If you didn’t know, this blog covers horse racing and breeding and youth baseball, primarily because I coach and have two boys that play. One of them, John, 16, after years of playing, has hung up his cleats after his junior year in high school just ended—for now, anyway, he says. It was a big decision, and one that I admire he had the courage to make. The other, Joe, 13, lives to play and is in his last season with the Brooklyn Bulldogs 14U—the team that I manage. For me, it’s my last season coaching, and a bittersweet one. I’ll miss it. I’ve documented the season here and there on Twitter, and these photos are some that were originally posted there:
That's me: Taken at a game yesterday (Wednesday) at Parade Grounds in Brooklyn vs. Youth Service 14U.
Johnny Fernando: A natural shortstop playing 3rd base for The Beacon School Varsity. An outstanding defender, If I say so myself.
Taken yesterday at Parade Grounds in Brooklyn: (right to left) Ian Miller, middle infielder with pop in bat and top-class pitcher; Jacob Goldberg, 3rd base with very strong arm and good actions; Joe Fernando, slick-fielding shortstop with plus actions, switch hitter with speed; Danny Bakst, 3rd base with excellent glove, very strong bat; Adrian Eacker, backup shortstop with strong arm, clean actions.
A game under lights on the stadium field at Parade Grounds in Brooklyn.
Baseball in New York: A Beacon game underneath the Manhattan Bridge.
The Brooklyn Bulldogs waiting for the game to start at Parade Grounds, Brooklyn.
That's me and Joe C. Fernando at American Legion Field in Brooklyn. Joe is playing his 6th consecutive season for the Bulldogs and has not missed a game during that span, which includes spring, summer, and fall seasons. He leaves for Deerfield Academy in the fall.