Ryan Howard, a former Batavia Muckdog (2002) won the home run derby last night, coming back from a forth place finish in the first round to beat David Wright of the New York Mets. With the season that Howard is putting together is becoming the most famous former Muckdog. Up till this point, the most well known player to wear the pinstripes of Batavia was Rickey Williams, yes the pot head running back of the Toronto Argos and Miami Dolphins when he is not suspended or retiring to travel that world and get high. It’s time for the Muckdogs to start marketing that Howard was Muckdog, because I bet most people around WNY don’t realize that. Rochester does a great job marking the players they have that became stars, time for Batavia to do that same.
Troy Glaus, did not have same results as Howard yesterday in the home run derby. Glaus was out after the first round, because he only hit one more home run then I did, and I was sitting on my friend Jessie’s couch.
New York-Penn League Report: The Muckdogs kept a half game lead in the division standings with a 5-0 over Hudson Valley yesterday in front of a season low 682 fans. Granted I was shocked they even played the game, seeing we had thunderstorms all day yesterday, and I can’t think of a worse place to be caught in a thunderstorm then Dwyer Stadium because all the of cover except the bathrooms is on the metal bleachers or under them. The Jamestown Jammers defeated the Oneonata Tigers last night in Jamestown in front of 2,880 fans.
Bisons Report: Bisons third basemen Andy Marte hit 29 home runs in the Triple A home run derby to capture the title. Marte beat former Bison and current Toledo Mud Hen Ryan Ludwick in the finals. Last season Ludwick could not even get the ball out of the infield and was batting well below .200, this year he is an all star. What a difference a season and a new team makes.