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He had arms and legs and hands and feet

Brian Daubach in 2008 on NESN (Screengrabbed by me)

Today Brian Daubach turns 37 years old. The first time I ever paid, what I considered to be, a large amount of money for a jersey, was when I bought a bootlegged Daubach jersey. Somewhere in my mess of things, I know there is a t-shirt that reads “Daubach is my Daddy!”. I have the pin too. I was a big fan of Dauber’s. He was no-nonsense. He showed up to play hard every day, didn’t bitch about his lack of playing time when he was in the midst of being platooned, and he would kick anyone around if he thought he was defending a teammate. So Brian is one of the players I’ll always favor.

And because of that, you all get the second installment of Five Fun Facts: Brian Daubach edition!

* Dauber was a replacement player during the 1994 strike (alongside such future Sox favorites as Kevin Millar and Brendan Donnelly)

* In 2009, he will be managing the American Defenders of New Hampshire (Formerly the Nashua Pride). Currently #51 for the American Defenders? Rich Garces.

* As part of the Red Sox roster in 2004, he received a championship ring

* He was drafted by the New York Mets in 1990 but didn’t make his major league debut until 1998 – with the Florida Marlins . In 2005, his last major league appearance was as a member of the Mets

* During his time with the Red Sox between 1999-2002, he hit at least 20 home runs each year. (In order: 21, 21, 22, 20)


February 12, 2009 Posted by | 2009 | | Leave a comment

The Future is Now

No, I’m not talking about Jed Lowrie or Jacoby Ellsbury (although I SHOULD be and will some other time!) I’m talking about the Lowell Spinners and the Pawtucket Red Sox playing at Fenway Park this Saturday.

It’s the third year in a row that the Red Sox have hosted the “Futures at Fenway” and I’ve been fortunate enough to have attended the first two and have tickets for this year’s games. According to the Red Sox site, there are still tickets available.

The tickets are truly inexpensive, you get two full games and all the perks of Fenway while enjoying the minor league mainstays like Frisbee catching dogs and people dressed up as toothbrushes cleaning the bases!

Having been to so many Spinners and PawSox games this season, I think I have a better feel for the players this year than in previous years, and that makes me even more excited to see these games on Saturday.

So if you have the time (and inclination) to spend a full day at Fenway, I highly recommend the Futures at Fenway double-header coming up this weekend.

And, speaking of the minors, I leave you with this interview clip from NESN. Fan favorite, Brian Daubach (I think his was the first player jersey I ever owned!) is the hitting coach for the Nashua Pride and NESN got him to talk about that and about the extensive time he spent in the minors. Man, I miss Dauber.

August 7, 2008 Posted by | MiLB | , , , , | Leave a comment