Cape Cod: More than Potato Chips and the Beach

DJ Bean
July 23, 2009 - 6:27 am

Good morning everyone and allow me to share some good news with New England: there is positively no way the Red Sox can lose today, so for those who have had to endure the misery a losing streak brings for the last five days, take a breather and soak up the baseball that will be played around these parts today: the Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star festivities. The Cape League is one of the finer traditions in both the wonderful state of Massachusetts and baseball in general. Between giving young players an opportunity to grow accustomed to wooden bats and seeing families on the Cape host players for the summer, the CCBL undoubtedly has a storied history. [Cue the plug!] No, we here at LEEInks wouldn't endorse something unless it was absolutely top-notch. So allow us to point that's Chris Price has an incredible CCBL book by the name of Baseball by the Beach. The book documents the history of the league and is a must-read for baseball fans. Stars of all types have participated in the summer league, whether they be guys in the Sox system (Jasons Bay and Varitek, Kevin Youkilis, Mike Lowell, Jacoby Ellsbury, Daniel Bard, Justin Masterson, Mark Kotsay, Chris Carter) or elsewhere (2008 NL Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum, Mark Teixeira, Evan Longoria, Chase Utley, Lance Berkman, Scott Baker-- the list goes on and on), and today local sports fans have the opportunity to catch the next batch of elite college players and future MLB mainstays. One of every seven players in the majors is a Cape League alum, so one would be foolish to pass up watching today's home run derby and All-Star game. Some of the stars participating in the festivities at Fenway today already carry some local weight. Boston College corner infielder Mickey Wiswall, who played his high school ball at Belmont Hill and is from Stoneham, leads the CCBL with 19 RBI for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox. In addition, Wiswall's hitting coach at BC, Steve Englert, led the Harwich Mariners to the CCBL title last year and is managing the East squad today at Fenway. As for the Red Sox, the real club is all-too familiar with Falmouth first baseman Hunter Morris. The Red Sox made the first baseman a second-round pick back in 2007 and the two sides went through heated negotiations, only to see Morris walk away and attend Auburn University. The 6'4" slugger has hit .318 with 23 homers and 82 RBI in two seasons as a Tiger. Morris currently leads the Cape League with five homers and will particpate in today's derby. Local stuff aside, there are two pitchers from the East team that you'll definitely want to check out. Rob Rasmussen from UCLA has a 0.96 ERA for Orleans. Also don't miss Kyle Blair, who has posted a 0.92 ERA for the Brewster Whitecaps. The righty plays his college ball at San Diego, where he struck 62 batters in 54.2 innings last season. Now here's where we talk about the single greatest moment in Cape League history, and I'll be damned if everyone reading doesn't see where this is going. I'm not talking about anything Bay, Lincecum, or Teixeira did, but what one Freddie Prinze, Jr. did. When he walked off the mound during a perfect game to run after Jessica Biel, he taught everyone what true love was about. No, I've never seen Summer Catch, the movie starring Prinze, Jr. and Biel, but I've seen the ending. Worst thing ever. Check out the trailer and tell me what you take away from it. Here's what I got from it: 1. Matthew Lillard? I was convinced that the scene in Scream in which Sidney hits him with the TV was his honest-to-goodness death. Now he's back as a CCBL catcher? Not buying it. 2. Doctor Percival Cox as a scout? Only good if he berates the guys he's scouting as much as he does his co-workers in Scrubs. 3. I thought searching "Summer Catch" on YouTube would be good enough to get me the trailer, but all that came up were videos called "Summer Catch pool scene." You've got to love cheesy teen movies that only cast Jessica Biel so they can put her in a pool.