out there and represent the Yankees the best I can and do as well as I can last year.”
Futures Game: “I saw Trout last year, and he pretty much backed up the hype. He played well. He’s fast and a good guy. I tend not to look at all that hype stuff, but those two guys, Harper and Trout, they’re the real deal. I got to play against Harper in the Fall League for a little bit, and it should be fun to see them play at this kind of level.”
Futures Game: “This is something that you go to. It is a huge honor to be invited to this type of a game. Anything that I’m invited to, I’m going to go to. People took the time to see that I was good enough to go.”
Eastern League All-Star Game: “I did (both games) last year. It’s an honor to be selected. It is tiring, but it’s an honor.”
— As you know, four Trenton Thunder players were named to the Eastern League All-Star Game; Romine, Corban Joseph, Dellin Betances and Manny Banuelos. The game will be played in New Hampshire this year, but I will be unable to attend due to a prior commitment. Thankfully, that prior commitment is covering the 2011 MLB All-Star Game in Arizona. I will be there for the Futures Game, Home Run Derby and the game itself, and will be providing updates the entire time.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com