Dispatch From Red Sox Fantasy Camp, Day Two
Home Run Derby winner revealed.
Day two of pool play at the Official 2015 Boston Red Sox Fantasy Camp featured another ten games between the divided up teams of campers.
I ended up scoring both games of a doubleheader featuring Monty’s Mavericks, coached by former Red Sox catcher Bob Montgomery and ex-Orioles outfielder (and former Red Sox first base coach) Al Bumbry.
In the Mavericks first game, they faced former Red Sox and Oakland Athletics pitcher Jim Corsi‘s squad, Corsi’s Fireballers.
The Fireballers picked up a run in the bottom of the first, but Monty’s Mavericks scored five of the thirty one runs they would score over the two games in the top of the second and won the first game 13-5.
At lunch between games, Wednesday’s special guest was Baseball Hall of Famer Wade Boggs who signed autographs, posed for pictures and chatted with each camp participant.
The afternoon games were all played on the Fenway South complex as the stadium was being readied for the annual camp home run derby which was held following the completion of each teams second game of the day.
The game that was scheduled to be played in the stadium between Hobson’s Heroes and Wins and Saves was played on complex field one, which, just like jetBlue Park is a Fenway Park replica, at least dimensions-wise, with a thirty seven foot high “Green Monster” chain link fence in left field.
The quickest game of the morning session was a seven inning complete game pitched by ex-Red Sox, Expos and Rangers hurler Oil Can Boyd. Coaches pitch the morning games and campers do the honors in the afternoon game.
In my second game on Wednesday, Monty’s Mavericks defeated Nixon’s Dirtdogs, coached by ex-Red Sox players Trot Nixon and Brian Daubach 18-2. The Mavericks scored four runs in the top of the first and never trailed.
Home run derby participants included fantasy campers Paul Anderson, Jim Viera, Mike Sullivan, Stephen Camp, Brett Bonin, Mike Burns, Darron Healey, Daryll Doda, Rich Gottesman, Marino Jimenez, Larry Oglivie, Mark Reitman, John Verdeaux, and Eric Roukey.
Roukey, of Central Florida, a Fantasy Camp rookie this year, won the home run derby.
Pool play continues on Thursday morning at 9:30 AM, and the camp playoffs begin at 1:00 pm. Playoffs continue all day Friday with the camp championship at 7:30 pm under the lights in JetBlue Park. Three inning games between the Red Sox pros and each camp team will be played in the stadium on Saturday.