November 2008

Lights Out

Welcome back to the Astros’ AFL blog.  We are winding down here in Scottsdale with just a little over a week left in the season.  This past week has been a fairly successful on for the Scorpions.  We have been playing pretty well lately, and our record is steadily improving. 

If there is one ultimate truth in baseball, it is that there is always the chance that you will see something that you have never seen before.  I have been a part of coutless baseball games over the past few years, but the other night at Scottsdale Stadium I saw something that I thought I would never see.  We were tied with Phoenix in the bottom of the 11th inning.  Kevin Frandsen was at the plate with runners on first and second.  We are just one hit away from a hard fought win.  For those of you who don’t know, the AFL has a rule that games cannot go beyond 11 innings in order to protect the pitching staffs.  So at this point in the game, we literally can’t lose.  Just as the four hour game was finally coming to its climax….. the lights went out.  I’m not speaking mataphorically here.  The stadium lights went out.  So there we were, standing in the dark not knowing what was going on, waiting for the umpires to make some kind of decision.  What was decided was that the game would be suspended until the next time we play the Desert Dogs.  So tomorrow night before our regularly scheduled game we will play one half of an inning.  That will be also be something that I have never seen before.

I read the comments that were posted after my last post.  Some of the questions in them were regarding where I thought I might be playing next year and even if I had a timetable to make the major leagues.  Honestly, I try not to think about that stuff.  Those aren’t my decisions so I leave them to the decision makers.  I can only try to make the most of these last few games out here in Arizona and then get as prepared as possible for Spring Training.

That’s it for this week.  I’ll be back again next week for my last entry.  I’ll see you all then.

Brian   

Guest Blogger Drew Sutton: Being a Local

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Hey fans, this is Drew Sutton.  I play with the Scottsdale Scorpions and am in the Houston Astros organization.  Having been in the Minors for a few years now and having traveled what seems like all over the country, you get in a habit of trying to find some great local spots once you get to town.  Whether they be good live music venues, attractions that really personalize a town or local restaurants.  That’s what I really enjoy about traveling so much to so many different cities, finding the Mom and Pop places that really define a city and give it a special nuance all its own.  In Springfield, Missouri there’s the house turned restaurant, Gaileys, that serves amazing breakfast.  In Nashville, there’s ‘The Blue Bird Cafe’, one of my favorite places, where four local songwriters will come in at a time with just themselves and a guitar and sing some songs they have just written and some that have already been recorded by artists like George Strait or Kenny Chesney.  And in Corpus Christi, there’s Mulligans, where we were constantly running the juke box with sing-a-longs from Bob Marley, Tom Petty, Oasis, Black Crowes and pretty much anything else you can think of.  That’s the great thing about being here in Scottsdale for the first time, the search for the local spots that make Scottsdale unique as a town.  I really like that the weather is always nice enough to sit outside at all of the restaurants that line Scottsdale Road.  The two places I really try hard to find are a breakfast spot which I think I’ve found in  ‘The Breakfast Club’ and a good live music place which I’m still working on.  I have heard that there is good live music at Camelback Inn through the week.  These are the kinds of things that make it a little bit easier to be away from home since February and it helps to keep you a little sane during a 142-game season.  Well, with only 2 weeks left we’re running out of games before it’s time to hibernate for the winter and then before you know it Spring Training will be here.  Then it all starts over again with new towns and the search for the local dives.  Have a great winter, fans, and we’ll see you in the spring.

Drew

Number 5

Welcome back for the fifth entry of my AFL Blog.  Not too much has changed here since my last post.  Out here in Arizona, and during the regular baseball season, we spend so much time at the field that all of the days seem to run together.  From Monday until Saturday, it seems we spend all of our time at the stadium.  We do manage, however, to get out a little bit.  Here in Scottsdale there is alot to do and over the past few weeks we have all tried to get out a little bit.  The restaurants here are great, and the nightlife is pretty good as well.  It’s nice to be located in such a nice area.  Many of the cities that we find ourselves in throughout the Minor Leagues don’t have as much to offer as the Scottsdale/Phoenix area.  I even managed to get up to Sedona for a short trip recently.  It was beautiful.  I just wish I had a little more time to spend up there.

As for the Scorpions, we continue to be up and down.  Sometimes we play very well, and sometimes we don’t.  There is no lack of effort, however, as everyone still shows up everyday ready to play hard.

Until next week,

Brian