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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.

Canadian Gold

Canada defeated the United States 2-1 in the Gold Medal game at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.  In the words of Kent Brockman: I, for one, welcome our new Maple Leaf overlords.

The Canadian baseball team celebrates winning the Pan American Games gold medal on October 25. PHOTO: Baseball Canada

Baseball Canada has the story:

Jimmy Van Ostrand’s (Richmond, BC) two-out double in the top of the sixth gave Canada a 2-1 lead and they held on to defeat the United States and win the gold medal at the Pan American Games.

“To be going at this for so long and finally accomplish our goal is something truly special,” said Canadian Manager, Ernie Whitt. “I’m so happy for these kids. They’ve worked so hard.”

After giving up a run in the first inning, Canadian starter Andrew Albers (North Battleford, SK) turned in a phenomenal performance on the mound as he went 6 2/3 innings and allowed six hits, while striking out eight and walking none.

Scott Richmond (Vancouver, BC) came on in the bottom of the seventh with two out and runners on the corners only to get a fly-out to right field that ended the threat.

“Andrew Albers and Scotty Richmond came through for us tonight and my- gosh, it’s just a dream come true,” added Whitt.

My gosh, that last quote is so Canadian.

ESPN has highlights from the game.  Check out that freeze frame on the video.  I’m pretty sure that is former Rattlers pitcher Nick Bucci with the mutton chop sideburns who is ready to blowup that guys hand with the high five!

Here are the highlights from the Pan Am Games website. Watch the Canadian dugout as the runners return after scoring the two runs.  Pretty sure that’s Bucci.

Brock Kjeldgaard was the only former Rattler to appear in last night’s gold medal game for Canada.  He went 1-for-4 in the game and played centerfield.

Yes. Centerfield.  It’s not like he’s never played out there before last night.

Brock Kjeldgaard’s mustache

Former Timber Rattler Brock Kjeldgaard (#18), Team Canada, and their mustaches celebrate at the Pan American Games. Photo: Baseball Canada

Canada rallied to beat Mexico 5-3 in the semifinals of the Pan American Games on Monday.  The US beat Cuba 12-10 in the other semifinal.

The gold medal game is scheduled to be played at 7pm tonight.

I have no other details.  I just wanted to share that picture of Brock Kjeldgaard with a mustache.

Lineup & Game Notes (Canada Day, 2011 edition)

Canada Day Slideshow of a trip I took after the 2007 Timber Rattlers season. And, yes. That is a Cal Ripken, Sr. bobblehead.

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Canada Day Lineup:
TJ Mittelstaedt – RF
Nick Shaw – SS
Mike Walker – 3B
Greg Hopkins – 2B
Cody Hawn – 1B
Jason Rogers – LF
Chris Dennis – DH
Tony Pechek – C
Franklin Romero – CF

Canada Day Starting Pitcher:
Del Howell

Canada Day Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesJuly1

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