While a lot of you wasted your Thursday evening on Red Wings 4, Stars 1, I trudged out to Frisco for some baseball. At least, I think it was baseball.
It was KTCK 1310 AM The Ticket’s “Great Game” and, actually, it was great. Perfect weather at the RoughRiders’ Dr Pepper Ballpark. Great, charitable cause. Awesome that Norm Hitzges, in his best Harry Caray, led the robust crowd in “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” in the bottom of the 5th. And kinda cool that – I was there, swear it wasn’t fixed – the final score was Team Musers 13, Team Hardline 10. Yep, 13-10.
But the baseball? Eh, not so great. Jump with me for some reviews:
*Winning pitcher Craig Miller throws his fastball – delivery and velocity – like Charlie Hough pushed his knuckler. He did, however, have one of the night's hardest hit balls with a sharp single in the second.
*Hardline lefty hurler Corby Davidson not only looks Johnny Damon, he throws like him.
*Donovan Lewis made a handful of above-average running catches in center field. By far the game's defensive MVP.
*I lost count, but the game just had to have set a modern-day record for “defensive indifference.” Two words that would’ve made it more like baseball but, in all honestly, not as exciting: Tight. Bases. With all the catchers’ passed balls, weak throws and surrendered bases, Pudge Rodriguez' legacy is safe.
*At one point in the second inning Team Musers scored seven runs on one hit, prompting a fan to stand up and disgustedly yell, “C’mon Hardline … Fock!”
*Only significant injury seemed to be a pulled quad by Sunday morning host Mark Elfenbein.
*Mike Rhyner’s hardball wet dream came true when, in the 7th, he squibbed an RBI groundout that scored his manager – Rusty Greer. Earlier, however, Rhyner did appear to temporarily play soccer with bouncing single into right field before sorta slinging it in the general vicinity of second base.
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*Awkward moment of the night occurred in the 5th when a large section of fans behind third base stood up with hand-held signs that read “Where’s Greggo??” Not for sure, but he wasn’t in attendance.
*Gordon Keith, who dreamed aloud of playing center field on a unicycle, rounded the bases and scored a run – sans helmet.
*Most Valuable Player went to Team Musers middle reliever Dan McDowell who – seriously – threw like a relative Cy Young. His change of speeds and random sidearm delivery complimented his fastball, which eyeballed at around 65 mph. Impressive.
*Surprise of the night was the quantity – and quality – of female fans. There’s nothing sexier than a girl at a sun-drenched baseball park, hair in a cap and pony tail, proudly sporting her big … beers. -- Richie Whitt