Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson


42: Not JUST For Baseball Fans
April 18, 2013, 18:03
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I’ve been hearing a lot of positive buzz about the new movie “42” starring Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson, and since major league baseball celebrated Jackie Robinson Day on Monday (the 66th anniversary of events depicted in the movie), I couldn’t think of a better flick to see this week.  It was totally worth it!  I highly recommend the movie for any and everyone.  You don’t have to be a baseball fan to enjoy the story.  In fact, there’s relatively little about it that is strictly about baseball.  Anyone who is interested in American history, the story of race relations in our history, and our culture as a whole will find the story fascinating.  The movie does a particularly fine job of describing how everyone was effected when Branch Rickey decided to integrate “white” baseball with the Brooklyn Dodgers…from Rickey and Robinson, to Jackie’s wife, Rachel, teammates, opposing clubs, fans, and  communities.  I found it particularly hard to listen to the racial slurs that were hurled at Jackie as sure as pitches were hurled at his head…it is so hard to imagine a time when such language was common if not somewhat accepted.  That Jackie had the courage to take it was, and is, simply remarkable!  Go see this movie!  (Lovely article from the Los Angeles Times on Rachel’s take on 42 here)

Last Night at Kino Stadium…  Yet another night when I was unable to follow the game – and me loving those Social Media Night specials!  Ah well, just a few more weeks of choir practice and then I’ll be free to enjoy Wednesday nights at Kino.  The T-Pads didn’t miss me a lick, however.  And that’s a good thing!  Our Padres smacked out hits in each of the first four innings and then – finally! – held onto the lead, scoring only once more in the bottom of the eighth inning.  Sean O’Sullivan took the start for Tucson, but didn’t get the win because he didn’t quite make it through the required minimum of five innings.  He went 4 2/3s and allowed four runs on seven hits and three walks.  Brandon Kloess mopped up the fifth inning and pitched the sixth, holding the Bees scoreless, for the win – his first of the year.  Daniel Stange gave up three runs; Brad Boxberger closed and earned his first save after 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.  Most of the starting nine had at least one hit in the game – only Jonathan Galvez didn’t reach base in any of his at-bats.  Jaff Decker hit his third homer of the season in the first inning; he was two for four at the plate, with a double, the homer, three RBIs and two runs-scored.  Jesus Merchan had a great night at the plate as well, going three for four with two doubles, a triple, two RBIs and two runs-scored…and he stole his first base of the year!  Well done, Tucson!  Let’s do it again tonight!  Final Score:  Tucson 10; Salt Lake 7.

Transactions.  RHP Matt Jackson has been reassigned to High-A ball at Lake Elsinore with the return of RHP Thad Weber to Tucson.

Series With the Salt Lake Bees Continues.  The Pads face the Salt Lake Bees (AAA affiliate of the LA Angels) for two more night games at Kino Stadium.  Tonight is the first Thirsty Thursday of the young season.  The management has reinstated the DOLLAR beverage prices for this final season in Tucson!  Additionally, all college students can get into the game for only $4 – simply show a valid college ID at the Ticket Office to get this amazingly good deal!  Tomorrow night will conclude the series with the Bees and this first homestand of the year and it’s a very special night:  Southern Arizona Police and Fire Appreciation Night!  All law enforcement or fire department employee can show their ID at the box office and receive two free box seats to the game. Tell your friends!

(Disclaimer – This posting has not been reviewed or approved by Pima County, the City of Tucson, the Tucson Padres, Tucson AAA Baseball, San Diego Padres, PCL, MiLB, MLB, National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, the Pima County Sports and Tourism Authority, or any other baseball official and represents the views and biases of the author alone)

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