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.

Friday, August 26, 2011

'Black Bart' Strikes Again!

Once again, The Clarkson Gazette brings you some hard hitting news from the world of Baseball. Our investigative reporter, known only as Night Hawk, brings us some explosive news regarding the renegade owner of the Timebombs:
Late on the evening of Aug 18th, just hours after the Boston Brown Sox defeated the Tacoma Timebombs for the Clarkson World Series, Boston PD was called to the scene of a disturbance outside Fenway Park.

In a scene straight out of a teenage rebellion flick, the front doors of the celebrated baseball park had been smashed in. After investigating the scene a man was arrested and it was discovered that the man was none other than Tacoma Timebombs owner Bart Barton!

Barton is no stranger to the spotlight, as after he moved the team from Scranton to Tacoma, a story surfaced that reported the flamboyant owner had struck and broke the jaw of a Scranton city counselor as he accompanied the counselor`s 22 year old daughter to a concert.

As of press time no details have been released by Boston PD but my source in the department tells me Barton had thrown his drink and a sizable rock through the front doors of Fenway. When he was arrested he was allegedly relieving himself on the side of a building on Yawkey Way.
My source tells me that after some questioning it was revealed by Barton, who is also known by the moniker Black Bart, that he had been drinking quite heavily in his limo which was parked in the parking lot just off Lansdowne Street. My source also revealed that Boston PD will be seeking charges and fully expect Barton to spend some time in county jail.

One must wonder just how long the league will continue to tolerate the behavior of this wealthy Texas oilman who has a seemingly very big drinking problem.

No one in the Brown Sox organization would comment on the story and no one in the Tacoma Timebombs could be reached. I guess the legacy that is Bart`Black Bart` Barton just continues to grow.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Brown Sox Capture Title #4

The Boston Brown Sox bolted from the dugout even before the last grounder was scooped up. After waiting nine seasons for championship No. 4, no one would dare hold them back.

"It feels better than I imagined it, man," pitcher Mariano Pena said. "It's been a long time."

Pena is one of the elder statesman for the Brown Sox. Boston, known for reloading with top of the line players year in and year out, made the most of their talent this year to win 4-1 over the Tacoma Timebombs.

The Brown Sox won with dominating pitching, led by Cy Young winner Vinny O'Connor. While their monster bats hit decently, it was their pitching which led them to the 4-1 series win.

“It’s just what we’ve been doing all year.” Said O’Connor after he was doused in champagne, “We take pride in shutting the other teams bats down, and all I can say is let’s do it again next year!!!”

"The Brown Sox won. The world is right again," team president Jackson Richards said.

While that sentiment may not be felt by all of Clarkson, no one can say the Brown Sox haven’t won a ton of games over the years. But recent playoff woes had taken their toll on Sox fans.

“Our fans stood by us through thick and thin and now we stand here as world champions," said catcher Ivan Cairo, "We're going to enjoy it, and we're going to party!"

For the Timebombs, it was a frustrating end to another quality season. After experiencing their own recent playoff woes, they had finally broke through with a 112 win season and their first World Series Trip since season 4. But it wasn’t meant to be.

"I told them that I loved the way they played. We're fighters and never quit," Tacoma manager Pedro Cedeno said. "We want to keep what we got as far as attitude and chemistry."

For second-year manager Nick Randall, it was the fulfillment of a mission. When he took over the Brown Sox in Season 19, he chose uniform No. 4, putting his quest on his back for all to see.His tenure didn't start out so well, with Boston falling flat in the playoffs in season 19.

"To be able to deliver this championship to all our fans out there, it really is special." Randall said, “Maybe I should change my number to five next year huh?”

Moments after second baseman Shea Sorrento fielded Richie Parkers grounder and threw to first for the final out, Iago Cole and Hector Guerrero led a victory lap around the warning track, carrying flags that read " World Series champions." Players high-fived fans, then sprayed bubby behind the mound.

It was a long wait for many fans of the Brown Sox, but from the way fans celebrated outside the stadium, it was well worth the wait.