Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Most Pearlacious Pearls of 2008

2008 completely rocked.
The 707 area code's Boys Of Summer and some of their amigos had a pretty entertaining year.  I dove through the Pearls of Wisdom treasure trove for the best stories of '08 and have strung those lustrous accomplishments together for you to reflect upon this New Year's Eve.  Here are ten gems, and some bonus links, I'm raising my celebratory glass of bubbly to as we ring in 2009...
Tampa Bay Ray Jason Bartlett steals a base
and wins free Tacos For The People
relieving the financial pressure of PTownJr's 5000 calorie diet for a few hours.  Barty had a premonition about the whole thing and dressed ALCS MVP Matt Garza (area code 209) as a taco during rookie hazing last summer.
Inaugural Pearls Of Wisdom Create-A-Caption contestants
get a little crazy after the Rays eliminate the White Sox
with their 100th win of 2008...

Jonny Gomes completes the Zero To Hero metamorphosis
with his own World Series Blog and gets all dressed up to meet The President.

Eric Bruntlett, another PTown Area Pro,
is the hero of World Series Game 3...
a game I would otherwise like to forget... along with the horrendous Game 1 fielding of the Rays fans sitting in my seat thanks to ZipCode Profiling.
Bud Selig Tunes Into The Wrong Weather Channel
ensuring that no one will EVER forget Game 5 of the 2008 World Series. Not even the extraordinary Kenyan fans that I hope Tex is trying to save with that cushy contract of his.
Konrad Schmidt wins the Peals Of Wisdom Batting Title with a .329 average at High A Visalia 
Konrad also earned kudos for his stylin' horsehoe-and-patch mustache combo on Josh Collmenter Mustache Awareness Night. This celebration was born of the great Josh Collmenter/Jason Giambi "Separated At Birth" debate.  Which, tragically, you may have missed during Konrad's promotion from Single A to High A.
RHP Chad Fillinger reaches on a fielder's choice
in his first career at bat
The Jackhammers were short handed and the pitchers were pressed into offensive action on July 22nd. Who did Chad force at second? PTown's Joey Gomes...   who earned Northern League Player of the Week honors a bit later. Sadly, there is no photographic evidence of Chad's historic at bat, but the entire PTownFan(mily) witnessed it over dinner via internet radio. So we'll celebrate the strength of Chad's belief that one day he would toe into the batter's box... and get paid for it...  with a high school yearbook photo.
Tommy Everidge has a career year,
earning AA Midland Rockhounds MVP.
He also took home the MiLB's award for Best AA Single Game Performance of 2008 with a 10 RBI (!!!!) game in May. Tommy had an awesome season and it would be so much more awesome to see him sporting the green and gold in '09. Come on Billy Beane. $ell $some Ticket$ in the 707
Brandon Morrow flirts with history,
nearly notching a No-No in his first MLB start.
After the best debut in Mariner's history on September 5th vs. the Yankees, Brandon almost did it again in front of the home town crowd at McAfee Coliseum. Following the trade of closer JJ Putz, the Mariners haven't decided whether to keep Brandon in the rotation or slide him into the closer role. Brandon stepped in for an injured Putz mid-season and was nearly flawless. Tough decision for Seattle and The Pearls will have an ear to the ground.
The Rays win the 2008 American League Pennant. 
I can't believe I cried over a baseball game. But hey, so did the entire state of Massachusetts.  The Rays storybook season did not end with a World Series Ring, but there wasn't a single loser on the field at the end of Game 5 in Philly. Only winners.
It's hard to imagine the guys can Rep The 707 any better in 2009. All that... and then some... from one Area Code.

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