The last of the great Albuquerque Dukes teams

Dukes logoThe arrival of the 2014 baseball season means 20 years have passed since the old Albuquerque Dukes won the last of their eight Pacific Coast League championships. The franchise joined the Triple A PCL in 1972 with a dominant team managed by Tommy Lasorda and featuring future big leaguers like Ron Cey, Davey Lopes, Burt Hooton, Charlie Hough, Larry Hisle, and more. The Dodgers’ minor league system was well-stocked during the years the O’Malley family owned the Dodgers, and Albuqerque, often the final stop for players on their way to the majors, reaped the benefits time and time again. Continue reading

“Step up to the plate” takes on a whole new meaning

There’s a fun event planned this month at West Sacramento’s Raley Field, home of the Pacific Coast League’s Sacramento RiverCats – and it has nothing to do with baseball.  September 18 has been dubbed “National Cheeseburger Day” by the National Beef Council, and it’s on that day that you can step up to the plate at Raley Field and help a great cause while you eat, drink, and be merry.

Cheeseburgers and craft beers will be on the menu at the Sacramento Burger Battle

Cheeseburgers and craft beers will be on the menu at the Sacramento Burger Battle

The first-ever Sacramento Burger Battle occurs that evening right on the ballfield, pitting 15 different local restaurants against each other in a burger tasting competition where attendees get to vote alongside expert and local celebrity judges (all while sipping drinks and also sampling some tasty desserts…what could be better?). The entire event is a fundraiser for a great cause:  combatting Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Continue reading