Travelblogue: Midland

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to dust off the ol’ “Travelblogue” term and figured now would be a good time to do so, it being the Midwest League All-Star Game and all.

I wrote in detail about Midland, the area, the history and the ballpark, when were here back in April 2007. Still a good town, still a great ballpark and I was able to get another burger and shake at Daddy O’s on Main Street. So all is right with the world.

Last night, they had the obligatory home run derby. I must admit, I’m growing tired of them, but the fans still love ’em (think about it, the folks here in Midland don’t get to see derbies as often as I do) and the kids put on a good show, with Felix Carrasco winning the title over the Midwest League home run leader, Ian Gac. You can read my story about it here, along with info on tonight’s starting pitchers and a note on a former All-Star in attendance.

They’re getting ready for batting practice at Dow Diamond currently, so I’ll have to keep this short. It’s a great league for talent this year, with the all-star roster having four players from last year’s first round. And that’s just the top 30. There are two more sandwich picks and a second rounder here as well tonight.  That doesn’t include the legitimate international prospects, not to mention the guys not from the 2007 draft class.

All of that leaves us (myself and producer Joe Cronin with plenty of options. Look for a feature on Jarrod Parker as well as interviews (we hope) with fellow ’07 first-rounders Ben Revere and Pete Kozma.

Stay tuned for more…I’ll try to post a recap of the evening’s festivities when I have the chance.

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