I've just picked up a new gig with Examiner.com, the citizen news portal and content aggregator. As the Salt Lake Baseball Examiner, I'll be writing about baseball and softball from all along the Wasatch Front, covering professional, college and JUCO programs, with an occasional high school prep story as it catches my eye. Most of my posts will show up at Examiner.com, with The Sporkball Journals being reserved for longer articles or creative pieces. You also can follow my baseball tweets on Twitter: BeesGal_SLC. Thanks and I'll see you at the ballpark. As always, …your friend in baseball.
July 3rd, 2012
It happened on the road against the Tacoma Rainiers last week. The Salt Lake Bees won back-to-back shutout games for the first time in the history of the Buzz/Stingers/Bees franchise since it rejoined the Pacific Coast League in 1993. On Thursday evening, LaTroy Hawkins, Greg Smith, Jeremy Berg, Matt Meyer, Sean White and Steven Geltz combined for 4 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 12 SO on the way for to the team's 3-0 victory. With the weather threatening to delay or postpone the game, the Bees started the game with Hawkins, who was on a rehab assignment from the Los Angeles Angels. Hawkins pitched one inning before being relieved by the original starting pitcher Greg Smith, who went for five more. Game highlights included solo homeruns by catcher Alberto Rosario and left-fielder Adam Heether. Third baseman Luis Jimenez did not get a hit, ending his consecutive-game hitting streak at eight. BOX SCORE GAMEDAY
The following night, Friday, four Salt Lake pitchers gave up just 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 SO in a pitchers' duel that ended with a Bees victory 2-0. The score was locked at 0-0 for seven innings before center-fielder Drew Heid belted a two-run homerun into right field to score the only runs of the game for either team. The homerun was Heid's first at the Triple-A level and broke up a no-hitter by Tacoma starter Erasmo Ramirez. Bees starting pitcher David Pauley threw six innings of one-hit baseball before being pulled for relievers Kevin Johnson and Francisco Rodriguez. Ryan Brasier closed out the game for his eigthth save of the season. BOX SCORE GAMEDAY
June 11th, 2012
In an age when the news media is filled with stories of the mega-million dollar lifestyles enjoyed by the superstars featured on ESPN, it's easy to forget that the vast majority of professional baseball players get by on a much lower standard of living. And yet, most professional ballplayers, even those playing at the lowest levels of the minor leagues, confess to feeling blessed by the privilege of making a living playing baseball. Unlike their MLB counterparts, minor league ballplayers do not receive a penny in royalties or fees from MiLB-licensed memorabilia. For the most part, they're still happy to sign photos, cards, and jerseys. Many happily volunteer for promotional events such as public appearances, community events, and kids' clinics. And others use their celebrity to reach out to at-risk or disabled youth. Every year, Salt Lake Bees players volunteer to make a number of visits. These are some of my favorite "sports stories."
Miracle League 2010
Miracle League 2012
Juvenile Justice Services 2012
South Salt Lake Juvenile Detention Center 2012
Shriners' Hospital for Children 2012
Shriners' Hospital for Children 2009
Knothole Club Clinic 2010
June 9th, 2012