The independent Atlantic League team the Lancaster Barnstormers has made a production out of two brothers Blake and Gavin Glass who ask Barnstormers players probing questions such as Who Looks At Themselves In The Mirror The Most and What Is The Best Pickup Line To Use On A Girl. The videos are pretty funny and the players, which include former big leaguers T.J. Beam, Fernando Seguignol, Jonah Bayliss, and Butch Hobson, as well as many minor league veterans you might recognize, are all great sports and offer some pretty humorous responses to the questions. In addition to being awesome kid reporters, Blake Glass and his brother are also apparently awesome kids. Our friend Jason Bristol sent us the link to THIS STORY he did on Blake, the older of the two boys. It turns out that Blake has a condition called Alopecia areata which causes him not to have hair on any part of his body. He turned his autograph collecting passion into a fundraiser, donating a nickle out of his allowance for every autograph to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation through his project Autographs 4 Alopecia. In the first video below you can watch the story on the project and below that you can view some of his and Gavin’s awesome work as the Barnstormers Kid Reporters. You can visit Blake’s website Autographs4Alopecia.com and Like Autographs 4 Alopecia On Facebook. The two brothers are also holding a Silent Auction at tonight’s Barnstormers Game to raise money for the foundation. If you use twitter or facebook, be sure to retweet or share this story via the buttons above and help spread the word about these young men and their Autographs 4 Alopecia cause.
UPDATE: The brothers raised $726 during their auction.
Jason Bristol’s story on the Autographs 4 Alopecia
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The Atlantic League has arguably the highest quality of on field product of any independent league in the country with many former major leaguers suiting up across the league. Apparently that does not trickle down to the security staffs, especially in Long Island where this fan was able to hop onto the field during a recent Long Island Ducks game, slide into second, and then leave the field without any security in site. Finally towards the end of the clip you can see a couple of event staffers jogging into the right field corner where the fan left the field.
The odds of making it to the majors were against Casey Benjamin but that did not stop the North Dakota native from giving it his best shot. Benjamin went undrafted in 2003 before signing a free agent deal with the Texas Rangers after a collegiate career at Tennessee Tech. Over the next seven years he worked his way through the Rangers minor league chain topping out with the Triple-A Oklahoma City Redhawks. A 2009 season in which the .250 career hitter batted just .231 with the Redhawks marked the end of his stint in the Rangers organization. In 2010 Benjamin decided to head to the independent Atlantic League where many former prospects, suspects, and former major leaguers go to continue to fuel their passion for the game, and hope for one more chance at affiliated ball. In the story Benjamin talks about his Atlantic League experience, the sense of family he gets from his Southern Maryland Blue Crabs teammates, and his preparation for life after baseball.
The Sugar Land Skeeters who will open play as an expansion franchise in the independent Atlantic League in 2012 has made a splash hiring Houston resident and former Minnesota Twins star Gary Gaetti as their first manager. The team has already created a good deal of buzz for the seven story tall state of Texas shaped scoreboard it plans to have at Star Tex Power Field which is currently being built for the team. In the story, Gaetti talks about his desire to manage, his style of play, and how his perspective on independent league baseball changed when his son Joe Gaetti failed to land a job in affiliated baseball and landed in the Atlantic League as a player. It’s a pretty good read.