Well, our Phillies/Scorpions fell short of their goal to get into the championship game of the Arizona Fall League. As the “regular” six week season came to a close yesterday, before the championship game schedules for tomorrow, Scottsdale found itself finishing in last place in the AFL East due to being on the wrong side of a walk-off. As it turns out their tie against Mesa – the only tie of the campaign – prevented a one game playoff that would otherwise have been held today between the Solar Sox and Rafters.
Other than our ace Forrest Whitley from the Astros, the star of the show for the Scorpions was Peter Alonso, a promising Mets prospect. Big but agile around first base, Peter finished with the team lead in HRs and RBIs. Here he stretches his big frame and size 15 shoes to nab Vlad Guerrero Jr. at first base.
With the lack of power at the major league level for the Mets, there’s a good chance that my great nephew Rami (big Mets fan) will see Peter in the Show at Citi Field by 2020 if not sooner. Hence the autographed ball for him from Peter (shhh … don’t tell him — it’s a surprise!).
Part of the charm of the Fall League is its informality and accessibility for fans of all ages.
The fact that you can hear a pin drop at the game because the fans number in the hundreds instead of the thousands lends to its allure. Yet it also means that you can hear the occasional knucklehead intent on piercing the calm. Thankfully they’re as rare at the games as knuckleballs.
I will miss the crisp morning air in Arizona, water aerobics in the pool, and the warmth of the sun in the stadium. But most of all, I’ll miss the crack of the bat until Spring Training. Watch out!