Rafters handle Javelinas, Look out for Conrad!

Well, it’s rainy… and cold… and dreary… and far from baseball weather here in Hickory, NC.  However, such is not the case in Arizona — the wild west, the land of cacti, cowboys and Arizona Fall League baseball.

As previously mentioned, the Crawdads have an alumn suiting up in the prestigious fall league, reserved for baseball’s top prospects.  Doug Hogan, the ‘Dads starting catcher for the majority of the 2009 season, is one of five Rangers prospects on the Surprise Rafters.

The Rafters commenced their season an evening ago with a match-up against the Peoria Javelinas.  To say that the Rafters got off to a good start may very well be the understatement of all understatements, as the team cruised to a 17-4 victory.  Hogan had one at-bat in the game and was retired, but, as all ‘Dads fans know, despite his excellent power at the plate, it is what Hogan does behind the plate that makes him so valuable.

The Rafters and Javelinas are in the midst of a rematch this afternoon, with Peoria up, 4-1, in the bottom of the second currently.  Hogan, along with the rest of the Rangers prospects on the team, have the day off to begin the game.

Next on the docket for the Rafters are the Mesa Solar Sox, who are 1-0 after a 10-6 victory over the Phoenix Desert Dogs last night.  Solar Sox vs. Desert Dogs round 2 is tonight.  One of my favorite parts about the AFL are the teamnames, with Desert Dogs and Solar Sox ranking as my personal favorites.

In other news, the ‘Dads have been well-represented in the community of late, with appearances at Oktoberfest all weekend long and at the Business Expo all day today.  Conrad the Crawdad and the Speed Pitch have entertained a lot of fans throughout the past couple of days, and we certainly appreciate everyone having us out.

In fact, look for Conrad out and about a lot this offseason, as the Crawdads are starting up a Community Care program.  Details will be released next week, so definitely check Hickorycrawdads.com for those.

And now, a couple completely random photos to fulfill my picture-in-blog requirement.  Enjoy…


One that makes you think (it’s a globe):



And one that doesn’t:



Andrew Buchbinder is entering his second season as director of broadcasting/media relations with the Crawdads.  He previously served in similar capacities with the Bakersfield Condors (ECHL) and the Bakersfield Blaze, the ‘Dads High-A affiliate in the California League.



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