Who Needs a Nickname?… Tourists Comic Strip Blows up.. and a Home Opener..

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 Asheville’s
home opener on Tuesday ended up in a 7-5 loss to the Greensboro Grasshoppers.
The Tourists smacked another ten hits and five runs but came up just short in
the ninth. UNCA’s Kevin Mattison snatched a game-tying double away from

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Bo
Bowman to end the game and send the Tourists to a 1-4 start. What may have been
lost in the shuffle was an outstanding performance by most of Asheville’s bullpen, including hometown
favorite Allan DeRatt, Adam Jorgenson and Tyler Trice who is our topic of
conversation today.

            Trice, from UNC Chapel Hill, has a great baseball name
and it might just be ripe for a nickname. The scouting book on Trice is not
full of praise for a great pitch, power or pizzazz, but he does show poise.
Trice (although saddled with the opening day loss in an inning that feel apart
with some poor defense) picked up a scoreless 
1-2-3 innings on Tuesday, reflecting his 2008 UNC numbers.. check it
out:

20 Games, 17 2/3 IP, 21K
and a 2.04 ERA… so perhaps he did not put up any dominant strikeout numbers or a
blistering 95 MPH fastball, but Trice was good enough to be selected in the 21st
round by the Rockies last year. So For a guy with not a lot of sizzle, but
hopefully with great production a nickname is truly in order.. suggestions are
required.. Her is what we came up with:

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Asheville already has two of these…


   T-rice
Every great player has some sort of play on his first and last name. T-Rice
works both with first (Tyler)
and last (Trice) names in the mix.. The best way to judge if a name can work is
based on how it sounds in-game. Imagine PA announcer Rick Rice giving the
introduction at McCormick Field…”Now pitching for your Asheville Tourists from Cherryville, NC..
number 33 … Tyler, TTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT-RICE…” and the crowd roars.. Put that
sizzle in your steak…. This can also develop over time into T-dog, T-Mn, Mr. T,
T-fired rice and many more…

 

 

Some of the great
nicknames are based off not the name but the person and type of player.. think
the late-“Bird” Fydrich or Ernie Lombardi and “The Schnozze” For these purposes
we will stick to the name itself.. our second options could be..

 

Thrice –  This one is fairly self
explanatory. Could be used as “Once, Twice, Thrice you’re out”… or it’s “Thrice
up, Thrice down, Greensboro
retired in order”… something to that effect.

Perhaps we should just
stick with Tyler Trice, a right hander in the Tourists bullpen that is shaping
up to be solid this season.

 

On a side not the comic
strip has blown up and made ballpark digest http://www.ballparkdigest.com/

Enjoy.. Team plays two
today. Today’s Jeff’s Auto Sales Comic...IF IT IS TO BLURY, CLICK HERE AND MAGIC THINGS HAPPEN

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Raining From McCormick.. DeRatt Interview and Home Opener…

Forgive us for the brevity… slight drizzle coming down as everyone gets into position for the home opener. AS promised we have inserted the pre-game interview with UNCA”s Allan DeRatt.
Deratt.4.12.09.mp3 ..(click on the link for the interview) The Tourists put up five hits on Sunday and held Kannapolis to just one hit. The team welcomes Greensboro to town tonight (Monday) for a 4 game set.. see you at the park.!! !

How (hopefully) Asheville Got It’s Groove Back.. … On Easter Sunday.

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So the Tourists dropped
both ends of a double header, with little offense and some poor defense. The
team has nine hits and nine errors through the first three games and ar eon the
verge of getting swept on Easter Sunday to begin  the season .We, here are road to the Rockies, wll continue to keep the positive attitude.
Seriously, it is only three games in and this league is accustomed to seeing
teams turn around and just get it. Christian Friedrich a first round draft pick
in 2008 will get the ball to avoid what happened only once all last season, the
unforgettable four game sweep.     

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Stella found here groove.. where is ours?


There is no doubt that the pitching (2.08 team ERA) is
the strong suite for this club and the adage goes (and was proven last year
with pitching dominance in the playoffs) pitching wins. So the Tourists can
focus on a great start from 8th round pick Parker Frazier and a
solid bullpen appearance from UNCA’s own Allan DeRatt.

            Game time up today at 5:05 for the final from Kannapolis with the team opening up Historic McCormick
Field at 7:05 on Monday against the Greensboro Grasshoppers. Again, the comics is
up, thanks to Jeff’s Auto Sales for the sponsorship and support.

CLICK HERE IF THE COMIC IS TOO SMALL TO READ

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Opening Day.. The Return of the Comic… and Optimism

    So, Asheville dropped the season opener 1-0 to Kannapolis in the bottom
of the 10th inning.. so what? We shall extract some positives, and turn
a blind eye to five errors and 14 strikeouts. Instead let us talk about
what could be the emergence of Robinson Fabian as a staff ace and
leader on the 2009 team. Fabian spun 6 shutout innings and racked up
four K’s to one walk and put the team in a position to win. Greg
Infante for Kannapolis may have caught the team off-guard with a steady
95 MPH fastball. Timing is off for some of these hitters, so try not to
cast them aside just yet.
    Pitching appeared to be the strong suite
for this club on paper when the roster where annouced last weekend and Fabian, backed by two shutout innings from
Aaron Weatherford out of the bullpen justified that belief. Tonight,
with rain coming down from Kannapolis, the Tourists will toss Parker
frazier, and 8th round pick out of high school from Tulsa, Ok. Frazier
has been praised as a dominant ground ball pitcher with great poise and
pedigree. Perhaps the wet conditions will aid him tonight.
As we
promised, and thanks to the great folks at Jeff’s Auto Sales, the comic
strip “Tales of a Tourist Hipster” is back and it begins tonight. Click on the link for the full version.. ENJOY  Hipster 4.9.png

BASEBALL GOT BACK BABY! AND SO IS THE BLOG….

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We are back, we are
blogging and the Tourists open up the season tonight in the thriving metropolis
of Kannapolis (polis means city in ancient Greek, but I am sure we all knew
that) This season the weblog will be updated more frequently with more Tourists
cartoons, insightful insight, storied stories and fewer spelling errors, . errors.

    Does the Burger King Sponge Bob Baby Got Back Commercial make anyone else wonder about the limits of marketing as well?

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        The Tourists will be attempting to top their
better-than-everyone-else run to the postseason that started essentially here
in Kannapolis last season.  The great Chacin tossed eight innings and
allowed one hit as the Tourists took three of four from the Intimidators en
route to a great outstanding season. We
will try not to wax too poetic about last season’s “playoff caliber-four
all-star-MVP- Minor League Pitcher of the Year-No Hitter-RBI and SB king”
filled team, but you could
understand how that might be tough.

            That, my friends is all in the past and tonight 20 new
faces and five familiar ones will take the field to grab that spring hope and
watch it blossom into a well oiled machine that will take on any challengers
and crush all hope of opposition. Like a team full of RoboCops and Terminators…
or.. yeah…something to that effect.

       

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    As we will bring you the players, faces, names
backgrounds and games during the season, it seems appropriate to begin with one
face that has remained a constant in Asheville
baseball.. yes of course, the reigning back-to-back manager of the year Joe
Mikulik….

 

33% ? Not A Great Free
Throw Percentage….

Unless of course you are Memphis basketball or
perhaps 33% is how often you win Manager of the Year in the South Atlantic
League.  Joe Mikulik in nine seasons
(entering tenth, a record in itself but that’s for another time) as the skipper
for the Asheville
nine has won the award three times. So yes “technically” that’s 33.333333% or
so, but who’s really counting (unless you are a bank, than you KNOW no one is
counting how much tax payer money you have spent in regards to … oh never
mind).

 “Mik” may or may not think such a feat is a great
outstanding. In fact he may point to the development of so many players form Asheville to Colorado, or
in fact for our weblog purposes, from the Blue Ridge to the Rockies.
Take in consideration six of the starting nine players in the Rockies opening
day lineup played in Asheville
at one time. Or perhaps the 14 players on the 2007 wild world-series Rockies roster also had that distinction.

            To really marvel in Mik’s accomplishments is to look at
the league itself. The South Atlantic League has 16 members and ties the
largest minor league circuit. Only the Triple-A Pacific Coast League has as
many teams. Some leagues at higher levels (looking at you California,
Carolina and Texas leagues) have as few as eight members.
You don’t have to be an online poker player who sits at home all day drinking
Mountain Dew and eating girl scout cookies that you said you would pay for but
didn’t to know that the odds of winning an award or championship is
significantly diminished with more teams ad more hands trying to grab the pot.

            So as three-time manager of the year, those accolades may
be something small for Mikulik, but they are a constant reminder of the amount
of respect had for him by every player, coach and fan that he has touched in
some way. ENJOY THE SEASON.. comic strip debut tomorrow!