Well the Scorpions did yesterday what we said they had to do in order to keep their championship hopes alive. But before we get to that, I’ll mention a great story in USA Today via the Arizona Republic about Twins’ Fall League prospect Griffin Jax, a lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force that you can read about here.
As for the game itself, the home plate umpire seemed to be having a tough time of it and was called out by Coop on a questionable third strike that made no one on the Scorpions side happy but delighted the platinum fan clapping and gesticulating bend the Rafters dugout (yes, that’s the infamous Susan).
Sons of famous ballplayers in the Fall League this year include Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Cavan Biggio, and the catcher for the Rafters yesterday had a last name that was famous in Philly. Daulton Varsho’s father, Gary, was a teammate of Darren Daulton on the 1995 Phils, and no doubt that influenced his choice of a first name when his only son was born the following year. Varsho was the Phillies bench coach from 2002 through 2006 and served as interim manager for the last two games of the 2004 season after Larry Bowa was canned. Speaking of bench coaches, there were quite a few guests from the Phils’ organization populating the Scorpions’ bench yesterday. Rounding out the attendance were two of the Phillies’ ardent supporters, sitting adjacent to the dugout on the first base side (photo courtesy of Dave Neubart). Rounding out the celebrities in attendance was Marty Lurie, radio announcer for the San Francisco Giants, sporting his 2014 World Series Ring. Tyler Viza, Phillies starting pitching prospect, was on the mound and although he’s had mixed results this spring saved his best performance for his last start. He pitched to contact, garnered a bunch of “Atta Boys” and exited to high fives all around.