Here are a few random thoughts while pondering if any more Cape League teams will be changing names. There is still plenty of time for it to happen, but I would have guessed that by now at least one team amongst Bourne, Hyannis, Y-D and Harwich would have announced that they will have a different nickname for the 2010 season. Got a kick out of seeing the press release from the University of North Carolina in which it is noted that Chatham teammates Matt Harvey and Patrick Johnson will be the opposing pitchers in Game 1 of UNC's "2009 Fall World Series."
While watching the football game between #1 ranked Florida and #4 LSU tonight, I couldn't help but think about Florida receiver Riley Cooper's short stay on the Cape this summer. Cooper saw very limited action in three of Cotuit's first five games. Tonight he caught a pass from roommate Tim Tebow for the only touchdown of the game in Florida's 13-3 win. I wasn't thinking of Cooper's exploits on the ballfields across the Cape, but more about what it must be like to play in front of a national television audience and a record-setting 93,129 roaring fans at Tiger Stadium on a Saturday night. I'll bet that almost compares to playing in front of one of those crowds at Lowell Park.
LSU two-sport star Chad Jones is a phenomenal athlete. Although we haven't seen him on the Cape, he came into his own as a top reliever for the national champions this year and is a hard hitting safety on the football team. It will be interesting to see what career path he follows. Jones is on record as saying that baseball is his favorite sport.
Congratulations to Chatham pitching coach Tyler Kincaid who has been named pitching coach at the University of San Diego. Kincaid had been at Palomar College. In another coaching move with ties to Chatham, ex-Baylor catcher Zach Dillon has been added to the staff at Iowa. Dillon played in Chatham in 2003 and 2004.
As of this weekend, we're about one-third of the way from the start of last season to the start of the 2010 season. Hey, I'm reaching for something to make me feel good about the time between now and next June and saying it that way sounds better than saying we still have to wait 8 more months!
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