One of the greatest promotions in Minor League Baseball history took place on August 18th 2000 when the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings put speedy outfielder Jose Herrera in a race against famously winless race horse Zippy Chippy. A decade later Herrera revisits the famous night with Harrisburg PA’s CBS 21 News Sports Director Jason Bristol who is a must follow on twitter @JasonBristol. If you’ve never heard the story or seen the race, check out the video below. It’s awesome.
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
WHO SPENDS THE MOST TIME LOOKING AT THEMSELVES IN THE MIRROR
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PICK UP LINE?
WHAT WAS YOUR BEST CHRISTMAS GIFT EVER?
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE CARTOON GROWING UP>
WHAT PREGAME RITUALS DO YOU HAVE?
Once the minor league baseball season ends, Washington Nationals farmhand Adam Fox jumps into his second passion, Deer Hunting, as part of a video series for MidwestWhiteTail.com. Fox, who was originally drafted by the Texas Rangers out of the University of Ohio in 2003, batted a combined .210 between the Double-A Harrisburg Senators and Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs this season. Our friend Jason Bristol, a must follow on twitter @JasonBristol brings us this piece on Fox’s hunting exploits.
He was the 19th overall pick in by the St Louis Cardinals out of Wake Forest back in 1994 but a degenerative hip condition kept Bret Wagner from making it to the big leagues. These days Wagner’s hip is feeling good and he is still pitching, albeit at local high school fields rather than in the major league stadiums he seemed destined for. In the great piece by Jason Bristol, a must follow on twitter @JasonBristol, Wagner talks about life after baseball, the ups and downs of being a top pick that didn’t make it, and still enjoying getting outs on the mound.