© Chuck Duboff
“I’m so excited I can’t go to sleep” said Goldeyes fan, the Ol’ Professor, Mickey Steen. Leslie Ferguson, wife of groundskeeper Don Ferguson, said she went into the garage because she couldn’t listen to the last few innings (while Don just calmly sat and listened); from down in Miami, Florida, former Goldeyes coach Rudy Arias sent congratulations to the players, Rick Forney, Tom Vaith and Andrew Collier. As for my self, I literally paced through the last two innings. From the locker room, Goldeyes bullpen catcher Dan Perron texted me: “Hell Yeah”, while broadcaster Steve Schuster sent me a simple note: “Great stuff!!!” From Washington, D.C, Nakia Washington: “Championship Baby!!!!”
But, behind the brilliant start by Mikey O’Brien, followed by the outstanding bullpen work of Victor Capellan and Winston Abreu, the Winnipeg Goldeyes defeated the St. Paul Saints 3-1 and won the Series, 3 games to 2. The Goldeyes didn’t rely on the long ball in this game, but manufactured runs; that’s what it takes in playoff baseball!!
After falling behind int he series 2 games to one, this team continued to show the grit and determination it displayed all season, coming back from a heartbreaking loss on Saturday night to move on to the Championship series.
This team doesn’t rely on any one player; everybody contributes in their own way; whether it’s Adam Heisler leading off the game on the first pitch with a double or Wes Darvill making another great play at third or Eric Eadington coming in to give three innings of great bullpen work or Casio Grider dropping down another great bunt or Reggie Abercrombie stealing home…these guys just do whatever it takes to win!!
Will they win the Championship? That I don’t know, but they will give it everything they’ve got…so Goldeyes fans..let’s fill up Shaw Park on Wednesday and Thursday evening!!! The players feed off of our support and cheering. Grab an extra coat, a blanket and come out to Shaw Park and thank this team for a great season of baseball.
You can get tickets at the Goldeyes box office, Ticket Master, goldeyes.com or by calling 204-982-2273. LET’S PACK THE BALLPARK!!!
GOLDEYES WIN!!! GOLDEYES WIN!!!!! GOLDEYES WIN!!!! GOLDEYES WIN!!!!!