The Championship Game
Championship game starting pitcher, 6'7" Maximo Nelson holding the batboy's hand before the game.
Johnny Lopez (.379 BA, 14 HR's) fooled by a Maximo offering. Maximo can bring his fastball at 97mph and then has the chutzpah to snap off a slider that can make a good hitter look helpless.
Bet Shemesh starting pitcher 6'5" Rafael Bergstrom (Rafi) pitched a magnificent game. He went all nine innings giving up only five hits and no walks in his shut out. Behind Rafi is third baseman Jim Peirce, focused and ready in case a ball is hit his way.
Jim Pierce delivers a peice of a broken bat to the batboy. The bat broke and flew into the infield.
Miracle Manager Art Shamsky before the game. Art was always generous with his stories about his playing days.
Blue Sox manager Ron Blomberg relaxing before the game. Ron is a great guy. He is positive and freindly to everyone that crosses his path. His favorite saying, "how is it going big guy"
Blue Sox have great fans, loyal and enthusiastic.
Raanana pitcher Esequier Pie (on the left) and Netanya Shortstop Hector De Los Santos enjoying the game with the crowd. Hector shared the best defensive infielder award with Tel Aviv third baseman Nate Fish. In my opinion, Esequier Pie has the best "stuff" in the IBL. He needs more time to mature. Not sure if he will but if he does he can go a long way.
IBL co-MVP (Hank Greenberg Award winner), Gregg Raymundo sliding into second in hopes of disrupting a double play.
Blue Sox celebrate