Archive for March 18th, 2008

You Can Adopt a Red Sox Prospect

Yet another glimpse into the not so glamorous life of minor league baseball players; the Portland Sea Dogs, Boston’s AA team, are asking for an interesting favor from families in the Portland, Maine area.

Have you ever wanted to live with a professional baseball player? Here’s your chance…the Portland Sea Dogs, Double-A affiliate of the World Champion Boston Red Sox, are in need of host families for the 2008 season. Host families are asked to house a Sea Dogs player for little or no rent throughout their time in Portland. The Sea Dogs season runs from April through September with the players spending half that time on the road. While at home, most of the time is spent at the ballpark.
The players usually involve their host families in many of the team functions including tickets to the games. You could be living with the next Jonathan Papelbon or Jacoby Ellsbury!

There are many factors one needs to consider before making such an important decision:

Pros: 

-Conversation starter

-Could end up with someone like Sox #3 prospect Justin Masterson (SP) or #6 prospect Michael Bowden (SP), get a ton of merchandise signed and sell itwhen they make it big

-Get on the good side of Sox/Dogs management, recieve season tickets and team related merchandise for life

-Tell player to get the word out about hall of fame potential, which leads to major $$ after signing with Scott Boras

-Get a chance to pester him with questions after a game: “remember when you hit that double…that was awesome!”

-You assemble the best wiffle ball team on the block

-Or you hate the Red Sox and take the opportunity to sabatoge them once and for all, so that your favorite team can regain supremacy in the American League

Cons:

-Could get stuck with a player que no habla ingles

-Player gets injured in your house, making you a wanted man/woman/family in the eyes of management. No season tickets or merchandise

-Potential headcase/control freak

-Humiliation by friends and neighbors years down the road if you house the next Carl Pavano instead of the next Johnathan Papelbon

Godspeed to everyone in Portland who is actually going through with this. If you have a story to tell, send it to us, we’d love to hear it.

Want to Live with a Sea Dog? [Portland Sea Dogs]

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Finally, the NCAA Tournament and MiLB Come Together

First off, I should probably introduce myself. I’m Sam and Eric and OMDQ have been generous enough to let me join the crew here at the Bus Leagues. I’ll be giving insights on the Eastern Leauge (AA).

Considering that March is synonomous with all sports fans to college basketball, I figured that it would be fitting to link that with this site. For the second year in a row, the Trenton Thunder are running an NCAA Bracket Challenge at CBSSports.com. First place recieves a luxury suite for a night, which includes 25 tickets. Second place recieves 2 half season tickets (36 games) and the third place finisher recieves 2 10 game pic-a-plans. The entry deadline is noon on Thursday, which is when the tourney tips off for those not in the know.

I actually think this is a really good idea to grow interest as the season opener nears (April 3rd for EL teams). So if you live close to Trenton and enjoy minor league baseball and also think you have the perfect bracket, why not kill two birds with one stone?

2008 Thunder Bracket Challenge [Trenton Thunder]

A Little Links Post to Invigorate the System

sirsidsweats.jpgFor those of you that happen to stumble across this site while it’s still somewhat dormant, don’t worry. We’ll be fully swinging on the Bus Leagues as soon as this pesky NCAA basketball tournament thins out a bit.

For now, we’ll at least share some of the links that have been pouring into our in-box this early spring, and sometime over the next couple of weeks we’ll give you a preview of what to expect from us this spring and summer.

Here’s some good reading in the meantime:

Guess who’s coming to dinner? Fat, sweaty, ineffective Sir Sidney, that’s who. [MLB.com]

Darren Rovell at CNBC is hosting a Minor League Logo contest. [Sports Biz]

MLB tells Cape Cod League to pay up or change some team names. [Bleacher Report]

A blogger compares his list of the best Minor League organizations to the list put out by Baseball Prospectus. [Pie on Sports]

This year’s Josh Hamilton redemption story may be a pitcher in the Marlins system. [MLB.com]

That’s just for starters. We’ll be back!