Fish Out of Water

Musings and observations about life from an East Coast native now living on the Left Coast in the California State Capitol since 2004. This fish has made her home in Madison, WI (7 years); Portland, OR (2 years); Las Vegas, NV (7 months); Middlebury, VT (3 summers); Marne-la-Vallee, a small town east of Paris, France (6 months); Middletown, CT (3 years); and Marshfield, MA, the fish's coastal hometown 40 miles south of Boston (17 years).

Location: Sacramento, California, United States


ESPN Comes to Sacto!

Last night we went to the Triple A All-Star Game to see our "hometown" Pacific Coast League smother the International League 11-5, largely thanks to the first ever grand slam in a Triple A All-Star Game and to another big homer by our very own River Cat, Matt Watson. Great game. Great sport. Horrible hot weather.

In addition to the sell-out crowd, a very cool thing about the game is that it was broadcast on ESPN. Yep, Sacto makes the big time in cable sports TV! Not a bad accomplishment, especially for a minor league organization that almost wasn't...

We also attended the Celebrity Softball Game and Home Run Derby on Monday night. I've never been to any events like these before and had always thought of the Major League All-Star Game & festivities as rather boring, but the Raley Field events were unexpectedly amusing and fun. Especially when the "kid" (23-year-old Ian Kinsler) made the final round of the Derby extremely dramatic by coming from behind to almost overtake the eventual winner, Mitch Jones - Mitch put up 11 points in his at-bat and Ian hit 3 final homers with 7 outs (earning "bonus" points for each) to rack up 10 points before making his 8th and final out. Phew! Now there's a player to watch!

Great game! Great sport! Great city! Go River Cats!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

LNJ remembers-

Mitch made me a quarter with his HR prowess and that was just cool. After almost no HRs that I call on the man to go yard who won it all. And I agree, there were one or two names to watch for in the fall and years to come.

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