The Quad Cities River Bandits hosted the Midwest League All-Star Game in 2011. The day before they also hosted the home run derby. For the the derby, they randomly picked fans to come down on the field, and paired them with one of the players hitting in the derby. If the player they were paired with won, then the fan they were “hitting for” would win some kind of prize. My wife was picked and paired with Cody Stanley, and she also brought our son Owen down on the field. Cody did not win but it was still a memorable contest. Travis Witherspoon of the Cedar Rapids Kernels won the derby. It was more than a home run contest. They had all kinds of things on the field they could hit and win different prizes for the fans they were playing for. Here is a Quad City Times article about the Home Run Derby. It explains the format pretty well.
Cody Stanley, Starlin Rodriguez, and Trevor Rosenthal were the three River Bandits that made the West All-Star Team. Stanley went one for two in the game. Rodriguez went one for two with two RBI. Rosenthal started the game, and threw one inning, with one strikout and no hits or walks. The East won the game 8-3. A few other future MLB players appeared in this game as well: Matt Szczur, Jake Marisnick, Ender Inciarte, and Rymer Liriano. Here is an article from the Quad City Times about the All-Star Game, and here is the box score.
Here are my pictures from the Home Run Derby:
Here are my pictures from the All-Star Game:
Phillies Crush Cardinals 10-2, Bad News About Pujols’ Injury
This was the day that we learned Albert Pujols had broken his arm. They initially thought he would be out 4-6 weeks. The injury actually occurred in the game on June 19 against the Royals. He collided with Wilson Betemit on a play at first base in the sixth inning, and left the game.
To add insult to injury, the Cardinals got crushed by the Phillies 10-2 on this same day. The Cardinals led the game 2-1 before the Phillies exploded for nine runs in the eighth inning. This is a day the Cardinals would probably want to forget. They dropped to 40-34 and one-half a game back of the Brewers.