Cape League All-Stars feted at Fenway Park
07/19/2001 12:35 PM
19 July 2000
The 2000 Sprint PCS Cape League All-Stars were honored at Fenway Park Tuesday, July 18, as the Boston Red Sox recognized the players' accomplishments and introduced them to some of the Major League stars who once graced the Cape League diamonds.
Players arrived at Fenway's Ted Williams' Room for an informal lunch and then toured the grounds made famous by such all-time greats as Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx, the Splendid Splinter himself, Carl Yastrzemski and many more.
Former Orleans Cardinals' shortstop and 1993 Cape League All-Star Nomar Garciaparra made a brief appearance and chatted with current Cape Leaguers, as did stalwart Sox backstop and former Hyannis Mets' catcher Jason Varitek.
Some Cape League stars struck up conversations with pitchers in the visitor's bullpen, while others walked up and down the grandstands taking in the scenery and tradition that defined Boston baseball in the 20th century. As game time neared between the Boston Red Sox and Montreal Expos, all 40 Cape League All-Stars gathered along the third and first base baselines before being introduced to Red Sox fans and given plaques honoring their Cape League accomplishments. The stars then nestled into the right centerfield bleachers for a great game pitched by Pedro Martinez.
Meanwhile, back on Cape Cod, the 2000 Sprint PCS Cape League All-Star
12:30 p.m. Batting Practice West/autographs East
Each manager from the 10 Cape League franchises selected the following players for the 2000 Sprint PCS Cape League All-Star Game:
He's baaack...Orleans' Brad Stockton and Bryan Prince are the only second year All Stars this season. Stockton, who played for Cotuit in '99, was 1-for-2.
And it's outta here...Doc Brooks returns to defend his Home Run title - this year as a first team West Division All Star.
Who's on first...The head coach for the All Star game is determined by the previous season's top point-getting team in each division. Thus, the East All Star team's head coach will be Chatham's John Schiffner while the West will be guided by Cotuit's Mike Coutts.
Team USA is coming to town...Thanks to the generosity of two Cape banks, Cape Cod Bank and Trust and Cape Cod Five, the Team USA vs the CCBL All Stars Game is ready to go on July 29th. The game will be played at Chatham's Veterans Field at 6:00 p.m.
Game Day Schedule
Orleans to host Team USA vs Chinese Taipei game...The Orleans Cardinals organization is also hosting a game of, well, international proportions. Infield practice for both teams is tentatively scheduled for 6:15 with the first pitch at 7:30 p.m.
It's all relative...Wareham's Nick Swisher (Columbus, OH/Ohio State) is the
The Cape League is pleased to announce the Coke Hitter and Pitcher and the
The Coke hitter is Cotuit's Chris Russ (Comfort, TX/Texas A&M). On the week, Russ hit .500 (8-for-16) with 4 RBI, 1 home run, 5 runs scored and 5 stolen bases.
The Coke pitcher is Harwich's Rob Moravek. Moravek (Alpharetta, GA/Georgia), a CCBL 2000 All Star, helped Harwich hold on to a tie for first place in the East. On July 13, he hurled 7 innings of 4-hit ball, allowing just one run (unearned), striking out 11 and walking just 2.
The league's home run hitter is Orleans' Bryan Prince, another CCBL All Star. The second year player for the Cardinals cranked out 2 roundtrippers on the week. He hails from Fort Oglethorpe, GA and plays college ball at Georgia Tech.
-- Sean Walsh/Missy Ilg Alaimo