Did you know?: During a game that carried into the dusk hours, Clarkson once pitched a lemon to the plate to persuade the umpire, Jack Kerins to call the game due to darkness. Kerins called the lemon a strike, and when shown by Boston’s catcher that he had called a lemon a strike, Kerins finally called the game.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Gamblers Anonymous

Another season of Clarkson baseball has come and gone, and what a year it was. It was a year of greatness on the field and turmoil off the field. However, through it all, fans packed the stadiums to see all the action of their favorite teams. In the end, only one team stood on top of the mountain, reigning as the World Champs for the second time in the three years: the Las Vegas Gamblers.
For the Gamblers, their season was a microcosm of Clarkson in general. Midseason turmoil found the owner of the Gamblers, Al Soxfanski questioning whether or not to sell his team and focus his efforts on his numerous other business ventures. Rumors swirled of possible gambling debts in the Las Vegas communities, and possible mob influence on his team. These reached an all time high when it was announced that the Gamblers would hold Frank Sinatra Day at Cashman Field. However the rumors turned out to be unfounded, after a press release from the club stated that there were absolutely no plans to sell the team.
In the end, it was the Gamblers who captured their second title in three years, defeating the always daunting Fargo Wood Chippers in six games. Despite a valiant effort from AL MVP Ron Sears and team, the Gamblers pitching was too strong, led by perennial Cy Young candidate Vincenzo Wakeland. After the game, and being showered with champagne, Gamblers head coach, Danys Amaro, had the following to say:
“It’s been a wild ride this year ... we will have a wild ride in the parade a couple of days from now. Obviously, the city will go nuts. Nobody loves a winner more than Vegas, and nobody knows how to throw a parade better. It’s been very exciting times and this is what we all play for. It’s been fun, crazy and I’m very, very proud of my players and how they played.”
It was a great year for the Gamblers, and they will begin their title defense soon.
In other Season 17 News:
In the AL, Wood Chippers megastar Ron Sears won his fourth straight, and fifth overall, MVP award in a landslide vote. It was a bittersweet year for the future Hall of Famer, as his team lost in the World Series, followed by word that his team would be leaving their home in Fargo, and head to Toledo. When reached for comment, the slugger had this to say:
“It’s always painful leaving such a great fan base, and I wish we could have gone out on top for them. I wish them nothing but the best, and will always have good memories. Now it’s on to Toledo, which I hear is a great town. Not to mention, I look good in green.”

In the NL, slugger Trey McMahon of the Brown Sox took home his first MVP award.
“It feels great to be recognized for your hard work,” the 31 year old slugger said, “but I have to give credit to the guy around me in the lineup. Not to mention getting away from all that tequila in Monterey!”
It looks like McMahon might be on the move again however, as his contract status with the Brown Sox is still in limbo at this time.

In pitching news, the NL Cy Young once again came down to an epic battle between longtime rivals Pat Sutton and Vincenzo Wakeland. Wakeland and Sutton are easily the greatest pitchers in Clarkson history, and in the latest clash of the titan, it was Wakeland coming out with the award for the seventh time! This puts him one award of Sutton, 7-6, in all time Cy Young’s. We know Sutton will be looking to even the score, which should make for a very entertaining year.

Finally, the AL Cy Young award went to Sherm Kerr, of the New York Bombers. It was the second Cy Young for the young ace, boosting his already wild popularity. Known as “The Magician” to many of his fans, with a few hardcore fans dressing in fake beards and blue wizard robes, he has taken New York by storm. Gossip mags recently caught the hurler out on the town with none other than musician Rihanna, however both have maintained that they are “just friends”.

That’s all the news for now, the new season is just around the corner, so get ready Clarkson fans!

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