John Lott of Toronto's National Post was in town over the weekend to see the Lugnuts up close. Here's his first article, a spotlight piece on Sal Fasano.
Great game last night!... that I didn't see.
It was my annual game re-creation broadcast, a tribute to the way baseball broadcasting used to be done. Of course, back in those days they didn't use computers to help pass along the information -- and they weren't stymied by internet frustrations (which we had all night long), but hey! Another year, another game re-creation!
To take you behind the curtain: I cracked mini-bats together to simulate the crack of the bat, and I slapped a ball into a glove to simulate a pitch hitting the catcher's mitt. Every year, hopefully, I should be able to get this game re-creation more and more authentic.
It was also a successful and satisfying 10-5 victory for the Lugs, featuring a balanced offense and fine pitching (not including the 1st, 2nd, and 9th innings).
Meanwhile, West Michigan finally lost a game. 12-game winning streak - over! There's a tie for the playoff race again. Things look promising for the rest of this series - they're taking on Fort Wayne, and the Lugnuts get two more contests with South Bend.
But then the Nuts have to go to Fort Wayne for four games, and... there's a long way still to go.