Casty’s Lines (May 27, 2009)
I don't know about you, but I'm getting sick and tired of all these "walk-off" Yankee wins at "NASA North" in the Bronx. The Bombers have already notched nine comeback wins and we just reached Memorial Day. There were three-in-a-row against the Twins recently and now they have done the same to the Phillies, showing no respect for the World Champions. I sit there for three hours hoping to see the demise of those deep-pocketed Bombers, but they spoil my fun with those patented last inning victories.
Speaking of the new Yankee Stadium, those $2,500 seats close to the field are causing quite a stir in the Big Apple. I read where a New York podiatrist wanted to see Seattle play the Yankees and he had two options involving prime seating. Option 1 was $5,000 for two seats at the new park. Option 2 was two round trip plane tickets to Seattle. Get there on Friday and leave on Sunday. rental car, two nights at a hotel two meals at a fine restaurant and great seats for both Saturday and Sunday. Total cost $2,800.
Interestingly enough, I recently stumbled across a ticket stub for a game at Yankee Stadium dated July 6,1969. It was located in Section 8, which was between home plate and the third base dugout in the old stadium. I was in Row D Seat 13. The cost of the ducat was $2.75. If my memory serves me correctly, I made the trek to the Bronx with Gary June and Charlie Jocelyn. The Yanks won 4-2 as Mel Stottlemyre out-pitched Sam McDowell. Looking back at the box score, it noted that both pitchers went the distance and just over 14,000 fans were on hand to see the fifth place Yanks beat the last place Injuns.
Division I baseball players Jacke Healey and Tyler Austin have completed their 2009 seasons at Youngstown State and Towson University. Jacke was recently named to the Horizon League's first team as a shortstop as he hit .293 on the season and led the Penguins in runs scored, rbis, homers and total bases. He was also the first-ever YSU shortstop to be named to the first team. Tyler finished the season with a 3-1 mark, including a 2-0 record in the league. As a freshman, he was the #2 starting pitcher for the Tigers and was among the leaders in most of the pitching categories, including strikeouts with 53 in 62 innings. Healey will be playing for the Butler Blue Sox this summer, while Austin will toil on the mound for Quakertown this summer. Also getting his feet wet at the collegiate level this past spring was freshman Corey Fassett, who hit .268 (11 for 41) as an infielder at Lackawanna College.
Anyone interested in a bus trip to Citizens' Bank Park to see the Fighten Phils take on those lovable Chicago Cubbies on Wednesday July 22 should contact Ed White at 838-2698. It's a 1:05 start so you won't get home too late. "Big Daddy" explained that he was unable to get a Sunday date, unless it was in those" nosebleed "seats in the 400 level. He also noted that to increase ticket sales the Phillies were offering a special deal on Sundays. If you bought a 5-game Sunday packet they would throw in a sixth game for free.
It was an honor last week to represent the Altenhain Family at the TAHS Senior Awards Night and present the Steven Altenhain Memorial Baseball Scholarship. This annual scholarship is presented to a TA senior baseball player who exhibits dedication, desire and commitment to his teammates. The recipient this year was a very deserving young man by the name of Garrett Harvey. Garrett had a sensational senior season for the Tigers and will be headed to the University of Pennsylvania in the fall. He also plans on playing baseball for the Quakers next season.
Garrett was the 13th recipient of this prestigious $1,000 scholarship, which started back in 1997 with current Tiger golf coach Andy Neely as the first recipient. Following Neely were John Grigas, Robert Daniels, Ryan Crispell, John Danko, Mike Burnside, Darren St.Clair, Justin Patchcoski, Andy Solanick, Will Sheehan, Caleb Givens and Tyler Austin. In the realm of baseball, St.Clair played at Misericordia, and Austin is currently at Towson University.
Steven Altenhain was one of the most coachable youngsters that I ever had in my 18 years in the dugout. He was always working to better himself and he was the consummate team player. He captained the squad his senior year and was a great shortstop and team leader.
He started for the Tigers as a junior and was an integral part of a team that ended up winning the WVC post-season championship in 1986. In 1987, the Tigers would go 17-1 to win the regular season title in the WVC. Steven batted second in the line-up behind Marc Marini and in front of first sacker Charlie Piekanski. Catcher Joe Nally usually hit clean-up, followed by Dennis Beyer (3b), Mike Grohs (cf-p), Jim Dodge (rf), Gary Brennan (2b) and Dave Lupinski (lf). Also contributors to the cause were Bill Colbenson, Todd Traver, Doug Ell, Keith Van Auken, Robbie Shoemaker, Jason Munley, Tony Baldo, Danny Gay and Del Decker.
It's been more than 20 years since I last coached Steven Altenhain, but I'll never forget that infectious smile, the blonde hair peeking out under that black hat and the #5 on the back of those orange uniform tops.
TAHS senior pitcher Casey Hampsey is headed to the University of Scranton to continue her academic and athletic careers. Casey is following in her mom's footsteps as Gabrielle was a standout athlete on the basketball court for Coach Mike Strong's Lady Royals back in the day.
Congrats to former Tiger golfer and cager Mark Brown, who is slated to be married in June. Brownie is the grass and greens guru at StoneHedge and from all indications he's got the local course in great shape.
Here's hoping that "chief chicken cooker" Joe Sick had a record turnout for the annual barbeque at Art Keefer Memorial this year.
Don't forget the benefit walk/run for good guy Kenny Rought this Saturday at Lake Carey. Registration is at 2 p.m. with the race at 3 p.m.
Dakota Brown, who was the recipient of this year's Chip O'Brien Memorial Golf Scholarship, is headed to Lackawanna College in the fall to play golf for the Falcons.
Our over 55 softball team in Binghamton (Karousel Kids) has a few new recruits from the local ranks including Wade Lunger, Dave Hinkley, Dave Shingler and Mike Ognosky. We begin play in the league in a few weeks and I'm hoping that the influx of "new blood" will allow us to compete with Syracuse.
To answer a scoring question for Bob Crimmel and George Mowry, we go to rule 10.08.(a) Score a sacrifice bunt when, before two are out, the batter advances one or more runners with a bunt and is retired at first base, or would have been retired except for a fielding error.
A big thank you to all those veterans out there who served our great country and allowed us our many freedoms.