Flying Squirrels Insider: Season 7, Episode 7


POSSIBLE IN PART BY PEPSI, THE OFFICIAL SOFT DRINK OF THE FLYING SQUIRRELS, AND BY.>>CLEAN WATER IS ONE OF OUR MOST VALUABLE RESOURCES. CONSERVING IT SHOULD BE ALL OF OUR RESPONSIBILITY. REMEMBER, EVERY DAY CAN MAKE EVERY DROP COUNT, TAKE SHORTER SHOWERS, TURN OFF YOUR FAUCET. WATER, USE IT WISELY. LET’S COMMIT TO CONSERVE.>>GET READY FOR ANOTHER TRIP TO FUNNVILLE. JAY AND SAM WILL GET YOU SET FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE SEASON AS THE SQUIRRELS LOOK AHEAD FOR A PLAYOFF PUSH. RAY BLACK HAS MADE THE JUMP FROM THE BOULEVARD TO THE BAY AND RVA WELCOMES BACK HESTO-PRESTO. NEXT WE GET A REPORT FROM THE ALL-STAR GAME AND LOOK AHEAD TO THE 2019 EDITION THAT IS COMING TO RICHMOND. PLUS PITCHER SAM WOLFF VISITS FSI FIELD TO TALK ABOUT WALKOUT SONGS, PITCH CLOCK AND PAST BALLS. GRAB YOUR CLOCK. FLYING SQUIRRELS INSIDER STARTS RIGHT NOW.>>WELCOME BACK IN TO FLYING SQUIRRELS INSIDER. WE’VE GOT AN ACTION-PACKED SHOW FOR YOU TODAY AS THE FLYING SQUIRRELS HAS EMERGED FROM THE ALL-STAR BREAK AND READY TO CLIMB UP THE WESTERN DIVISION STANDINGS OVER THE LAST 40 GAMES. FIRST WE’LL WE’D LIKE TO REMIND YOU FLYING SQUIRRELS INSIDER IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY UTILITY BUDDY FROM THE CITY OF RICHMOND DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC UTILITIES. THEY MAKE US AWARE OF RAIN THAT FALLS ON HARD SURFACES AND CAN PICK UP POLLUTANTS AND CARRY IT TO THE WATERWAYS WITHOUT BEING TREATED. TO HELP, CALL 646-7000 OR VISIT RICHMONDGOV.COM. ALSO WE’RE GIVING AWAY FREE STUFF. TEXT FSI TO 63975. MOBILE SERVICES PROVIDED BY OPTLN TECHNOLOGIES. LET’S START WITH THE WESTERN DIVISION STANDINGS. NOT THE BEST LOOK FOR THE FLYING SQUIRRELS, BUT CERTAINLY UPWARD MOBILITY IS THERE.>>YEAH, IT CERTAINLY IS. I THINK WHEN YOU LOOK IN THE WESTERN DIVISION FOR THE SQUIRRELS, YOU’RE KIND OF THANKFUL YOU’RE IN THE WESTERN AS OPPOSED TO THE EASTERN. YOU HEAD INTO THE WEEKEND FOUR GAMES BACK FROM ALTOONA IN SECOND PLACE AND STILL A LOT OF BASEBALL LEFT TO PLAY. PLUS 90 GAMES IN, YOU’RE LOOKING UP, YOU’RE NOT LOOKING DOWN, WHICH I THINK IS MORE IMPORTANT.>>THEY’VE STRUGGLED AGAINST TEAMS IN THEIR OWN DIVISION. HOWEVER, THE SQUIRRELS HAVE A BIG SERIES COMING UP AGAINST FIRST PLACE AKRON NEXT WEEK: REALLY THE NUMBER YOU’RE LOOKING AT IS ALTOONA, A TEAM WE ALSO HAVEN’T HAD MUCH SUCCESS WITH THIS YEAR.>>I THINK THEY’VE SEEN A LOT OF EASTERN DIVISION TEAMS. WHEN YOU’RE LOOKING AT THE WESTERN DIVISION, PLAYING ABOVE 500, AND YOU ALWAYS WANT TO PLAY ABOVE 500 IN YOUR DIVISION. YOU’RE RIGHT. I THINK THE FOUR GAMES ARE CERTAINLY DOABLE, BUT YOU’RE ALSO GOING TO NEED HELP FROM OTHER OPPONENTS TO LOSE SOME GAMES SO YOU CAN CLIMB UP THE STANDINGS A BIT.>>HOW ABOUT TAKING DOWN SOME OF THE TEAMS IN THE EAST? WE TALKED ABOUT THE TRENTON THUNDER EARLIER ON. THEY’VE BEEN ONE OF THE BEST TEAMS IN THE EASTERN LEAGUE, AND THE FLYING SQUIRRELS FOR THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR HAVE A WINNING RECORD AGAINST THEM.>>ONE OF THE BEST PITCHING TEAMS NOT ONLY IN THE EASTERN LEAGUE BUT I WOULD GUESS IN MINOR LEAGUE BAY BALL, CONSISTENTLY AROUND 2.8, 2.9. THE SQUIRRELS HAVE BEEN ABLE TO JUST MANUFACTURE WINS AGAINST THE TRENTON THUNDER FOR WHOEVER REASON MAY BE. YOU PLAY UP TO YOUR COMPETITION, AND THEY THEY PLAYED UP.>>REALLY AFTER THREE DAYS OFF, THEY WANTED TO PLAY MORE BASEBALL BECAUSE IT WAS AN EXTRA INNING FESTIVAL IN TRENTON. THE FLYING SQUIRRELS SPLIT THE FOUR GAMES SERIES LAST WEEKEND, PLAYED CONSECUTIVE EXTRA INNING GAMES COMING OUT OF THE BREAK.>>FOR THE FIRST TIME, TOO, THIS SEASON, THE SQUIRRELS HAVE PLAYED CONSECUTIVE EXTRA INNING GAMES. IT’S NOT EASY ON THE BULLPEN WHERE YOU HAVE GUYS GETTING CALLED UPON ON BACK TO BACK DAYS. I THINK THE SQUIRRELS IN RICHMOND AS WELL AS THE GIANTS ORGANIZATION HAVE DONE A PRETTY GOOD JOB SPACING OUT THEIR RELIEVERS AND TRYING NOT TO HAVE EVERYONE PITCH IN BACK TO BACK DAYS. I THINK YOU ALSO NOTE EARLIER ON THAT WE’VE PLAYED A LOT OF TRA INNING GAMES AND ALSO GOTTEN SHORT STARTS FROM THE STARTING ROTATION. I THINK THE BACK END KIND OF SEES THE BRUNT OF THAT.>>WE’RE GOING TO TALK TO ONE OF THOSE RELIEVERS. SAM WOLFF WILL JOIN US HERE ONSET. THE EXTRA INNINGS, THE EXTRA INNINGS RULE. SOME LIKE IT, SOME LOATHE IT. BUT IT HAS SAVED ARMS GOING THROUGH THE COURSE OF THE SEASON. ALL RIGHT. SPEAKING OF ARMS, SHAUN ANDERSON, A GUY THAT HAS JOINED US HERE ON THE SHOW, ONE OF THE LEAD PITCHERS FOR THE FLYING SQUIRRELS ROTATION, WE TALKED ABOUT IT ON THE LAST SHOW, PICKED BY THE GIANTS TO REPRESENT IN THE FUTURES GAME IN WASHINGTON D.C., AND AFTER THAT, ANDERSON ANNOUNCED HE WAS GETTING A CALL UP TO TRIPLE-A AND DESERVEDLY SO.>>A GREAT WEEK FOR SHAUN ANDERSON. YOU ONE UP THAT AND YOU’RE A FUTURES GAME GUY AND THEN THE CALL UP TO TRIPLE-A, SO WHAT WITH A WEEK FOR SHAUN ANDERSON. HE’S A BIG LEAGUE ARM. EVERYONE SAYS THAT, BUT THEY TALK ABOUT HOW HE’S A STUDENT OF THE GAME, AND HE’S ONE OF THOSE GUYS THAT WILL BE IN THE DUGOUT CHARTING EVEN WHEN IT’S NOT HIS DAY TO CHART. HE’S ONE OF THOSE GUYS THAT WILL BE WATCHING FILM EVEN WHEN HE DOESN’T HAVE TO. I THINK THAT WILL EXCEL HIM QUICKER THROUGH THE ORGANIZATION. HE OBVIOUSLY HAS THE TALENT, TOO, COMING FROM A SCHOOL LIKE FLORIDA. CONGRATULATIONS TO SHAUN ANDERSON. HE’S GOING TO BE SURELY MISSED BY THE FLYING SQUIRRELS NOT ONLY ON THE FIELD BUT IN THE CLUBHOUSE. HE WAS ALWAYS KIND OF A QUIET FUNNY GUY.>>HOW DO YOU REPLACE HIM IN THE ROTATION? ONE OF THE ANSWERS MIGHT BE LEFT-HANDER CONNER MENEZ WHO MONDAY STRK OUT NINE BATTERS AFTER SEVEN INNINGS, UNFORTUNATELY DIDN’T GET THE WIN. ANOTHER NAME WE’RE HEARING, A BLAST FROM THE PAST, HEARST OWE PESTO, CHRIS HESTON.>>IN THE BIG LEAGUES AGAINST THE NEW YORK METS THREW A NO HITTER. IT’S GREAT TO HAVE HESTO-PRESTO BACK. I THINK HE’S A GUY THAT WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE NUMBERS OVER THE LAST COUPLE YEARS, HE’S KIND OF BOUNCED AROUND SOME ORGANIZATIONS. THE GIANTS PICKINGUM UP IN THE OFF SEASON TO A MINOR LEAGUE CONTRACT. IF YOU HAVE HIM HERE FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, THAT’S GREAT. IN HIS FIRST APPEARANCE, FOUR SCORELESS INNINGS OUT OF THE PEN FOR HIM. STILL HAS THAT CURVEBALL, AND THE STRIKEOUT NUMBERS ARE THERE, TOO.>>CERTAINLY, AND SPEAKING OF FLYING SQUIRRELS THAT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO PICK IT UP, HOW ABOUT ARAMIS GARCIA, ARGUABLY THE HOTTEST HITTER RIGHT NOW FOR THE RICHMOND FLYING SQUIRRELS.>>I WOULD SAY SO. PROBABLY ARAMIS GAR SEE IS A AND DYLAN DAVIS ARE GUYS WE’RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT THAT WILL TAKE THE LOAD OF JERRY SANDS TASK THAT’S LEFT BEHIND WHEN HE’S CALLED UP, AND HE DID. WE SAW GARCIA HIT A COUPLE OF HOME RUNS IN THE LAST WEEK. IT JUST SEEMS LIKE HE’S A LITTLE MORE CONFIDENT AT THE PLATE, AND YOU CAN ALSO TELL IT IN HIS PERSONALITY, TOO. IN THE CLUBHOUSE, HE’S A LITTLE MORE LIGHTER AND HAVING MORE CONVERSATIONS WITH THE GUYS. IN THE BEGINNING OF THE SEASON, IT WAS REALLY TOUGH JUST TO MAKE CONTACT. HE WAS STRIKING OUT A LOT. HITTING BELOW 200 AND THEN STARTED CLIMBING UP AND HIT ABOVE 280 IN THE MONTH OF JUNE.>>ABSOLUTELY, AND GIANTS FANS CERTAINLY HAPPEN TO SEE WHAT GARCIA HAS BEEN ABLE TO DO. LASTLY, WE TALKED ABOUT IT EARLIER ON IN THE SEASON. I THINK I MADE A BOLD PROCLAMATION THAT RAY BLACK WOULD PITCH IN THE BIG LEAGUES. JULY 8th, HE MADE HIS DEBUT.>>BATTLED SO MANY INJURIES THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER BUT STILL THE GUY THAT IS KIND OF A BRUNT FORCE OUT OF THE PEN, AND HE’S INTIMIDATING, HE’LL COME OUT AND SHOVE 100 IN YOUR FACE AND NOT APOLOGIZE AFTERWARDS. IT’S GREAT TO SEE RAY BLACK GET IN THE BIG LEAGUES AND GET A CHANCE. HE WAS READING HE WAS ONE OF THE HIGHEST SPIN RATES IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL THIS YEAR, A NEW KIND OF STUFF.>>GREAT TO SEE RAY. THAT WILL DO IT FOR US HERE AT THE DESK SEGMENT. THANKS.>>THANK YOU.>>ALL THAT, AND WE DIDN’T EVEN MENTION THE HALL STAR GAME. IT WAS HOSTED IN TRENTON, NEW JERSEY THIS YEAR. WE’LL TAKE YOU BEHIND THE SCENES AND SHOW YOU EXACTLY HOW THE FLYING SQUIRRELS DID COMING UP NEXT ON FLYING SQUIRRELS INSIDER.>>>THE SECOND HALF OF THE 2018 BASEBALL SEASON FOR THE RICHMOND FLYING SQUIRRELS BEGAN HERE AT ARM AND HAMMER PARK IN TRENTON, NEW JERSEY. COINCIDENTALLY, HOME OF THE 2018 EASTERN LEAGUE ALL-STAR GAME, A GAME THAT THE FLYING SQUIRRELS FRANCHISE WAS CERTAINLY WELL REPRESENTED IN.>>IT’S SWUNG ON, LIFTED HIGH IN THE AIR, LEFT CENTER FIELD. THE CENTERFIELDER LOOKS UP, AND YOU CAN FORGET IT. SOLO HOME RUN LUIGI RODRIGUEZ AND THE RICHMOND FLYING SQUIRRELS OUTFIELDER HAS GIVEN THE WESTERN DIVISION THE LEAD HERE IN THE 8th INNING. IT’S 4-3.>>WE ALL KIND OF WANTED TO COME HERE AND REPRESENT THE SQUIRRELS WELL, AND I THINK WE DID THAT. YOU KNOW, OBVIOUSLY OUR TEAM WON. LIEU EVENING OO BIG HIT MVP. SLANIA WITH A BIG OUT AND MAC THROWING WELL TOO. IT WAS EXCITING AND HOPEFULLY WE CAN USE IT AS A SPRINGBOARD.>>DYLAN MCNAMARA, WHO HAS BEEN BRILLIANT OVER 18 RELIEF APPEARANCES THIS SEASON, AND THERE’S STRIKE 2.>>THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE FROM THE FIRST DAY WE GOT HERE, IT WAS ALL DONE PROFESSIONALLY. IN THE GAME, IT’S KIND OF A WEIRD, YOU KNOW, SETUP. YOU’RE EXCITED TO BE THERE, BUT IT’S ALSO NOT A REAL GAME. YOU’RE NOT PITCHING WITH AS MUCH PURPOSE AS YOU’D LIKE TO OR IN A REGULAR SQUIRRELS GAME. BUT YEAH, I HAD A GREAT TIME.>>IT APPEARS RIGHT-HANDER DAN SLANIA OF THE RICHMOND FLYING SQUIRRELS IS ON HIS WAY INTO THE GAME.>>IT WAS DEFINITELY A FUN COUPLE DAYS BEING UP HERE IN TRENTON, AND THEN JUST BEING ABLE TO BE PART OF THE GAME AND BEING ABLE TO DO THE HOME RUN DERBY AND EVERYTHING LIKE THAT. IT’S ALWAYS FUN, EVEN THROWING ONE PITCH, GETTING ONE OUT.>>AND THE FIRST SAUCE IS SWUNG ON, LIFTED HIGH IN THE AIR OFF THE BAT OF THE SHORTSTOP. SHORTSTOP HOWARD IS OUT, CALLED OFF BY THE CENTERFIELDER CAME CALICAWHO MAKES THE CATCH. THIS GAME WILL NOT GO TO EXTRA INNINGS. ZERO-2 PITCH. LIFTED TO LED. RODRIGUEZ IS THERE, AND MAKES THE CATCH. THIS MUST BE DECIDED ABOUT A SPECIAL HOME RUN DERBY.>>WE SENT AROUND AN E-MAIL TWO WEEKS AGO THAT SAID IN THE EVENT THE GAME IS TIED AFTER 9 INNINGS, THIS IS WHAT WE’RE GOING TO DO. I WAS LITERALLY PULLING THAT UP IN MY E-MAIL AFTER THE GAME FINISHED TIED. PARTICIPANTS WERE SELECTED, ONE FOR EACH SIDE, GIVEN TWO MINUTES TO HIT. FIVE POINTS FOR ANY BALL THAT LANDS IN LEFT FIELD OR RIGHT FIELD, 10 POINTS IF IT LANDS IN CENTER. ONE HUNDRED POINTS OVER THE WALL FOR A HOME RUN. 150 POINTS IF IT HITS THE BATTER BATTER’S EYE IN CENTER FIELD. WHICH DIDN’T END UP HAPPENING.>>I THOUGHT THEY WOULD EXPLAIN IT. I DON’T EVEN KNOW IF CRAIG AND GREEN KNEW WHAT THEY WERE DOING. JUST SWINGING.>>SEVEN SECONDS. HE LOOKS AT THE CENTER AGAIN. NEEDS A HOME RUN. DID HE DO IT? HIGH IN THE AIR TO LEFT. IT’S AT 270, AND IT LANDS SHORT OF THE WALL, AND THE WESTERN DIVISION HAS WON THE 2018 EASTERN LEAGUE ALL STAR CLASSIC.>>RODRIGUEZ WAS THE STAR FOR THE WESTERN DIVISION. HE TOOK OVER THE MVP AWARD BY HITTING THE GO AHEAD SOLO HOME RUN IN THE 8th INNING AT THE GAME. IT WAS TIED AT 3 AT THE TIME AND HE HIT IT OFF OF CALEB FRARE WHO HAS BEEN OUTSTANDING THIS YEAR. HE TOOK HOME BUSH’S BEANS MVP AWARD HONORS FOR THAT HOME RUN LAST NIGHT DESPITE THE EASTERN DIVISION TYING IT IN THE BOTTOM OF THE NINTH.>>I KNOW IT’S GOING TO BE A RICHMOND NEXT YEAR. LOOK FORWARD TO THAT.>>WHEN PEOPLE COME HERE NEXT YEAR, I WANT HERE TO BE SIGNS AND MARQUISES AND BILLBOARDS WELCOMING PEOPLE TO ALL STAR WEEK. I WANT BUSINESS OWNERS TO BE GENUINELY EXCITED ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY WE HAVE AS RICHMONDERS TO SHOW OFF. THIS IS OUR CHANCE TO SHOW OFF NOT ONLY TO THE EASTERN LEAGUE BUT TO ALL OF BASEBALL. EXPECT THE RICHMOND RACEWAY TO BE HEAVILY INVOLVED. EXPECT THE TOURISM BUREAU TO BE VERY MUCH INVOLVED. ALL THE THINGS THAT PEOPLE MIGHT ENJOY GOING TO IN DIFFERENT PLACES IN TOWN, LIKE SCOTT’S ADDITION, THE FAN, KINGS DOMINION. YOU NAME IT, WE’RE GOING TO WANT EVERYBODY TO HAVE ACCESS TO THESE PLACES IN THE 2019 EASTERN LEAGUE EXPERIENCE WILL BE SECOND TO NONE FOR DECADES TO COME.>>HERE AT FSI FIELD WITH FLYING SQUIRRELS RELIEF PITCHER SIM WOLF. SAM, THANKS FOR COMING BA.>>THANK YOU.>>WE’RE GOING TO START OFF. YOU AND I HAVE SOMETHING IN COMMON. I DON’T KNOW IF YOU KNOW THIS OR NOT. WE BOTH WENT TO THREE SCHOOLS.>>YEAH.>>TELL ME A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR JOURNEY COMING UP IN SOUTHH DAKOTA AND THEN ENDING UP IN NEW MEXICO.>>GREW UP IN SOUTH DAKOTA, WENT OUT TO SAN DIEGO MY FRESHMAN YEAR OF COLLEGE.>>NOT A BAD PLACE TO BE.>>NOT BAD AT ALL. WENT ON RECRUITING TRIP IN DECEMBER, GOING FROM DECEMBER IN SOUTH DAKOTA TO SAN DIEGO, A PRETTY EASY ADJUSTMENT TO GO>>I HAVE A FAST BALL, CURVEBALL, FLYER, CHANGEUP. I COME IN AND LIKE TO USE MY FAST BALL A LOT. CONFIDENCE — CONFIDENT WITH IT. I’M KIND OF A BULLDOG ON THE MOUND IN A SENSE I GO RIGHT AFTER THE HITTER AND TRY TO MAKE THE HITTER BEAT ME.>>AND THIS IS YOUR FIRST YEAR IN THE GIANTS SYSTEM. IN FACT, YOU KIND OF GOT WORD THAT YOU WERE TRADED FROM THE RANGERS, THE TEAM THAT DRAFTED YOU COMING OUT OF NEW MEXICO WHEN, DURING THE OFF SEASON, RIGHT?>>YEP, DURING THE OFF SEASON. I HAD SURGERY IN AUGUST WITH THE RANGERS AND WAS OUT THERE DOING PHYSICAL THERAPY UNTIL DECEMBER 15th AND WAS ACTUALLY ON MY DRIVE BACK HOME WHEN I GOT THE CALL AND SAID YOU’VE JUST BEEN TRADED. SO IT WAS KIND OF A WHIRLWIND. KIND OF AN EARLY CHRISTMAS PRESENT.>>SO THEN YOU MAKE YOUR WAY TO THE GIANTS SYSTEM AND JOIN THE FLYING SQUIRRELS DURING THIS MONTH, BECAUSE YOU WERE DOWN IN ARIZONA REHABBING THAT INJURY. KIND OF WHERE ARE YOU IN YOUR PROGRESS OF COMING BACK FROM SURGERY?>>MORE THAN ANYTHING, GETTING THE REPS IN THE GAME ATMOSPHERE, ON THE MOUND AGAIN, GETTING MY FEET WET, AND IT’S BEEN GREAT. I MEAN, THE GIANTS HAVE DONE AN INCREDIBLE JOB MAKING SURE THAT I’M HEALTHY, BACK, READY TO GO, READY FOR GAME ACTION. LIKE I SAID, IT’S JUST BEEN A FUN PROCESS.>>IS IT DIFFICULT? IS THERE PRESSURE? THE TRADE WAS WITH MATT MOORE, WHO WAS WITH THE GIANTS LAST YEAR. IS THERE ANY PRESSURE KIND OF BEING THE GUY THAT GETS SWAPPED FOR A BIG LEAGUE PLAYER?>>NOT SO MUCH PRESSURE, BUT OBVIOUSLY YOU WANT TO MAKE A GREAT FIRST IMPRESSION. YOU WANT TO DO WELL. IT’S A NEW ORGANIZATION, NEW COACHES, NEW FRONT OFFICE, NEW PLAYERS, NEW TEAMMATES. YEAH, YOU DEFINITELY WANT TO MAKE A GOOD FIRST IMPRESSION AND LET PEOPLE KNOW THE REASON YOU’RE THERE.>>ONE GUY ACTUALLY YOU’VE KNOWN, JAKE MCCASLAND, WHO IS FLYING SQUIRRELS STARTING PITCHER, STARTED THE YEAR IN THE BULLPEN. WE ACTUALLY HAD A BIT HERE ON THE SHOW CALLED BEARD OR NO BEARD. JAKE HAD A BIG BEARD AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SEASON. WHAT DID HE LOOK LIKE IN COLLEGE, AND HOW HAS THAT RELATIONSHIP BEEN WITH YOU AND HIM?>>HE DIDN’T HAVE THE THICK BEARD THAT HE DOES NOW. STILL LOOKS VERY SIMILAR. IT WAS FUN GETTING TO PLAY WITH JAKE IN COLLEGE. I MEAN, YOU’VE MET HIM, GREAT GUY. CAN’T SAY ENOUGH GOOD THINGS ABOUT HIM. SO IT’S BEEN FUN TO KIND OF REKINDLE THAT TEAMMATE AND THAT RELATIONSHIP NOW THAT WE’RE WITH THE FLYING SQUIRRELS.>>YOU DRAFTED A COUPLE OF TIMES, SIGNED WITH THE RANGERS, SPENT TWO YEARS AT NEW MEXICO, SOUTHERN NEVADA, SAN DIEGO. WHO IN YOUR JOURNEY HAS INFLUENCED YOU OR HELPED YOU OUT THE MOST IN TERMS OF BEING SUCCESSFUL ON THE MOUND?>>TO BE HONEST, PROBABLY MY WIFE, TRULY. I’M ONE THAT CAN BE VERY CRITICAL OF MYSELF, YOU KNOW. MY WORST CRITIC. JUDGE EVERYTHING THAT I DO IN MY OUTINGS AND STUFF, AND SHE’S ONE THAT JUST KEEPS MY MIND FOCUSED AND IN A SENSE THE PRESSURE OFF, REELS ME BACK IN WHEN I NEED IT.>>AND YOU GUYS WERE RECENTLY MARRIED, TOO, COMING UP BEFORE THE TRADE, RIGHT?>>YES.>>AFTER THE SURGERY, AND SHE’S AN ATHLETE IN HER OWN RIGHT, ISN’T SHE?>>SHE IS. THAT’S WHAT I THINK IS INCREDIBLE ABOUT OUR RELATIONSHIP, WE’RE ABLE TO TALK ABOUT ATHLETICS AND BASEBALL AND THE COMPETITION. SHE’S ABLE TO REALLY DO IT FROM HER STANDPOINT, BEING A FORMER ATHLETE, AND SO IT’S HUGE TO HAVE HER AS KIND OF MY SUPPORT AND KIND OF BACKBONE TO FALL BACK ON AT TIMES.>>ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE A TOUGH OUTING AND YOU START SECOND GUESSING YOURSELF, RIGHT?>>ABSOLUTELY.>>WELL, WE APPRECIATE YOU BEING HERE. WE’RE GOING TO KEEP YOU ONSET BECAUSE WE’RE GOING TO HAVE YOU SHOW US A COUPLE OF FUN THINGS ON THIS FSI SET. OKAY?>>SOUNDS GOOD.>>MORE TO COME HERE JOINED BY SAM WOLFF.>>ANOTHER DONATION.>>IN OUR COMMUNITY, THERE IS AN ORGANIZATION THAT’S WORKING TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO GOOD QUALITY NUTRITIOUS FOOD FOR EVERYONE. THAT ORGANIZATION IS FEEDMOORE. VIRGINIA CREDIT UNION IS VERY PROUD TO WORK WITH FEEDMOORE AND THE RICHMOND FLYING SQUIRRELS TO HIGHLIGHT THAT ISSUE AND THE IMPORTANT WORK THAT FEEDMOORE DOES. WE HAVE A PROGRAM THAT WE WORK TOGETHER ON CALLED STRIKE OUT HUNGER. EVERY TIME A RICHMOND FLYING SQUIRRELS PITCHER STRIKES OUT SOMEONE FROM THE OTHER TIME, WE MAKE A CONTRIBUTION TO FEEDMOORE. AT THE AT THE END OF THE SEASON THIS YEAR, WE’RE ON TRACK TO REACH $25,000 IN THAT PROGRAM OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS.>>THEY’RE AN AMAZING ORGANIZATION. WHEN YOU HEAR THE NUMBERS OF JUST LOCALLY WHO THEY PROVIDE FOR AND THE NUMBER OF MEALS THAT THEY CAN GIVE TO FAMILIES THAT NEED IT RIGHT HERE IN RICHMOND IS PRETTY UNBELIEVABLE. WE’VE DONE IT THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS. WE’VE TAKEN SOME OF OUR PLAYERS OVER TO FEEDMOORE, WHICH IS OUR NEIGHBOR RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER HERE. AND WE’VE DONE SOME DIFFERENT THINGS. THIS YEAR, WHEN WE WENT, WE ACTUALLY HELPED MAKE SOME OF THE FOOD AND PACKAGE UP SOME OF THE FOOD THAT THEY THEN DELIVERED FOR MEALS ON WHEELS. JERRY SANDS AND DAN SLANIA OVER THERE AS WELL AS PITCHING COACH GLENN DISHMAN CAME AND LENDED A HAND. AT THE END OF THE SEASON, WE DO A CHECK PRESENTATION WHERE MEMBERS OF THE CREDIT UNION COME OUT AND GIVE THE CHECK TO REPRESENTATIVES FROM FEEDMOORE, AND I THINK WE USUALLY TRY TO RECOGNIZE THE PLAYERS DURING THAT TIME AS WELL THAT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO COME HELP OUT. VIRGINIA CREDIT UNION HAS BEEN AWESOME IN MAKING SURE THAT WE GET INVOLVED WITH THEM WHEN THEY DO THEIR VOLUNTEER DAYS AS WELL. SO THAT’S BEEN A LOT OF FUN.>>VIRGINIA CREDIT UNION EMPLOYEES ENJOY WORKING AS VOLUNTEERS AT THE FEEDMOORE WAREHOUSE AND IN THE COMMUNITY KITCHEN, PREPARING MEALS FOR MEALS ON WHEELS. MEMBERS OF THE CREDIT UNION OFTEN CONTRIBUTE FOOD AT OUR DOCUMENT SHREDDING DAYS THAT WE CONTRIBUTE TO FEEDMOORE. ALL OF THIS TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE’S GOOD QUALITY NUTRITIOUS FOOD AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WHO NEED IT, OUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS.>>BACK HERE AT FSI FIELD, I’VE GOT SAM AND SAM WOLFF. WE’RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE KEY COMPONENTS COMING OUT OF THE BULLPEN. SAM, IT STARTS WITH THE MUSIC, DOESN’T IT?>>ABSOLUTELY. GOT TO HAVE A GOOD WALKOUT SONG.>>I KNOW YOU HAVE A COUPLE YOU ROTATE, BUT THE PA PLAYS FOR SPECIFIC SONGS FOR EACH RELIEF PITCHER IS YOUR CHOICE, RIGHT?>>RIGHT.>>WHY IS YOUR SONG?>>MINE WOULD BE DIRE STRAITS, MONEY FOR NOTHING. I TRY TO GO BETWEEN THAT ONE TO RUNNING OUT OF MOONLIGHT RANDY HOUSER.>>DO YOU APPROVE?>>I DO. I LIKE COUNTRY. AND RANDY HOUSER HAS A COUPLE GOOD SONGS, AND THAT’S ONE OF THEM.>>YOU GET THE MUSIC PLAYING. YOU’RE UP. IT’S YOUR TURN TO COME INTO THE GAME. ARE YOU RUNNING, JOGGING, FULL SPRINT? HOW DO YOU APPROACH GETTING OUT ON THE MOUND?>>I START WITH JUST A NICE SLOW WALK TO BEGIN AND THEN IT BUILDS UP INTO KIND OF A NICE EASY JOG INTO THE MOUND.>>A LITTLE OF A CRESCENDO THEN?>>EXACTLY, YEAH. EVERYBODY’S FIRST VIEW AND LOOK AT WHO IS COMING INTO THE GAME.>>BUT IT’S CHANGED THIS YEAR, BECAUSE THERE’S NEW RULES FOR MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL IN TERMS OF THE AMOUNT OF TIME. THEY’RE TRYING TO SPEED UP THE GAME A LITTLE BIT, SO YOU’RE ON A CLOCK TO GET FROM THE BULLPEN TO THE MOUND AND GET YOUR FIRST PITCH IN.>>YEAH. THAT’S ONE THING YOU DEFINITELY WANT TO BE KIND OF ATTENTIVE TO. YOU HAVE 2 MINUTES 25 SECONDS FROM CROSSING THE LINE TO JOGGING, GET YOUR WARMUP PITCHES IN AND DELIVER THE FIRST PITCH.>>IS THAT ENOUGH TIME?>>I DON’T KNOW. DO YOU LIKE THE NEW RULES AS FAR AS THE PITCH CLOCK?>>I DO.>>THE CLOCK IS RIGHT BEHIND HOME PLATE ON EITHER SIDE, SO YOU CAN SEE IT.>>I’VE KIND OF HAD THE SAME WARMUP AND EVERYTHING FOR THE LAST FIVE, SIX YEARS, SO EVEN BEFORE THE PITCH CLOCK WAS IN PLAY, AND IT’S NEVER REALLY BOTHERED ME OR AFFECTED, YOU ARE KNOW, MY PACE AT ALL. I KNOW THERE HAVE BEEN SOME GUYS THAT THEY USED TO WALK LITERALLY FROM THE BULLPEN ALL THE WAY INTO THE MOUND, SO THAT’S SOMETHING THAT IT DOES SPEED UP THE GAME A LITTLE BIT, WHICH IS NICE.>>A GUY THAT COMES TO MIND, CARLOS ALVARADO, RELIEF PITCHER, REALLY TOOK HIS TIME TO GET OUT THERE. SO CERTAINLY KIND OF TRIED TO SPEED HIM UP. SO YOU’RE JUICED UP. YOU GET ON THE MOUND, AND WE’RE GOING TO TAKE YOU THROUGH YOU A SCENARIO. SOMETIMES GUYS OUT OF THE BULLPEN COME IN WITH RUNNERS ON BASE, AN UNCLEAN INNINGS. WE’RE GOING TO TAKE YOU THROUGH A SCENARIO WITH A GUY AT THIRD, AND UNFORTUNATELY, WE’RE GOING TO PUT YOU IN A SITUATION WHERE YOU THROW A WILD PITCH. ALL RIGHT?>>YEP.>>WHAT ARE THE PITCHER’S DEFENSIVE RESPONSIBILITIES WITH A GUY ON THIRD BASE COMING ON IN AND THROWING A BALL PAST THE CATCHER? WE CALLED IT A PAST BALL.>>THANK YOU. PAST BALL. ALL OF THEM ARE, RIGHT? YEAH, SO I MEAN, IT HAPPENS. A BALL GETS BY, RUNNER ON THIRD BASE. YOU KNOW, YOUR JOB IS TO GO COVER HOME PLATE. YOU’RE THE ONLY PERSON THAT HAS THE CHANCE TO POSSIBLY MAKE THAT OUT AND KIND OF COVER UP THAT WILD PITCH OR PAST BALL. BASICALLY, BALL GOES BY, CATCHER GOES BACK. YOU’RE KIND OF VERBALLY TELLING THE CATCHER WHERE THE BALL IS SO YOU CAN, AS QUICK AS YOU CAN, GET THERE. YOU COME INTO HOME PLATE, BREAK DOWN, GIVE THE CATCHER A NICE CLEAN, EASY TARGET. HE GETS IT TO YOU. HE MAKES THE TAG AND KIND OF GET OUT OF THERE.>>SO YOU’RE ON THIS FAR SIDE?>>RIGHT. YOU’RE KIND OF STANDING RIGHT IN FRONT OF HOME PLATE. YOU MAY EVEN STRADDLE IT A LITTLE BIT, BUT YOU DEFINITELY DON’T WANT TO BE UP IT A LITTLE BIT OR IN FRONT OF HOME PLATE, BECAUSE THAT’S WHEN YOU’RE GOING TO GET SLID INTO.>>SO A LITTLE FINNESS TO IT.>>A LITTLE BIT. YOU’RE TRYING TO MAKE THE PLAY BUT ALSO CON SHE IS OF YOU NEED TO STAY IN THE GAME. YOU CAN’T GET SLID INTO, TAKEN OUT OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT.>>FOR INSTANCE, IF THERE IS A GUY ON SECOND BASE, HOW DOES THAT SCENARIO CHANGE?>>SO, KIND OF SIMILAR IN THE 70s OF, YOU KNOW, PAST BALL, OBVIOUSLY HOME PLATE IS OPEN. HE TAKES OFF FOR THIRD. YOU KNOW HE’S GOT THIRD BASE. YOUR JOB IS KIND OF GET ABOUT HALFWAY, AT LEAST LET THE RUNNER KNOW THAT SOMEONE CAN COVER, BEAT THEM TO THE PLATE. SO THAT’S BAROMETRIC PRESSURE IT. LIKE I SAID, MOST OF THE TIME THAT RUNNER IS GOING TO STAY.>>SOUNDS GOOD. THANKS FOR BEING HERE TODAY, SAM. APPRECIATE IT. MORE TO COME HERE ON FLYING SQUIRRELS INSIDER. WE’RE JUST ABOUT DONE ON THIS EPISODE.>>THAT WILL ABOUT DO IT FOR US HERE ON FLYING SQUIRRELS INSIDER, BUT BEFORE WE GO, LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT SOME OF THE FLYING SQUIRRELS PLAYERS AND SAM AND I WERE UP TO DURING THEAL STAR BREAK. MOST PEOPLE CALL THREE DAYS OFF A LONG WEEKEND. SAM, WE CALL IT AN ALL-STAR BREAK, AND IT’S A BIG TO DO, ISN’T IT?>>IT CERTAINLY IT. I WAS UP IN SOUTH HAMPTON WITH MY LOVELY GIRLFRIEND. WE WERE TAKING IN SOME RAYS ON THE BEACH. IT WAS BEAUTIFUL. YOU WERE ALSO ENJOYING YOUR TIME OFF.>>I GOT SOME SUNSHINE, MY FIRST TIME IN THE NORTHERN NECK, IN TOPPING, VIRGINIA WITH MY BEAUTIFUL WIFE CHEYENNE, MAN, THE RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER, NOT AS GOOD AS THE JAMES, BUT CERTAINLY BEAUTIFUL.>>TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE OTHER FOLKS WE’VE BEEN CHECKING IN ON WITH DILLON MCNAMARA. OF COURSE, HE WAS AT THE ALL-STAR GAME AND HAD QUITE A FEW FRIENDS AND FAMILY IN TOE. CONNER MENEZ TAKING TO THE GOLF COURSE, AND SAM, THIS MIGHT NOT BE A SURPRISE, BUT OUR ALL STAR CLUBHOUSE MANAGER JOE TARNOWSKI, HE WAS OUT GOLFING AGAIN.>>I THINK HE WANTS TO LIVE ON THE GOLF COURSE WHEN HE RETIRES, IF HE EVER RETIRES, LIVE ON THE GOLF COURSE.>>ELIEZER ZAMBRANO MADE THE TRIP UP TO WASHINGTON D.C. WITH HIS FAMILY, AS YOU CAN SEE, AND PITCHING COACH GLENN DISHMAN OUT ON A BOAT. SOUNDS LIKE A PRETTY GOOD TIME FOR EVERYBODY. SAM, BELIEVE IT OR NOT, BY THE NEXT SHOW, IT’S GOING TO BE THE NEXT MONTH OF THE YEAR.>>AMAZING.>>WE’LL COME BACK AND TELL YOU HOW THE FLYING SQUIRRELS ARE APPROACHING THE TRADE DEADLINE. THAT WILL BE IN TWO WEEKS. FROM THE ENTIRE CREW HERE AT THE COMMUNITY IDEA STATIONS AND CWVE, UNTIL NEXT TIME, MY NAME IS JAY BURNHAM SAYING SO LONG
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