Archive for June 11th, 2009

Let the Road Trip Begin – Part 1

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OK, so it’s not really a road trip. I’ll be flying a lot, and I believe there are plans to go on a ferry as well. But the fact remains that I’m going on the road, which always means one of you might see me out and about in your town.

First of all, I’m flying up to Philadelphia to meet up with my basketball season partner, Marco. I’m going to laze around the museum and look at the Rocky statue on Friday. On Saturday, Marco and I will journey a bit farther northward to take part in Blogs with Balls, so if any of you bloggers are  planning to be there, look for the big guy with a black-and-white beard. I’m sure I’ll have a nametag of some sort, and it will say Eric Angevine.

The next day, I fly out of Philly to Kansas City, meet up with my dad, and drive a couple of hours northward to Omaha to catch a couple of days of the College World Series. I was already excited to see Rosenblatt Stadium and do a little reporting and picture taking, but then it turns out that my hometown Virginia Cavaliers will be there as well. Bonus. I’ll be there writing a story abou the demise of Rosenblatt for ESPN.com, so again, if you see me, you can surreptitiously check my nametag to make sure it’s me before you accost a stranger.

Since my story for ESPN’s travel section will only use a fraction of the information I gather on my field trip, Bus Leagues readers can look forward to full interviews and photos when I get back.

Also, I call this part 1, because later this month, OMDQ and I will be meeting in a city on the Atlantic seaboard to watch some baseball together. But that’s his road trip, and he’s going many other places during it, so I’ll let him tell you about it when he’s ready.

Hope to see some of you in Philly, NY, or Omaha!

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Hey, I Know Him

Not sure if I’ve mentioned this here before, but I used to work for the Nashua Pride.  At the time, the team was managed by former Red Sox infielder Butch Hobson (lovingly referred to in all team promotional materials as “Red Sox legend Butch Hobson”).  Our goal was to infuse a family atmosphere into the ballpark, an objective that was aided by the fact that Butch’s three sons were constantly running around the place.

The Hobsons moved to California a few years ago and Butch took a job managing the Atlantic League team in Southern Maryland, but at some point I heard that the oldest boy, K.C., was a pretty good ballplayer who might have a chance of being drafted.  I thought of that tonight and decided to give it a look.  To my surprise, there it was: with the 190th pick in the draft, the Toronto Blue Jays had taken Kristopher Hobson, outfielder, out of Stockdale High School in Stockdale, California.

Good for K.C. and good for the Hobson family.  I’m not sure what’s coming down with the other two boys – the general consensus was that Hank, the middle son, didn’t have as deep an interest in sports as his brother, and Noah, the third boy, was too young to judge as an athlete when Butch was in Nashua – but it’s nice that at least one of Butch’s sons has the opportunity to follow in his footsteps.

And the really cool, sort of ironic, thing?  K.C. was drafted right out of high school, so he’ll probably start in Rookie or Low A ball.  But if he progresses through the system and jumps a couple levels to AA within the next couple years, he will play for the Fisher Cats in Manchester, New Hampshire, about fifteen minutes up the road from the city where his father led teams to championships in two different leagues.

How to Become a First Round Pick

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Listen. I’m not going to pretend I’m OMDQ up in this bitch. My research skills are mediocre at best. But I did spend five minutes making hashmarks on a piece of paper just to satisfy my own curiosity (look out, Baseball America!) Here’s a breakdown showing where our first-round MLB draftees last practiced their trade.

College – 13

High School – 16

Independent Ball – 1

My own home team, the Kansas City Royals, took the lone flyer on an Indie guy, drafting Aaron Crow. For what it’s worth, Crow was drafted last year by the Nats, and went to Indie ball because he didn’t like the pace of negotiations with Washington. So, he’s like better than you’d think, eh?