Tuesday, August 2, 2016

An Autograph Of The Opponent

Yesterday was trade deadline day and oh was it exciting. I'll go into depth about the Yankees trades and their revamped farm system later. For now here's a post about the game I went to yesterday.


Yesterday was the game between the Staten Island Yankees and the Auburn Doubledays, the affiliate of the Washington Nationals.


This time I actually got my first in person autograph of an opposing player, for myself(!). This is Ryan Ripken (otherwise known as the son of Cal Ripken Jr., the grandson of Cal Ripken Sr. and the nephew of "fuckface" Billy Ripken) was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 15th round of the 2014 MLB player draft. In 2015 his season was sidelined by and injury and this season he started the year with the Hagerstown Suns but was assigned to the Doubledays back in June. I actually asked Ripken to sign this and also another card which I asked him to inscribe for a collecting friend of mine in Japan. Which he did (very cool of him).


Next I got Chris Godinez from the Yankees.
Chris Godinez was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 18th round of the 2015 MLB Player Draft. However he was released not too long after being drafted and the Yankees took a chance on him as a minor league free agent. Chris was actually up in Charleston this past week but he was demoted to Staten Island last weekend.


My last autograph of the day was Jonathan Padilla.
Padilla was signed by the New York Yankees as a non-drafted international amateur free agent back in 2013. The Dominican Republic native has been used as both a starter and a reliever but with the amount of pitching depth present in the Yankees at the moment, he's been sent to the bullpen.

A Full House!

The game itself was pretty good, all things considered. After the awful game I took my girlfriend to this game was much better. The first inning ended in like 20 minutes. And the second inning didn't take that much longer to finish. Of course I left early once more due to transportation related issues.


The post-Torrens Staten Island Yankees have been, mediocre. Add in how some of the better players like Torrens are now in Charleston and the team's been kinda meh. But watching this game did remind me that there are still some intriguing guys to watch. Carlos Vidal is an interesting Ramon Flores type (a fourth outfielder who carves out a 10 year MLB career in the NL) and Nick Solak seems to be getting better everyday both defensively and offensively. Of course the team also has Austin DeCarr and Drew Finley, that's not nothing either. The rest of the roster boasts players who offer one or two types of intriguing tools, whether it be the power tool, the hit tool, the speed tool, etc... Each player has at least one good attribute about them that enables them to call themselves pro baseball players. Hopefully it can all come together for them.


Anyway this game ended in a 3-4 loss for the Yankees in 10 innings. Bummer. But you know what, I thought it was a good game during the time I was there. Looking forward to the next game now.

As always thanks for stopping by :).

Take care.

2016 IP Auto Count: 36

8 comments:

  1. Having watched Ramon Flores this year with the Brewers, I believe he would be a very lucky boy indeed to carve out a 10-year career as fourth outfielder.

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    1. I haven't kept track of Flores' career post-Yankees but during the time he was here that was the general consensus.

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  2. The Black Bears have been really up and down this year, but for different reasons. That team didn't really have a ton of high end talent to begin with other than recent draft pick Will Craig.

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    1. Hmm... I find it interesting how top tier talent can have a difference even at this lower level. I mean last year's SIY team was phenomenal (Black Bears too).

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  3. Solak seems to be doing well, although not a surprise given he was a pretty a polished college bat. I wonder if he's destined for Charleston, or if he'll stay in rookie ball due to the middle infield long jam above him.

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    1. I would think he's destined for Charleston if it weren't for that glut of infielders, like you said.

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  4. Didn't realize Ripken's son played ball. Looking forward to seeing what kind of ballplayer he turns out to be like.

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    1. I am too but the lack of scouting reports suggest that he's not really viewed so highly.

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