Hollywood actor Billy Crystal shot scenes over the weekend at the Fresno Grizzlies game against the Sacramento River Cats at Chukchansi Park in Fresno. In the film “Us & Them”, which will co-star Bette Midler, Crystal plays fictional Fresno Grizzlies broadcaster Artie Decker who’s life is the basis of the movie. In the video from KMPH News in Fresno, Crystal and director Andy Fickman talks about the movie and their time in Fresno. “Us & Them” is tentatively scheduled for a Late 2012 release.
They say you can’t teach speed. San Francisco Giants prospect Tyler Graham has more than most and is hoping that his wheels are his ticket to the major leagues. The 27 year old outfielder is leading the Triple-A Pacific Coast League and is second in all of baseball with his career high 55 stolen bases for the Fresno Grizzlies. Graham was a 19th round pick of the Giants out of Oregon State in the 2006 draft. Since turning pro, he has averaged 36 stolen bases a season as he has climbed the ranks in the Giants system. In the story, Graham talks about the art of base stealing and his hope for a September call up.
Tyler Graham stealing bases at record clip — Great Falls Tribune
Superstitions and rituals are commonplace in the world of baseball. Some are mild, some are extreme such as the pre-at-bat ritual of Brad Eldred. The former Pittsburgh Pirates and Colorado Rockies first base/outfielder is now with the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies after signing with the San Francisco Giants in the offseason. In the video, Eldred goes through a long ritual prior to a recent at-bat. It seems to be working as he hit his 20th Home Run for Fresno on Wednesday.
It has been quite a roller coaster season to this point for former Texas Longhorns star Brandon Belt. He’s gone from making the opening day roster of the San Francisco Giants, to being demoted to Triple-A Fresno after hitting just .192, only to be called up again days later, only to break his wrist after being hit by a Trever Miller pitch on May 31st. Now belt is back to being healthy, back in Fresno, and coming off a Pacific Coast League Player of the Week honor. Belt talks about the ups and downs of his season, his desire to get back to San Francisco, and the adjustments he is making as a hitter to make sure his next opportunity in the major leagues lasts longer and is more successful than his first.
Grizzlies’ Belt swinging to get back to Giants — FresnoBee.com
UPDATE: Brandon Belt was recalled by the San Francisco Giants this afternoon.