Well, the college football season recently concluded. The best weekend of the NFL season is upon us. Most of the 18" of snow that fell at this location 20 miles west of Boston two days ago is still hanging around. All that can only mean one thing... it's time to talk baseball. One football note first. Congratulations are in order for Auburn. Here's hoping that your championship isn't vacated in a couple months or a few years if more dirt is dug up on Cam Newton or his father. When it comes to athletics, I've only known St. Cloud State as a hockey school. I didn't even know they field a baseball team, so I was a bit surprised when I received word from their Athletic Dept. a couple weeks ago that one of the Huskies will be playing on the Cape this summer. SCSU - a Div. 2 school - has announced that sophomore 3B-OF Jordan Smith has signed a letter of commitment to play for Yarmouth-Dennis. Smith was a Northwoods League All Star last summer. He posted big numbers as a freshman for SCSU, batting .457 with 15 HR and 78 RBI.
I agree with all of the folks who say that the Cape League website needs an overhaul. It has a tired look to it. Heck, it should be tired since it has been around for 11 years. If you look at the Bourne Braves page on the league site, it still shows 7:00 as the start time for their games even though games at Doran Park haven't started at 7:00 since 2008.
I want to meet one of these people who romanticize about snow. You know, the ones who say they look forward to sitting by the window with a good book, a cup of coffee, and the dog curled up at their feet while a blizzard rages outside. All I know is that we're only three weeks into winter and I ache in places I didn't even know I had after walking behind the snowblower for a few hours and then still having to shovel this, um, stuff.
The question posed on the Chatham website asks "What links the Anglers and the Oscars?" Answer: "Anglers broadcaster Scott Braun has been selected by MTVU as a nationwide top 10 finalist for interviewing celebrities on the red carpet at the Oscars. Please vote to send him to Hollywood." Anyone who would like to help Scott get to the Oscars can help to send him there by voting for him on the Anglers website. Go to http://www.chathamas.com/index.cfm?base=28&articleID=368.
Sophomore RHP Luke Farrell was recently added to Wareham's roster. For an uplifting story that details Farrell battling a serious health issue, check out this article by Scott Powers on ESPNChicago.com: http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/news/story?id=5224458. Farrell's father, John, is the new manager of the Toronto Blue Jays.
It looks like the Baylor Bears will be well represented on the Cape in 2011. Only three teams have posted their rosters, but there there are seven players from Baylor on those rosters. RHP Kolt Browder and OF Cal Towey will be playing for Hyannis. In Wareham, RHP Dillon Newman and LHP Joshua Turley will join returning Gatemen 1B Max Muncy and C Josh Ludy. Muncy finished tied for third in the league last year with 25 RBI. INF/OF Logan Vick will play for Cotuit. Vick played in all 60 games for Baylor last year and batted .329 with 10 HR. Chatham usually lands a few Baylor players and we can expect to see more Bears showing up as more teams post their rosters.
The college baseball season open up on February 18 - five weeks from today. The Cape League opens up in 21 weeks. Think spring and stay warm!