November 2009

Construction Update (11/13)

The new Coors Light Picnic Pavilion concession stand is taking shape quickly.  At last post, the wooden framework was up.  Now, we officially have walls:




Lemon in the Limelight

There’s an excellent article on today from the Arizona Fall League about former LumberKing Marcus Lemon (’07).  He belted a grand slam for the Surprise Rafters yesterday, his second home run in five days.  Unfortunately for Mariners fans, that slam came off Anthony Varvaro.

Read the article here:


Construction Update (11/11)

Yes, it’s been a while since I’ve updated you on the construction progress of the new concession stand.  After some concrete and plumbing work, the first wooden beams of the structure have been raised.  You can see how it’s taking shape:


100_1377.JPGThings are moving right along thanks to great weather this November.  It almost has felt like we could play out there lately.  Obviously that’s not going to happen for a while yet.

A reminder, you CAN book the Coors Light Picnic Pavilion, the Leinenkugel’s Lumber Lounge and the Pepsi Picnic Garden for 2010 parties right now.  Season tickets for the 2010 season are also on sale.  Call 563-242-0727 for details.

As for the baseball side of things, I’m working on a few posts leading up to the 2009 Baseball Winter Meetings and will probably have some things to share from Indianapolis as well.  Stay tuned.


Kasparek, Seager Jerseys on Auction Block

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Official game-used jerseys of 2009 Clinton LumberKings right-hander Kenn Kasparek and infielder Kyle Seager are now available at

Kasparek captured the Midwest League ERA title in 2009, going 10-6 with a 2.41 mark.  He became the first Clinton pitcher to lead the league in ERA since Salomon Torres did it for the MWL Champion Clinton Giants in 1991.  Seattle’s 12th-round pick in 2008 out of the University of Texas, Kasparek was named Clinton’s Pitcher of the Year following the season.  His road and batting practice jerseys are available.

Seager arrived in Clinton after being drafted in the third round in 2009.  A star alongside Mariners’ first-round pick Dustin Ackley at the University of North Carolina, Seager hit .275 with a home run and 22 RBI over 41 games with the LumberKings.  His batting practice jersey is available.

Visit this link to see all three auctions:


Congrats, Yanks

Well, no World Series ring for former LumberKing John Mayberry Jr. (’06) this time around, but still, congrats to the New York Yankees on behalf of The LumberBlog (aka me).

I was just in the Bronx in September of 2008, visiting old Yankee Stadium during its final homestand.  I’m not a Yankees fan, in fact I’ve hated the Yankees in the past like many folks out there, but going to that ballpark puts things in a different, historical perspective.

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My view from the left-field bleachers at Yankee Stadium on September 18, 2008.

Flat out, the Yankees winning the World Series every once in a while seems to help baseball achieve a historical balance.  Especially their first year in a new place, it’s only fitting that they win it.  Say what you will about the guns for hire and the huge payroll, but it still comes down to Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera playing the game the right way.

With that being said, let’s see someone else win it in 2010.  Next year begins now.