Bucci on Canada; McCalvy on the Dominican

A couple of links on a Thursday morning.

The first is from the Sarnia Observer up in Ontario.

Bucci recalls Canada’s incredible Pan Am gold

Canada came from behind to beat the U.S., 2-1, in the Pan Am final, scoring two late after trailing 1-0 for much of the game.

“It was tense,” said Bucci. “Every out, every strike our pitchers threw was so big.”

He adds the 5,000, or so, Mexican fans were cheering loudly for Canada — even though the Canadians had eliminated Mexico in the semis.

After throwing five shutout innings vs. Taipei in the World Cup, Bucci came up with a forearm strain and the Brewers instructed him not to pitch in the Pan Am Games.

He says his arm feels better now and he’s looking forward to pitching at the ‘AA’ level in 2012.

The second is Adam McCalvy’s blog post about the new Brewers Academy in the Dominican Republic.

 Sneak peek at the Brewers’ new Dominican academy

This new academy will provide the Brewers with all the necessary ingredients to allow their Latin players to take their baseball skills to a new level, putting them in a position to become a big league player some day,” Torres said in a statement provided by the Brewers. “From the meals to the fields, we take care of everything in between so the Brewers scouts and personnel can concentrate on their most important task, which is the development of these players.”

The move represents another step for the Brewers in re-establishing a base in Latin America. For more on that, and some additional photos, check Brewers.com later this morning.

Click that second headline for some pictures of the Academy.

Click this link for what I think of whenever I hear academy.

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