Shankees 2014 Opening Day

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Come join the Shankee nation for the first game of the year at the Estadio Nacional de Beisbol, in Ezeiza. The Shankees face their rivals Ferro at 2pm sharp this Saturday, February 8th.

The Shankee shuttle will leave from Plaza Italia @ 11:30 AM. For more info or to reserve a spot, contact the Shankee Skipper at baseballba@hotmail.com

Saturday Night – Cloudy with a chance of Stars.

The Shankees hosted the Criollos under the lights at the Estadio Nacional de Beisbol in Ezeiza. With a multitudinous fan-base in the stands cheering on their respective team, tensions ran high when the Criollos scored a pair of runs off the Shankees’ first inning jitters. But the fresh looking Expat team, with their new Hankko uniforms and fastball-slinging, submarine-style surprise Mike Hudson on the mound, quickly quieted down the Criollo fans on hand. Hudson, making his first start as Shankee pitcher, did so in grandiose manner, striking out a total of 7 batters in 5 innings of play. Defense wins games, and with a solid Shankee infield made up of Nick Howe at second, Seth Kreielsheimer at the hot corner, Shankee manager Ben Atkins at first, and Roger Koshima behind the dish, there was nothing happening offensively for the Criollos.

The Shankees were also strong at the plate, pounding the Criollos pitchers when possible and showing poise when needed. The Shankees were down 2-0 until mike Hudson rocked a triple, followed by a Kreielsheimer walk. That set the Shankee stage for Andrew Timko, a phenomenal all-round player that stumbled onto the Shankees scene thanks to a sticker he saw in the bathroom of a local watering-hole. Timko, with folks and friends in the stands, rocked one into deep right field and soared around the bases for an inside the park homerun, giving the Shankees a 3-2 go-ahead lead. The Shankees never looked back and took a 4-2 lead into the bottom of the 6th, when the Criollo pitching imploded. No, all they had to do was to keep it together, and enjoy the merry-go-round of walks that ensued. By the bottom of the seventh, the Shankees had a comfortable lead, as the Criollos hopes of a comeback began to fade. With bases loaded and a 9-2 lead, Seth Kreielsheimer rocked a bases loaded triple to force a ten-run mercy rule, which ended with a Criollo player being ejected; sealing the fate of the Criollos demise.

The Shankees are now 2-4 with two games left to finish playing due to rainouts. With their new uniforms and revitalized attitude, the Shankees are hoping to finish-out the season at 4-4. But we´ll see, because in Baseball, anything can happen.

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Rain Over Jupiter

A game that was originally scheduled as a nighttime affair at El Estadio Nacional de Biesbol en Ezieza, got moved to a 1pm start at Jupiter Field in Ciudad Evita. Unfortunately, their rivals from La Plata were nowhere to be seen come game time, and there was concern among the Shankees that there would be no game at all on this nasty Spring Day.  As the Shankees began to contemplate a team scrimmage, news from the umpire came in. The La Plata squad was delayed and would be arriving shortly; just like the menacing rain clouds creeping slowly towards Jupiter Field; despite every local weather forecaster’s predictions for a beautiful, warm and sunny day.

Andrew Hidalgo got the start on the mound for the Shankees, and quickly struck out the first two batters. The third batter rocked a double into deep centerfield, and then quickly took third on a passball.  With two outs, Hidalgo fielded a short roller and made an errant throw to first baseman Ben Atkins, back in action after breaking his ankle in a freak soccer incident during the off season. Hidalgo struck out the five-hitter to end the early La Plata threat. Meanwhile, a light rain began to fall. Pete Mitchell led things off for the Shankees. Unfortunately, Mitchell struck, seemingly overpowered by the heat throwing Japanese
pitcher. The next Shankee batter, catcher Martin Mato, also fell victim to the fastball; cutting through the rain like Ozzy cutting through highway traffic on is motorbike.  The number three-batter, Pitcher, Hidalgo earned a ten-pitch walk and set the stage for the redhot player from LA, original Shankee, Mark Zuñiga. With two down and with Hidalgo on first, Zuñiga jumped all over a first-pitch fast ball and roped it down the third base line, driving the ball into the far left corner. A quick throw-in from the speedy left fielder, forced Hidalgo to stop at third, with Zuñiga easily reaching second. An alert and aggressive Hidalgo, capitalized on a bouncing pass-ball and sprinted home to tie the game at one. With the rain continuing to fall, and showing little signs of stopping, things started getting sloppy. La Plata scored three in the top of the second off a couple hits and a pair of throwing errors, brought on basically by the sloppy effects that rain has on the game of baseball. Hidalgo struck out two more batters in the second inning, with Mato throwing out a runner at first off a slow roller. Trotting back towards the dugout, the Shankees sought shelter under the bare Jupiter trees. They scored one run in the bottom of the second off four straight walks by the Japanese pitcher. With no outs and Shankees on every base, the umpire called the game due to rain.

The Shankees will have to wait till the sun shines on a Saturday, before they can record their first win of this new Shankee Era. 

Recap Courtesy of the Shankee Press - Buttermaker

Gameball: Andrew Hidalgo – 5Ks in 2 innings – 1 run scored

Shanks in ten-inning nail biter.

Few things are as surreal as baseball in Buenos Aires, and even fewer things can compare to the experience of playing for the Buenos Aires Shankees. If we take a look back at the five-plus years that the Shankees have been competing in the Liga Metropolitana de Beisbol, we can recall phenomenal pitchers like Andrew Terry, Eddie Nadel, and Jimmy Ray Jr., all of whom totally dominated every batter they faced. And the plate, names like Smokin´ Dave Beaton, Walter ´Voodoo Magic´ Cabrales, and Jonathan ´Poker Star´ Cantrell quickly come to mind. These are just a few names representative of perhaps the best baseball players ever to compete in the A2 Division. However, none of that seems to matter right now, as I, a humble sport enthusiast with a passion for the Shankee Nation, prepare to share with you some of the events that unfolded on the last day of August 2013 at field #2 in Ezeiza.  

Under clear sunny skies and with warm temperatures cutting through the winter like the Shankee Bus cut through traffic, the Shankees took the field to face a Ferro team consisting of mostly A1 players. But that didn’t seem to bother the Shankees; as they felt confident about the team they managed to put together in less than three weeks. With renewed energy coming from the Shankee Front Office, the Shankees have once again regained that “Give it all you got attitude” and combined it with the ever-present Buena Onda characteristic of the Shankee nature.

Leading the way, was starting pitcher and last year’s Shankee MVP, Andrew Hidalgo, who pitched six superb innings, striking out ten batters and giving up no earned runs. David Mickelsen came in for relief of Hidalgo and also pitched flawlessly and also gave up no runs. The Shankees drew first blood in the top of the third when their awesome new Shankee Catcher, Martin Cato, drove-in Pete Mitchell from third. The Shankees then took a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the fifth. Suddenly, it got dark, as the gloom of that one disastrous inning rolled-in to cast a fearful shadow upon the Shankees once again. With Hidalgo tiring and the hefty Ferro bats into their third time round the order, a pair of tricky fly-balls proved a little too much to handle for the lackadaisical Shankee outfielder, who had not seen many balls get past the infield all game. Ferro capitalized on a subsequent string of Shankee errors and took a 7-3 lead into the top of the ninth. There seemed little hope of the Shankees coming back to win against a tough A1 team. “It’s rally cap time,” stated Hidalgo.

“How do you spell ´Rally´?” asked the Wizard of Ozwald Parks. And with that, the Shankees loaded the bases. Mark Zuñiga, a phenomenal player from the Shankees original 2008 squad, hit a shallow fly ball into center field. Pete Mitchell, once again on third base, received the tag-up call from the Shankee manager, Ben Atkins. Mitchell then fast-trotted towards home as the outfielder´s throw bounced into the Ferro catcher’s extended glove, which he swung around totally missing the tag. Unfortunately, another bad call by the umpire would prove fatal for the Shankee finale. However, this Shankee team has a new spice of life, a new pizzazz, a Give it all you got Attitude, and thus the Shankees loaded the bases once again. With two outs, newcomer and submarine pitcher Mike Hudson, stepped up to the plate. Hitless all day; what do you think happened? He crushed one into deep right-center and sprinted around the bases like a gazelle dashing through a cornfield, making it all the way to third. Beating out the throw, which lady luck rolled into the opposing dugout, all you could hear was the shout of; “Go home, go Home!” He then trotted to the plate to tie the game at 7. The Shankees held their ground, as all the Ferro could do against the never before seen submarine pitcher, was try to bunt the ball. Even the umpire stood in awe of the new Shankee pitcher. However, a costly walk would lead to a stolen base and put a runner in scoring position.

With tensions running high and the game on the line, a deep fly ball sailed over centerfielder Pete Mitchell’s head, and thus bringing the game to a disappointed opening day end. When asked to comment after the game, Shankee President and Founder Paul Perry stated; “This is the best Shankees team I have seen in a long time, and I think it can only get better!” His words hold considerable truth as the Ferro team only had one earned run on the day. In my personal opinion, what led to the Shankees ill-fated demise today were: two extremely bad calls by the umpire, two fly balls, and an unnecessary tagup from third. But hey, live and learn.

Reporting for the Shankee Press – Jack Green, back from Iraq and back in black…and white!  

All Shankees Box scores available at https://www.gamechanger.io/t/spring-2013/shankees-521438f0c6775d63a5f3ce81

Miss going out to baseball matches on the weekend, or maybe you have never been to one but always wanted to? Now is your chance, just hop on the Shankee Shuttle.
Come out to a pre-season exhibition match at the Estadio Nacional de Beisbol in Ezeiza, Buenos Aires to enjoy a day of baseball with friends. Meet us at Plaza Italia, next to the zoo, at noon sharp and ride the Shankee Shuttle with the team. No entry fee to the stadium. 
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Miss going out to baseball matches on the weekend, or maybe you have never been to one but always wanted to? Now is your chance, just hop on the Shankee Shuttle.

Come out to a pre-season exhibition match at the Estadio Nacional de Beisbol in Ezeiza, Buenos Aires to enjoy a day of baseball with friends. Meet us at Plaza Italia, next to the zoo, at noon sharp and ride the Shankee Shuttle with the team. No entry fee to the stadium. 

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