Saturday, November 12, 2005

AFL Championship Post-Game

Players from the Scorpions make their way to the team bus. Most graciously sign autographs for the waiting fans. Click the picture below to see the video.

Phillies Up and Coming Star, Michael Bourn

Just about to board the team bus after a strong season in fall league is Michael Bourn, a Phillies prospect from Houston.

Brandon Wood. Future Superstar

After the game, here's Brandon Wood, a former Arizona high school star (and top draft pick of the Angels) who broke the single season AFL home run record with 14.

AFL Championship Game

On a sunny Saturday, we made it to the Arizona Fall League championship for the second consecutive year. Oddly, it was the same two teams as last year—Scorpions and Desert Dogs, although the players and MLB teams who made up the squads, were different. The results were the same as the Desert Dogs were the winners, this time 9-3.

Matt Kemp of the Dodgers was the star of the game with two home runs and Jamie Shields of the D-rays pitched seven strong innings for the win. Casey Daigle—with celeb wife Jenny Finch cheering him on—came on to pitch the ninth inning. It was a sloppy game with five errors between the two teams, a few of the errors leading to big rallies for the Dogs.

The game was as much about who was there as who played. In this clip, you will find Davey Johnson, former Mets manager, Braves second baseman as well as manager of Team USA Baseball, the Olympic team; the Big Bopper, Bob Watson, (former Astros star now MLB and Team USA exec) and Angels owner Arte Moreno. We saw but did not capture on video former Cardinals/A’s/Cleveland outfielder Georeg Henrdick, former White Sox exec Rollie Hemond and the father & son Garagiolas, Joe and Joe Jr.

Here is the video!