Brandon Webb; Photo by SD Dirk via Flickr
I’ve made no secret since BluGrass Baseball started last summer about my affection for Arizona Diamondbacks ace Brandon Webb. Webb is about a Kentucky as they come in the major league (born in Ashland, attended the University of Kentucky and still resides in Boyd County in during the offseason). Brandon’s 2009 season ended after just four innings on Opening Day, but after undergoing successful shoulder surgery his arm feels fine, and as Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports, he’s chomping at the bit for 2010. (Read more)
I encourage you to jump over to the World Wide Leader to check out the full profile of Webb, but I found this segment about his Kentucky roots particularly enjoyable:
Webb’s typical winter routine took a detour this offseason. He usually loads the family into a recreational vehicle and makes the trip from the Arizona desert to his home in Kentucky, where he gets his fill of hunting and Kentucky Wildcat basketball. He also keeps his arm limber playing catch with his father, Philip, a chemist for Marathon Oil, in his hometown of Ashland.
Webb spent Thanksgiving and Christmas in Kentucky, but the “Field of Dreams” scenario was scotched when he had to return to Arizona early to work with the Diamondbacks’ training staff. But Philip Webb has made it clear he’s ready to go next winter.”
The Little League team from Russelville, Ky., will play on ESPN Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. for the Great Lakes regional championship and the chance to play in the Little League World Series.
The Kentucky state champions upset No. 1 Illinois in the semifinals 10-4 to earn a spot in the final game against Indiana. The northern border rivals from the Hooiser State defeated Kentucky 9-7 in round robin play.
The little league team from Russellville, Ky., won its game against the Michigan team 12-10 today in the round robin portion of the Great Lakes regional championship. The team’s record is 2-2 in the round, and the Logan Countians are currently tied for third place. Only one game remains in the round robin portion of the tournament (Indiana vs. Ohio). The Russellville team lost its first two games to Ohio and Indiana before defeating Wisconsin and Michigan.
The Kentucky team owns the tie breaker against Michigan, so it is guaranteed a place in the semifinals. Since Indiana and Ohio both defeated the Bluegrass team, Kentucky will be seeded third or fourth. The semifinals start tomorrow afternoon, before the regional finals air on ESPN Saturday. The winner advances to the Little League World Series.
In Cal Ripken World Series Action, the team from Lexington, Ky., has clinched a spot in the playoffs with a 4-2 record in the National division. The playoffs begin Friday and will play until the 22nd. The semifinals and finals will air on the MLB Network.