A Huge Bat, Video Game Numbers and the Series Finale

You could certainly get great “plate coverage” with the world’s largest Louisville Slugger. It’s a replica of Babe Ruth’s 34 inch Louisville Slugger.  Slightly larger at 120 feet tall and heaver at 68,000 pounds .

The Yankees final day in Louisville included a private tour of the Louisville Slugger Museum and Bat Factory in downtown Louisville.  One of those places, where regardless of how many times you have seen it, it is always a great place to visit.  The two must sees on a visit, the entryway that contains a signature name plate from thousands of players who have been under contract from Hillerich and Bradsby.  Almost every big name from the game is up there, Ruth, Gerig, Williams, Mantle, Dimaggio and more.  The second must see is the Babe Ruth bat on display in the musuem.  It was used by Ruth during his 60 homer season in 1927 and for every HR the Bambino hit, he carved a notch in the bat.  It is insured for more $$ than any other bat in exsistance.  Pretty cool stuff….

Louisville second baseman Cody Puckett (no relation to the late Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett) has had quite a season against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.  It hasn’t seemed to matter who has been on the mound for the Yankees, Puckett just seems to get hits and reach base regardless of who is pitching and what the circumstances are.  On the season overall, Puckett is hitting .231 (24-104) with 1HR and 13 RBI.  Against the SWB Yankees Puckett is hitting .348 (8-23) with 1HR and 6RBI. The breakdown is a follows: Hits: 33% vs. SWB (8 of 24), Home Runs: 100% vs. SWB (1 of 1), RBI’s: 46.1% vs. SWB (6 of 13).  If Puckett is a free agent at the end of the season (and smart) he’ll sign with an IL North Division team so he can potentially face Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 16 times a season instead of eight.

The Yankees have been pretty bad in the opening game of a series this season.  In 21 first games of a series in 2012, SWB has posted a 6-15 record, including three striaght losses and in those games getting outscored 28-7.  The final game of a series is the exact opposite.  Heading into the fourth (and final) game of the series with Louisville, the Yankees are 14-6 in the wrap up game of a series.  Thursday night will be the 21st series finale game for the Yanks, matching the number of series openers.

Fans can still vote for the Triple-A All-Star Game through Friday June 22nd on line at www.swbyankees.com or at www.milb.com The SWB Yankees could use a late push at the ballot box.  As of Thursday (6/21) there will not be an SWB Yankee starter.  You can check out the updated vote leaders below.

IL All-Star Voting Update 6-21

SWB YANKEES GAME NOTES – Game #74 @ Louisville

6-21 Game Notes

STARTING LINEUPS  (* – left handed | #switch hitter)
6/21 @ Louisville Slugger Field

#24 Chris Dickerson* – LF
#1 Corban Joseph* – 2B
#3 Francisco Cervelli – C
#29 Jack Cust* – DH
#15 Russell Branyan* – 1B
#7 Kevin Russo – RF
#8 Brandon Laird – 3B
#9 Colin Curtis* – CF
#19 Ramiro Pena# – SS
#21 D.J. Mitchell – RHP

#16 Joey Gathright* – DH
#9 Kristopher Negron – 3B
#4 Mike Costanzo* – 1B
#30 Dioner Navarro# – C
#14 Felix Perez* – LF
#7 Paul Janish – SS
#11 Bill Rhinehart* – RF
#5 Cody Puckett – 2B
#6 Daryl Jones* – CF
#12 Tim Gustafson – RHP

Umpires: HP – Kelvin Bultron, 1B – Sean Barber, 3B – Mark Lollo
Current Conditions (During SWB Yankees BP at 5:35 PM: 91 degrees – WSW winds at 13 mph – gusting to 17 mph (blowing out to right field)
Forcast from Weather.com: Partly cloudy with temperatures slowly falling to near 82F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph

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