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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Work Pictures, Enjoy!

Throughout the baseball season, I get the opportunity to work for MLB Network and FOX Sports when they come to Chicago to do broadcasts for the White Sox and/or Cubs. I started this a couple years ago while I was working at Comcast SportsNet, on a morning sports show called Monsters in the Morning. This summer, I started freelance working for FOX as a runner/production assistant which basically means I am one of two people going from the production truck to broadcast booth to the dugouts/field area relaying information, stats sheets, or helping with random things to get the broadcast going. I absolutely love it, if for no other reason that I get to be at the ballpark surrounded by knowledgable baseball people. The crews are always so on top of their game, without a single little detail going unplanned or unnoticed.

The pictures below are some of my view point from the following games:
5/14/11: Cubs vs Reds
6/11/11: Cubs vs Yankees
6/25/11: White Sox vs Nationals
Hope you enjoy!

5/14/11: Work area in the broadcast booth

5/14/11: Cubs Win!

6/11/11: Wrigley Field from the 3rd base camera well

6/11/11: Work area for the game, camera well by the dugout

6/11/11: Squeezed into the camera well!

6/11/11: Carlos Pena on third base

6/11/11: Alex Rodriguez getting ready for the inning

6/11/11: Garza's seat for every game!

6/25/11: Getting prepped for Sox v Nationals, love that ballpark cam!

Lineup card for Sox v Nats

6/25/11: Another different work area... in the production truck doing Sounds of the Game today!

6/25/11: View from Sox dugout... pre-game.

Well, I hope you have enjoyed the pictures and hopefully you got to see a different angle of the stadiums! I firmly believe in sharing baseball experiences, which was my reason for starting this blog. There is nothing better than I emails I receive and pictures you guys send in from your trips around Major and Minor league ballparks. If I've learned nothing else from baseball, it's that others share in similar passions. No matter how different you may think you are, there is always someone else out there, in our world of 6+ billion, who shares in those feelings. Baseball has brought a lot of opportunity my way, mostly because others like myself who have shared stories and taught me to chase my dreams. You will never be younger that you are at this very moment. Do not wait to follow your dreams; don't let anything or anyone hinder the pursuit of your goals. Do it now while you have the opportunity.

Thanks for reading and keep sharing your trips!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Rosters Posted for the 2011 XM Futures Game

The 2011 XM Futures Game will be played July 10, 2011 at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona and will feature Minor League Baseballs 25 most notable U.S. Players vs 25 top MiLB World Players. See below for rosters- each of the 30 MLB teams are represented in the game.

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U.S. Roster
Jarred Cosart PHI Class A Adv./Clearwater
Kyle Gibson  MIN Triple-A/Rochester
Matt Harvey  NYM Double-A/Binghamton
Shelby Miller STL Double-A/Springfield
Matt Moore  TB Double-A/Montgomery
Brad Peacock WAS Double-A/Harrisburg
Drew Pomeranz CLE Class A Adv./Kinston
Tyler Skaggs ARI Class A Adv./Visalia
Tyler Thornburg MIL Class A Adv./Brevard County
Jacob Turner DET Double-A/Erie

Devin Mesoraco CIN Triple-A/Louisville
Austin Romine NYY Double-A/Trenton

Nolan Arenado COL Class A Adv./Modesto
Chase d'Arnaud PIT Triple-A/Indianapolis
James Darnell SD Double-A/San Antonio
Paul Goldschmidt ARI Double-A/Mobile
Grant Green OAK Double-A/Midland
Jason Kipnis CLE Triple-A/Columbus (Hometown -Evanstan, Illinois)
Manny Machado BAL Class A Adv./Frederick
Will Middlebrooks BOS Double-A/Portland

Gary Brown SF Class A Adv./San Jose
Bryce Harper WAS Class A/Hagerstown
Wil Myers KC Double-A/NW Arkansas
Matthew Szczur CHC Class A/Peoria
Mike Trout LAA Double-A/Arkansas
World Roster
Henderson Alvarez TOR Double-A/New Hampshire - Venezuela
Kelvin Herrera KC Double-A/NW Arkansas - Dominican Republic
Liam Hendriks MIN Double-A/New Britain - Australia
Gregory Infante CWS Triple-A/Charlotte - Venezuela
Jhan Marinez FLA Double-A/Jacksonville - Domincan Republic
Carlos Martinez STL Class A/Quad Cities - Dominican Republic
James Paxton SEA Class A/Clinton - Canada
Martin Perez TEX Double-A/Frisco - Venezuela
Julio Teheran ATL Triple-A/Gwinnett - Colombia
Arodys Vizcaino ATL Double-A/Mississippi - Dominican Republic

Wilin Rosario COL Double-A/Tulsa - Dominican Republic
Sebastian Valle PHI Class A Adv./Clearwater - Mexico

Yonder Alonso CIN Triple-A/Louisville - Cuba
Jose Altuve HOU Double-A/Corpus Christi - Venezuela
Hak-Ju Lee TB Class A Adv./Charlotte - South Korea
Francisco Martinez DET Double-A/Erie - Venezuela
Alex Liddi SEA Triple-A/Tacoma - Italy
Jefry Marte NYM Class A Adv./St. Lucie - Dominican Republic
Jurickson Profar TEX Class A/Hickory - Curacao
Jonathan Schoop BAL Class A Adv./Frederick - Curacao

Dayan Viciedo CWS Triple-A/Charlotte Villa Clara, Cuba
Starling Marte PIT Double-A/Altoona - Dominican Republic
Reymond Fuentes SD Class A Adv./Lake Elsinore - Puerto Rico
Alfredo Silverio LAD Double-A/Chattanooga - Dominican Republic
Chih-Hsien Chiang BOS Double-A/Portland - Taiwan

Congrats to all who made the Futures game and continue to represent your club well! If anyone gets to the game and can snag me one of the futures all star balls, I'll trade you some Cubs tix at Wrigley :-) Thanks!


Thursday, June 2, 2011

Illinois Based Players from the 2011 MLB Draft

Updated 06/08/2011: See Illinois Players below
The 2011 First-Year Player Draft is being held in Secaucus, N.J. beginning Monday, June 6, 2011 at 6pm CST with the first round/LIVE coverage on MLB Network. Rounds 2-30 will be held the following day, Tuesday June 7th beginning at 11am CST. The draft will finish on Wednesday, June 8th with rounds 31-50 beginning at 11am CST. The draft can be followed live on for the entire three day span.

(links on players names will take you to an article about them)
STL #079 - Charlie Tilson [CF] New Trier HS, IL
CIN #114 - Anthony Cingrani [LHP] Rice, SR - from New Lennox, IL; went to Lincoln Way Central HS
CHC #129 - Tony Zych [RHP] Louisville, JR - from Monee, IL; went to St. Rita HS
SD #203 - Kyle Gaedele [RF] Valparaiso, JR - from Arlington Heights, IL; went to Rolling Meadows HS
COL #228 - Harold Riggins [1B] North Carolina State, JR - from Normal, IL; went to Normal West HS
STL #230 - Nick Martini [CF] Kansas State, JR - from Crystal Lake, IL; went to Prairie Ridge HS
BAL #245 - Johnny Ruettiger[CF] Arizona State, JR - from Joliet, IL; went to Joliet Catholic HS
CHW #261 - Ian Gardeck [RHP] Angelina College, J2 - from Lake in the Hills, IL; went to Crystal Lake South HS
NYY #269 - Philip Wetherell [RHP] Western Kentucky, JR - Stewardson, IL; went to Stewardson-Strasburg HS
PHI #271 - Austin Wright [LHP] Ole Miss, JR - Schaumburg, IL; went to Conant HS
CHC #279 - Garrett Schlecht [RF] Waterloo HS, IL
SD #293 - Justin Hancock [RHP] Lincoln Trail College, J2
BAL #335 - Adam Davis [C] University of Illinois, JR - from Bloomingdale, IL; went to Driscoll Catholic HS
TEX #354 - Connor Sadzeck [RHP] Howard College, J1 - from Crystal Lake, IL - went to Crystal Lake Central HS
ARI #364 - Joshua Parr [SS] University of IL, JR - from Chillicothe, IL; went to IL Valley Central HS
DET #377 - Jeff Holm [OF] Michigan State University, SR - from St. Charles, IL; went to St. Charles North HS
BOS #472 - Braden Kapteyn [RHP] Kentucky, JR - from Lansing, IL; went to Illiana Christian HS
TEX #474 - Jerad Eickhoff [RHP] Olney Central College (IL), J2 - from Evansville, IN
NYM #522 - Jonathan Clark [CF] Lee U, JR - from Chicago, IL
MIN #568 - Corey Kimes [LHP] U of IL Champaign, JR - from Ottawa, IL; went to Ottawa HS
LAA #585 - Ryan Crowley [LHP] Northwest Florida State, J2 - from Chicago, IL; went to Morton West HS
COL #618 - Daniel Winkler [RHP] Central Florida, JR - from Effingham, IL; went to St. Anthony HS
COL #678 - Logan Mahon [LHP] Southeast Missouri State, SR - from St. Elmo, IL; went to St. Elmo HS
ARI #694 - Ryan Court [3B] Illinois State University, 5S - from Sleepy Hollow, IL; went to Dundee-Crown HS
LAD #704 - Garrett Bolt [RHP] Western Illinois University, JR - from Wheeler, MI.
LAA #705 - Zachary Borenstein [RF] Eastern Illinois U, JR - from Buffalo Grove, IL; went to Buffalo Grove HS
NYY #719 - Corey Maines [RHP] Illinois State University, SR - from Houston, TX
KC #726 - Spencer Patton [RHP] Southern IL U Edwardsville, SR - from Kinmundy, IL; went to South Central HS
MIN #748 - Nick Burdi [RHP] Downers Grove South HS, IL
KC #876 - Jakob Junis [RHP] Rock Falls HS, IL
MIN #898 - Derek Thompson [LHP] Teutopolis HS (IL)
TB #930 - Chris Burgess [RHP] Black Hawk College, J2 - from West Chicago, IL; went to St. Charles East HS
SEA #933 - Kyle Hunter [LHP] Kansas State, JR - from Galesburg, IL; went to Galesburg HS
KC #936 - Christopher Serritella [1B] SIU Carbondale, JR - from Glenview, IL - went to Loyola Academy HS
DET #947 - Brian Stroud [RHP] Western Michigan U, JR