Attack of the goofy uniform numbers

Daniel Nava makes Grand entrance

by Ken on June 18, 2010

Programs, get your programs here… 

Thanks a lot, Daniel Nava. Now everybody is on the name-the-next-big-thing bandwagon.  Think you know? Well, bring it on! Before NESN rolls out yet another reality show (working title: Can’t Miss Derby) we trot out some of our picks to wear Red Sox uni #71. Listen carefully to Show #5 and we’ll even tell you why.

Pawtucket Red Sox broadcaster Dan Hoard – who also writes our favorite baseball blog – has two names on his radar – one of whom was on everybody’s so long ago the kid has kind of been forgotten. Dan’s here to remind us that Michael Bowden is just 23 year old.

Go get ’em, Felix! …

Remember 1985? Jose Canseco, Ozzie Guillen, Devon White, Cecil Fielder and yes, you Sons Of Sam Horn, Mike Greenwell made their MLB debuts. Bob Kipper was in the same class. A first round Angels pick in ’82, the 20-year old left hander says he wasn’t ready to pitch in the bigs, mentally or emotionally. Traded to the Pirates where he spent the next six seasons, Kipper capped an eight-year career as a $1 million free agent with the Twins.

Today, Kipper is one of ours. The Portland Sea Dogs (Double-A) pitching coach sits down with us to talk about what it took for 22 year old Felix Doubront to be ready for his MLB debut tonight vs. the Dodgers. Kipper also offers his thoughts on another wearing the can’t miss tag these days, reliever Robert Coello, now with the Triple-A Paw Sox.

[spoiler alert: Kipper also got real frank about Boston’s #1 pitching prospect, Casey Kelly, who, coach says, may be scuffling a bit now, but won’t be too much longer.]

And now, your Washington Strasburgs…

If you missed it (how is Saturn this time of year?) the next-big-thing, Stephen Strasburg, hit the majors with a resounding ‘next Tom Seaver’ cry from fans in the nation’s capitol. John Dewan ( wrote a piece comparing Strasburg’s 14K curtain-raiser to other #1 picks’ debuts. Whoa, slow down there, pardner!

Steve WeissmanIn show #5, author and Boston Baseball Examiner ( Steve Weissman takes a closer look at some of the names on that list- and what happened to them along the road to Cooperstown early retirement.

Salem versus the West Coast…

Oscar Tejada

Oscar Tejada will play 2B for the Carolina League All-stars (Salem Red Sox)

Five members of the Salem Red Sox (Advanced-A) made the Carolina League All-star team. They face off against High-A sister league, California, in the mid-season showcase on June 22nd at Myrtle Beach, SC. Travis Williams, the Roanoke Sports Examiner says catcher Ryan Lavarnway (13 HR, 48 RBI), Oscar Tejada (.337 BA tops Red Sox farm system) and the others earned those honors. Oh, and if you’re a guy in Virginia looking for a cheap date night idea, Travis found one for ya.

Speaking of ‘Stars’ …

” Stars” is our opening tune this week, compliments of Lily Sparks, a hard rockin’ girl band from NYC. Oops, sorry Nick, nobody questions your masculinity (at least not while you’re wielding those drum sticks)! The gals are Niamh (pronounced: Neev in her native Ireland), KG (owns more guitars than most anyone you know) and Nikki (don’t let all those tats fool you, she studied music and recording engineering at Berkley). Our closing tune is “Walk Away” off their debut EP “Cooper Cobra.” So, if you’re a muscle car nut you’ve two reasons to love Lily Sparks.

Hope you enjoy the podcast. Shoot us an email at if there is player, coach OR fan you would like us to interview. We’d love to hear from you!

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