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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.
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.
Mike Scioscia’s (’77) Angels fell last night, pretty much eliminating the possibility of a former LumberKing playing in this year’s World Series. Gary Matthews, Jr. (’95) went 0-for-4 with a run scored over three games of the ALCS with the Yankees.
It still seems unlikely that John Mayberry, Jr. (’06) will be added to the Phillies World Series roster, but he’s still got a shot at the ring. There are no former LumberKings on the Yankees’ 40-man roster.
The 2009 World Series starts on Wednesday in the Bronx.
An update on former LumberKings in the MLB Playoffs:
Jason Bay (’01) was a disappointing 1-for-8 with three walks and three strikeouts for the Red Sox as they were swept by Mike Scioscia’s (’77) Angels. Gary Matthews (’95) went 0-for-1 in the series.
If the Phillies get by Jim Tracy’s Colorado Rockies and on to an NLCS matchup with the Dodgers, it still looks like it will be without John Mayberry, Jr. (’06). Matt Stairs and Ben Francisco probably have the reserve outfield spots on lockdown barring injury despite going a combined 0-for-2.
That’s it and that’s all for now.
When the 2009 MLB Playoffs officially kick off this evening, the Midwest League will be well-represented. Rather than dig up every Postseason participant that ever spent a day in the league, I’ll focus on former LumberKings (or Clinton players in general) that will vie for the World Series trophy this year:
Red Sox: Jason Bay (’01)
Angels: Manager Mike Scioscia (Clinton catcher in ’77), Gary Matthews, Jr. (’95)
That appears to be it. I won’t do a full playoff prediction for the big leagues like I did the Midwest League, but my support will be behind the Colorado Rockies. Manager Jim Tracy never played for a Clinton squad, but his son Chad Tracy was a LumberKing in ’07.