One can understand, then, why Ready would seek any offseason outlet that provided a similarly healthy and helpful diversion. “I got a call from Kruky [with an invite to play],” Mitchell says. (Getty). (Randy Ready), Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar may or may not have taken the field with Spike & Fat Boy. Another historic tie, to a different area, is that Burlington Athletic Stadium was originally built in Danville, Virginia, when the ballpark was purchased for $5,000 in 1958 and reconstructed at its current location for the 1960 season. On June 2, 1989, the Padres shipped both Kruk and Ready to the Phillies for Chris James. Weekly promotions include $1 hot dogs on Tuesdays (bonus: Bring your dog to the game for just $1), Thirsty Thursdays, Fireworks Fridays, and Super Saturdays filled with post-game concerts, celebrity appearances and great giveaways. And that’ll have to be enough, because the legend of Spike & Fat Boy has stayed hidden far too long. Years earlier he had purchased a Boeing 727 and begun a sports-charter airline business called Padre Air Travel. With the help of three remarkable ringers -- Mitchell, John Kruk and Randy Ready, all of whom would finish their careers with a combined 36 seasons of MLB experience -- this team run by Padres employees brought the big leagues to the beer leagues. is fully dedicated to small and independent U.S. breweries. These day trips, from the beaches to the desert to the valleys, will get you out there again. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. “Jack McKeon was our GM, so I don’t think he cared,” Swanson says. And on Dec. 27, 1983, the couple welcomed a son. “And we had a blast with him. There are public (from $124) and private tour (check for rates) options on comfortable shuttle buses making stops at local tap rooms and breweries. So far Narragansett owns the season series 5-10, meaning that in the event of a tie in Narragansett would take the division (no one game playoff since the loser of the tie still makes the playoffs as a wild card). Combine beer with time, and a lack of record-keeping, and you have a recipe for some, shall we say, embellishment. It doesn’t get any better than that. This Cactus League season, the brewery features a line of a dozen beers and ales 4½ miles from the Angels’ Tempe Diablo Stadium and equidistant from the San Francisco Giants’ Scottsdale Stadium and Chicago Cubs’ Sloan Park. You know, just a [future] Hall of Famer. Beer has long been associated with America’s favorite pass time of watching sports. If I had done that in softball, they’d have killed me.”, “Kruky is the ideal softball player,” Mitchell adds. They called Kruk “Fat Boy” because, well …, “I think our trainers, Dick Dent and Larry Duensing, came up with that,” Kruk says. Robbie ended up hanging out one winter and came to a couple games and played. “But then, as word got out, the turnout and our fan base grew,” Ready says. Mostly, though, the team revolved around lesser-known employees -- trainers, clubhouse attendants, PR people, etc. Note that I confirmed with Fantrax that there is no computer bidder (unlike on the CBS site). The Edmonton Trappers visited Newcastle tonight to kick off the 2017 BLB season: Newcastle jumps on Rick Porcello early getting 3 runs in the first (including HRs by Posey and Davis), and Arrieta shuts the door for the 4-hit CGSO. I’ll kick things off: I went in needing a starting 1B, 2B, and either 3B or DH (if I got a 3B I was gonna move Jose Ramirez to DH). A flight of beer at Walter Station Brewery in Phoenix. “That said, I don’t think anybody was running up and down the hallways at the office announcing, ‘We’ve got a big game tonight with Randy and Kruky in it!’”. How clean is the air inside LAX’s terminals? Info: Freak’n Brewing Co., 9299 W Olive Ave, Suite 513, Peoria; The Peoria Artisan Brewery and Gastropub is usually packed to capacity Wednesday nights for its $10 beer and a burger special. “Here’s our entire dugout, all standing up and cheering for the other pitcher to get him out!” Chandler recalls with a laugh. Feel free to share your predictions/comments on my predictions in the comments! But he did take the field on occasion. The Burlington Royals take the mascot of their parent club. Right, it was so long ago. It was a stress-free environment. is written by beer lovers for beer lovers. Yes, beer leagues tend to involve beer. I should note that the rally that lead to those 2 runs was started by an “error” result to the RF, where a 0 was rolled meaning he slipped on a wet field allowing Bogaerts to reach base. Ottawa is a lock to win the Bock division, but could still be passed by either Woodbury or Nickel City for the #1 seed. Here we go. Nickel City was up 2-0 until the bottom of the 7th when I took a bit of a risk that paid off: I PH Schimpf for Cain, but Dave had a lefty up and I was hoping he’d go to him which would allow me to immediately PH Jose Reyes (lefty killer) who Dave would have to either walk or pitch to. We know you love reppin' Uncle Dennis' old jersey, but it deserves to be hanging up next to your trophy shelf. I think “a” is faaaaaar more likely than b :). Fact-checking the first Trump-Biden presidential debate. Comments – Indians should walk all over this division. Ottawa (1) vs Dakota (4) / Woodbury (2) vs Nickel City (3) – Unlike in the Ale where the four playoff teams have been known for some time, the playoff teams and seeding is still up in the air in the Lager. Not sure what grade I give myself in the report card but I’m happy nonetheless. Info: Goldwater Brewing Co., 3608 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Scherzer gives up a HR to Altuve on a deep drive in the first… and that was it for offense for either team as Maeda/Osuna shut down Edmonton’s bats to give Nickel City a commanding 2-0 lead heading back to San Diego. During Friday home games, the team hosts Food Truck Friday, where a local food truck will be on site dishing out tasty food. What matters is that the gist of what follows is correct. “Randy was funnier than hell,” Swanson says. ( Log Out /  Dent: “It was like Rodney Dangerfield pulling up [in “Caddyshack”]. Glad to get him for a buck, would have went a few dollars higher. America’s Finest City had America’s Finest Softball Team. Home; Ale League. Disney to lay off 28,000 workers at domestic theme parks and other units. Remember you can find small and independent craft brewers wherever you are with’s Brewery Finder. My joy is short lived though as Inciarte (again) doubles to give Nickel City a 5-3 lead that looks like 50-3 from where I’m sitting. At that time, Kruk was a second-year big leaguer leading the Padres in homers and RBIs. Popular theme nights include Thirsty Thursdays, featuring $3 draft beer, and Friday Night Fireworks, which light up the Uptown skyline. Dent was one of the casualties, and the softball team fizzled out not long thereafter. It offers eight beers of varying sizes and $10 64-ounce growler fills on weekends. Little did we know Kruk was playing both. Explore California, the West and beyond with the weekly Escapes newsletter. I should note that it is at this point (I believe) that Mike Stockhaus texts Dave and says “Don’t blow it. Info: Huss Brewing Co., 1520 W. Mineral Road, No. His profession became his escape, and the versatile infielder and pinch-hitter relished that escape to the tune of a career-best .309 average and .943 OPS in 1987. “I didn’t believe him at first.”. July 31, 2019 (or 114 games) – Trade Deadline (11:59 pm PST). Though he still has some trouble with his right leg, which requires physical therapy, Mitchell is feeling much better now. Please turn on for a full experience. Take me out with the crowd — but first, let’s check out this craft brewery near the ballpark. Great opposite jam RH RP card. Assuming this matchup holds it should be an entertaining first round, as Ron has played me tough all season even though I’ve taken the season series 13-5. There’s never been a better time to catch a ballgame in North Carolina than this season. Somebody recommended a Triple-A pitcher in the Padres’ system who was in the area for the winter, rehabbing an injury. These two teams face off one more time this season in the second to last series of the year that could have division title implications. But look, do you remember everything you did in, say, 1989 or 1990? Before social media. Too busy to visit “When he made an out in softball, you’d have thought the frickin’ world was coming to an end.”. Take me out to the ballgame. It serves highly touted house beers and Arizona craft beer. I PH my only bench player, Butera, who’s good against RHP but he’s facing Roberto Osuna who is nails vs RHB. “Let’s bring it back!”. Pedal Haus Brewery, in the middle of the bustling Arizona State University campus, was named one of the 12 best bars for ASU students by, the digital form of the Arizona Republic newspaper.

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