February 2009

Boost Us

We have a new addition to the team this year…YOU!  That’s right, you can be a part of the Naturals with the new Bolts Booster Club.

Having a booster club will be great as it allows fans to get closer to the players and the players always enjoy getting to know some of their fans as well.

We really hope everyone gets involved with this by calling Kiersten Garibaldi at (479) 872-9617.  Or to find out more click here.

Not much else is going on in world of Naturals baseball right now.  Spring Training camp is still big-league only with just a handful of former Naturals and potential future Naturals participating.

The Royals first games are tomorrow, so there should be some news coming out of there soon.  It will be interesting to see if guys like Kila Ka’aihue and Carlos Rosa can get off to hot starts in their bid to make a strong impression on KC management.

Getting through the Dog Days

In the baseball season, the Dog Days are the hot, lengthy days towards the end of the season in July and August.  In the off-season though, the Dog Days tend to be here in February when things can get a little monotonous.

So to brighten things up and get you pumped for the Naturals season watch this.

Of course, Spring Training helps but there really isn’t much going on right now in Arizona.  I did read a few days ago before camp officially opened that KC manager Trey Hillman was impressed with Carlos Rosa’s fastball.

It wouldn’t be a total shock to me to see Rosa in the big league bullpen at the start of the season.  There may not be a whole lot of spots open but an injury or a stellar performance from Carlos could make the difference.

He has absolutely electric stuff and it may translate best to the bigs out of the pen.  Plus, after dealing with injuries in each of the last two years (forearm strain late last season) being a relief pitcher might be his destiny.

And remember that both of his appearances with KC last season were in relief and the Royals had him working specifically out of the bullpen when called up after exclusively being a starter in the minors.

The Job I Want

This almost slipped by unnoticed but it came out yesterday what baseball Commissioner Bud Selig made last year.

Some where in the neighborhood of $18 million.

$18 million?!?!?!?!?!?

Seriously, that’s a lot of money.  Apparently, it’s more than what all but a few (all Yankees) players made last year.
 
All major sports commissioners are overpaid in my opinion but this one makes me scratch my head.  I realize that MLB is a private corporation and can pay him whatever they want.  And that corporation has made record money each of the last few years running, but that number is still just a staggering figure.

Any baseball fan wants to be “commissioner for a day” but I really want to be that now.  You’d make somewhere in the neighborhood of $49,000 for that one day.  Now that’s a nice rate.

Thawing Out

Hello from home…just like everyone in NW Arkansas we’ve been hit hard at the ballpark because of the ice.  Arvest Ballpark has been without power since late last week, so work in the office has been sporadic but the season is still just a couple months away and we’ll be ready for the home opener on April 16th.

We announced recently that KURM 790-AM would be the Naturals radio home again for this season.  So know matter where you are in the area you’ll be able to listen to every pitch.  But if you’re out of the area, the games will be webcast again on nwanaturals.com and at kurm.net.

Good story on the Royals website about how they are setting up the rotation for future years and how some of the young arms that were here last year (and may be here this year) will fit into the plans.

Who do you think is crazier…Manny Ramirez for rejecting a 1 year $25 million deal from the Dodgers, or the Dodgers for saying they are still pursuing the eccentric slugger?  I mean, really, can the madness just stop from both sides in this one?  Unbelievable. 

Stay warm.