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Player Spotlight: Third Baseman, Ruben Gotay


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Ruben Gotay was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 31st round of the 2000 amateur draft out of Indian Hills Community College-Centerville. He spent five and a half season in their farm system before being traded to the New York Mets July 19, 2006.

After a month of playing for the New Orleans Zephyrs in 2007, Gotay was called up to the big leagues where he spent the rest of the season predominantly as a second baseman. He played in 98 games with a .295 average (56Hx190AB), 25 runs, 24 RBI, 16 walks and 42 strikeouts.

He was then selected off waivers by the Atlanta Braves March 28, 2008, spending all year in the majors. Making only a three day trip to the triple-A Richmond Braves before being sent back to Atlanta.

Last year, Gotay spent the whole season with the Reno Aces, the Arizona Diamondbacks triple-A affiliate. He hit .272 with 11 home runs with a .429 OBP, compiling more walks (102) than hits (101).

This year he joins the Memphis Redbirds for the first time in his career. Gotay leads the ‘Birds in games (128), walks (88) and strikeouts (107). He has been relied upon as a third baseman while with Memphis, tying Donovan Solano with most errors on the team at 18.

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Full Name: Ruben Bruce Gotay

Nicknames: GoGo

Hometown: Fajardo, Puerto Rico

Favorite baseball player of all time: Roberto Alomar

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What is your best moment on the diamond? When I got my first base-hit in the big leagues.

What team did you watch growing up?Atlanta Braves and New York Mets

If you weren’t in baseball, what would you be doing? Physical Education teacher

Where do you see yourself in 25 years? With kids, on the beach, just hanging out.

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Favorite food: Lasagna

Favorite movie: Major League

I’m afraid of…nothing.

Favorite TV Show: Fresh Prince of Bel Air

Song that gets you pumped up: “Yeah” by Usher

Most embarrassing moment while playing baseball: I was playing second base and there was a pop up and I lost it. It ended up landing right behind my head, I almost got hit!

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Favorite play in a baseball game: I have two, a walk-off home run and an ending inning double play.

Who is your greatest influence? My dad

What is your favorite off-day activity? Doing nothing

Do you have any autographs? Yes, one of the ones that I really appreciate is Derek Jeter’s. I got it when I played against the Yankees.

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What is the most difficult part about playing professional baseball? Being away from your family and not being able to spend time with them.

What do you like best about the city of Memphis? Mud Island

Any broken bone stories? It wasn’t a broken bone, but it was close…I was playing during spring training in 2008 and I ended up with a really bad sprained ankle.

If you were a kid would you rather be the one in Rookie of the Year, Angels in the Outfield or Little Big League? Rookie of the Year

What is your favorite thing about being a Redbird? Coming to the field and showing the fans what we can do.

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Lightning Round Responses

Dogs or Cats

Summer or Winter

Fruits or Vegetables

Movies or Books

Offense or Defense

Ketchup or Mustard

Sunflower Seeds or Bubble Gum BOTH!

Have the ability to fly or read people’s minds

Be able to stop time while you slept or never have to do laundry

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Another Player Spotlight in the books, that’s all for Ruben Gotay!
Jordan. Out.

Player Spotlight: Relief Pitcher, Josh Kinney


Josh Kinney has had a great season as a Memphis Redbird this year. With 10 saves, three wins and four losses on the season, Kinney has been one of our most relied upon relievers appearing in 48 games.

He was the first Cardinals farmhand from the Springfield (MO) Double-A affiliate to reach the Major Leagues. While with St. Louis in 2006, Kinney played in 21 games giving up nine runs on 17 hits with eight walks and 22 strikeouts. His ERA was 3.24 in 25.0 innings pitched. He also made two appearances in the playoffs that year.

After his spectacular season with the Cards, Kinney missed all of 2007 to undergo “Tommy John” surgery on his right elbow then fractured his arm during rehabilitation.

Making a comeback in 2008, he rehabbed with Double-A Springfield in late September and made his way back to the St. Louis roster where he closed out the season. He began 2009 with the Cardinals before being optioned down to the Memphis Redbirds where he spent most of the year. Kinney still appeared in 17 games as a Cardinal, being recalled twice.

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Full Name: Joshua Thomas Kinney

Nicknames: My buddies back home call me ‘the Movie Star’

Hometown: Port Allegany, PA

Favorite baseball player of all time: I don’t really have one…I always liked Bob Gibson, I thought what he did was awesome so if I was going to pick one it would probably be him.

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What is your best moment on the diamond? Winning the World Series in 2006

What team did you watch growing up? The St. Louis Cardinals

If you weren’t in baseball, what would you be doing? I’d probably be doing something involved in the outdoors. I spend a lot of time hunting and fishing and I like to get into outdoors television of some sort.

Most embarrassing moment while playing baseball: Knock on wood, I haven’t really had any yet but…to be continued.

Favorite play in a baseball game: In 2006, it was game two of the National League Championship Series against the Mets in the eighth inning, tie game. I think I had bases loaded with one out facing (Carlos) Beltran who’s a Cardinal Killer. I got him to hit into a double play to end the inning, we went onto win and I got the win.

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Best prank pulled that you’ve seen or been a part of while in pro ball? I always like the ‘jump out of a locker at somebody.’ You hide in someone’s locker and scare them- we just did it the other day here for the first time to Lance Lynn. The funny part about it is he’s the only person I’ve ever seen not really jump.

What is your favorite off-day activity? My wife and I own a farm back in Springfield, MO and on off-days I usually go home and work on the farm. Just spend time with my wife outside.

What is the most difficult part about playing professional baseball? Being away. No matter where you’re at, in the minor leagues or major leagues, you’re still away from your family.

Where do you see yourself in 25 years? Hopefully I’ve got a whole house full of kids, doing something else I love to do, and my family is healthy and I just hope I have a really big family.

If you were on a reality TV show, which one would it be and why? Oh, that’s a no-brainer. I’d go on the Drury Outdoors: Dream Season.

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As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? A baseball player and maybe a professional hunter.

Favorite food: Steak. Deer steak. Deer, Elk or even Moose. Bear is pretty good too.

Favorite movie: Jeremiah Johnson

Song that gets you pumped up: “On the Road Again” by Willie Nelson

Favorite TV Show: Grey’s Anatomy

Newest Hobby: I’m always outside- I don’t feel right sitting inside watching television but during baseball season there’s only so much you can do! So, I started watching TV shows. My roommate (Matt Scherer) keeps me updated on all the drama and we stay up and have ice cream and watching television.

two-amazed-boys-watching-tv.jpgI’m afraid of…Snakes…and spiders aren’t really a friend of mine either.

Tell us one thing about you the fans don’t already know: I can whistle like any bird and I’m as normal as you can get.

Who is your greatest influence? My dad

Do you have any autographs? Not really, I’ve gotten a few but I give them away to family and friends. I like to give that kind of gift away.

What do you like best about the city of Memphis? The food. They have really good food here.

Any broken bone stories? Yea, I broke my elbow pitching. It was after I had Tommy John surgery and I was rehabbing from that. I made a throw and I cracked my funny bone- it sounded like a carrot snapping in half. Now I have an inch screw holding my bone on, they screwed it back onto my arm and…I’m actually lucky to even be playing again.

Describe yourself in five words or less: Boring and simple.

Three things you can’t live without: Air, food and water.

 

Lightning Round Responses

Dogs or Cats

Summer or Winter

Fruits or Vegetables (He chose steak)

Movies or Books

Offense or Defense

Ketchup or Mustard

Sunflower Seeds or Bubble Gum (Neither)

Have the ability to fly or read people’s minds

Know it all or have it all

Be able to stop time while you slept or never have to do laundry

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That’s all for Josh Kinney!

Jordan. Out. :)

WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!


Hey everyone!  Dave here.  Tomorrow begins the last home stand of the season, but it doesn’t have to be!  We are currently 3.5 games back of the Iowa Cubs for first place and a playoff appearance.

So how can you help?  By showing up and cheering on your Redbirds!  We have Tyler Greene and Nick Stavinoha back from St. Louis to help the ‘Birds try and repeat as Pacific Coast League Champions.

Plus not to mention we have some pretty sweet promotions lined up.  There’s superhero night  (which the players have gotten involved in), singles night and a fireworks show just to name a few. 

So come on out to AutoZone Park.  Remember, the final regular season home stand begins tomorrow!  See y’all there!

Player Spotlight: Relief Pitcher and Mr. Funny Man, Andrew Brown


A little background information on Andrew Brown before the interview portion begins. This year, he joins the Memphis Redbirds in his 12th season of baseball. Brown was originally drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the sixth round of the 1999 Major League Baseball Draft. He’s pitched for not only the Braves organization but also for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sand Diego Padres, Cleveland Indians, Oakland Athletics and Washington Nationals organizations.

He made his first big league appearance August 13th, 2006 with the Cleveland Indians. Brown pitched nine games with the Indians that season, finishing with a 3.60 ERA allowing four runs on six hits in 10 innings of work.

He was traded to the Oakland Athletics the next season and eventually made his way back to the majors appearing in 33 games tacking on his first big league win August 1st against the Detroit Tigers. He also pitched in 33 games for the A’s during the 2008 season. His major league totals are as follows: 73 games, four wins, 86.2 innings pitched, 38 runs on 67 hits with 46 walks and 78 strikeouts for a 3.84 ERA.

Enough with all the statistics and baseball talk…I think it’s time for you to get to know a little bit more about the relief pitcher who sports the number 51 for your Memphis Redbirds.

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Full Name: Andrew Aaron Brown

Nicknames: Brownie and in high school, Doodoo Brown

Hometown:Orange City, FL

Favorite baseball player of all time: The guys on the team would say Stephen Strasburg but I’d have to say I was a big Wade Boggs fan growing up.

 

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What team did you watch growing up? The Boston Red Sox

If you weren’t in baseball, what would you be doing? I’d probably be a pastor…or doing plus size modeling as a pastor.

Most embarrassing moment while playing baseball: Long story short, I was trying to play a joke on a guy and throw a baseball into the stands to kind of scare him by having it hit the seats close to him. It was a guy I used to play with but unfortunately it smoked him right in the neck from about 120 ft. away…it was pretty embarrassing.

Favorite play in a baseball game: 1. When we win and number 2. A triple play because you get three outs in one pitch- it’s a lot of fun.

What is your best moment on the diamond? First win ever was pretty

cool, that was against the Detroit Tigers…I also struck out A-Rod once.

arod.jpgWhat is your favorite off-day activity? Hanging out with the family. Hanging out with the little one and the wife doing something fun.

What is the most difficult part about playing professional baseball? The mental grind, especially as a reliever because you could pitch any day. Just having to go out and be successful and dealing with not being successful because in your own mind you’re supposed to do well every time so if it doesn’t go well it’s hard to get over and if you do well, it’s not really satisfying because you were expected to do well.

What is your favorite thing about being a Redbird? Having Chris Conroy every day…he’s got such soft hands it’s unbelievable.
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If you were a kid would you rather be the one in Rookie of the Year, Angels in the Outfield or Little Big League? Rookie of the Year

Where do you see yourself in 25 years? Hopefully with a house full of kids and just spending a lot of time with my family and doing my best to raise them right.

If you were on a reality TV show, which one would it be and why? Either the Biggest Loser or Celebrity Fit Club

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a Fighter Pilot for the Air Force. I’m kind of infatuated with planes, used to have simulators for my computer and stuff like that but I think at some point I grew too large to fit in the cockpit. (He’s 6’6)

Favorite food: Sushi, Jeremy Piven and I have mercury poison from all the sushi we eat.

Favorite movie: Now this is pre Mel Gibson crazy stage. I’m a pretty big Braveheart fan, Gladiator…and to show a little of my sensitive side I enjoy City of Angles.
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Song that gets you pumped up: “Bittersweet Symphony” by The Verve

Favorite TV Show: Currently, my favorite show is anything that has to do with the NFL. Anything on the NFL channel or ESPN (pronounced as a word, not as individual letters)

I’m afraid…that I won’t represent Jesus Christ the way I should.

Tell us one thing about you the fans don’t already know: I was home schooled from the fourth grade on. And I took my sister to prom…too much? That was a joke people.

Who is your greatest influence? My parents.

Do you have any autographs? I’ve been in pro ball for twelve years and I’ve only asked for three people’s autographs. I’ve asked for Frank Thomas, Mike Piazza and Stephen Strasburg’s. I’ve caught a lot of flack for the Stasburg one since he is younger than me, but he’s a good dude and he’s going to be pretty good some day.

Newest Hobby: Cycling and I’m pretty excited about my new bib shorts.

(These are the bib shorts he is referring to and no, this is not actually Andrew Brown)

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What do you like best about the city of Memphis? I like the weather, people seem nice and the food it good.

Any broken bone stories? Just a broken heart (that part he sang)…no but seriously, no broken bones. I did break some teeth in high school on a bad hop on a ground ball and I had braces at the time. The teeth broke, stuck to the braces and my lip was embedded in the braces. But we won the game, so it was all good.

Describe yourself in five words or less: Chill, goofy, responsible, shnuggly (that’s for you honey!) and Christian.

Three things you can’t live without: My family, my Bible and my laptop

Lightning Round Responses

Dogs or Cats

Summer or Winter

Fruits or Vegetables

Movies or Books

Offense or Defense

Ketchup or Mustard

Sunflower Seeds or Bubble Gum

Have the ability to fly or read people’s minds

Know it all or have it all

Be able to stop time while you slept or never have to do laundry

Hit a grand slam or turn a triple play to win a game…(“just like Craig. Allen Craig, he’s the best!” Brown said.)
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That’s a wrap on Andrew Brown.

Jordan. Out.

Player Spotlight: Second Baseman, Daniel Descalso


Daniel Descalso joined the Redbirds this season being ranked as the Cardinals no. nine prospect, he played consistently for the first two months in 44 consecutive games all at second base.Descalso continued to play very well, that is, until June 29th when him and Tyler Greene collided with one another going after a play over second base. Greene’s knee struck Descalso in the shoulder putting Descalso on the disabled list with a broken collar bone.

Good news is, it’s been almost a month and Descalso was reactivated from the DL July 27th going 3-for-9 with one run scored since being back and has extended his hit streak to five games, including three games from before his DL stint. Looks like he’s back and better than ever!

Here is an article about Descalso from earlier this year:

Redbirds’ Daniel Descalso wants clutch situations and a video of him from when he first arrived in Memphis: Daniel Descalso interview with StLtoday

…and a little more about number 13 that most of you probably didn’t know, enjoy!
 

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Full Name: Daniel William Descalso

Nicknames: DD, Dirty D, ‘Scals

Hometown:San Carlos, CA

Favorite baseball player of all time: Carney Lansford

What is your best moment on the diamond? Being a part of the gold medal winning team USA last year in the Baseball World Cup.

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What team did you watch growing up? I was a big Oakland A’s fan

If you weren’t in baseball, what would you be doing? Probably something business related, running my own company.

Where do you see yourself in 25 years? Sitting in my backyard by my pool.

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Favorite food: My Grandma’s homemade ravioli

Newest Hobby: FIFA World Cup Soccer

Favorite movie: Rudy

I’m afraid of… heights.

Favorite TV Show: “24”

Song that gets you pumped up: “Automatic” by E-40

Most embarrassing moment while playing baseball: Forgetting the number of outs one time in college and running and getting double up.

Favorite play in a baseball game: Anytime you can make a diving play and take a hit from someone is pretty fun.

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Tell us one thing about you the fans don’t already know…I have five younger brothers and sisters and my last name in Spanish is ‘barefoot’.

If you were on a reality TV show which one would it be? The Real World

Best prank pulled that you’ve seen or been a part of while in pro ball: In 2008, a teammate and I took another guy’s keys to his car, filled his AC vents
with baby powder and turned his air conditioning on high so when he got in and turned on his car after the game he got sprayed with baby powder all in the
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Who is your greatest influence? My dad, growing up he was always around coaching me in baseball and always being a good role model for me.

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What is your favorite off-day activity? Nice BBQ, hang out by the pool, etc.

Describe yourself in five words or less: Hard-working, all around good guy.

Do you have any autographs? I have a Derek Jeter one and my favorite one is my Joe DiMaggio autograph picture

What is the most difficult part about playing professional baseball? The grind, the long season, the 140 games and the travel, it all adds up.

What do you like best about the city of Memphis? The history

Any broken bone stories? I have a broken collar bone right now…it was a play over second base, me and Tyler Greene were both going after it. I dove and he slid, his knee hit me in the shoulder and I broke my collar bone.

If you were a kid would you rather be the one in Rookie of the Year, Angels in the Outfield or Little Big League? Rookie of the Year Rookie of the Year because he’s the only one that actually plays.

Three things you can’t live without: My computer, my ipod and my family.

What is your favorite thing about being a Redbird? Playing at AutoZonePark..

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Lightning Round Responses

Dogs or Cats

Summer or Winter

Fruits or Vegetables

Movies or Books

Offense or Defense

Ketchup or Mustard

Sunflower Seeds or Bubble Gum

Have the ability to fly or read people’s minds

Be able to stop time while you slept or never have to do laundry

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That about wraps it up!

Jordan. Out.

Homestand photos


Hey everyone!  Dave here.  Below are some photos snapped by our team photographer, Allison Rhoades, from our last homestand against Omaha and Oklahoma City:

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Remember folks, we return home on Saturday with fireworks to play the Omaha Royals!  Cya at AZP!   

Gotta love those BBQ nachos


Hey everyone!  Dave here.  You know how much you love the BBQ nachos when you come to AutoZone Park?  Well, guess what…so does Sports Illustrated!

Check it out!  We’re number five!

They also posted us on Extra Mustard!

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Player Spotlight: Left Fielder/First Baseman, Allen Craig


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After Allen Craig’s outstanding outing as a St. Louis Cardinal yesterday against the Los Angeles Dodgers, I thought it was the perfect time to post his Q & A. But before we get into that, let’s recapitulate last night’s game and Craig’s amazing performance! The Cardinals were down 4-0 in the bottom of the eighth with both Albert Pujols and Colby Rasmus sitting out for the day. Craig hit a two-run double to left field plating Brendan Ryan as well as fellow Memphis Redbird Jon Jay. Shortly after, Randy Winn singled to right field to drive in Craig putting St. Louis down by only one run.

Fast forward to the bottom of the ninth. Allen Craig is up again with Yadier Molina on second, Jon Jay on first and two outs. Craig singles to center field,  Molina scores to tie up the game! Matt Holliday up next hits a single to right for the winning run. Cardinals win 5-4!! And all on the former Cal Bear’s birthday!

Not only did Craig receive his first Major League double, but he also had his first multi-hit game with the Cards while collecting three RBI. Allen Craig did an exceptional job and St. Louis posted videos to prove it. Check them out!

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Q & A with Allen Craig

What is your best moment on the diamond? Getting my first major league hit (this year) in Milwaukee 

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Who is your greatest influence? My family in general, mom and dad, grandparents, aunts and uncles

What is your favorite food? Pizza

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What is your favorite sports movie? Major League

Favorite Baseball Player: Ken Griffey Jr.

Where do you see yourself in 25 years? Having a family, kids sitting in the front row at the Lakers games with season tickets

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What is your favorite off-day activity? Getting rest

Song that pumps you up: “Imma Do It” by Fabolous

Tell us one thing about you the fans don’t already know. I have a pet tortoise back home.

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Do you have any autographs? A bunch! Cal Ripken, A-Rod, Griffey, etc.

What is the most difficult part about playing professional baseball? The grind of the game, playing and staying focused every day and working hard.

What is your favorite part about the city of Memphis? Huey’s

What was your favorite baseball team growing up? The Angels

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What was your favorite athlete of all time? Kobe Bryant

Three things you cannot live without: Food, water and family.

Describe yourself in six words or less: Work hard at what I do.

What is your favorite part about being a Redbird? It’s unpredictable.

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That’s it for Allen Craig, we send our congratulations from Memphis and wish him the best of luck!

Jordan. Out.

A special contributor


Hey everyone!  Dave here.  Not long ago we had some special visitors from Texas who wanted to check out AutoZone Park as part of their family vacation.  Check out the article written by 11 year-old Sarah Fonville…

http://www.allenamerican.com/articles/2010/07/07/sports/schools/allen/000090.txt

Redbirds All-Stars


Hey everyone!  Dave here.  As I’m sure many of you know, last night was the Triple-A All-Star Game.  Redbirds closer Fernando Salas, pitcher Brandon Dickson and hitting coach Mark Budaska were all in attendance at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania.  Shortstop Tyler Greene was also elected, but he’s up with St. Louis getting ready for the Cardinals second half push so he wasn’t in PA last night.

Both Salas and Dickson pitched well.  Here’s the crew together at the park:
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Dickson pitched a scoreless inning with a strikeout and Salas fired 0.2 innings with two strikeouts in his scoreless appearance.  Congratulations to our Redbirds for a strong showing!As far as the MLB All-Star Game, it was once again a very exciting game.  I’m more of an American League guy, born and raised a Red Sox fan in the heart of Yankee land in New Jersey, so I was a bit disappointed the AL couldn’t beat the NL for the 14th straight year.  David Ortiz won the Home Run Derby and went 2-for-2 in the game so I was happy enough.

My favorite part about the Mid-Summer Classic every year is seeing the truckload of fabulous pitchers make their way into the game.  I have to admit, it doesn’t get much better than having Ubaldo Jimenez and Josh Johnson come in back-to-back throwing 98 mph on the black.

However, it looked like for awhile the AL might out-pitch the NL until the seventh inning when  Matt Thornton gave up a bases clearing triple to Braves catcher Brian McCann to win 3-1.  Here is what he and NL Manager Charlie Manuel had to say after the game:

Now with the All-Star Game festivities for both Triple-A and MLB now over, it’s about time we get back to the nearly everyday grind of the season.  The Redbirds begin a four-game home-stand tonight in New Orleans before returning to Memphis on July 19th.

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