Monday, August 9, 2010
Off To The Final!!
The Regina Red Sox are off to the Western Major Baseball League final. On what was absolutely a glorious evening to take in a baseball game, over 1200 people showed up at Currie Field to watch the Red Sox beat Moose Jaw 11-1 in a very anti-climactic 5th and deciding game of their semi-final series. After the game, I spoke to a very emotional Red Sox manager as Rob Cherepuschak fought back tears while saying how much this victory means to the Red Sox franchise that has meant so much to Regina. Cherepuschak told me "Sometimes you feel like you're just ordinary. Our goal is to inspire people in this city and make good people. Winning is a byproduct and now we have a bonus. We have a chance to play for a championship. Some guys have never had that opportunity. To be in front of a thousand people who showed their support for us and to do this in front of my family who has been here every night and who know how much I have sacrificed for them by doing this. Its a very significant night for our franchise."
As mentioned, over 1200 were in attendance. ITS ABOUT TIME! I really hope for Gary Brotzel and Bernie Eiswirth that the seeds have been planted and that Reginans start to realize how good a product the Red Sox deliver. Game 3 of the best of five final against Swift Current will go Friday night at Currie Field in a 705 start. GET OUT THERE! It was a great night to watch a baseball game. There is no conflict with the Riders. The weather looks like it will co-operate. Go cheer on the Red Sox to what is hopefully a league championship. Swift Current will be very, very tough. The bottom line in this series is whatever team gets better pitching will likely win. That might be a tough task for Swift Current when you consider they will have to deal with the potent 3-4-5 in the Regina order consisting of David Fox, Eric McKinney and Mitch MacDonald.
The Rider Nation loves Don Narcisse. He will need their love this weekend. On the weekend that he becomes a CFL hall of famer, Narcisse will also remember his mother who died yesterday at the age of 73. Don tells the LP's Rob Vanstone that Dorothy didn't want her son playing organized sports because he had asthma. (Didn't know that about Don) and that he would better off playing in the band. I think many people are quite glad that he didn't listen to his mama that time. I'm sure its going to be a very emotional Narcisse that takes the stage in Saskatoon Saturday night to get his honour. One can only imagine how long the ovation will last when he is recognized at Mosaic Stadium Thursday night. It will be a moment to remember.
Is someone out there hiding a secret? I am hearing from a couple of different sources that the Riders are getting the 2014 Grey Cup. If this is the case, and I certainly hope it is, will the game be played at Mosaic or at Ron Lancaster Stadium.
Jordan Sisco is officially a Rider. He has been put on the practice roster. I'm guessing he won't be staying there for long. I can only wonder what this means for Jason Clermont. I hope it doesn't mean the end.
A comment at the Red Sox game. Do you realize that if the CFL season ended today that there would be an Eastern team crossing over into the Western Division playoffs. That is correct! If the playoffs started this weekend, it would be Winnipeg vs Saskatchewan in the West semi. Is this to say the balance of power has switched to the East?
I'll finish todays posting with this. I'd rather this have highlights of the first six weeks than last year, but I'm not complaining.
The mind is like a parachute. It works better when its open!