Comeback Complete for Rockies Beerer
Opening night at Memorial Stadium was very much like the other opening night’s I’ve seen over the past seven years – a great sellout crowd, a solid fireworks show, some mistakes, and an entertaining ball game.
Yes, the Hawks committed seven errors (the first time they had recorded seven errors in a game since both the 2005 and 2006 seasons – they did record nine errors in a game at Yakima in 2004 – and won the game 6-5), and yes Reggy the Purple Party Dude wasn’t at the ballpark (flight delayed out of Philadelphia and could not get a connection from Phoenix), but lost in all of the glitz and glamour was the dramatic return of Tri-City outfielder, Scott Beerer.
Beerer is not your typical Northwest League player – in fact, he has been here before, pitching for the Dust Devils at Memorial Stadium at the end of the 2004 season.
Yes, Scott Beerer was a pitcher – a REALLY good pitcher, drafted out of Texas A&M in the 2nd round back in 2003. He had 21 saves in the South Atlantic League and was on the fast track to big things in the Rockies organization, before an elbow injury ended his career in 2006.
He decided to step away from the game at that point. He went to school in Los Angeles to pursue a career as a fireman and studied to be an Emergency Medical Technician at UCLA. But in the summer of 2008, Beerer started to feel that competitive itch again, and asked the Rockies player development director if he could make a return as a position player. After a workout for a scout, Beerer was trying to become the next Rick Ankiel.
Prior to tonight, he had five plate appearances in the minor leagues, going 0-for-5. Tonight, he went 4-for-5 with two doubles, a triple, three RBI, and had the chance for the cycle in the ninth, before Dionis Nunez plunked him with a fastball – while hitting in the clean-up spot, instead of the No. 9 spot in the order.
NOTES – The number carousel for the Hawks continued, as players cannot decide on which jersey number suits them. Mike “Sauce” Perconte has settled on #30, Alvaro Sosa returned to his original #15, and Hak-Ju Lee (who went 3-for-5 in his much anticipated debut) to #7. Newcomers Cliff Anderson (who was shortly with the Hawks in 2007) is #22, while draft pick Jordan Petraitis is #37…fundamentals were not the key for Boise defensively – two of the errors were on Matt Cerda throws to second, two errors were charged to Lee on a single play (bobble and then an errant throw), George Matheus, who had three hits, airmailed a throw to first, Logan Watkins short-armed a throw to first, while Jose Valdez threw a ball from centerfield into the Tri-City dugout (this does not include a pair of Hawks picked-off by Dust Devils starter Sheng An-Kuo, a bases loaded double play ball, and the first out of an inning recorded at home plate…Boise will add another pitcher to their roster on Sunday, as eighth-round draft pick Robert Whitenack from SUNY-Old Westbury (the first D-III player selected in the 2009 draft) will join the team.